Good morning Teena. Well it is safe to say that Duncanby lodge surpassed my greatest dreams of going salmon fishing, so much that I want to do it again, and so does my wife. I realize next season is sold out but would like to put my party of 4 on the cancellation list, if that’s possible, and hope to get a trip.
Thank you again to all the great staff and especially Sid and Leigh for making my first, of many trips, a memorable one. You folks ROCK.
Dear Sid, Leigh, family and crew
My body clock tells me it’s time to fly to YVR tomorrow, to visit with friends in the LML before flying up to the lodge on Tuesday,It tells me it’s ready for some good times, great food, excellent service and unreal fishing with my many friends there.But C-19 stopped my streak of July trips at 10, and the body clock doesn’t know it yet.I love this time of year...it’s hot here...I cruise home after work full of anticipation.My gear bag has been packed for a week, tackle sorted and prepped.Freezer has been cleared. But not this year.I won’t get to visit in person, but I’ll be there in spirit.Each day next week I’ll imagine where I’d be in the inlet what I’d order for dinner.I’ll imagine walking into the dining room early and Alison knows exactly how I like my eggs. It’s going to be tough, but I’ll follow your posts and look forward to 2021. I’ll miss all of youhave a great trip July 21-25! I’ll live vicariously through our friend Mikey B taking it all in for me.
Cheers tight lines.
I hope this photo makes it to you. I know Mike had the on board camera this year so I hope he has sent you a couple of the great pics.
Im already wishing I was back at the Lodge and bouncing around at The Wall.
Thanks again for what you and your staff/friends do, it was a great time.
Take care, release lots, stay healthy.
Sid and Leigh:
While I am disappointed about not being able to spend time at Duncanby this year, there is not a lot we can do about it. I will continue to live through the posts on facebook and share my smiles from St. Louis. I am so happy you guys are off to such an awesome season. One of the highlights of my day is seeing posts of smiles and fish from the happiest place on the coast. You guys are very special to me and while it will be a long wait to see you again, I am already booked for 2021 and will be booking for 2022 with Teena later this week. Next year will even be more special!!!!
On the home front, Ana and I just bought a lake house about 45 minutes from home along with a boat. We will be sporting the “Spirit of the Tye Dye” in the Midwest!!!! The Duncanby bucket hat is worn at all times on the boat, and I am slowly spreading the spirit to those on the lake.
May you both have a safe and wonderful summer and enjoy every minute of your time at Duncanby.
Can’t wait to see you guys in 395 days!!!!
Dear Sid and Leigh, Another Duncanby visit under our belt, and, every year you and your Duncanby family out-do yourselves. We all just got home in the last few hours, and, haven’t stopped talking about not only how amazing our time with all of you was yet again this summer, but, most importantly, left with our hearts bursting with memories that will last our lifetimes and beyond. Our annual visit to Duncanby quickly became the one and only “must-do” every summer for our family.
With COVID this summer, we watched in admiration of every single person on the Duncanby team adapting to the “new way of doing things”, and even with masks on, we could all still see and feel the smiles and passion at every moment during our time there - I think we have all learned new ways to “read” peoples eyes and see the smile in other ways. Often times when we reflect on our family time spent together over the years, we will end up singling out a few people that really exceeded expectations, but, with our visits to Duncanby, it was literally every single interaction that exceeded expectation and we mean it. Not one of your staff complained about some of the things that Covid prevented us from doing, and, instead focused on all the things that we “could do”, which was a welcome relief given the last 90 days of living in the big city through the pandemic. It's a moot point to single out the extraordinary efforts of one or two, since in actuality, the group functions so well as a team. It’s much more accurate to state that there is a collective and bountiful push of energy from each and every person wearing a Duncanby staff shirt and it’s consistent, natural and most of all it’s infectious. The food is AMAZING, the boats and fishing gear are all buffed and in perfect shape everyday with the motor warming up before we even hit the dock, the fish we catch is cut perfectly, the service in the restaurant is consistently PERFECT, the rooms are sparkling clean and the beds comfy and welcoming, every single guide is knowledgeable and ever so eager to share information and suggestions, the common areas are always sparking clean, the beer is always ice cold, the Sea-Air pilots are talented and thoughtful .and the prime rib feast and milkshakes are legendary. Simply put: the level of service is unmatched.
