Foreword by Mark Hume
Artwork by Dave Hall
The idea for the book was sealed with a handshake on the bank of the river with the two men agreeing from the outset that the story of the Babine had to be something more than just another “how to catch them, where to fish” manual.
To achieve this goal they listened to & now present the voices & images of a large & distinguished cast of Babine fishermen. Contributors include Joy (Madsen) Jenkins, window of Ejnar Madsen, the pioneering lodge owner who left Denmark for Canada in 1952 when he was 26.
The following year Ejnar was working for Mac Anderson, another pioneering visionary whose dream it was to see Norlakes, & its even now remote wilderness setting, recognized as an internationally famous destination for discerning rainbow trout & steelhead anglers.
Within a matter of a few years Ejnar & his first partners had bought Norlakes & he had married Joy, then just out of high school. Together they raised their family of two sons & a daughter & welcomed their Babine guests until Ejnar’s death in 1983. Three years later the Madsens decided to sell the property & Norlakes continued to build its reputation under new owners, the Cleggs.
The ensuing quarter century has given Pierce Clegg a unique view of the fishery & of the entire Babine watershed, one that has led him to become a dedicated & often vocal champion of its fish & wildlife & indeed of its entire ecosystem.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Pierce Clegg, originally from Corvallis, OR has owned & guided at Babine Norlakes Trout Lodge & Steelhead Camp since 1986. When he is not in camp, he lives with his wife, Anita, & their family in Smithers, British Columbia.
Peter McMullan came to Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1971 from Belfast, Northern Ireland with his wife, Daphne, & their two young sons. A journalist & communications manager, he retired back to Nanaimo in 2000 after living & working in Vancouver & Dublin & continues writing about fishing, a lifelong passion.