Archive for May, 2017

A Good Week

May 28, 2017

Greetings!  Opening week went pretty well.  Frank was pretty tired of us and seemed happy to meet some guests, clean some fish, and get a glimpse of true Camp life.

Fishing was a bit funky.  Water temps are in the 50’s.  I figured walleye would have moved out a bit, but some folks were finding them at 4.5′!  Others were finding them a bit deeper, but 4.5′ seemed freakishly shallow.  Bruce’s group experienced the most success with a white or green jig head and a glittery blue twister tail (at least that’s when they left in their cabin).  Those guys are so nice and have such a great time.  It was particularly exciting to see Smedley;)

Big northerns were not in short supply last week!  Those who came looking for monsters were not disappointed!  I’ve added four to the Big Fish page (…scroll to the bottom and click) and should be getting a few more pics.  Since I posted Scott’s on our Facebook page (Tall Pines Camp, Ontario), I’ll share it here as well.  He released this 47″ monster and is taking us up on our offer to pay the price difference to get a replica (so someone else can experience the thrill of catching the fish of a lifetime):


Wow.  That’s about all I have to say ’bout that.  Paul and Tony caught their share of big fish last week as well.  I’ve put two of Paul’s northerns and a smallie on the Big Fish page.  Here’s yet another beauty, beautifully released:



I like this pic Paul or Tony took…it just looks like the beginning of a perfect day:


Was this a big jumper or a “fish on”?  Either way, it’s fun!


Paul always find a few piggy perch during his visit.  I chuckled to myself when I saw the lower left-side of this pic.  Sushi in its truest form??  You know I’d try it!


Paul always gives me a sunset…probably the end of a perfect day knowing him:


Karl brought the whole fam damily (at least, I think it is….) this year!  He and son Keith have fished with us several times.  Last year we met Dorothy, and this year we got to meet Joel!


Walleye were tough for Karl and Keith this year but they never give up.  Karl ended up putting a 23″ and a 26″ on the Big Fish page!  Karl is very, very tall.  When he holds the fish they just don’t look very big:(  Here’s Keith–not short by any means–holding his dad’s big fish:



Nice!  It’s not like Keith didn’t catch any walleye…


We had some cold days last week.  Keith had appropriate head gear:


I LOVED this picture when I found it on Karl’s phone:)


Hope to see all of you next year!  Bring more if you have ’em, Karl!

It was no secret we missed Sandra and Eldon this year.  They’ve become opening week staples over the years.  However, Vicky and Jeff–under peer pressure from their buddy Mike–moved their annual visit to opening week:)  This was good for me!  They fish hard but they come in and enjoy a bit o’ socialization.  Vicky and I are both a bit nerdy (Bazinga!) and both enjoy copious amounts of sugar.  Oy.  Here are Vicky and Jeff:


The group of four (including Kirk, a neighbor/new guy) had good variety fishing for the week.  Vicky usually outfishes everyone, and the guys are good sports about it.  Here she is with a couple of fish:



Mike and Kirk each added big bass to the Big Fish page:)  Here’s Mike with a smaller bass:


and a walleye…


Beautiful!  Kirk is not tall like Karl and knows it;)  Here’s Jeff holding a perfect keeper northern and Kirk acting as a size reference!


Love it!

Vicky’s always good for a beaver shot; I’d be lost without this:


The group of four is not opposed to having some fun at day’s end:


I LOVE this picture, will close with this picture, and will miss all four of you until next time!






Opening Week, 2017

May 21, 2017

Greetings and “Happy New Year”!

Yesterday marked the beginning of our 14th season at Tall Pines Camp!  We have a nice-sized group for our first week, minus two “fixtures” of the past several years (we miss you, Sandra and Eldon).  Despite absolutely beautiful weather for the last week or so, the angling gods have smiled down–dropping the temperature, hiding the sun, and even bringing some rain.  Water temps are warmer than we like–50-55–but hopefully a couple of cold, drizzly days will take care of that.

