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Started by AL trout bum, July 28, 2015, 23:59:13 PM
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"There are certain people who like to be getting something done all the time. In anything they do, they want results, and fast. These people should avoid musky fishing. Of all man's activities, musky fishing may well be the biggest waste of time. It ranks ahead of golf and jogging and is right up there with chasing geese and hunting snipes."
Several months ago, my buddy Greg asked me if I wanted to go to Canada with him on his annual trip to his family's cabin. I didn't even have to hesitate to agree to go. However, I had just moved to Birmingham, AL for a new job and was on a 6 month "probationary period" where I wasn't allowed to take vacation. I made some promises and did what I needed to do to get the go ahead. I told Greg I was good to go. Now the hard part, waiting.
The day finally arrived that we would depart Alabama for our 27 hour-drive to Canada. The first leg of the trip involves a straight 9 hour drive to Brookston, Indiana to meet up with Greg's uncle. There were some interesting sites along the long ride up....
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The wind started to pick up pretty good after lunch, so we decided to motor in to get home in time for happy hour.
And it did...
It doesn't get dark there until 10:30pm, so we were able to fish for quite a while everyday. A nice bonus after a good day of catching two musky was enjoying the sunsets over the lake.
The window right behind my bed...
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The next morning, we waited around until 8am so we could listen to the weather on the radio. The forecast was "Cloudy all day with 40km winds that may shake the trees." Sounds like another musky day! So we headed out...
This looks good...
We decided to break for lunch before continuing...
We sat on the back deck and shared fishing stories from the day over cold Canadian brews. Not a bad way to unwind for a bit...
Greg's mom made some awesome blueberry and orange oatmeal muffins for breakfast, and we planned out our day. The portage was an afternoon outing, so for the morning we went exploring. I was going for musky and Greg was trying to target smallmouth. I had several follows, but they wouldn't eat. Greg finally connected with a hefty smallmouth that acted like a smallmouth and refused to give up the fight...
After that we headed back in to meet up with Greg's dad for the afternoon portage. Our goal was smallmouth, although this portage lake holds walleye and musky too. Because all 3 of us were going to be in a small boat, I was the only one fly fishing while they spin fished.
We saw some huge moose tracks on the trail before arriving to our lake...
And it was...
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I not only discovered a new to me species to pursue, but I found a new appreciation for lake fishing. We worked extremely hard for the those fish. We covered roughly 150 miles of shoreline, spent 63 hours on the water, and made thousands of casts, most of which were 9 or 10wts with big musky flies. Most of the time we were dealing with 20-30mph winds too. When we weren't fishing, we were collecting things to eat or sitting around drinking beer and talking about fishing.
"A typical conversation between musky anglers might go like this:
'How'd you do today?'
-'Great day, raised 8 fish. One went about 40 inches.'"
That's musky lingo for "I saw eight fish, but didn't catch any."
Now I have to hope Greg needs a friend to go again one year!
So much good bd;0
That is not musky fishing, you caught way too many musky
Seriously good trip. All aspects.
Thats a dream trip dude. Stellar.
Awesome report. I know the area well. My dad does an annual trip crossing at Fort Frances and flys out of Nestor Falls to 1 of 4 lakes the outfitter has cabins on near woodland caribou park. I no longer get sponsored so I usually don't go anymore.
I think I have actually met your friend. Does he make bamboo rods?
Fuckin' A man, that was awesome! 0:0
Damn! What a sweat trip.
So you can only take one case of beer per person into Canada or can you take more if you pay a tariff? I remember Canadian lager as particularly shitty.
that looks like one helluva way to spend a week. is greg taking new friend applications?
Well shit dude. Don't ever go musky fishing anywhere else.
Quote from: AKAaron on July 29, 2015, 09:16:34 AM
I remember Canadian lager as particularly shitty.
I remember Canadian lager as particularly shitty.
Don't you bring Kokanee into this.
1. Clearly you suk
2. Post nominated for the POTTY Award (Post of the Year, deatails to be announced 4Q15)
3. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that you SUK!
Awesome! bd;0 bd;0
Love the canadian shield lake fishing. Been up there a couple times and it's amazing - only downside are the booze expenses and the drinking/boating laws in Ontario.
100% awesomeness. Helluva trip!
Shut the front door, that was good!