“The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!”
The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements.
This year there is a great front porch - screened in - four the four cabins on Angler's Row. There is also a new dining room building for the staff. They are beginning to build a new boathouse near the water to store and repair boats. I notice new 70 HP motors on some boats to get you in and out of spots more quickly (more time with lines in the water = more fish). Every year is the same way - constant improvements.
Additionally - even though the staff is outstanding every year, this year was exceptional. We were greeted by 15 people or so when we stepped off the plane - hugged by some past staff, hands shaken welcoming to Aikens by new staff - everyone with a smile.
We're already signed up for next August - can't wait. My son has made the "Century Club" three years running and looks forward to attempting to keep his streak alive.
The fishing is fantastic. The guides are all amazing (shout out to you Jesse L.!). The lake structure is great, and everyone has a great time. My son caught a 28" walleye, being registered in Manitoba as a Master Angler. What a great bonding trip. I have a fishing buddy for life and can credit the entire operation at Aikens for doing such a fantastic job.
My favorite part is the fellowship and camaraderie of the entire group - led by Pit and Julie, Patrick and others - you can tell the entire team enjoys their time together and while they are very professional in serving the needs of its guests, they have a good time as well.