We flew into Whitehorse, YT, with only 4 gates and 2 baggage claims, it is very easy to get around. We were greated by one of the owners, Jackie. She grabbed luggage and loaded us right away. We were at the lodge in about 1.5 hours. It is right off the Alaskan Highway, so it is a smooth easy drive with great views of rivers, lakes, mountains and wildlife. She was very knowledgable about the fauna, flora and area. Upon arrival at the lodge, our luggage was unpacked from the van and Trix (another owner) welcomed us for a complimentary drink and checked us into the lodge. The beautifl and full bar has a great lodge feel and look. We relaxed, enjoyed a drink and got more than ample attention from our host. We were given our room keys and settled in. We joined most of the guests in the bar at 6 and headed to dinner at 7. Chicken Cordon Bleu and wonderful side dishes. The breads are all home made and to die for. The meals are fantastic!!! Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Prawns and pasta. Everything was great at every dinner. We got to bed early and prepared for salmon fishing the next morning. We had a full cooked to order breakfast every morning. The bacon and eggs are great and the pancakes even better. Lots of fruits, breads and european options. We made sandwiches for lunch and a cooler was filled with our drink orders for the day. Our guide met us at 8 and we were off to the river. A reasonable drive and the a ranger ride through the woods to the river. Beautiful country!!! The fish were hitting and we caught a lot of king salmon and also a nice sockeye. My 13 year old son caught a 25 pound king! What a thrill. The guide put us right on the fish and helped with selecting the right baits. Great experience. after that he took us to see the Million Dollar Falls. They are fantastic!
Another great meal that night and fish stories in the bar. The next day was Lake Aishihik and big lakers. We caught some lake trout, but the wind was pretty tough, so we headed to some pike bays. In 2 hours we had hit to different bays and caught 30 pike including a 112 & 119 cm. Almost 4 feet!!! Wow, it was awesome. The water so clear, you could watch them follow and hit the big spoons we were casting. The lodge and guide provided the rods, reels and tackle. We had Hardy (yes, another owner) and he is the best guide I have ever worked with. He understood the water, conditions and fishermen. He used the information to consistantly put us on the fish and the right lures to get strikes. They use a cabin on the lake and we camped there overnight. The bone-in ribeyes were as good as I've ever had (and I eat ribeyes a LOT). The cabin was great, with wonderful views and we slept like babies (good, quiet babies). Hardy slept in a tent outside and kept watch for bear or other wildlife.
Up in the morning to more bacon and eggs. I don't know Hardy's secret, but they were better than most. More lakers that day then back to lodge. Almost forgot to mention that Hardy has a closed cabin cruiser for the lake. It was cool and windy but we were dry and warm. When the sun shined we sat on the stern. When it was cold and rainy, we turned on the heater and sat in the cabin with room to spare (4 guests + guide).
We caught a few grayling that night and every evening at a stream just a 100 yards from the lodge.
Our last day we went stream fushiing for grayling just off the lake at the lodge. Jamie, our guide took us to a great spot on a fun ranger and ATV ride. We caught 140 grayling in 3 hours and had a shore lunch that was out of this world!
I know I'm leaving out things, but it was fantastic. Do yourself a favor and book with them for your next fishing trip!!
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