As I have always believed and tried my hardest to live by, it’s not really about the places you go, but, most importantly it is about the people you meet along the way, the interactions we get to have, the sometimes short or long chats along the dock when someone has an extra few minutes, the moments shared experiencing nature with our family and friends and the memories made amongst us all who are so privileged to experience such unique happenstance together at Duncanby. I’ve watched my two sons for many years now, proudly transition from boys into men, many summers in a row now at Duncanby, as they have soaked up the generosity and gentle caring from you and every single Duncanby team member every single year we have had the privilege of visiting. We have all been humbled - and I don’t say this lightly - by the natural way in which the interactions happen at Duncanby between “staff” and “guest” at every single opportunity, and, quite honestly, I don’t think anyone in our family has ever seen or experienced anywhere else which comes remotely close to the environment and experience that our family enjoys every time we see you all up in Rivers Inlet. And the best part of all is that all of these interactions have collectively blossomed into friendships where we may only have the chance to spend time together once per year, but, the bond of friendship is deep, and, we manage to pick up right after we left off from the year before.
Watching the glow in Taylor’s eyes after going out with Andy and Kyle for an evening fish and being able to reel in a Tyee was something special not only for him, but, for our entire family. The fact that Andy and Kyle made the effort to invite Taylor, out on his own with two “big guys” in itself speaks to the nature and hearts of the people you have surrounded yourself with. It may not seem like a big deal (but it is!!!!) for 2 guys in their 20’s to invite Taylor out for a last minute evening fish, but, I think you and I each know that it’s those unplanned interactions and time spent together “amongst the boys” (or the girls) that helps to shape a young man like Taylor into the kind of person that is self aware about living a life of giving and thinking of others.
I could go on and on about all the rewarding interactions, but, I will finish off by thanking you both for all you have done for the Earle family. We are grateful, blessed, and, most importantly, better people for the experiences and friendships that have come into our lives after spending a little bit of time at Duncanby every summer.
Love you both, and, love all of the crew.
THANK YOU from each of us.
Good morning Kyle,
Thank you for giving me your business card as we were leaving on Saturday - a sad day - always when you have to leave Duncanby. I know I wear my heart on my sleeve with everyone at Duncanby, but felt compelled to write you and all the staf from Sid to Lucy. Please share the following with everyone when you get a moment.
As always you Guys are the Best, please be safe, be well, be happy and continue to build on a tradition that is second to none in British Columbia, for sure, but more than likely around the World - the Duncanby Family is real, and has big arms, that reach to many places and make people like me feel like part of something so Special; all year round.
To all of my Friends on the Duncanby dock, in the kitchen, the restaurant, the back rooms and on the fleet of boats - THANK YOU - you have help create memories that have and will last me a lifetime. My fishing record at Duncanby is stellar (as Guy would say) - he and I both were fortunate in 2018 to catch our Tyee’s on the same trip his on the first pass, Tuesday afternoon, and mine on the last pass Friday afternoon. Mary Poppins forced me to reel in a 200+ lb Halibut on my very first trip to Duncanby; only to kiss it on the forehead and have it scuttle back to the bottom to make more halibut’s for my Daughter’s enjoyment in the future - she is 7 years old this November. I have gone self guided with my great friend Guy one Summer, and felt like a portly “Jack Sparrow” - in a Duncanby version of Pirates of the Caribbean, as we brought our own spoils back from the ocean just the two of us - I was on hand crank downriggers for three and ½ days, because Guy is obviously the Captain, as you well know - a workout that covered off my physical fitness goals for about six months.
All of these memories and 1000 more roll around in my brain, and hopefully will forever; but this letter is not about that .this letter is to all of you - “Memory Makers” - the nicest, most honest, genuine, truthful, and respectful Team I have ever meet. I work in the golf course business, and run my own fertilizer company, for those of you who don’t know; but I have been a Golf Course Superintendent, as well, and understand the meaning of having, organizing and operating with a team. No one is as cohesive and fluid as the Team at Duncanby. The support you all share with one another, the willingness to go “above and beyond” for the smallest (or largest) request is unbelievable; you are all truly the most wonderful people on the planet. For those of you that are making Duncanby a part of your life’s journey - don’t ever forget your time with your Duncanby Family, it will serve you well for the rest of your lives. For those of you that have been part of the Duncanby Family for a long time - continue to cherish and promote the passion of a very unique bond, one that is not seen in very many places anymore. You make my heart hurt, when I am not there; and you make me feel part of something so special when I am there, that I never want to leave.
It is with tears of joy that I write this to All of You - my Friends, nope, my Family. I miss you already, and can’t wait to drive back to Sea Air and get on my favorite plane trip of the year. Continue to make your lives be important, heaven knows there are many in this world today that will never have that opportunity. Fill your heart and your mind with “better is always better”.