Gut bucket readings indicate that our guests were able to find both walleye and northern.  I’ve had no big fish reports, but Gruper saw a nice photo op of a decent musky yesterday!  I’ll try to keep you apprised of the week’s happenings.

I spent a couple of evenings just enjoying the calm before the storm



when it’s sooooo quiet around here.  ’twill be a while before that happens again!  It was so quiet I could hear the falls:


I’m still kitchening quite a bit.  This morning I made almond cookies and will frost them with, yes, almond icing later today.  Earlier in the week I made tiger bars (almost too rich for me), and prior to that had whipped up my favorite oatmeal cake.


To earn all of this kitchen time I’ve had to do a bit o’ work as well!  I’ve been painting and staining quite a bit.  I painted the ducks on Cabin 11


and the Eagle’s Nest sign as well


The guys have been muy busy!  Of course, Frank had to learn about getting the docks in

docks and our tree

(look at our tree!  she has really come into her own!).

Anyone who has stayed in the Eagle’s Nest knows that the old paneling had seen better days.  The guys reframed the window and replaced the front wall last week:



The difference is unbelievable!  We have new front doors for the Eagle’s Nest and Cabin 7 as well:)

The nice weather has pushed my rhubarb into overdrive!


Can’t wait to incorporate that into some kitchen time!  Although we probably need to get me out of the kitchen before I need sugar rehab…

On an uber-happy note, our Navy nephew Jake and his Navy wife Jessi welcomed baby boy James Sidney just minutes before Mother’s Day:)  Big brother Jack is 5 and pretty smitten from what I hear!  That brings our “greats” head count to 9 (5 boys, 4 girls) healthy, happy kiddos!

Stay tuned for fishing reports later in the week!






2017 Arrival

May 7, 2017

Greetings and Happy New Year!

We arrived in Camp on April 29.  Our trip was uneventful, but we were greeted with quite a sight:



Despite warnings about the impending snow we stuck with our departure plan.  We had to drive pretty slowly for about 50-60 miles of 502 and unloading was a bit more difficult, but we survived.  Check out the open water!

The snow lasted only a few days because of tremendous sunshine and semi-decent temps.  This fox did not care for our arrival:


Besides the fox, we’ve seen two moose just north of the driveway, a beaver, three otters


no, no, no!  Three live otters swimming in front of Camp daily!

We’ve seen a cute bunny being courted by a very friendly grouse:


great grouse pic

great grouse 3

great grouse 2

I was hoping he would drum but no such luck:(  Frank saw a mama bear with two cubs today–very cool.  Oh, how rude of me!!!  Everyone, meet Frank:


He comes to us all the way from Newfoundland!  He arrived via bus on Thursday and begins work tomorrow.  He is looking very forward to meeting our guests!  Welcome, Frank!!!!

Cabin cleaning is well under way.  I am exhausted.  I allow myself reward time each day, e.g., yesterday I had kitchen time for a reward


I broke out the Veggetti and made a nice marina.  Gruper had whole wheat rotini instead of Veggetti.  He was out of homemade cookies so I mixed up some marbled chippers

marble cookies


I fanned napkins (and Sal doesn’t think I’m paying attention when she does that);)

Today’s reward was to get to do a quick blog entry.  You’ve been very patient waiting for me to fire her up!

I’ll close wishing my father, Herman, a happy Heavenly birthday…he’d have been 95 today.  He is joined this year by my biggest brother Dan, who just passed away on April 15 from lung cancer.  He was 64 and leaves behind the love of his life, Connie, our oldest nephew Danny and his wife ‘Nessa, our niece Wendy, and our great-nieces Mya, Alysha and Emma.  Needless to say, it’s been a bit tougher transitioning this year but I’m getting there.  Thank God the sun is shining!  Here’s Dan with Connie (notice his TPC cap) at our niece Anna’s wedding:

Dan and Connie