Nicholas Dean Lodge

Testimonials for Nicholas Dean Lodge

Here at Nicholas Dean Lodge, we pride ourselves in providing first class, exceptional service. Here’s what our clients are saying about us:


Dear Dustin and Chad –  just wanted to drop you a line to pass along our gratitude for what can only be described as an outstanding trip. It certainly is quite a transition back to the grind of Southern California from a place of such tremendous beauty and solitude. Ron and I had a superlative visit to your place that we will not soon forget.

My company is based on the premise of customer service beyond the clients’ expectations. It was great to witness an operation that obviously remains dedicated to a similar mission and it was evident in every facet of our experience. We appreciate your airport shuttle assistance and our stop in town for additional beverage selections. You are both magnificent to say the least with everything you have to take care of each and every day. Such efficient and friendly customer service is difficult to find and never gets the recognition it so richly deserves. Our guiding was great and a pleasure to spend time with Dustin on a personal level during the Heli-day as well. Sky and Greg were extremely professional and above all hard working and we appreciated that very much. Extra special thanks to Dustin as well for all he did in regards to trying to keep me dry with all of my wader issues.

From someone who prepares food for large groups on a regular basis, Alf did himself proud on all of the terrific cuisine. The consistent quality, flavors and presentation were far above the norm for a fishing lodge. Such amazing attention to detail is something that is not seen all that often and certainly please pass along kudos to all the wonderful staff including Alf, Simone and Nicole.  Thanks again to you both for your personal attention on the trip and we look forward to returning at some time in the not too distant future. –  Duane Dotts, California

[Pre-Trip Comments:] “I’ve heard lots of good things about the lodge and your guides, especially Dustin.  I’ve been on a few guided trips in your area, the lower mainland, Mexico, and Scotland and have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  You guys are by far the most organized, and have the most comprehensive website and detailed schedule of any place I’ve been…cait wait to get out there!”

[Post-Trip Comments:] “I think I had mentioned to you that before this trip, I’d seen the ‘good,’ the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’ when it comes to guides and lodges.  I’m happy to say that Nicholas Dean now adds ‘Great’ to the above.  Nicholas Dean is a top notch organization, and I can’t wait until my next trip!” – Robert Wigand, Calgary, AB

What a great week of fishing!  The lodge, the guides, the food were all superb! Fishing not too shabby either.  I’ll be back! – Ted Simon

A superb week!  Thanks for everything! – Gavin Freeman, Calgary, AB

Great experience, a 70 lb Chinook Salmon, my personal best! – Jim Stephenson, CA

Thank you so much for a wonderful week!  We have all had a fantastic time.  The fishing, guides, lodge and food have been fantastic.  Wendy, Helen, Jason, Claire and Simon – London, York and Scotland, UK

A marvelous time at a first class operation! I can’t wait to return! – Lani Waller, Novato, CA

Surely one of the best lodges in BC – wonderful, helpful and able staff, and lots of good humour and food. A memorable week among friends, old and new. – Doug Pollard, Victoria, BC

I can’t thank you all enough for a wonderful week. Food was great, guides were awesome! What a special place to fish. I will be back soon! – Walter Jorgensen, Sacramento, CA

Breathtaking scenery, superb lodge and food, and most knowledgeable, skilled guides. What a week! – Don Powell, Lodi, CA

Thanks for an unforgettable experience! First steelhead on a fly, what more can I say…appreciate all the hard work! – Peter McLeod, Whitchurch, UK

What a splendid fishery! Where else can you stand on a river bank and let the fish “come to you!” Six different species landed at one spot in the same day. The steelhead are spectacular and the sockeye and coho are hot! Thanks to Chad for his warm hospitality and Cam and Sky for great guiding. Bob Tacy, Los Altos Hills, CA

My best day of steelheading ever; and in great company! – Owen Fisher, Mill Bay, BC

Another day in Paradise! Thanks for the introduction to the Skeena and Copper river fishery, where steelheading is as good as it gets. – Steve Fransen, WA

Thanks for four of the best days of my life! – Jimmy Williams, Norway, SC

Excellent adventure with superb fishing, exquisit cuisine and fine company! – Wayne Pealo, Victoria, BC

Despite challenging fishing condtions – cold, cold, lower water – all got their fish – beautiful, wild steelhead! Thanks to Dustin, Greg, Sky, Jean and Chad; great work as always. Until next time… – Jeff Bright, San Francisco, CA

Great water, great lodge, staff and guides. – Terry Jenkins, CA

Wow! Best trip ever. The food was fantastic as usual but the highlight was the steelhead. What fun we had helicoptering into the pools and enjoying three fabulous days of great fishing. I’ll be back! – Heather Smith, Aurora, ON

Broke three rods in three days – enough said! Great time! Thanks. – Jon Honore, CA

Another fantastic fishing adventure! Many thanks to Andrew, Sky and Dustin for making this trip so memorable. All the best and see you again next year! – Bill Kalm, Phoeniz, AZ

Thanks Dustin, Chad, Greg, Sky and Jeff for a fantastic week of fishing. The boys had a great time and the food was excellent! See you all in October 2011. Fish on! – Andy Shanks and Mike Kovar, Mercer Island, WA

Had a wonderful time! The fishing was not easy and the weather and water levels a challenge, but the team worked hard and we got fish. Thank you! – Jeff Reinke