I want to thank you, Scott, and your staff for an absolutely amazing experience. I can honestly say that in all of my travels I have never been more impressed. It was like staying at the Scottsdale JW Marriott in the middle of God’s country. Thanks again and I’ll see you in August!

Ken Leroux, Scottsdale, AZ

The entire team did a first class job! Your guides should be featured in a magazine. Those guys really work. Terrific food and the personalized service, wow! You’ve redefined a lost art. Thank you for a great adventure. The filets arrived in perfect shape – the final touch.

Harry Bradley, Lake Arrowhead, CA

Nani & Scott, Thank you!! Please pass along to Derek and all of your staff a BIG thank you as they were all very friendly & professional – you have a Great Lodge!!! Based on all of the other lodges I have stayed yours is the best!!!! I look forward to coming back again next year. Again Thank You & your staff for a great time.

James M. Boone, President/CEO
New England Sheet Metal Works, Inc.

Wow! What an experience El Capitan Lodge was! I don’t know where to start – everything being so fantastic! The cabins, the boats, the delicious meals, the hors d’oeuvres, the gear, and every single staff member, were without fault.

Furthermore, we enjoyed great weather and fantastic fishing as well as scenery and wildlife. If I tried to find a fault in our trip, I could never do so.

Thank you for such a great time there! It was a trip we’ll never forget, especially Russell’s 228# Hali! You obviously have a tremendous gift for hospitality – what a pleasure to enjoy it. Thanks for everything.

Todd & Russell Dermody, Seattle, WA

On behalf of my dad, Tom, and myself, Jack, I want to say “thanks” for an amazing trip. We both had an unbelievable trip to Alaska and you all made that possible from the moment we arrived at the dock to the moment we flew out.

You both know how to entertain while making everything appear effortless. The caliber of the staff and the quality of the service is above our expectations. I tell everyone that will listen about our trip to El Cap Lodge. You both should be very proud of what you have made the place. You’re making it better all the time.

We look forward to seeing you all in the future.

Jack & Tom McCoy, San Luis Obispo, CA

It is 5:00 Monday evening, I am home and have all of my fish unpacked. It is always good to be home even after an incredible experience like I just enjoyed over the last few days. I want to thank you both, your family and your wonderful staff for a wonderful, first class experience of fishing and vacationing. I feel like I have added some new members to my immediate family, but ones that I want to go and visit again and again. 🙂

I know that you two, with the experience inherited from your own families spearhead the operation, but I also know that you realize that none of it could be possible without the professionalism, personality and warmth of your team members. I refer, of course, to your very capable boat captains, the devoted folks who clean and pack the fish, the good people who clean up after us and keep us well fed with incredible FIVE STAR food, service and libations. This entire support team has been nurtured and created by example and it shows all the way across the board.

If there is anything I can ever do for you please never hesitate to ask. Thanks again for everything. My best to you and your parents as well as your entire team.

My sincerest best wishes and hugs.

Erik Rosand

Thanks again for a great trip in every respect. Our guests were all very impressed with the entire experience. The best way I can express my thoughts is witnessed by my reservation next year for 20 people. Thanks again!

Gary Stokes, Vancouver, WA 

I would like to again say thank you for a wonderful 4- days at your lodge. The service, lodging, dining, and outdoor experience were all exceptional. But most of all, the people of El Capitan made the trip truly a once in a lifetime experience. The guides, servers, the cook, fish cleaners/handlers, bartenders, and lodge attendants, everyone was pleasant, professional and seemingly just as happy as I was to be there. Certainly the culture of the lodge is set by you two. Our last night together enjoying your relaxed company and getting some real “personal time” at dinner and at the bar was a very lucky and value added experience. I wish you both a wonderful and lucrative summer and do hope to see you again next year. Again, thank you for a great time.

Jim Radomicki , Tabernacle NJ 

Many, Many Thanks for a very enjoyable experience. As I think you know, I have been fishing in Alaska at least once a year for 20+ years and the ambiance, physical comforts ( lodge and cuisine ), and especially the level of service offered by you, your establishment and all of your employees is absolutely the best. As a business owner for over 40 years I know the attention to detail required to meet the standards which I saw and experienced at El Capitan Lodge. These operational traits and the culture surrounding the operation is established by and comes from the top (you guys, the owners) and pervades down through the entire organization. Give yourselves and each other a big hug, you guys are doing it right and it shows.

Thanks again for being fantastic hosts.

Jim Peddie, Ventura, CA 


I wanted to reach out to compliment you on your operation.  You have a top notch facility, great equipment, and great staff.  Being born and growing up in Alaska I’ve had many fishing experiences both personal and as part of a lodge such as yours.  I have to put yours in the top tier for overall experience.  The guides, food/serving staff, and dock support and others were all great.  The location and fishing opportunities are awesome.  Your commitment to quality equipment, fish processing, scheduling, and guest service is top notch.  Glad I was able to be a part of the experience.

Thanks again.

Randy Waite, Anchorage AK


You made our trip this year spectacular! You opened up your lodge and made it feel like home to all of us. We can’t thank you and your entire staff enough and can’t wait to come back.

Tom Rogers, Mission Viejo, California

Just want to say thank you for all your generosity, kindness, and spirit during our stay this past week.

Great fishing is wonderful, but great hospitality is a true blessing.

I’m grateful, and hope to return to the greatness of, “El Capitan Lodge.”

Gary Cogill, Dallas, TX

I cannot thank you enough for another wonderful trip; the cabins are always perfect – clean; your team – staff members love what they do – they are enthusiastic, friendly and have a great sense of humor.  They take pride in what ever task they are undertaking and are not afraid to pitch in and work, not just do a good job but a great job.

Again thank you for  the best vacation.  We relaxed after a very busy year and re-energized at your lodge.   The good memories and freezer full of fish will keep us going till next time.

Vera & Bryan Matsumoto, Honolulu, HI

We had a BLAST, and you run a beautiful lodge. You should be very proud of your establishment and your crew. We can’t wait to come back and will be contacting you soon on future dates next year if not sooner this year. Again THANK YOU for everything, it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!

 John Holtman, Oceanside, CA

Thanks for the wonderful experience of your lodge, the fishing, the land and you….the people.  Just fabulous!  We had a great time and fishing was epic.  Our Captain put us on some great fish!  Lots of great memories, smiles, and some serious smack-talking amongst our group.  BIG FUN!!  I’ll be back.


Tom Deml, Little Falls, MN