Posts Tagged ‘Perrault Falls Blog’

November Nostalgia

November 3, 2019

As we all have some nostalgia about our home away from home this time of year, I thought you’d appreciate a Wabaskang Update:

The water is Ripping! Check out the falls as seen on our Instagram page in this short video by clicking here:

Long time generational Wabby’ers (I’m making that a word) commented that they’ve only seen the water level this high once in their 60ish year span up here. The levels are so high, that combined with the winds, our docks that Ryan had moved unsecured from their anchor spot. Luckily Ryan spotted them with his binoculars and was still there to handle the situation. A secondary anchor system was needed and problem solved.

Ready or not, it’s beginning to look like fall is over…

Of course, a little snow hasn’t stopped Ryan from his projects. I had hinted in an earlier blog that Ryan was working on a cabin- here is the new porch on cabin 2 in progress. We are excited that it will double in size creating the perfect space to enjoy the stunning views. This is a major undertaking as we want to make improvements while maintaining the history by keeping it’s original structure:

So, there are a couple things I wanted to throw out there:

You may have caught a Facebook post about the 2019 Big Fish Gallery. I admit that there may have been some pictures sent to me that unintentionally didn’t make it on the Big Fish Page on our website, especially during the busier weeks. If this is the case, I apologize and didn’t mean to exclude anyone. Please resend me the pic via the info@tallpinescamp.com email address. Just a reminder to qualify, fish must be released, and their measurements should be at least or greater than the following:

Perch= 12″

Northern Pike= 36″

Walleye= 23″

Smallmouth Bass= 18″

Some of you others may have caught a big fish, took a pic and then released it, but just never got around to sending the pic to me. So if that is you, take advantage of some down time this fall and go through those pics to send.

Another way we are trying to improve communication is by updating our guest information. Many of you filled out our guest book in the office while you were visiting this summer. And many others may simply have the same phone/address/email as last year. Still there are numerous guests that let their group leader do all the correspondence but they would like to be included. We will be sending out a couple emails over the winter- newsletter, contest info, 2020 updates, etc. So if you don’t get an email from us by Thanksgiving, please let us know your contact info so we can update our records and include you!

As we update the tallpinescamp.com website with new pictures, we also are updating some other pages as well. Our 2020 Sports shows are now listed on there. There is a slight chance we’ll add more, but those ones listed are definite. Keep checking back in to see other changes as well.

Finally, while we hope everyone is in good health, we will continue Steve and Andrea’s newsletter tradition of sharing info of any guests that have passed. I have been notified of two already, so please let me know if there is someone else’s name you would like honored.

Stay tuned folks…

Encore to Fall

October 12, 2019

So after the last blog’s “Finale”, I continue with an encore of some recent pics and winding down of Perrault. Dutchies officially closed for the season, and other camp owners whom we’ve befriended have also closed up and headed home this past week. We are blessed to still have some hunting guests for the season that aren’t afraid of a little cold. Ryan is relishing this quiet time at camp to not only work on some projects, but also get in some quality bro time.

Ryan and his brother Sean are double trouble together:

And just when we thought we could close up the fish cleaning house, this happened…

Check out this 13incher perch:

Look at the vivid contrast in colors:

And what a mysterious looking waterfront:

We’ve had a lot of recent rain, and thus the falls are much like they were in early spring, ensuring healthy water levels will remain for the 2020 season:

A little cause-effect action: the falls were just insane this week:

Resulting in this (what happened to our beach?):

And speaking of insane…check out this sunset:

The first dusting of snow hit this week…

Fodder came in from one of our staple hunters who came a few weeks back:

Who I can’t help but think of Bugs Bunny Cartoon, Elmer Fudd:

Lots of mushrooms among the fallen leaves:

One of Andrea’s favorites, taken by none other than Andrea:

Hope all our Tall Pines family is enjoying all things Fall this season. Wishing everyone a nice long weekend thanks to good ole’ Christopher. My Dad and I have a long running debate over the Columbus Day meaning and who actually “discovered” America. I don’t think either of us will ever concede, but it’s always a good laugh. I may have another expert in my court now though; Dad, jusk ask Alexa 🙂

September Food and Fun

September 8, 2019

With a smooth turnover into week 16, Ryan and Earl were able to do some fishing on Saturday. No one was counting or anything, but Earl outfished Ryan 13 to 8- nice job Earl! So you know what that meant for dinner:

This is actually a fish fry pic from the Duckworths

Those two knuckleheads got out later in the week again and caught 50 walleye between the two of them- Earl outfished Ryan yet again. Poor Earl was complaining he couldn’t finish a smoke because of all the activity, lol.

