May 1, 2019 Duane Foerter0

Approximately 20 years ago our managing partner of Queen Charlotte Lodge, Mr. Paul Clough, fulfilled his dream of owning a fishing resort.  QCL was not just another investment, but something he had dreamed of having since 1992 when his float plane flew above QCL with his buddy Dave Bossons.

A year after the purchase of QCL in 2000, an unexpected opportunity came about for his eldest son Rob to get involved with the lodge.  Rob took on the initial role of commission sales and part time guide, which is quite different than his Senior Vice President role of today.  Sharing Paul’s passion for fishing and the lodge business, it didn’t take long for Rob to gain a loyal following among guests and crew.

Nicholas Dean OutdoorsThose who work with Paul know it is customary for him to keep a little book of notes.  One midsummer day in 2017 Rob was enjoying a rare opportunity to fish with his father on the FishFinder, trolling offshore for Chinook salmon. As is his custom, Paul liked to fish and, at the same time, review some of the items on his list.  During their conversation Paul went silent for a moment, closed his notepad and  put it in his pocket. He tightened the drag on the reel that was set up in front of him, and then turned to Rob and asked, “Is this your dream son?  Is working at QCL what you want to do?”  “I know you love fishing, but QCL is my dream, what’s yours?”

Initially shocked by the question, Rob’s reply was as usual, honest and maybe a bit blunt. “Although I am super happy and still excited to be at QCL, my dream is to own my own fishing lodge.  Something in the freshwater side of fishing.  Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon either on the fly or with light tackle.”

Nicholas Dean OutdoorsFor those who don’t know Paul, he usually knows the answer before asking the question! This time was no different.  Paul responded, “Son, I know you’ve been wanting something of your own and I’m glad you’ve finally told me.  I have an idea, why don’t we spend the next years trying to find something that fits for you and your family?”

That brings us to today and the fulfillment of another Clough fishing dream!  Rob has just completed on a deal that will have him take over as owner of Nicholas Dean Outdoors, a guiding company offering world class guided fishing adventures for steelhead and salmon on the Skeena River and its tributaries near Terrace, BC.

Please have a look at the website www.nicholasdean.com and if you have any questions please send Rob and email at [email protected].  You may ask  “Why does Rob still have a QCL email address?” Simple, he will always be part of the QCL family and will still be involved with QCL and Paul on a consulting basis… 19 seasons of information doesn’t just transfer overnight!

Congratulations Rob, we will miss seeing you every day at the resort. But knowing you will drop by from time to time and that you’re just a call or email away is comforting.  All the best to you with Nicholas Dean Outdoors!


April 17, 2019 Duane Foerter1

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, made his much anticipated 2019 Fisheries Plan public on April 16.

You may see headlines in the media that say that fishing in British Columbia is shut down. To set the record straight, that is not true. The fact of the matter is that our Department of Fisheries and Oceans is very concerned about the low return levels of Chinooks to the Fraser River. Conservation measures are being taken to protect Fraser River Chinooks. These measures include non-retention of Chinooks in certain southern areas of the province.

The fisheries on the north coast and in Haida Gwaii, adjacent to QCL, are not part of the area considered for these restrictions. We will start the season with normal salmon limits for Chinook – 2 Chinooks per day and 4 in possession. Total salmon limits will also be unaffected with 4 salmon permitted per day and 8 salmon in possession. We will also have no Commercial Fishery in our area. That is fantastic news.

Regarding non-salmon species, there are slight changes in the halibut regulations this season, which we think most anglers will see as positive.  This season anglers will have a choice:

Halibut possession limit is either of:

—- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (head-on), OR

—- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (head-on)

—- The daily limit for halibut is one (1).

Limits for Lingcod and Rockfish remain unchanged from 2018.


January 15, 2019 Duane Foerter0

The MV Driftwood has been in drydock the past week for her quadrennial inspection. It’s always interesting to see what’s going on below the waterline!  We’re happy to report she looks mighty fine and will be ready to sail north to Haida Gwaii in May!

MV DriftwoodMV DriftwoodMV Driftwood


January 9, 2019 Duane Foerter0

QCL is lookin’ sharp at the winter sportsmen’s shows this year with awesome new displays! Be sure to come see us at SCI Reno, SCI Dallas and the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup.

