Bonnie’s Turn!

August 19, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Photo Fest!  It took me a while to get through Bonnie’s pics but I have finally done so!  I have received some more blog fodder (thanks to Troy and Karen), so stay tuned in the near future for more great shots of life in paradise.

It’s been a very perchy week here.  Walleye are still quite scattered and challenging, which is unusual for this time of year.  Perch, on the other hand, are being caught by the dozens.  Our buckets were quite full this morning and have been most of the week.  I know that Mark and Joe released a 13.75″er and 13.50″er respectively.  I can’t wait to get those pics!  Tim sent his nice 24″ walleye photo this week (thank you) and I’ve posted that to our Conservation Awards page.

Our steady rains and once-weekly electrical storms continue.  Murray works in between rains at shingling the Bear’s Den gazebo; Eric works in between on shingling the Eagle’s Nest (done!) and our home (nearly half done!).  I’ve been working very hard–nearly day and night–guiding.  It’s almost constant these days.  I’ve had to conduct two hunts on several occasions to accommodate our guests.  Bonnie included some blueberry shots during her stay.  This is our current hot site:

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Diane and Addison were good pickers:

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Kraig is hunting.  He passed on one bear the other night.  He was chased out by lightning last night.  Perhaps this evening…

This is Fred:

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He and Tom are brothers who most certainly enjoy spending time together.

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Fred loves to fish!

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and–apparently–to guide:

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Everything but the bass, Bonnie!  I like this good, better, best sequence:

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Fred and Bonnie helped celebrate Liam’s northern:

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He was part of the entire fleet of boats filled with Fred’s kids and grandkids:

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The grandkids kept busy with fishing, floating and swimming:

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Those clouds look nice and fluffy–as opposed to these clouds:

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These birds belong in a scene with those clouds:

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Speaking of birds here are some local favorites:

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That one can keep right on going (we’re not big fans of pelicans around here)!

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I know it’s a dragonfly but he’s nearly as big as a bird!

Here are some lovely scenery shots:

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That’s either Joe or Steve fishing with Liam I think.

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Check out the American flag in the lower right-hand corner:

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Here are a couple of beautiful sunsets (we’ve had A TON this year):

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Here’s something you don’t see every day up here:

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Oh, that too, but I meant this:

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Yes, that’s a snake.  They lost sight of it under the boat…

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NO THANK YOU.  Lady overboard if I had been with them!

How about a collection of reflection perfection to create a distraction:

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LOVED this one:

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I’ll reflect a bit today on the memory of a wonderful girl I miss.  It’s been six years today, Mackenzie, and you’re still on my heart and mind at all times.

 

 

Mini Photo Fest!

August 13, 2016

I’m ba-a-ck!  We’ve finished another week at Camp and a new batch is arriving.  So goes the cycle.  Our week was OK.  The walleye hadn’t schooled up much until late in the week.  Most folks ended up with their take-homes, and I think everyone had a few good meals of fish.  Thelma’s goal was simple:  catch and eat her first-ever walleye.  She had met her goal by Saturday evening!  She and David tackled the fishing here and did a very good job:)  David released a 22″ walleye mid-week (thank you!).   Thelma was also an incredible picker, joining me twice and picking like a pro!

Bear baiting continues.  I grabbed a couple of pics from the trail cams.  Look at the butt on this one:

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Something sure startled all the birds:

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So it’s not just birds of a feather:

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This is Tom.

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He started fishing this lake a long, long time ago.  His first trips involved tenting!  He brought his dad and brother to Wabaskang, and together they made many trips.  Tom and his wife Jan

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were joined this year by their daughter Patti and her husband Jason.  They both “landed” on our Conservation Awards page a couple of weeks ago, Patti for a huge walleye and Jason for a huge northern.  Jason has provided most of today’s blog fodder!  Here is his big northern being brought in (that’s Tom on the net):

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Reminder of what it looked like:

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I’m guessing this had something to do with it(?)

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Jason takes nice photos!  Here’s one that will be a classic:  the new roof on Cabin 2 and the old roof on our house:

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Here’s a loon with two babies:

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I liked the sunlight playing on the wake:

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Amazing that birds can figure it out and people can’t:

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We’re now entering an entire reflection collection.  Steady yourselves–some of these are unreal.  I’ll start with an eye-teaser.  I thought this was a moose or something along those lines:

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It’s ducks!  What a fantastic pic.  Here are a few more…

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I’ve not seen the cliff interpreted like this before:

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It looks like a giant munching machine…even moreso in this pic:

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I’ve saved my favorite reflection for last:

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Thanks, Tom, for inviting Patti and Jason to share in your adventure.  I’ll bet you loved having them here!