So, guess what they had for dinner, again:

Colors are starting to change at camp, and the crisp, cool nights are coming along with it. Many heard how the Northern Lights were showing magnificently this week. I told Ryan to wake his #ss up for it- he spent 20 minutes on the dock Sunday night just watching it; said how beautiful it was but pictures didn’t turn out, so sorry to report that. Water temp is dropping to around 60 degrees and fish are starting to move deeper. Though temps have been cooling down, walleye fishing has been heating up both in numbers and size! Check out just some of the fish caught and released by Tall Pines guests this week-

Look at this 26.25″ bad boy that Russ reeled in:

Nice hat too:

Dave caught and released this nice 24 incher:

and a 25 incher:

Tyler’s 25.5″ beauty:

Mike wasn’t to be outdone by his buddies:

And, though the pic doesn’t do it justice in my opinion, the motherload caught by Tim (look at those clouds behind him) was this guy measuring at 27.25″:

Hope everyone is enjoying the opening week of Football. Ryan loves to eat snacks for dinner during football season. So all guests who were Bears fans were invited to come over to watch the game in lieu of traditional potluck this week. Then he (begrudgingly) invited Packers fans over too. Tough game- but good heckling and fun on both sides.

Some fall projects are starting to get underway- I can’t wait to share what cabin Ryan began working on this week- but you’ll just have to wait for now. I love the great responses to last week’s Facebook post “Which is your favorite cabin at Tall Pines?” Funny, how it’s the people you shared them with and the experiences that make the cabins memorable- they each have some unique quality about them- hence why the answers were all over the place! And thanks to all who still check in each week. Fall grouse hunting is almost here- if you can get out of dodge for a few days, it’s not too late to give us a call and we’ll book you one of our heated cabins. Til next time…

Heat Wave hits the Wabby

August 11, 2019

Saturday and Sunday brought the hottest days of the year up here in these parts. Ryan and I had chuckled over talk of the humidity back home, and this was our payback- 86 feeling like in the 90s isn’t what Earl and Patsy are used to; luckily a cold front came in on Monday to give some relief and stir up those fish. Windy conditions most of the week created some challenges for getting into the big lake, but still plenty of fishable spots to tuck up in. Walleye fishermen were pretty pleased this week as one regular guest said this has been their best year fishing for walleye. The fish cleaning house was busy with lots of eater walleye, northern, and perch being brought back. We have still been on the summer bite, but the transition is starting with those cooler nights. Can I just say, the best sleeping weather…

Beginner’s luck? This is Jenny’s first time on the Wabaskang and she caught this 25.5 inch walleye!    Caught in first 15 minutes of fishing! Congrats Jenny.

I wasn’t Jenny lucky, but was quite content reeling in this healthy eater size that made quite the dinner that evening:

Laura also did quite well catching a 31″ northern (her personal biggest fish ever). Love that the ladies were representing this week:

The Instagram pic of the week was Ryan’s 27″ walleye; he loves sharing fish stories with guests, so ask him about this one next time you’re up:

Ryan has a special relationship with fish; here a private moment saying good-bye to his walleye friend:

Clayton and Scott enjoyed bringing this nice stringer of pike:

As I returned from a minnow run one morning, I had to stop and just appreciate how Ryan and Earl take pride in making the entrance to Tall Pines Camp so inviting and clean looking. We always welcome those in the area or driving through to pop in to meet us and see what we’re about:

Camp life had a nice rhythm to it this week- I can’t begin to describe how much I enjoyed the group of women this week! From some deep conversations while blueberry picking, to yoga on the dock with an encore session later in the week, self-care sessions, and one of the best potluck spreads we’ve had all summer, thank you girls!

The Johnson family, another group of Midwest farmers, was such a pleasure to have with us. Kiddos Brayton and Bentley had fun changing Bigfoot’s outfits:

Thanks Brandy for this fun gift!

