Once again, on behalf of [our group], we'd like to thank you all for a great time. Our trip to [your lodge] was truly a success, and as usual the food and accommodations were wonderful.
As it turns out, it wasn't until the trip home that we realized how successful we really were. We met parties in the airports in Seattle and in Sacramento returning from Sitka, and found out that they did not limit out in salmon including a threesome that didn't catch any.
Much of the credit for our success should go to Captain Jeff for his dogged perseverance. And, despite the pesky sea lions, we were able to limit out even with a couple rookies on board. Please offer him special thanks for that and his solicitous concern for the old guy (me). Also thanks to Levi, the deckhand, especially on my behalf as I gave him a thorough refresher course in how to untangle a line and reel.
We're already talking about our return trip and I gave your name and information to the party from [a different lodge] that got skunked on the salmon.
Thanks again. -Ralph S. (June 2010)