TESTIMONIALS

Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Sean
Date Published: 06/23/2016
Thanks Sid, Leigh and team for another excellent trip! Since 2011 we’ve held our annual Gibson Energy customer trip at Duncanby, and it seems each year just gets more enjoyable. We had a number of returning folks as usual, but also quite a few new faces in our party this year and all enjoyed the warm hospitality of Duncanby Lodge. You and your staff make everyone feel as if they are amongst old friends regardless, right from check in through arriving back at the Sea Air terminal in Vancouver and every moment in between. The facility is fantastic (we’ve enjoyed watching the evolution throughout the renovations of the past few years), the staff top notch, the fishing grounds accessible far and near providing great flexibility depending on weather and where the bite is on, the guiding first rate, the rooms comfortable, and the food absolutely delicious (I highly recommend the curried mussels! But really it’s all good). Everyone enjoyed the fishing, the camaraderie, the experiences, the stories, and the new memories. We certainly appreciate the “Duncanby Difference” that we have been fortunate enough to experience for the past six years!
5/5
Sean
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Kevin
Date Published: 06/27/2016
Hello! Attached are photos of two fish released during our visit to Duncanby June 21-25. With our guide Jordan we landed both a monster halibut and a Tyee chinook. My brother Scott hooked the halibut on the dark side of Calvert in 75' of water while jigging for lingcod. After a long battle bringing it up from the bottom we got a glimpse of it's size and knew it was close to the legal limit. We struggled to get an accurate measurement with the fish in the water, so we decided to slip a rope around it's tail and bring it aboard. It took several attempts to lasso, but we eventually succeeded. With a couple guys pulling were able to bring it over the gunwale and onto the deck. It ended up being just over the limit at 137cm. We were lucky to be able to pull the hooks from its mouth quite easily, grab a quick photo, and with everybody's help get it back over the side of the boat again. As soon as we pulled the rope from it's tail it gave a couple hard kicks and disappeared back into the deep. What an awesome experience to catch such a powerful fish and successfully release it again! We returned to trolling for salmon as the tide changed neared, still excited and discussing our experience. We were making passes along 'The Wall' without any action and were just completing a turn to make another when both our rods lit up. Our initial thoughts that we may have snagged a shelf below evaporated quickly as both reels began to peel off line and the fish we had hooked began making unsynchronized runs away from the boat - we were into a double-header! As my fishing partner Vince and I danced across the deck to keep our lines tight and untangled it seemed his fish was coming to the boat a little quicker. We decided to try and land his first. After a few more runs he pulled it to the boat and we brought it aboard. It was big, but we were sure the one still in the water was even bigger. Vince quickly unhooked his big spring and freed the net for our next attempt, then moved up front near the wheel to stay clear of the action while holding the 24 pounder in his hands. During that landing I continued to play my fish, which at one point completely breached the water about 200' behind the boat. After a few more runs I got it boatside and we slipped it into the net. It was huge. We quickly grabbed the tape measure then brought it on deck. We all took a moment to marvel at it's size and it was very apparent this fish could be 30lbs or more. We took quick measurements of its length and girth, 42.5 inches long by 23.5 inches around, as Scott tapped away at the calculator. We calculated once, then twice, then once again before we confirmed that we did in fact have an excellent example of a very healthy looking, cleanly hooked, 'Tyee' class salmon before us. We immediately decided to release the fish, so we popped the hook out of its mouth, grabbed a quick photo, and got it back into the water. It was fairly still for the first 30 seconds, but the fish slowly started feeling stronger and stronger. After a few minutes we were confident it was revived and I let the fish go. It quickly swam away and out of sight. For anyone who thinks the greatest thrill you will get Salmon fishing is catching the 'big one', I would challenge them to give something back and let a big one go. I can tell you that for me, without discounting the thrill of the catch in any way, that the