Posts Tagged ‘Wabaskang Lake’

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…

August Adventures

August 25, 2019

While I transitioned into life back in the states, Tall Pines guests were crushing it on the Wabaskang this week. Water temps are dropping- now between 66-68 degrees. The weather has been comfortable- hovering around 70ish. The walleye were biting solid this week! Cabins 3 and 5 did really well with walleye and perch. The signs of a fall bite are there, so Ryan is getting pumped!

Colton and Andrea, Tall Pines veterans were nailing over 30 walleye a day consistently.

Chrissy sent in a few pics- here’s Jim’s 33″ northern:

Cabin 3 walleyes one day:

A basket full of sunshine:

Ryan had his first attempt the blueberry picking duties this week. Not too bad…

The previous week’s Sharon was generous enough to take a group last week. She was a two-weeker, and brought canning supplies to camp. She made 42 pints of jam on a picnic table with a hotplate:

Some pics that came in the last month:

Gabe sent this one of a 23″ walleye he caught and released last week:

And here Brayton posed with his first fish caught in Canada (we hope his first of many more to come). Love that grin:

Those that were at camp this year undoubtedly saw numerous ducks around our shoreline. The little babies have grown (and as Ryan is quick to observe there are a few missing):

Another gorgeous reflection sunset, sent by Wayne:

I attempted at what was a great idea- I thought- but probably started drinking wine too early- that darn “2” just would not cooperate:

Thanks again Dad for helping clean up this beach area; many adults and kids alike have enjoyed this thanks to you.

Carlson family-time on a rainy afternoon (and getting good use out of our new hand-crafted coffee tables):

Does our niece realize how stinkin adorable she is:

And these fine women didn’t know if they’d like “roughin it” but look at those smiles:

Ryan’s Dad and brother having a moment:

Earl, in Earl’s Inspirational Pic of the Week, breaking it down for nephew Kyle:

Jason, one of Ryan’s fishing buddies from back home, in his element:

Wayne captured this week’s featured sunset on the evening of August 8th, which had been a very windy day:

In my moment of reflection here, I just can’t help but be amazed at what a small world it can be. Just the other night, I had a fantastic conversation with someone coming up the Red Lake Road for years, but finally decided to call Tall Pines, and turns out he farms in a small nearby town of where Ryan used to help farm with his buddies. Today, I just got a booking from someone who works with one of Ryan’s college roommates, but didn’t know that before finding us. My former (and favorite) principal I’ve worked for in my 20 years, who has been retired for a few years now, heard about our venture and booked for next year. I can’t wait to see what other connections we find because of Tall Pines. God Bless everyone.

June Fishing

June 9, 2019

Week 3 at Tall Pines Camp in a nutshell; guests reported some success in Keynote and in the first lake. Groups were bringing in a mixed bag this week- Lots of crappie were caught too. (We gave our Saturday arrivals all the details on current patterns and specific techniques that are working) The kids were on fire this week:

Finn holding this fun stringer, and it must have weighed a ton !

And look at that 12 inch jumbo perch above caught by William!

Above Jayden’s 38″ fat Northern!

And this 13″ perch made Skip’s day!

walleye and baked potato anyone?

The Streu Crew does shorelunch every day while at Tall Pines. They have been doing this for years and have a system on how to do it right.

The Streu Crew has been doing Shorelunch every day of their stay for as many years as they’ve been coming. They have a system down- Troy was able to get a picture of a bald eagle up close and personal from Doe Island where they made lunch- go to the Instagram page to see a picture of it!

Speaking of Instagram, check out the pic of Tony’s 40.5 Northern (from week 1) as a correction from week 1- I had posted the wrong pic. This is it guys- no cheating- he won fair and square on your big northern contest

Some pics from week 2 came in:

Gary (above) caught a 5 lb smallie

Eric was just one walleye short of tying (June, above) his mom’s count of 23! Great stringer of eaters below:

And our first footage sent of moose spotting:

Ryan captured this sunset picture from our cabin:

This was a monumental week as I finally got to join Ryan at camp. Many didn’t realize that I was putting out “fodder” while working remotely from the states. I finished teaching and immediately headed North. It’s been a long seven weeks, and I can finally be immersed in this way of life now too. Our campers even moved potluck back a night to welcome me.

Our new island friends captured this pic of our re-uniting and finally experiencing a sunset together.

