To fly is heavenly but to hover is divine
Some places are family legends and Nimmo Bay was one of them. My father has used the fishing retreat as a haven during the busiest parts of his life and whenever he spoke about this secluded fishing camp his eyes lit up. When the lodge appeared in the last episode of "Boston Legal" we all smiled at each other because we knew it was one of Papa's favourite places. Opening our Christmas letters to discover we were going to Nimmo was better than winning the lotto.
It took me a while to work out that heli-fishing did not mean dropping a line from the chopper while hovering but using it to get into remote areas that are inaccessible any other way. The pristine and isolated streams were filled with wild Pacific Salmon - Coho, Chinook, Pinks and Steelhead, as well as Dolly Varden Char, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout. With 50,000 square miles of terrain, including over 50 isolated rivers and streams, you are always where the fish are.
Reaching Nimmo Bay is an adventure in itself. The easiest way is to take a float plane from Seattle so you can land directly in front of the lodge. It feels as though the holiday has started as soon as you take off from Kenmore Air, with views of the beautiful Pacific Coastline all the way North. When you land into the beautifu green bay, surrounded by cozy cabins, you know you have reached a destination like no other.
Our helicopter pilot, Clayton, was with us all week. Finding us pristine spots to fish then whisking us up to the tops of mountains and onto glaciers for picnic lunches. We caught more fish in a day than we do in most trips in a week. Our evenings were filled with conversation around the fire and even a sing along. It will be hard to every beat this trip.