feeling of letting this fish go was by far the biggest thrill I've ever had fishing. Growing up living on the westcoast of British Columbia, fishing and eating salmon has been a normal part of life without much thought into how we did it - keeping the big ones and throwing the small ones back. It's with great appreciation that I send this note along with these pictures for not only Duncanby Lodge, Rivers Inlet, and their hatchery program, but specifically for Sid and his efforts to sustain one of the greatest fisheries in the world in one of the world's most beautiful places. The Islander reel I received in return didn't hurt much either. I can tell you that after this experience I will never keep a Tyee class salmon again that can be successfully released. I would also like to thank our guide Jordan for his knowledge and skill, and giving us the chance to land this fish in the first place! Thanks for a great fishing trip and an even greater story to share! Kevin
5/5
Kevin
Dunacnby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Pat & Cathy
Date Published: 06/22/2016
Sid & Leigh, Thank you so much for the trip to Duncanby. I am truly lost for words on describing how much Cathy and I enjoyed the trip. I mean every last minute of it. Right from meeting Cheryl at the Seaplane dock in Richmond to arriving back at the Seaplane dock 4 days later to have Cheryl jumping up and down on the dock waving at us landing. All of your staff goes above and beyond all the time. On everything. Then meeting Rick Hansen, what can I say. See what I mean, lost for words.And remember this…..Cathy and I don’t fish!!!!Thanks again.
5/5

 

Pat & Cathy
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Andy
Date Published: 06/22/2016
Hello Sid, First off....thank you so much for giving me an experience that I will live until the day I die. The first time I ever came to the area was in the early 90's working over at Goose Bay rigging boats for West Coast Resorts. During that trip I had a chance to explore the area and as I am sure you have done, fell in love with its beauty. As I am sure you can tell....killing fish and filling the box is the least of my concern....but being there is what it is all about. As I mentioned to the guests after you presented me with the Spirit of the Tie-Dye....I have travelled and visited almost every lodge on the coast with my current and previous employer...from the bottom of my heart....you guys are simply the best. The leadership and pride you provide to your employees is transparent through the enthusiasm each of them share working for you. From the smiles early in the morning from the breakfast cook....to the good nights from the evening staff at the end of the day....be proud of your crew! Please take the time to share my thoughts with them and our heartfelt thanks from your friends at Mercury. We very much appreciate your business and I look forward to working together for years to come. With the spirit of the Tie-Dye and what it represents.....THANK YOU!!!!Talk soon....Andy
5/5

 

Andy
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Sandie
Date Published: 06/15/2016
Good day!Just wanted to thank you, Leigh, Logy and the Tye-dye Titans of hospitality.... For not only the amazing hospitality but for your generosity - of spirit and of support to the salmon projects. I know I speak for all of us here as we talked about it most the way home. You are truly an inspiration!We are 'all in' to continue to provide what support we can to make the hatchery a success. See you again soon,
5/5

 

 

 

Sandie
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Mike Parr
My 8th consecutive July there is not by accident. This trip was fantastic--and each year builds on the great relationship with the lodge, the inlet, the whole vibe. The inlet becomes part of you--and wants you to explore. Fishing? The best....but the entire experience is far greater than the sum of it's parts
5/5
Mike Parr
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Fri Ecological Services
A 5 star rating is usually something that attests to the highest standards. Duncanby should be in the dictionary under the 5 star definition. If I can scrape some more shekels together, I WILL be back for a visit. You've made me a little more complete, and I thank you for that All the best to your family and crew.
5/5
Fri Ecological Services
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Tony Nootebos
A special Thank you to you and Leigh again for the hospitality and for<br /> everything you do for salmon and also how you inspire me.&nbsp;I am very grateful for our friendship and for your generosity I hope you both have a great summer and wish you all the success in the world.