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude
Once again you and your extended family have provided us with a trip of a lifetime. Even if it is trip number 3. Marnie Cole and I had a awesome time once again. I was not sure how you were going to be able to make things work with Covid but I can safely say we will never forget our masked holiday with you and your crew. DG deserves much respect. Without all your hard work no one visiting you would have had much of a holiday season this summer.
It was sincerely special to be there when Mini-Me got the opportunity to shine as a guide with two fishermen who had not had a lot of luck at the reel up until that point. To a crewman all your staff were really ecstatic for him. That is a moment we will never forget and Cole will remember for the rest of his life. Seeing senior members that happy for a junior crewman is not something you always see in a profession where being the best at what you do reigns supreme. You do not create that competitive atmosphere between crew members and it shows.
Andy kept us entertained and into fish the entire time and once again made the trip memorable to say the least. He was like a big brother to Cole and really makes fishing more like a family trip. You truly do have a special place up there.
Thank You again
My brother and I made our first trip to Duncanby this summer after having spent the previous 20 years visiting lodges up and down the B.C. coast. We have stayed at Painters Lodge , April Point, the Haida Lodge, the MV Charlotte Princess (at Langara Isl) and even the old OBMG property at King Salmon Resort way up on the East end of River's Inlet. This year we decided to try Duncanby, and are so glad we did. Although we have found comparable fishing at other locations the service at Duncanby stands alone at the top. Everything from the meals to the friendly professionalism of the staff were amazing. Our annual fishing trips are always mentally therapeutic and this year it was especially needed. Our thanks to the entire staff for our amazing.
Thank you for taking care of the boys....Duncanby NEVER disappoints.
I tell my people everyday that one of the most important things you can do is to make a difference in someone's life. I can assure you that we all have experienced the Duncanby difference.
Thanks again for providing another awesome experience. The staff, the crew, the food, the equipment, and everything else was first class.
Take care my frie
Dear Sid, Leigh, family and crew (although 'family' and 'crew' are interchangeable here) Huge thanks for making my 10th visit a roaring success.
That we essentially booked the whole place only added to the already pervasive family feel. Having Brad & Billie, The McGoldrick family, Melissa and Kenny, and the Sandor Rethy Navy join us only added to that.
Pablo did a fantastic job arranging for so many Duncanby newbies to come up--I think 15--and they all now know what "The Spirit of the Tied Dye"---"Experience the Duncanby Difference" and "The Happiest Place on the Coast" mean.
The kitchen, housekeeping and service team make life at the lodge seamless and warm---they truly make us feel welcome and comfortable --a day in, and they feel like old friends. You have created and groomed a real culture there that each of them exemplifies. The meals are always first-class---the cabins very comfortable--and everything that is NOT fishing is just as important and well delivered. Great to see Moira back--(and Pete aka Mary Poppins as well)
We never really stopped catching fish--a banner year for me. The guides----every one of them a true pro, made the art of catching, playing, and landing a salmon a real pleasure for those who have never done so.
For those of us who have been there--- Chris, Jason, Pablo and myself, there are always tips and pointers that we need to be reminded of, and each year I lose fewer fish, and have a better fishing experience.
Getting to spend 2 full days with my old friend Logie and 1 with Elvis, and 1 with Moonshine had us sore from all the salmon we caught, played, kept and released. A huge tip of the cap to all of them and the dock crew for making that part of the trip so good. Alita and Nick were on their game, and had the new guys making it all happen. But if anyone considers this just a 'fishing trip" they are missing most of what Duncanby Lodge--- and the spiritual place that Rivers Inlet actually are.
And lastly--I finally got to witness first-hand one of the truly special moments that these trips offer... a Tyee release.
Chris got into a big fish--kept it clear and out of the many kelp beds at Cranston, battled it back and forth (having recently seen me lose a biggie at the boat) and did everything right to get it to the boat--- and netman Logie capped it off. A quick call with the measurements to the Duncanby Dock to confirm the Tyee status, and Logie got her down and into the water, revived her quickly and off she went, headed home to the Wannock River. The Salmon Mother--- in the flesh. Very moving--- Wow---after all of your efforts with the Percy Walkus Hatchery, your passion for doing the right thing--- and conveying that message to us all, well---it all came full circle--a HUGE payoff. Chris was humbled--and your message was received and will be carried with him.