And here is Earl’s Inspirational Pic of the week (Bridget’s version of “dock duty”):

This week has me full of emotion as it was my last full week at camp. It was a glorious way to wrap up for me, embracing all the nature and time with guests as well as my hubby. Ryan and I were able to celebrate our 17th year wedding anniversary. Here, Earl and Patsy showered us with this adorable moose and bottle opener. Where to put them…

We celebrated on the Wabby. We used to do this same celebration on Green Lake, Kankakee River, or wherever we were camping for our anniversary, so it is a nice tradition to continue, just in another country now 🙂

Lastly, last week’s guests sent some great fodder:

A recent guest Mike was thinking of Tall Pines while he golfed:

Brent caught and released this phenomenal northern:

Tricia was determined to catch a northern:

And Addison reeled in this 12″ jumbo perch:

The girls who met last year were reunited – time capsule still there, and matching clogs to keep in tradition:

And Karen’s family got some incredible wildlife pics:

I know what you must be thinking, but this is not fake- this is actually real. Sigh…

Though my summer here at Tall Pines is coming to a close, there is still much fishing and hunting to be had this season- any guest that comes back a second time this season will enjoy 25% off! Inquire on some last-minute openings at info@tallpinescamp.com. Take care everyone!

Family Time

July 14, 2019

Fishing was still strong this week with those going out getting into lots of keeper Northern, walleye, perch, and smallmouth especially. Ryan encouraged guests to try some new spots he pointed out based on some windy conditions a couple of times. The tackle from our store also proved successful. With the July month comes a common theme of family. While we had lots of guys groups in June, we now see more families.

Jamie brought his grown son Cody up for some father son bonding. They took advantage of fishing long days and brought in some nice catches (all different species) for Earl to fillet. These two are good people (from the same small town my parents were from!) and we sure hope they can come back.

Greg and Jeanine brought their two boys to Tall Pine for the first time and Greg got into some nice fish. We also had some campers- Song and his family- that made Tall Pines a stop on their RV road trip for a couple days.

Tyler shared some quality pics from his trip earlier this season:

And, my parents joined us, driving all the way from Florida, to see Tall Pines for the first time and make a 2-week vacation out of it. It sure is nice to have family up here:

And while they enjoyed catching some dinner, my Mom also gave the nicest housewarming gifts (all hand-made with love and with perfect lodgy-warmth)

Some of us this week went to the local Whiskey Jack for some live entertainment. What a fun vibe it is there- Laura and Graham sure go out of their way to be such friendly restaurant hosts:

Dar sent this one of Janet and this nice smallmouth she reeled in:

Enjoyed some stromboli and reuben sandwiches for Potluck this week with some card playing after- perfect weather this week to have outdoors!

The guys took advantage of a lighter week by tackling some camp projects. From splitting wood, to laying brick, powerwashing, installing some railings, cleaning up the beach area, and landscaping, camp is looking pretty darn good.

This is also Earl’s Inspriational Pic of the Week- Ryan standing there while Earl seems to be the only one being productive 🙂

Relaxing Friday night- boats were in, guests checked out a little early, and another great sunset with a bottle or two of wine…Life is Good

Longest Day Yet Fastest Week of the Year

June 30, 2019

Week 6 was a wonderful way to wrap up June.

With Week 6 falling on the longest sunlight day of the year, it was a little like Vegas time as this week’s campers were all on their own schedules- some getting on the water at 6 a.m. while others having a leisurely morning and taking advantage of the afternoon/evening bite. It went too fast!

As far as water temps, they are slowly creeping up (low 70’s), and Mayfly hatch came and went in Ruby and is now in North Bay. Good news, is that where one area of the lake may have them, there’s always another area that doesn’t. Ryan had some great conversations with our guests on areas to try as well as those not worth going to based on current conditions. Guests were finding out that they didn’t have to go into 3rd lake and beyond, as our first lake was producing quite well. The leech bite is on now too.

The Yarger group sure know how to fish and were such a pleasure to talk with. This week’s Instagram pic was sent by Zach. Check out Heath’s 40 incher tiger muskie he caught and released:

The Bear’s Den Segler crew took advantage of the late sunsets:

With some intermittent showers on Tuesday and the winds picking up, Fred reeled in this northern:

And check out this beaut of a muskie caught by Tom and sent by Pat:

Greg and Michelle’s family had a nice mix of fishing and relaxing at camp. One day Ben and Stephanie took a quick break from fishing to get a little peddleboat workout in- our first guests to take out one of our water toys this season:

John and his Dad Karl drove through the night to get to Tall Pines. Their relatives had a cabin right next to Tall Pines years ago, and so they both have some great Wabaskang memories going back many many years. We love how they are just soaking in the father-son time and no matter what the fishing outcome was on a given day, they were blessed to simply be here.