5/5
Tony Nootebos
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Gerry & Bernice
Date Published: 04/07/2015
Just a few words from Gerry and Bernice Edwards about your wonderful lodge. We were greeted by Sid on arrival and he somehow knew us, and with a big smile, said happy birthday Gerry and for a gift you will get a free guide for the rest of the first day as a birthday present. We had booked a guide for three days and Danny boy was to be the one. We almost had half our limit that first day, what an amazing place to catch Fish. Danny boy, our guide was spectacular, I've never seen such an avid knowledgeable fisher man as Danny, we have had lots of guides but none as dedicated and focused on his job to catch fish and to keep his boat super clean. I learnt a lot from him and I have been fishing for 70 years. The boats are super safe and comfortable, my wife Bernice had a great seat to watch Danny and I haul in the big ones. The accommodations are excellent, the service is first class, the choice of meals is like being in a high class restaurant. The included beer and wine were excellent. It is a once in a life time adventure for the average person. Many of the fisher persons come back every year, but for the pensioners , or folks who are on a tighter budget , it's worth a one time addition to your bucket list. Sid is a fantastic owner, host. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST BERNICE AND I TOOK HOME 202 lbs. of fish, worth at least $4000 at the local market. Our friends and family will have some great meals soon. Thanks to everyone at DUNCANBY LODGE
5/5
Gerry & Bernice
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Frecia & Richard
Date Published: 08/08/2015
We want to thank you for the best trip we have had yet…all of it due to your efforts and that of the rest of the Duncanby staff. Other than having the room still moving (the motion sickness pill wore off before I got my land legs back…next year I’ll keep taking it for a day or so), I can’t imagine making it better…but I’m sure you will find a way. I just looked closely at the way the fish was packed…wow…Those bags of halibut (assuming each was just one fish) is amazing! If it had been boxed with a whole side of fish in one piece, it would have been totally unusable for us. Those pieces of halibut that you packed ARE usable for us...even if it may take us a week to eat one! Even the larger pieces of salmon are good…Richard will defrost a large piece, smoke a good deal of it and grill the rest for a couple of meals. Leftovers will go for lunches for me as salmon salad….no waste. That is a great deal of effort on your part both to do the actual cutting and getting certified as a packer... and we are both thrilled with it. BTW, we got our fish and those for Bernice and Ernie into our pickup truck to bring back across the border and still had room. I think the hotel where we stayed Saturday night may still be using smelling salts at the sight of 12 boxes of fish coming into their freezer. It was quite a spectacle. We got stopped by several fisherpersons at the hotel and asked where we had been. Of course, we proudly gave them a condensed version of the whole trip! The border guard asked us what we were declaring. We said “a lot of fish and a lot of dirty laundry”. I think we were all a little disappointed that they didn’t want to admire either of those things. He just waved us through. we had just enough room in the two chest freezers for our catch. The bottom feeders went into the fruit/veggie freezer, and the swimmers (salmon) went into the meat freezer. Separating them that way is about the only way I can find exactly what I want between the products of gardening and fishing. We’ve already had a few people invite themselves over for dinner. Imagine that. Thanks again. We are already booked for 2016. Oh yeah…. A couple of my friends wanted to know “who’s the hunk?” in the photo we took of my Tyee on the boat. That would be Logie…I don’t think they were referring to the fish. Please feel free to use any part of this note that might advertise Duncanby’s.