Profuse thanks to you and yours are woefully inadequate--They never fully compensate for what have been given--but you and your staff know what I mean. If all things are relatively equal---then customer service is always the tie-breaker. No contest...Duncanby wins.
Dear Duncanby Lodge Sid and staff
It has been a couple of weeks, and the experience of Rivers Inlet is still with me. I wanted recount the wonderful time I spent with your lodge the week of Aug 24-28th. I was a complete newbie around deep sea fishing. My biggest fish caught previously was 3 lbs.
Your passion and enthusiasm for fishing and conservation is infectious. I ended up catching a 24 lb spring which Mary Poppins filmed me releasing. While not a Tyee, it merited returning, as it seemed right at the time. I took some heat from my trip mates, but on reflection I have no regrets.
Catching and releasing the giants makes sense. Others may jest, but releasing that fish was spiritual, just as your opening speech had suggested. I get ocean fishing now. It is something that must be experienced. The food, lodgings,staff and atmosphere were extraordinary . The Duncanby Lodge is such a special place, and I am grateful to have experienced it. Thanks for the incredible experience.
The fishing trip experience of a lifetime!! I heard these word’s numerous times during our 4 days of bonding ,smiles and laughs with our TSN 1040 clients. Over the years I’ve had a chance to do a lot of different trips with our advertisers but by far this is the best experience they and I have had. Here’s a few highlights and why I recommend this a the place you need to visit whether you are with family and friends, work colleagues or hosting business partners.
Why it’s truly a 5 star + experience (Duncanby Difference)
· Nicole made organizing the trip easy and was a joy to work with.
· Easy and short Float Plane trip right to the dock and the world famous halibut and chips welcome meal.
· A warm heart felt welcome from Sid and Leah and Dave Logan and the awesome staff, followed by learning about the Salmon conservation and new hatchery that Duncanby has been spearheading and making a difference with.
· Incredible food, lodging , monster hot tub, new boats, fire pit, games room (we caught the World Cup Game) equipment and spectacular scenery.
· Awesome fishing along with up close encounters with Grizzlies on shore, whales and eagles.
· Friendly, skilled and awesome guides (We had Tug boat and Danny) who made our trip awesome.
· An incredible last night feast with our awesome hosts.
· A short float plane trip home with your fishing cleaned , packaged and ready to take home.
Sid you ‘ve been a great partner of ours over the years and I look forward to many more to come.
Sid, thank you and your staff again for a wonderful trip. Thanks for looking after all the Canusa customers and making them feel welcome. They truly thought it was a once in a lifetime experience to a world class facility. Excellent food, lodging and camaraderie and your staff is amazing. Always a smile on their face and going the extra mile. See you again next year Sid, always something to look forward to.
Dear Sid, Leigh and crew,
Another July, another glorious visit to Duncanby. After 8 trips, it's hard to find new ways to properly convey my thanks and appreciation for all that it is.
I came home to finally watch and read the news--all bad or sad--- traffic, noise, hustle and hassle....all of the things which melt away the second we land in Goose Bay and see the familiar dock and red roofs. You have called me "Duncanby's greatest fan"...but that is only because of the entire experience that the inlet and your fantastic crew provides, from the moment Nicole
gives us that big smile and a boarding pass for the Cessna at SeAir, to the time the dock guys shove us off, headed home. There isn't ever much turnover in your staff, and the new members fall into their places seamlessly-- and always fit right in. Never once do I feel like a visitor...I feel like part of the family----and may EVERYONE in the hospitality business be so lucky to have their guests take that from their stay. I'll say this forever...if you are considering a trip to Duncanby as just a 'fishing trip" you're leaving 3/4 of the experience on the table.
We explored parts of the inlet we've never seen, and those are too numerous to count... saw eagles actually swimming to shore with salmon too heavy for them to fly off with, orca feeding, grizzley bears swimming...
My batteries are recharged and my soul is cleansed now....and memories, photos and videos are going to help us plan for what we will do in July 2018. Yeah--I might be your biggest fan, but it's hard to think that everyone who gets to spend a week with you couldn't fit that description.
Thanks first for your hospitality and moreso for your friendship.
Only 260 sleeps --and counting....
A special Thank you to you and Leigh again for the hospitality and for
everything you do for salmon and also how you inspire me. 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.
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!
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
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,
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.
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 knowledgable 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
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 cannot 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
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!!!
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 its fitting that this great movie was based on the book Shoeless Joe by a solid Edmonton boy named William Kinsella. I dont 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!!
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.
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.
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
Please pass this on. Thanks again and take care.
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.