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So I Lied…

August 6, 2016

Yes, I know I promised a bonus blog entry this past week.  It was so crazy around here I simply NEVER found the time.  Please accept my apologies:)

Fishing has certainly taken a turn for the better!  We saw lots of nice eater walleyes, perch and northern throughout the week.  We saw some HUGE bass as well.  I have no photos to add to the Conservation Awards page but suffice it to say we had a camp full (campful?) of happy anglers last week.

Gruper and I went fishing Monday for a spell.  We returned with one walleye (I caught none).  Vertical jigging was not working.  Our guests concurred:  trolling or drifting with harnesses was the secret to successful angling.  I heard about Rattletraps, etc. a bunch!  We’re just glad something was working after that awful slow spell.  Depths were still a bit sketchy…9-27′ was probably the range for walleye.  Perch were hanging around 8-9′ in weed beds for the most part.

Bear baiting is officially underway!  Trail cams are catching a bit of the action out there.  As we know, it’s not just bears interested in the bounty:

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We have a couple of nice bears sniffing around as well:

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This one has a mouthful of something:

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This one is smart…visiting just after dark according to the time stamp.  That might explain why he’s so big:

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Stay tuned for more fun with trail cams!

Bruce and Jean visited a couple of weeks ago.  I have incredible blog fodder from their family’s visit!  Bruce loves to fish and catches quite the variety:

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I think Jean enjoys reading, sunshine and just being on the lake more than the actual fishing…

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She is a kindergarten teacher (God bless them, every one).  I’m not sure but I’ll wager that this is something she’s doing for her classroom:

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Bruce and Jean and a good aunt and uncle:)  They helped out with their six nieces and nephews during their week at TPC:

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So Jean teaches kindergarten and Bruce teaches middle school math (oy).  I wonder which one sees more of this in any given school year…

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I’ll bet this was exciting…

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I loved this glittery ride shot:

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as well as Tom’s sailboat in the distance…

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We had lovely sunsets during their visit.  It was hard to choose a favorite so I chose a couple:)

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I’ll make no promises about bonus blogs this week.  That way it will be a surprise if I do one!  Until next time…

 

 

 

 

Looking up!

July 31, 2016

Hi all!

As we near July’s close things are definitely looking up at TPC!  Fishing has improved markedly with each passing day.  Let’s hope some warm temps don’t scare the fish off this week.

Rumor has it that a 32″ walleye was released yesterday.  Stay alert for that addition to our Conservation Awards page.  A beautiful 27.25″er was released by Patti last week!  I’ve added her pic and also put her on our fb page (tallpinescamp, ontario).  She hadn’t fished Wabaskang for 30+ years.  What a way to come back!  Her husband Jason released a 38.5″ northern as well!  Her cousin Steve released a 25″ walleye, too!  I’ll get their  pics added yet today (bandwidth permitting).

Well, it’s that time of year again:

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We have another incredible crop!  I have three gallons in the freezer already!  I’ve been guiding A LOT…exhausting!  Last week I guided Jen and Ellie three times:)  They are seasoned raspberry pickers who took quickly to the blueberries.  I’m guiding twice today, stopping long enough to do a blog entry and take nourishment.  I still have a few pieces of Wednesday’s rhubarb-blueberry upside-down cake.  Maybe that will strengthen me:

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I did a double recipe–good thing, too!  Speaking of potluck, we had just fewer than 50 people last week.  It was a two-turkey kind of week!

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It was a perfectly lovely feed!  We had many new guests, many used guests, and good friends to enjoy the evening with us.

New guests Jim/Jean, Joe/Vicky and Joey had a blast!  They had kind words for Camp and their experience:)  We like it when that happens!  The were quite successful in the angling scheme of things due in part to a neat app from Navionics.com.  Jim had a cool topo-like map of Wabaskang on his phone.  He and Joe used that tool to scope out fishing spots, not get lost, etc.  Stay tuned for more info.