5/5
Frecia & Richard
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Ronnie Paterson
Date Published: 06/30/2015
Sid....on behalf of our board, I want to sincerely thank you again for your generosity in supporting our charity - it is sincerely appreciated by everyone in our community... THANK YOU! I was extremely fortunate to be included on this special trip as Jimmy's guest (wonderful to have great friends) ....it was a a memorable experience that I will cherish forever... I would be remiss if I did not reference the type of TEAM you have cultivated that clearly makes the DUNCANBY DIFFERENCE.... the fishing was special, the food exquisite, and the hospitality leading edge ......however, it is the PEOPLE that make it so meaningful and your leadership does not go unnoticed... a life lesson for all of us...! please extend my appreciation to Leigh Shelley Raspberry 9/23/14 Sid, Leigh and everyone who made my trip a dream come true! I had the extreme honor of visiting Duncanby Lodge this summer as a guest of a co worker from T-Lane Transportation. First I have to thank Kathy Butters for letting me be her plus one! The whole experience was absolutely amazing right from our greeting at the Sea Air check in desk to being hugged good bye by every single crew member on the dock as we boarded our departure sea plane. We were in the room called Dolphin and it was perfect, roomy, clean and the beds were super duper comfy. The service and food in the restaurant was beyond fantastic! This trip was full of moments that took my breath away and so many forever memories. It was a once in a life time chance for me and a real dream come true. Thank you Sid and Leah for letting me spend the day on your boat, I loved hearing your stories and thank you for teaching me to catch my first halibut it was such a rewarding experience. Cheering on my fellow anglers was so much fun and watching them pull one aboard was about as exciting as when it was my own. Thank you Sugar Ray for a great time, my first fish with you was a 22lb Chinook and made me one happy girl! Little Bird we had a blast with you on that rainy day even though we were taking on a bit of water at one point. HAHA. Thank you all for taking my breath away and creating some pretty amazing memories that will go down in the Raspberry history books. I look forward to seeing you again one day. Thank you, Shelley Raspberry, Customer Concierge
5/5
Ronnie Paterson
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Randy
Date Published: 07/13/2015
Hi Sid Just wanted to thank you again for a fantastic time at the lodge, you have a special place there and we always look forward to visiting. Thank Tye for us again, he was a lot of fun, great attitude and we really enjoyed fishing with him. He just needs to learn to fish without a flasher like the fish master! Thanks again and have a great summer up there.
5/5
Randy
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Larry, Vella & Aaron
Date Published: 01/07/2015
A big Thank You for the great time we had at your lodge and the great fishing. The hospitality was the best. Give our regards to VW(Mark) for being such a great guide. We arrived home late Sunday night and had no problem with the fish. Now in the deep freeze to enjoy.
5/5
Larry, Vella & Aaron
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Shelley Raspberry
Date Published: 09/23/2014
Sid, Leigh and everyone who made my trip a dream come true! I had the extreme honor of visiting Duncanby Lodge this summer as a guest of a co worker from T-Lane Transportation. First I have to thank Kathy Butters for letting me be her plus one! The whole experience was absolutely amazing right from our greeting at the Sea Air check in desk to being hugged good bye by every single crew member on the dock as we boarded our departure sea plane. We were in the room called Dolphin and it was perfect, roomy, clean and the beds were super duper comfy. The service and food in the restaurant was beyond fantastic! This trip was full of moments that took my breath away and so many forever memories. It was a once in a life time chance for me and a real dream come true. Thank you Sid and Leah for letting me spend the day on your boat, I loved hearing your stories and thank you for teaching me to catch my first halibut it was such a rewarding experience. Cheering on my fellow anglers was so much fun and watching them pull one aboard was about as exciting as when it was my own. Thank you Sugar Ray for a great time, my first fish with you was a 22lb Chinook and made me one happy girl! Little Bird we had a blast with you on that rainy day even though we were taking on a bit of water at one point. HAHA. Thank you all for taking my breath away and creating some pretty amazing memories that will go down in the Raspberry history books. I look forward to seeing you again one day. Thank you, Shelley Raspberry, Customer Concierge
5/5
Shelley Raspberry
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Jim Lois & Justin Erickson
Date Published: 09/01/2014
Sid and Leigh, My wife Lois, my son Justin, and I just completed a fishing trip at Duncanby. It such an incredible place due to many factors that make the “Duncanby difference”; not the least of these is the hosting done by you. Sid and Leigh you two are amazing hosts and hostesses. You set a standard that is extremely high and uncompromising. Your entire staff, no matter what their position, excels in hospitality due to your example and leadership. In such a humble, gracious manner, you treat each and every guest in a special manor rarely if ever seen anywhere else. Thank you for providing memories that will last a lifetime. We will never forget our Duncanby experience. We can’t find the words to describe how deeply thankful we are for the time we were able to spend with such outstanding people in such an outstanding place at such an outstanding facility. Last we forget an un-repayable debt, Jim, Lois and Justin Erickson
