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A Fisherman’s Paradise Eagle Nook Resort on Vancouver Island By Terry W. Sheely

Eagle Nook Resort dockside parking lot. The second rod bucks down while the first chinook is still running wild and this is ... just the first of our salmon doubles. Dan Brunet swings the net, there’s a splash, a grunt and a thrash as our skipper derricks my wife Natalie’s dozen pounds of beautifully blued and spotted salmon into the boat, drops the handle and grabs a second net for Jan’s. Natalie and Jan Conner hit the double just as their thin-blade trolling spoons flashed into a huge ball of baitfish, herring showing on the depth sounder 99-feet down. “Been like this for a week,” Dan grins.

He has reason to be confident. His fishing area between Port Alberni and Tofino is at the mouth of one the most productive salmon factories in North America, Robertson Creek Hatchery and is on the migration routes for salmon rivers from Vancouver’s Fraser River to the Columbia on the Washington-Oregon border. Dan is lead guide for Lucky Sportfishing, the in-house guide service for Eagle Nook Resort, a four-star wilderness adventure tucked into a remote, roadless calendar setting, where Vancouver Island’s Barkley Sound meets the jigsaw channels and reefs in the

Broken Island Group. Our nose-to-the-window low-level flight through mountains, over saltwater and island scenics, from Kenmore Air’s Lake Union base in Seattle to the southwest side of Vancouver Island, including a stop at Canadian Customs in Nanaimo took a little under two hours. Then it took less than 40 minutes from when the DeHavilland Otter skimmed to a reflected landing in Jane Bay to board the 27-foot Grady White, pop out into Barkley Sound, hit eight chinook salmon, landing five and keeping three. Then we went in to Eagle Nook Resort for lunch.

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