Nicholas Dean Lodge
John Sartinsky is all smiles after landing this 25 lb Chinook Salmon on the first morning of his trip. All photos by Harriet Sartinsky
It’s mid June and we’re off to a great start to our Summer Chinook guiding season here at Nicholas Dean Lodge.  Last week we had the pleasure of hosting John and Harriet Sartinsky from La Crescenta, California on their first ever trip to BC.  When we first started talking about the trip, John told me that Harriet woke up one morning in January and said, “I want to catch a salmon over 20 lbs.”  A short while later, John and Harriet were booked in, and last week they found themselves reeling in several Salmon and enjoying the fine dining provided by Alf Leslie at Yellow Cedar Lodge.  We’re happy to report that Harriet  did achieve her goal, landing a 35 lb Chinook on the first day of her trip!
At the end of their trip, Harriet told me that it was one of the best trips she’d ever been on!  This is about the best review we can receive and we’re happy to have had the opportunity to guide these great people.  Check out some of the photos from their trip below…
Dustin launching the Clackacraft drift boat in a small creek, en route to the Kitimat River’s bright Chinook Salmon.
Harriet Sartinsky and her first Chinook Salmon ever!

You can tell by the grin that Harriet is a very happy angler in this moment!

A good action shot – it’s always a nervous moment until you get the fish in the net.

Fishing a clean seam on the main channel Skeena can be a productive way to target migrating Chinook Salmon.

The happy couple at the end of their trip.

Looking forward, Jeff Bright and his crew arrive next week to target Chinook on the Spey rod, as part of our “big game” Chinook Fly Fishing program.  Stay tuned for more details…