5/5
Jim Lois & Justin Erickson
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: John
Date Published: 09/01/2014
Dear Sid and Leigh Wow!!! What a spectacular trip. It could not have gone better. Beginning with the boat ride from Port Hardy: sea lions, porpoises, whales, bald eagles. As we approached the pristine setting of Duncanby Lodge it just kept getting better. The world class fishing with Sugar Ray and Mack Attack is as good as it gets. The morning we spent fishing at “the head” was quite memorable. We did not catch a fish but the beauty and stillness was spectacular. Good luck with the hatchery. I look forward to following the progress and glad we were able to help. Your friendly staff at Duncanby really made the trip. The food and service was second to none. Please pass my comments along to your team. You two have really created an awesome Duncanby family. What an opportunity you have created for these young people. They are learning about responsibilities, discipline, respect, and the great appreciation for the Rivers Inlet setting that God has so graciously has given us. Few young people have this opportunity of a lifetime…keep it going. Thank you for the award that you gave me on the last night. It was totally unexpected and brings tears to my eyes at this writing. I am humbled. Lastly, thanks for the invitation to join you at Duncanby. I appreciate our business relationship and more importantly our friendship. I was glad to have met your two sons and daughter. You both were very gracious and made Kelly and I feel welcome. Thank you. Candy and I are looking forward to seeing you in November. She is so exited! We will have a few days to get you ready to kick some Auburn ass!!! Roll Tide!!!
5/5
John
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Rick Machenzie
Date Published: 08/28/2014
Hi Sid &amp; Leigh Just want to pass on my comments about the trip we just finished. I would hardly call myself a fisherman, this being only my 2nd time out. My 1st trip was 2 years ago to Haida Quaii (QLC Lodge). Duncanby was much better... more intimate, with great staff, great food and great fishing. Our guide, Danny boy, was superb. He is not only a great guide but for a 25-year-old young man he knows what he wants out of life and is making it happen. As a business owner like yourselves it is all about your people and your people made it a very special trip. In your opening remarks to us you mentioned welcoming us to your summer home and to feel at home. Indeed we did make ourselves at home and you both made us feel that way. As a result I did what I never thought I would and booked another trip to bring my son Jared, and my 2 son-in-laws, one of whom is Jason, who you met on this trip and Todd. Jason had only dreamed of a fishing trip like this and I have never seen him so excited as when he caught his first Ho. I look forward to seeing you again in 2015 Rick MacKenzie CEO
5/5
Rick Machenzie
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Tim O'Brien
Date Published: 08/15/2014
Sid, I finally got caught up from being gone and having the time of my life with all of you. You have an amazing crew of people that made Cass, Ski, Jake and myself very thankful to experience the tie-dye way. Please let all the ladies know the I am sorry I did not give hugs and say goodbye for doing such a great job. Mark as usual THANKS for putting us on the fish. I can’t wait until next year. Let me know if you liked the Salsa as I will bring more next year. Sid, you have very special people @ Duncanby. They make the difference!!!! Hats off to all!! Thanks again. Many Thanks
5/5
Tim O’Brien
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Peter
Date Published: 08/14/2014
Sid, Experiencing the “Duncanby Difference” is something I wish for every person on this planet. When I think of Duncanby I am reminded of that great speech from the movie “Field Of Dreams”. I think it’s fitting that this great movie was based on the book “Shoeless Joe” by a solid Edmonton boy named William Kinsella. I don’t think he would mind if I took some liberties with his offering: “Sid, people will come Sid. They'll come to Duncanby for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up at your lodge not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your dock as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the boats; sit down with Mack and head towards Calvert on a perfect afternoon. They'll experience a day that they never believed was possible. It will be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The euphoria will be so thick they'll have to brush it away from their faces. People will come Sid. The one constant through all the years in Rivers Inlet, Sid, has been fishing. British Columbia has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But fishing has marked the time. This inlet, this lodge: it's now an integral part of our past, Sid. It reminds us all of what was once good and could be good again. Oh... people will come Sid. People will most definitely come.” Cheers to you, Leigh and the Duncanby Team!!