Our guys in Cabin 3 took a few days to find their footing.  Terry’s coming back in a few weeks and was hoping for a head start;)  As the week progressed so did their catches!

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Nice!  They had some PIGGIES for perch–fatties!  I wish I could give you a consistent depth for walleye but we are getting mixed reports…anywhere from 9′ to 20′.  Oy, so it goes.  Anyway, we were just thrilled to see the fishing getting back to normal.

My seester Becky headed home last Sunday.  I don’t think I shared our button art pieces:

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I have blueberries on the brain in case you couldn’t tell!  Three guests visited Helen’s on the Lake and created beautiful work this week.  It’s a great mid-week diversion for those not wanting to fish 24/7!

Dengot, brother of Dongot, finally sent me his fish pics from a few weeks ago.  He made a nice collage!  His walleye was 24″ and his smallie was 18″:

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Tom and Carol returned and brought Carol’s brother Chris for his first visit.  Tom finds fish no matter when he is here.  He’ll be back in Sept. with our home boys as well.  Here he is with a walleye:

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and his bride Carol with one as well

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and her brother Chris with a fat bass!

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Speaking of bass, I mailed Doc M’s phone back to him and he found a couple of non-bass photos on it!

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I think it looks like the one on top is singing:)

I received a ton of blog fodder yesterday!  Plus, I need to show you Cabin 2 with its pretty new roof.  Plus, plus weather permitting, Gruper and I are fishing this week:)  I think all of that adds up to regularly-scheduled blog entries again!  I think I can, I think I can…

Time to hit the fields…again!

 

Just Checking In

July 21, 2016

I know, I know…it’s been a while.  This is typically our “r & r” time of the season and this year is no different.  We’ve had fewer people in Camp, I made a quick trip home (Iowa, that is), and fishing has been very tough!  Add all that up and we get fewer pictures and/or blog fodder, ergo the increased gap between entries.  I’m sure you understand:)

I’ve always been bewildered by the misnomer “may”flies.  I have yet to see one in May.  When we see them it tends to be mid to late-June.  This year, however, we could easily call them Julyflies.  We have seen small amounts of them for over three weeks now.  I would much rather awake to a giant hatch covering the entire 15,000 acres of Wabaskang than to a handful every day for weeks!

We continue to experience one big electrical storm per week.  This week’s was last night (thank goodness, though, because we could cut the humidity with a knife yesterday).  We believe that these storms do not help the fishing situation.  The fronts seem to stir up and/or confuse the fish in my opinion.

Our Arkansas guys in the Bear’s Den last week actually did pretty well on eater walleye.  They were fishing super shallow for this time of year (8’ish) and pitching their crawler and bouncing it back among rocks.  It worked for them.  Gruper and I gave it a go Tuesday (yes, our 2nd time out together this year!).  We picked up a couple of walleye.  Mine was a good 15-16” eater; Gruper’s was smaller.  He will be quick to point out, though, that he had first, most and variety.  I caught one of the world’s smallest northern:

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I think this moth was bigger:

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I enjoyed the walleye for breakfast the following morning.  I’ve also been enjoying my other favorite breakfast meat:  salmon!

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This week’s group have all fished Wabaskang in the past.  Everyone has picked up a few walleye but they are working for them.  Rod and family have been playing with northern and doing well!  He liked yesterday’s horrid humidity and south wind, so he headed to a favorite bay on 2nd Lake.  Son Corey caught a nice 28″er:

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Big sister Melanie was not about to be outdone!  She beat him by a hair with this 28.5″er:

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but then really kicked it in with this fat 33″er!

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Dad did a good job of showing proper release method as well:)

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Gruper caught a small smallie the other day–part of his “variety” win.  The Matzen brothers from a few weeks ago added four nice pics to our Conservation Awards page.  Their largest smallie;) was 19.5″!  They had several 18″ or greater and had a great time together.  Here are a couple of extra photos from them (thank you!):

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Scott was here nearly a month ago!  He released this beautiful 23.5″ walleye.  I told him he should have squeezed the tail!  Apparently the extrinsic motivation of a Master Angler pin could not persuade him to lie!

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I mentioned that I ran home for a few days.  Everything is fine.  It was an errand-running trip.  I returned to Camp exhausted!!  But, boy, did I get a good dose of love while I was there!  Jamie and Gavin were very happy to see me!

