Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

The Deep Freeze might be over!

The days are getting longer but the cold is still present in the North!  The weatherman says we are past the bitter cold.   We have had quite a bit of snow so far and we have not gotten to the snowy part of winter.  The water was fairly low last fall, I expect the water levels in the spring will be normal to high depending on how quick the snow melts.

I have been working out on Lake Manitoba chasing the Perch around.  Fishing has not been as good as last year and it has been cloudy and stormy a lot recently.  After days on end of not seeing the horizon, shoreline or anything further than a quarter mile from you, you feel like you are in a bubble all day.  Operating with a Bombardier built in 1954 out on the lake 13 miles or more there are many dangers.  Breaking down in the cold really sucks, especially since there are less and less commercial fishermen out there.  We have GPS and good cell service but in a storm it can be hard for someone to find you, and you are not walking home thats for sure!  Crossing the ice crack, a normal part of being out on the ice was just too dangerous this year.  We pulled out our nets that were on the other side of the crack.  The last crossing we made, the crack broke off on both sides and looked like it was 15 to 16 feet wide!  Luckily the momentum and the long track spread out our weight enough to carry the 5000 pound machine across.  Nothing but blackness below.  Too much even for us.  There is just as much fish to be caught closer to home.

Here are a few pictures from my time out on the ice so far.

john blog

This summer you will see me with a new side-kick. Dusty is a pure bred Husky. I think she will be a great partner in the bush for me! She has been on the lake with me everyday and is right at home.

john blog

A stormy day is a little better when the sun is shining. There was a sundog on top of the lower one. It blew for almost a week after that day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

john blog

Dusty has it bred into her to get out of the wind. A boat cushion on the ground gives her a good seat to watch the fish come out of the hole, when she is not sleeping.

john blog

After a ton of snow and lots of wind, the lake looks like a desert. Traveling is slow due to the sharp snow banks.

john blog

On the calm days, Dusty is under foot most of the day attacking the Pike as they come out of the hole, she doesn't like them at all!

john blog

When you catch thousands of fish some of them are bound to look different. This perch must have been the smartest one in the lake. He had a huge brain and big eyes! Not so smart now though. He is on his way to the East coast or the Midwest to be enjoyed by someone.

Remember that we are continuing to book people for 2013, don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a vacation with us in the pristine north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is over.

The camps are closed, the boats have been washed and tipped over.  Our season is done.  The Otter is still at the dock, my only remaining flight is to put it away.  It was a good season overall.  The weather was great for the most part.  A little trying at the beginning and at the end.  Thank you to all of our new guests and old friends who came through our doors this summer.

Moose Hunting 2012

This year started out with a bang.  We had moose calling on the first night of hunting.  Moose were active.  After harvesting a couple of nice Bulls early in the hunt and our hunters at the Cobham harvesting a cow, the Moose went quiet when the wind began to howl. john blog

john blog

john blog

john blog

Moose hunting is a hard adventure to go on at the best of times.  This hunt is not only physically demanding but also mentally.  You should not be going on a hunt of the largest animal in North America thinking that it is going to be like deer hunting where you see animals everyday, taking your pick of the biggest one you see.  Most of our moose hunters are return hunters and know how hard it is to get close to one and how rewarding it feels to get a shot at one of those elusive beasts.  If they do not want to talk to you or come out in the open it can be very frustrating.  It takes a patient hunter to slow down and figure out what the next step should be.  The moose are all around us out there.  You either love the solitude of hunting moose or it will drive you crazy from frustration.  You can never give up.  I have shot many moose on the last days of a hunt.  The most memorable was at 7:07 on the 7th day of the hunt!

I do get to see some great sights spending so much time outdoors. john blog

john blog

john blog

Then one day, I noticed the squirrels were putting their feed up in the trees. you could feel the weather was going to change....

john blog

It changed, it snowed for 24 hours. A cabin day, making fire, playing cards and maybe having a few cocktails.

john blog

There was around 14 inches of snow. Hanging heavy on the trees. It made getting around even more difficult. The rocks became even more slippery and the trees and holes were hidden.

john blog

john blog

It was a tough hunt as always, and if you are one of those hunters who loves the hunt, you will do it over and over, if you are successful in tagging a moose or not.  The time spent in this pristine country is time well spent.  A true moose hunter will be back next year.

We have been busy!!!!

We have been in the bush for a week and working 14 hour days, taking advantage of every minute of daylight.  The new cabin on Dark Water Lake is roughed in.

john blog

 

john blog

john blog

Dark Water Lake has an awesome view from the dock in the morning!

john blog

Mother Nature seems to enjoy making life difficult. It rained or snowed on us every day!

john blog

The cathedral ceiling being erected.

 

john blog

All of this would not have made it here if it hadn't been for the good old Otter! Here she is steady as a rock.

 

john blog

Here is how I left it tonight. If Mother Nature allows us to fly we will close the cabin in and build a deck on the front.

We will be finishing the cabin as soon as we can but have to open all of our other camps in preparation for the upcoming season.  I will try to let everyone know how the water levels are as soon as I can.  It feels great to be back in the bush, I really missed it!

 

Click for Red Lake, Ontario Forecast