Katie and I had the opportunity to visit the Royal Coachman Lodge this past June for a full week of fishing and filming. Royal Coachman Lodge is located on the Nuyukuk River inside the Wood-Tikchik State Park - our nation's largest state park. They are an intimately sized Alaska lodge, hosting 10-12 guests per week. They operate a fly out fishing program with two De Havilland beavers, accessing fisheries as far as 200 miles away.
I personally got the opportunity to test one of Gary Bolduc's custom fillet knives in Alaska this past summer, and if I'm giving out grades - I'm handing out all A's. Honestly, I don't normally get excited about knife designs, carbon rich steel, or the like. But, this particular knife was impressive in its stiffness and specific functionality toward filleting salmon.
A good fillet knife is worth its weight in gold, and as guides and outdoor professionals, having functional equipment that works everytime is paramount. These fillet knives are not only tough, but they're also beautiful. These knives are works of art - and they add a degree of professionalism to those fishing guides that use them. If you're a serious sportsman that takes pride in the quality of your fish fillets - check out Bolduc Knives.
From Gary Bolduc himself:
My knife ergo dynamics involves human factor science for increasing the ease, comfort and control of the blade during the filleting process. Length, thickness, design, comfort, hand control and sharpness have all been equated to produce the qualities my knives provide. Almost any filet knife will get the job done, although it would be more beneficial to filet quicker, easier and more accurate to not waste valuable meat and time away from the stream.
Fishing is a very enjoyable sport, but filleting your catch is an undesirable chore to most fishermen, including myself; therefore I have challenged to reduce the undesirables in my filet knives by consulting professional Alaskan Fishing Guides thoughts and opinions with my own experiences and testing for two years to produce the finest filet knives made today.
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