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Mya and Mackayla played at the park

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with Alysha and Emma

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Kay and I had a breakfast (and she had some slime)

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Sal and I got in a couple of good walks!  Rudy, Patty and I enjoyed a phenomenal shrimp boil

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hosted by a most lovely matriarch:)

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Some of you totally understand the value of good friends and family:

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Until next time…

 

 

 

Short but Sweet

July 7, 2016

Aloha!  That’s me giving a shout out to one of this week’s guests, Frank!  He and Dave are here after a couple-year hiatus.  It’s good to have them back.  At potluck last night, Dave reported returning a 21″ walleye.  Thank you!

I’ve not reported on potlucks much, have I?  We had venison loaf last night with a well-rounded assortment of good food.  I made a key lime dessert.  I’ve been in dessert mode this year.  Here’s a pic of a rhubarb-blueberry upside down cake from last week:

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It was a hit!  The previous week I made a fresh cherry and blueberry cobbler.  That baby was delicious if I do say so myself!  The cherries were compliments of Wayne and Shirley.  There were here celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary:)  That’s a long time!  Wayne added a bass and a perch to our Conservation Awards page (www.tallpinescamp.com).  I love this bass angle:

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The found a few reflections for me as well (thanks!):

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Lovely!  I liked this sky shot as well–inspirational:

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There were, of course, some rains during their stay…leading to this:

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There’s the slightest hint of a double there…do you see it?

They saw a loon on a nest and a merganser swimming near a funky den-ish thing:

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I finally received a couple of nice bass pics from Brian and Judy!  They were new to us this year and have decided to return in 2017!  One for the money,

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two for the show!

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Last week Addie and Bennett got busy inuk-shuking during Social Hour:

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I love the one on the left.  It’s a big rock with two small inuk-shuks atop.  I believe I saw a very cool inuk-shuk on my deck yesterday.  I’ll take its picture and share in a later post (thank you, Evan).

This week’s fishing has been a bit tough.  Mayflies are still here and there which doesn’t help.  Duane, Jan and Will have released some decent walleye (23″ and 20″ for sure).  We’re seeing some eater-sized fish in the buckets daily (all species).  We figured we’d have a tough couple of days given the storm we had Monday night…holy cow.  It was one of the biggest we’ve seen in our 12+ seasons.  I have promised a couple of nice boys a slightly embellished version.  Here goes:

It was a lovely Monday afternoon.  I invited Erika of Cabin 3 to go on a blueberry-scouting hike with me.  Since  her hubby Doug and his nephew Austin had not returned from fishing we took Evan and Warren (ages 11 and 9) along on the journey.  We took a bumpy, dusty road to the base of one of my favorite early-season blueberry spots.  We parked the Envoy and embarked on our hiking adventure.  Along the way, young Warren spotted actual blueberries on our path.  I explained that a bear had probably been scouting there as well.  We saw many wonderful pieces of my Canadian world:  a garter snake, bear poop, moose poop and wolf poop to name a few.

We had hiked quite a ways and I decided we should also check a raspberry patch not much farther ahead.  Indeed, both raspberries and blueberries are promising a super season, probably due to the steady rainfalls we’ve experienced this season:

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When we turned to begin our descent, we were greeted by a very ominous-looking sky.  It was BLACK and foreboding.  It wasn’t long before thunder and lightning greeted us.  We hastened our pace toward the still-not-in-sight Envoy.  Suddenly the wind picked up drastically, causing the temperature to drop about 10 degrees and removing all humidity from the air.  Warren suggested we jog; Erika and I increased our walking pace and kept chatting about random subjects.

We were still a good distance from the vehicle when the first raindrops found us.  Warren once again suggested a jog and we agreed.  As the Envoy came into sight the rain turned to sleet, pelting us painfully!  I had slowed back to a rapid walk but the punishing sleet had turned to hail and I fell into a trot again.  By the time we reached our chariot, hail the size of peas (and then marbles) was bouncing off all sides of the Envoy!  A curtain of rain prohibited easy navigation–as, again, we were a bit off the beaten path.  Slowly, steadily we worked our way back to Camp.  After I delivered the sweet family back to their cabin I joined Gruper in the shed and watched as the torrential downpour pounded everything in its wake.  The driveway was a big pond.  We couldn’t see but a few feet in front of our faces for some time.  I took these pics in between downpours and boat-pumping:

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It will go down in my memory as one of the worst storms I’ve experienced up here.