Due to their experience on the Wabby, their outcomes were usually pretty good- above is John’s 17″ smallie and below is Karl’s 21″ walleye:

Phil brought his dad and son. Hayden reminded Ryan of himself at that age as far as fishing every waking moment while up here. He’d be the first to the docks in the morning, and would want to be out all day, and then at night he’d wade on the shoreline flyfishing- for 7 days/nights straight! Dad and Gramps were basically along for the ride but also got into some nice fish. Hayden’s enthusiasm and dedication to fishing is remarkable!

We enjoyed hearing stories from our campground guests that have been to over 200 lakes in Ontario alone! We pray Jane, Dale, Mike, and Vern made it home safely as they had to cut their trip short.

Last week’s Connor nabbed this 26″ walleye-

Bill and Kaity who celebrated their one year anniversary, caught and released these guys:

Sandy, John, and Kerensa had a fun week exploring and catching some:

And sometimes it’s about the smile, and not the fish, that makes a picture priceless:

I’ve been missing Parkview Church back in the states, but took advantage of church on the water this Sunday:

After catching a number of eater size walleye, I was happy to have to release this one:

Excited to get a project crossed off the list; the teacher in me was so excited to organize the laundry house . Not a dime was spent on this “re-model” as Ryan re-purposed materials and I decorated with things already around camp:

To wrap it up, Earl has become an integral part of the Tall Pines experience. With his unique perspective, we are starting an “Earl’s Inspirational Pic of the Week”. Each week I’ll feature a new pic that, while others at camp may overlook, Earl finds inspiration in, and hopes you all do too. Thank you Earl:

Week 1 Report

May 25, 2019

What a first week! Lots to share…

First, many of you are curious about the current water levels. Those that were here last year will be pleased to hear that the levels have risen quite a bit since last summer’s near record lows. Ryan estimates the water is a good 20 inches higher than it was at this same time last year. Yes! Water temps currently are in the mid to upper 50’s.

The days are getting longer, which provided extra hours of daylight to fish for this week’s group. The fish cleaning house was busy until 11 P.M. numerous nights. Earl sure became a favorite around here in no time.

The “Boots” group has been around through multiple camp owners. They estimated this is their 29th year and over 200 years Wabaskang experience between all of them. Ryan enjoyed getting to know them- and even took a day to go fishing with them (this is his new definition of “work”). The Northern were hitting good- many in the upper 30’s- 40’s range. Most guys were limiting out in eater size walleye with numerous trophy sized ones caught and released as well. I think the fact they keep coming back year after year speaks volumes of our fishery. They’ve definitely got the shorelunch thing down:

Dan and Tess were new to us this year, and made the perfect Tall Pines guests- we hope they enjoyed themselves and that they come back!

Scott, who we were lucky enough to meet this spring, reeled in this nice one:

That reminded him of this one caught a couple years ago:

At camp we added these in a few places:

And found a new hangout spot:

Ryan took Earl out one afternoon to show him around, but couldn’t not cast a few:

And since no one has sent a walleye pic yet, Ryan volunteered this one:

And then had a nice fresh walleye dinner (with a much smaller keeper size than the above one he released)…

He actually did do some other work too this week- Ryan found out the hard way that everything shuts down on Victoria Day; we still have a bit to learn 🙂 We also had some people pop by camp that we met at fishing shows or have been following the blog so that was neat.

Click below to hear that one of a kind sound:

While the snow/rain has helped us outfitters up North, we are reminded that it is quite the opposite in the Midwest. I know everyone is so over the all the rain! Our thoughts are with our farmer friends (Jake/Houli) and our numerous guests that rely on weather as their way of life. We are praying that crops can still get planted and for peace of mind for all.

With it also being Memorial Day Weekend, we pause to be grateful for all the servicemen that have sacrificed themselves for our freedom. While Ryan and I are excited to have a home and camp in Canada, we are still proud Americans through and through. God Bless!

And that’s a wrap: