Our Team

Dustin Kovacvich

Head Guide & Partner
At a towering 6’6” and 300 lbs, Dustin Kovacvich – Nicholas Dean’s head guide & partner – shares perhaps more similarities to that of Sasquatch lineage at first sight than he does the makings of a world class fishing guide. But, underneath his Bunyan-esque figure, Dustin is one of the most knowledgeable anglers you’re likely ever to encounter. His unrelenting desire in pursuing Steelhead, Salmon and trout in often remote, difficult to reach places has made him a pioneer in exploring some of the furthest reaches of the Skeena system and northwestern BC. He also possesses a rare ability to find fish in difficult conditions and is an outstanding caster. A devout outdoorsman, well read and spoken, Dustin is also an excellent teacher and his ability to elevate novice anglers to a higher level within a short period of time is exemplary. These skills and abilities make him the natural leader as head guide of the Nicholas Dean team.

Chad Black

General Manager & Partner
Chad is an amazing asset and the face of Nicholas Dean. Most often for guests, he is the first and last person you see when joining us on your adventure. His love and passion for fly fishing and outdoor pursuits has brought him to Nicholas Dean and we are grateful to have him. You may not be lucky enough to have Chad guide you, but surely you will see that he does everything, marketing, sales, hosting and of course the chauffeur for all fly-in guests of Nicholas Dean. He brings a great deal of hard work, focus and demands the highest of customer service from our guides and staff, which makes him a great asset to the Nicholas Dean team.

Sky Richard

Assistant Head Guide
If you’ve ever hiked through the rugged northern BC wilderness with guide Sky Richard, you’ll come to realize that he’s part mountain goat, part river elf, part spey fishing jedi. He is a complete natural when it comes to navigating waters and leading clients to the best fishing around, whether by foot, raft or boat. Though quiet by nature, he is one of the most skilled anglers and guides you’ll meet, period. When he talks about fishing, you listen with both ears wide open. Sky literally grew up on the banks of the Skeena just upstream of Terrace and has spent so much time on the river he’s practically a fish. And, if you do happen to find yourself on the river bank with him, ask about his more harrowing river experiences – you’ll be entertained for hours.

Scott Young

Rock’n’Roll is the flavour that comes to mind when you talk and fish with Scott Young. From his long hair pulled back in a pony tail, to his Thunder Jet guide boat, Scott is a bundle of energy which translates well into his drive to put guests on fish. Scott’s love of Steelhead and Salmon fishing is conspicuous. He moved to Terrace in 2007 to live year-round in Skeena Steelhead country and has a cabin on the banks of the Kalum River, on one of the river’s juiciest runs. Consequently, to say that Scott knows the Kalum, Skeena and its many tributaries well is an understatement. A superb caster and teacher, Scott is a veritable fish magnet and guests always come back to the lodge having enjoyed their day with him on the river.

Pierrot Bernier

Experienced guide Pierrot Bernier comes with a rather impressive resume. Born and raised in the Skeena region, Pierrot has been fishing since he was 10 years old, when he landed his first Chinook salmon, has been fly fishing since he was 13, and has guided well over 10 seasons. A dedicated and passionate guide, Pierrot is an excellent casting instructor who excels at reading water, knowing where the fish are, and working with guests on the water. His strong customer-first work ethic makes him a true asset to our Nicholas Dean team.

Dan Rainville

Dan is the newest member to the Nicholas Dean team. Dan has been guiding for 12 years and is the lead guide at Queen Charlotte Lodge during the summer. The past 7 spring and fall seasons Dan has worked as a fly fishing guide and instructor for a different operation. We are excited to bring Dan's enthusiasm and experience to our team at Nicholas Dean. If you are so lucky to have Dan as your guide, hide your lunch, he loves food, fish and fun!

Rob Clough

Managing Partner
Rob, along with new partners Dustin Kovacvich and Chad Black, will help with all aspects of the business. Rob has tremendous knowledge of the fishing industry. Since 1999, Rob has worked with his family-owned and operated business, Queen Charlotte Lodge, in a multitude of different positions. Serving as Senior Vice President for the last 10 years, Rob has gained invaluable knowledge of the industry and is poised to help Nicholas Dean with their next steps. Since the acquisition of Nicholas Dean, Rob has been asked by guests what he intends to do? His answer is always the same. "We have a beautiful apple, my job is to help Dustin and Chad shine it up!"

As a steelhead fishing addict, Rob has always dreamed of combining his knowledge of the industry with his addiction. With the support of Paul Clough and David Bossons, QCL and fishing buddy friend, a deal was consummated in April 2019 to purchase NDO. Fortunately for guests and staff alike, Rob will be around the lodge throughout most of the season. He loves people and fishing so feel free to sit by the fire and hear his story. But beware, he'll want to hear your story first!


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