I was reminded of a poem written by a young lady, Alex S., whose entire week one season was filled with powerful rains.  She entitled it “Storms in Canada.”  I’ll have to see if I can locate that to share.

Until next time…

 

 

A Bit of a Breather

June 28, 2016

Greetings!  Can you believe June is nearly over??  Time has flown so fast this season.  Fishing is consistent.  Folks are catching their walleye limits, enjoying good meals of fish, and getting into our “variety fishing” time of year.

As is always the case, the last week of June tends to be our first “quiet” week of the season.  We have a smaller-than-usual group this week which is fine with us.  Gruper and Murray are trying to get the metal on Cabin 2, and it is a job more easily accomplished with fewer bodies in Camp.

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Staining of cabins and painting of everything else continues as well.  The men’s side of the shower house got a fresh coat this week:

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We had only one Big Fish award last week:  Wayne released a 12.5″ perch.  I’ve not yet posted his picture (because I do not yet have it…) but I was able to add Kari’s big walleye and northern as well as Lee and Cindy’s big perch(es) to the site (www.tallpinescamp.com).

Kari’s husband Dan got into some perch during their stay:

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and some walleye:

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We’ve had tons of wildlife sightings but few pics.  Dan and Kari caught this busy beaver (could it be Winona’s, AG?) hauling a branch:

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This wildlife hauls nothing

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Mama mallard is hanging around our deck.  She and her younguns’ adopted a piece of floating land temporarily:

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While Gruper and I were FISHING (yes, this early in the season!) we saw a gorgeous deer on shore:

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Yes, Folks, we went fishing in June!  I had a very good couple of hours; my hubby, however, could not buy a walleye.  He calls that “guiding.”  He did catch one of the smallest bass(es) we’ve seen on Wabaskang:

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Besides a few walleye(s), I caught some green reflections!

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The weather is very, very mild this week.  Temps are around 70 during the day, cooling off nicely for sleeping.  We ended up with more rain this past week but fewer of the strong storms.  Here is a particularly ominous-looking sky from week before last:

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The rain has made for some low-maintenance beauty around Camp:

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Gruper shells lupine pods for me every fall.  We spread(ed) them along the wall in front of our house.  I LOVE the results!  Thank you, Honey!

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This beauty is NOT low maintenance in any way, shape or form:

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Diva.

The rain has kept water level very good for this time of year.  We have no beach!

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Mark’s been gone for over a week now.  Remember I mentioned that he’s a perch snob (only likes those 10″ and greater).  I think he said he lowered his standard to 9″ this year but I believe he and Sandy got their limit of piggies…

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Our friends from home have been gone for over a week as well:(  Jan actually changed Gruper’s diapers when he was a baby:

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That’s Jeff on the right.  He thoroughly enjoyed his first-ever trip to Canada!  Murray gave him and Annie royal treatment:

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Jan hob-nobbed with our resident construction crew as well!

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I didn’t want to say good-bye!  That’s Annie, Sheri and Amy on their last night.

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Jan joined her family for an excellent shot:

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Grinning ear-to-ear as I look at them!

 

Fun with AG and KB

June 21, 2016

Welcome to a bonus edition of the blog!  Aaron and Kevin are referred to as “my guys” because they first found TPC at a sport show while I was manning the booth.  They made several trips around the show, gathering intel and asking questions.  They chose us and have stayed with us ever since (7ish years).  These guys keep an extensive, on-going record of their annual trips and, as a result, take LOTS of photos.  I like to take my time and save my faves for blog fodder.  Let’s see how we do this year!

Aaron is FULL of energy.  All of the photos I saved of him this year end in “-ing,” e.g., Aaron hiding,

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playing,

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stealing,

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climbing,

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Somewhere in between playing and climbing he was shaving…

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There’s the AG we know and love!  Prior to a simple-fix boat malfunction he was rowing

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and being towed:

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THANK YOU TONY, JACK & LINDA!!!!

KB had a most-expressive face this year!  He was mugging all over the place–like the hotel,

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the truck,

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the cabin,

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and the boat

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Beer is a common thread among my guys’ years at TPC.  They like craft beers as well as beer beers.  They have celebration beers, certain occasion beers, traditional beers…

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and my personal favorite…punishment beers.  This year was a ginger beer that KB had to drink for catching the worst fish:

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Nice.

I wonder if anyone lost their shirt over that bet…

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Yes, my guys do actually fish…A LOT.  They fish all day, every day.  They explore nearly all 15,000 acres in the course of their week.

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That’s a mighty big net, AG:

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They do eat some fish but they like to mix it up.  They brought ribs to potluck (a guest favorite) and managed to have steak and chicken, too:

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Meals like that are probably why KB needs this:

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The guys saw a bear this year but were unable to get a photo.  Instead they caught a deer (next to a beaver hut), an eagle and our pesky geese…

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They always seem to get some beautiful scenery as well!

I LOVED this perspective

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and this close-up

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This was a fave as well:

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This might be the last pic of the A-frame looking like this.  Its owners will be making some changes this summer:

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These pictures sure do rock (sorry):

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Wow, I LOVE that one!

They got a shot of real glitter and one of pollen glitter:

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I posted a pic of KB shooting the same sunset as I during their stay.  Here’s his capture and one much, much later:

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Everyone awoke to a very foggy morning during their stay:

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The sky stood out as a theme this year.  I always love holes in the sky.  I believe our loves ones who have passed are checking on us or checking in with us;)

skyhole

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I liked the dynamic in this pic:

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Here’s an angry sky (we’ve seen that this week as well):

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I called this one “the incredible lightness of being…”

 

 

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Simply beautiful.

It’s time for your favorite game:  Is it my imagination or does this look like…

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some of you said “hot dog”; others said “smile.”

I saw something on the far right side of this one:

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Yep, a flying pig.  This one was a toughie for me…

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I see splayed fingers holding a shot glass to an open mouth.  This one reminded me of swans in some way(?)

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This one reminds me of two great friends who enjoy their week together to the Nth degree!  Until next year, mes amis!

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Happy (belated) Father’s Day!

June 20, 2016

Hi there.  I started a new entry yesterday but inclement weather prevented its publishing or even saving:(  That’s OK…I think I can get ‘er done today.

Last week proved to be pretty darned good!  We saw several eater-sized walleye and I believe everyone took their limits home.  Perch and smallies were still quite shallow; the walleye are beginning to move out a bit (12-22’ were the reported depths last week).  I added four new fish to the Conservation Awards page of our website (www.tallpinescamp.com):  two walleyes, one bass and one ginormous northern!  Yes, Dave’s 48.5″ northern is the largest we’ve seen in our 12+ years (46″ was the previous best).

This is Dave (yes, Dave of the ginormous northern):

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This was his first visit to TPC.  He accompanied his cousin Joe, a long-time guest of Camp:

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I think Joe enjoyed showing Dave the ropes and playing host to his cousin!

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They did a bit of road-tripping

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and were even able to add to the brag board in Ear Falls:

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Mostly, though, they fished:

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joesbass

joesnorthern

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perch

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They even landed a walleye off the dock!

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Our scenery was all new to Dave (you know how I love that)!

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The next two are my favorites!!

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Hopefully Dave was inspired enough to want to visit our little paradise again:)

John, Marie and Dora invited Beth along for her second consecutive year (she likes it here).  John added the two walleyes and Beth added the smallie to our big fish page last week.  John is a good guide and a good guy…new word possibility:  guyde?  Anyway, check out this nice variety mess:

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This fish hard and do pretty well!

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Dora totally ignored this walleye (she prefers northern slime):

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Nice catch and release, Beth!

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They got pretty close to a loon (or maybe it was Dave…I get my pictures confused sometimes):

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The lily pads are starting to bloom

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The blooms are yellow now.  We end up with some big white flowers on them later in the summer:

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Rocks are always in pictures from John and Marie.  Here are a few:

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I like the bit o’ orange reflection in this one–NICE:

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As I mentioned the weather has been a bit testy for a couple of days.  We had a lot of rain yesterday morning, a semi-mild midday, followed by a HUGE thunderstorm including hail last evening.  Lighting hit near the campground but nothing was hurt.  Freya was so freaked out I couldn’t find her even in her best hiding places!  Today we are very, very windy.  Folks have ventured out, and I anticipate good fishing results from those who can weather the winds.  The rest of our week looks quite pleasant weather-wise.