5/5
Peter
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Mike & Jackie Podger
Date Published: 08/13/2014
JoAnn, Sid, et al, Thanks for the great trip. Your lodge and your staff are a 10. Can't wait to come back.
5/5
Mike & Jackie Podger
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Fred
Date Published: 08/05/2014
Hi ! JoAnn, With your directions, I got and had my license with me. We just got home from a wonderful trip to Duncanby Lodge. Sid and Lee and Logan and the gang are always so on top of things. Oh, and you too of course. The fishing was great! I got my share of fish, and everyone had a great time. Most got their limits, but that's only a part of what makes our trips so enjoyable. The kitchen and restaurant staff, the deck hands, the housekeepers, the guides, the pilots and dock hands, all are over the top and deserve recognition. Jeff Prather and I are the old timers and are dedicated to returning for as many years as we are able. Jeff goes on and on to me with stories he shares with all the guests. He is the most sociable person between us, and is always making it a point to speak to everyone, then sharing their stories with the rest of us. We both bring our sons, friends and fellow workers, and are always rewarded. Please share my thoughts and our gratitude with everyone.
5/5
Fred
Duncanby Fishing lodge
Written by: Pete Rose
Date Published: 08/05/2014
Hi JoAnn Please pass along my thanks to everyone for inviting me as a guest, with Russ Pollack to Duncanby Lodge. You probably receive accolades from everyone who is lucky enough to go there, so include me in the list of visitors who have been blown away by the service, accommodation and of course the fishing. Just had an all around wonderful time. Hope to return and do it again Thanks to all , especially Volkswagen
5/5
Pete Rose
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Kevin Carlberg
Date Published: 08/05/2014
Hi Sid Thanks again for your hospitality. We were the 4 that got in on your windup feast on Mike Parr’s trip. Great facility you have there. Restaurant, marina and especially the staff are all top shelf. We understand that your operation is primarily an all in fishing resort but you need to know that your moorage guests also appreciate the welcoming environment. Hope to see you again next year. Kevin Carlberg, West Coast Structural
5/5
Kevin Carlberg
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Ken
Date Published: 08/03/2014
Greetings to Sid and the Duncanby family! Thank you so much for such a wonderful time. I cannot express enough how enjoyable my trip was. Every second from the moment I stepped off the plane till the time I got back on, I was taken care of well. As always the food and restaurant staff was amazing. Sugar Ray had us slaying the waters like we were pros. Funny how that changed when we went out on our own. The family like atmosphere and how each person on the staff takes the time and effort to know your name is very special. Watching the how hard everyone worked on change over day was like watching a well-oiled machine. You truly have a remarkable team. Give my thanks to everyone. Thank again,
5/5
Ken
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Al Sloan
Date Published: 07/31/2014
Hey Sid, Just a quick note to thank you and your wonderful crew for an amazing 5 days. I truly felt treated like family and the fishing was awesome!! Also special to have Mike fly us back and forth. A superb pilot and all round nice guy. Please pass this on. Thanks again and take care. Al Sloan A.K.A. Alazumee
5/5
Al Sloan
Duncanby Fishing Lodge
Written by: Nathan
Date Published: 06/23/2014
Sid, Once again, thank you to you, your lovely wife and your amazing team for a wonderful experience at Duncanby. You guys are just consistently awesome. Nathan
5/5
Nathan