We were taken care of as Jennifer made some amazing meatballs for potluck with all our guests providing delicious sides. We were able to celebrate John and Marie’s 48th wedding anniversary, and the guests congratulated us on being crazy enough to buy this place 🙂 Thank you to all of this week’s guests for being generous with tipping our staff, welcoming of Bridget, heckling the heck out of Ryan, and the delicious meals you made for us. The reciprocity of hospitality of this group was humbling.

While week 3 is a wrap, we welcome our next round of avid-fishermen. Camp is completely booked, so it should prove to be fun and interesting. (you may want to say a little prayer for us)

As I said good-byes to friends and family over the last week, I am humbled and grateful for all the support. It is emotional ending one chapter and starting another. And thanks to all who sent pics this week- keep ’em coming!

It’s May!

May 5, 2019

Surreal to believe that in two weeks we’ll be open and Tall Pines Camp will be full of fishermen. Ryan had his first visitor from the states this week:

And for those waiting on the current ice-out conditions, I think you’ll be happy to see these:

There is still some thin ice as you get further from the falls, but significant melting from last week:

Grouse sightings are all over camp:

And Bridget is still teaching right now back in the states- here is her “Recreational Activities” class that she get’s to take fishing at a nearby pond. Future Wabaskang fishermen????

We are excited that Wanda and Patty, some of our cleaning staff, are set to prepare cabins and do spring cleaning. Ryan has been doing some exterior projects around camp this past week, and firing up golf carts, 4-wheeler, and camp truck- but he’s still finding moments to take it all in- like this sunset:

For our guests, this is the last month we will be taking deposits/payments at the P.O. Box 1028 address. Beginning June 1st, all mail should be sent to General Delivery Perrault Falls, ON POV 2KO. Credit card deposits/payments can also be taken over the phone (3.5% processing fee).

Thank you for choosing Tall Pines Camp, and feel free to email Bridget at info@tallpinescamp.com with any questions about your stay.

End of April update:

April 29, 2019

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So a few picture updates of up North…

Here are some of the Perrault Falls…

Don’t you wish you could hear the sounds of the falls like Ryan is…

This was Sunday evening. Ryan was by the outside office when he spotted this lynx. Ryan could tell it wanted to come and get on land by the boat launch but it ended up falling through the ice and had to circle way around to get to shore. That should tell you something about how thick the ice is!

The above three pics of the lake were taken Friday, while the below three were taken Sunday- you can see how quickly ice is melting and breaking up just in two days (and compared to last week’s blog pics)!

And yet today (Monday) it is snowing. First time Ryan had to get the wood burning fireplace in the main cabin going.

This past week Ryan has been busy- doing some inventory of camp, more organizing, and he took a 2 day class to get his PAL card (Possession and Acquisition License) for firearms. Again, he said everyone he’s met has just been great. Only three more weeks to get camp ready for you guys!

April, 2019- Camp Arrival!

April 22, 2019

Ryan is officially at camp! He left on Thursday April 18th, after a long week of packing and inventorying (not to mention a dozen friends coming by for “one last beer”). Customs and agents at border were very helpful and complimentary on our organization, and after 3.5 hours of paperwork, they sent him on his way. Arriving at the driveway, he couldn’t pull his van/boat all the way in due to the snow that still covered the ground, but within a day enough melted to finish pulling it all the way down the hill.

Ryan commemorated the arrival with a visit to Whiskey Jack Restaurant where all the locals were very welcoming, and the live music was quite symbolic of entry to this new lifestyle.

Currently there is still quite a bit of ice out there (30 inches thick a week ago), but those inches are thinning each day with the sun and warmer temperatures. Just from Saturday to Sunday, he noticed the ice push back about 250 yards from the falls, so it won’t be too long before it reaches our shoreline.

Between all his projects and moving in, Ryan is taking in the surroundings that so few get to see with their own eyes. A moose walking on the ice out front our cabin, two bald eagles “playing” off the deck, and coming within 8 feet from a grouse as he explored camp yesterday. 60’s and sunny yesterday, and we’re just so grateful the weather has cooperated so he could get a head start prepping and settling in.

He’s also had a few visitors already stopping by to welcome us to the neighborhood. I’m a little jealous to say the least (probably as you are too), but know in good time I’ll get to join him. Anyone watch the Last Alaskans?i am reminded of that show as i look at these pictures- the late spring that can be brutal yet majestic:

This may become a tradition to end blogs with a sunset pic- here the first one of 2019. As always, please visit Tallpinescamp.com for booking/contact info. I’ll keep everyone posted on the ice-out, and we thank everyone for all the well wishes. God Bless!

-Bridget