I still owe an entry from Aaron and Kevin and will try this week to do it as a bonus.

A special shout-out to Annie, Amy, SirJeff, Sheri and Jan:  we very much enjoyed having you here last week!  We’re glad you made it home safely and miss you already!

Until next time…

A GREAT Week for Fishing!

June 14, 2016

Holy buckets!  I just finished adding 14 pics to our Conservation Awards page (www.tallpinescamp.com) and I’m waiting for a few more (you know who you are)!  The weather seems to have stabilized (cool, damp, etc.) and the fish have settled into their “usual” haunts I guess.  Walleye are hanging around 8-10′ for the most part.  Folks began perch hunting around Tuesday, i.e., “I have all my walleye for take home and now I’d like to pack some perch.”  They–the perch not the people–had been spotty all week…one here, a few there.  By about Thursday, however, we began seeing worthwhile amounts of skins in the gut buckets.  Reports were that they were still very shallow (3’ish) but beginning to school up nicely.  We’ll see how Mark does this week…we know why he’s here;)  Bass are nesting and we again have a couple we can eyeball from our deck:

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Several (very) nice bass were caught throughout the week.  Tony, Jack and Linda enjoy fishing for bass and northern.  They added a couple of nice bass photos to our page last week.  Jack reported using a Silver Reaper spoon (no longer made…and he’s down to two). For northern fishing, he used a #5 Mepps (silver).  I’m not sure what they use for walleye, but they seem to have it down to a science!  Linda released a nice 23″er:

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Tony released a 22″ and a 24″, and Jack released a 26!  Here’s the 22; you’ll have to visit the big fish page to see the others:

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Tony and Jack will be back in August.  Hopefully they’ll add some more pics to our pages!

At (our first) potluck of the season we asked for a show of hands from those who had released an 18″ or greater walleye.  It was amazing how many hands were in the air!  Thank you for understanding the importance of conservation fishing!  Skip and his crew do a great job of releasing fish.  It’s come with time but it has come!  I’ve added several pics of his crew to the Big Fish page. Skip added a nice northern and a couple of smallies, William added a smallie, and Jayden added a 24.5″ walleye.  Dean released a 12.5″ perch and a 24″ walleye (on the Big Fish page).  He also caught this:

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We saw quite a few crappie throughout the week.  Here’s Laura’s:

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Nice,eh?  Laura and Ryan have been guests of ours for many years.  They have brought their two sons, Brayden and Parker, for two years now.  What’s funny is how hard those boys fish!  Brayden released a 38″ northern, and Parker caught his first-ever fish:

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This whole family catches fish…because they fish!!!

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The Schneider brothers returned yet again!  Dave added a 26.5″ walleye to our Big Fish page.  The guys truly enjoy each other’s company.  Shore lunch seems to be a tradition:

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They saw a LARGE loon egg…here it is next to a wallet:

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They caught a couple of good sunsets as well:

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Speaking of sunsets, KB and I had the same idea about this one:

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It was very, very beautiful:

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KB and AG (Kevin and Aaron) were here last week.  They left their camera card which I’m combing through.  I’ll do a special edition blog entry of their stuff in the near future.

I mentioned potluck a bit earlier.  We had a lovely evening and a great turnout!  I served venison loaf.  Gruper took a couple of pics:

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potluck

Can you believe no one here had heard of a Veggetti???  I told them about mine.  I’m sure everyone will now go purchase one.  Some of you may be asking yourself, “What is a Veggetti?”  It turns a zucchini into a Veggetti spaghetti!!  So, when Gruper has beef (thank you Sandra and Eldon)

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Andrea has this:

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and we are equally delighted:)

Oh, say, crappie wasn’t the only odd fish caught last week!  Bill released this:

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Yep…another musky (37.5″)!  He also released a nice 34″ northern:

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He and Jay have visited us several times.  Their buddies Mike and Denny were new to us.  Mike added a beautiful walleye to our Big Fish page.  Jay released a beauty, too!

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Cindy caught an odd fish too…

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Well that sucks;)

Throughout the week odd things were happening outside my window.  Ronan took a rather cool dip (I hope he made some money on the deal).

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An island floated by.  Murray thinks maybe a couple of retirees were set out to sea:

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Wow!  That was a pretty meaty blog entry.  I can close by saying it rocks!

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