QCL at sportsmen's showsSafari Club International – Reno, NV

January 9-12 (Wed thru Sat)
QCL has Booth # 773

Dallas Safari Club Convention – Dallas TX

January 17-20 (Thur thru Sun)
QCL has Booth # 951

Washington Sportsmen’s Show – Puyallup, WA

January 23-27 (Wed thru Sun)
QCL has Booth # 621-622


October 4, 2018 Duane Foerter0

Thanksgiving Weekend is coming!
Enjoy some of that delicious white fish you caught this summer! Lingcod and halibut provide some of the tastiest seafood you can find anywhere and we are always catching them up at QCL.  They’re so versatile and can be prepared a hundred different ways.  While you maybe planning for a turkey dinner this weekend, we recommend white fish for lunch!  Here’s a nice light recipe – perfect for a family gathering. ( from our latest cookbook, A Taste Of QCL Vol2 )

Cedar Plank Halibut



September 11, 2018 Duane Foerter0

Well here it is, September already, and once again we’re making the annual fall migration south to “the real world.”  Gone are those beautifully casual 5-minute commutes down the beach to the lodge or to the dock.  (You don’t want to hear what the alternative is like!)  The early morning light is now delayed past 7:00 and it’s coming later and later every day.  (Fun fact:  In June we enjoy 17 hours of daylight… in December it’ll be just over 7 hours!)

The Chinook salmon challenge!The 2018 season will be noted for exceptional Coho fishing (offshore), a windy July, smaller Chinooks, Steak & Lobster in the Bell Ringer, friendly medical doctors onsite 24/7, more GPS hotspots on the map, quick & easy halibut, fresh sushi on the deck and a 4th beautiful big red boat on the water!   QCL guests returned home with more varieties of fish in their boxes and many of them opted to add some tasty BC specialties like smoked sablefish and spot prawns.  It seems we saw fewer whales overall this summer and the same 5 sea lions were roaming around the grounds much of the time.

Chinook salmon success!The staff this summer was outstanding.  We had the benefit of several leaders returning in key positions to maintain consistency in training and operations.  And it’s always exciting to watch the stars emerge from the ranks of new staff as the season gets rolling.  Some of the most memorable moments come when we welcome the return of a guest who was here 10 or 20 years ago.  Their impressions of the “new QCL” are pretty wonderful and their recollections of “how it was” are heartwarming.  While we’ve made a lot of changes to the program and marked improvements to the facility, we’ve tried very hard to maintain the quality and the style of service that we built our reputation on.  That will always be priority #1.


September 2, 2018 Duane Foerter0

What a wrap to the 2018 season! While it might have been a bit of a slow start (by our standards) to the season this year, the past month has been cracker jack! Good weather and tons of fish around has sent a lot of smiling faces home in recent weeks. It’s taking some getting used to but the offshore fishery has been incredible. We’re finding offshore trolling tacks that are producing great results at depths from 55 to 75 to 95 feet and deeper. This is producing reliable catches of gorgeous Coho to 16 pounds, quite a few hefty Chum in the mid-teens and Chinooks to 20 pounds. Halibut catches are virtually instantaneous when you touch bottom; but you do have to weed through somme chickens to find the turkeys! All good fun.

Giant Chinook salmon fishing at QCLOur inshore fishing for Chinook salmon requires a different approach but it’s no less rewarding. The Tyee catch has been pretty consistent this month with several beauties in the low to mid-thirties coming to the boat every trip. And, just to keep everyone on their toes, there have been enough huge Chinooks around to reward the most dedicated Tyee angler! And it’s surprising how it can happen! Last week, on the first drop of the trip with his guests Bill and son Robert, veteran QCL guide Derek “Demo” Poitras started out at Parker Point. The herring must have landed right on its nose but before they had the second line in the water Robert was onto a heavy fish! After a serious tug-o-war, Derek slipped the net beneath a huge chrome buck and it was high-fives all around. Giant Chinook salmon at QCLWasting no time they did a quick measurement and this “king of salmon” was back in the water and on its way again. Taped out to 47-pounds it was one of the largest fish of the season. Fantastic catch Robert! Well played and kudos to you for choosing to let him go!

QCL Chinook salmon fishingOn the next day Jason A was on board One-Fifteen with guide Lance Mercer. Cape Naden has been especially productive this summer and Lance had “that feeling” when they decided to drop in there first thing. It didn’t happen right away but after an hour of teasing an anchovy along the kelp they were rewarded with a big hit and a screaming reel. Jason worked the heavy fish masterfully and Lance was able to keep them out of the kelp. This big beauty taped out to 44 pounds and Jason never hesitated to send it back in hopes that it’ll return to its home stream! Congratulations guys and well done!

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