This years trip was different in so many ways. First off, my brother and my 2 boys and I typically go on this June trip with my brother-in-law and my nephews. My youngest nephew Bob, just graduated from medical school, so my BIL asked if he could have our regular week to take up his entire family so we got with our fabulous outfitter, Northern Wilderness Outfitters, and they slotted us in 1 week earlier. We did take a detour from our normal route to visit my BIL and family who were celebrating such a wonderful occasion, however, Bob the new Doctor in the family was not back yet, and not in the picture yet.
I was privileged to meet my nephew John's son James for the first time. Long overdue!
We drove the rest of the way to Ft. Francis with no issues and no issues at the border crossing. We spent an extra day in the Fort relaxing and getting final foods and baits. We flew out on Monday, May 29th at 7:30AM. Was raining and half way there, we had to put down at Moose Point Lodge on Shikag to wait it out. Well this wasn't so bad for me as Moose Point was where I had my honeymoon 26 years earlier and I enjoyed walking around reminiscing. Wish I had my camera. My new friend Jeromy who was going to Tew lake with us, had his, and took this picture. Ironic as this was one of the last flights for this particular plane before if was flipped in a waterspout in Dryden a few days later.
Well we got into camp after dropping Jeromy off at Tew and it's raining hard. We got camp set up and on the water late afternoon. Well, I did forget my camera and most of us caught our biggest fish of the trip, high 30's pike. We did catch enough for walleye dinner. Water temps were 55-57.
The next day the weather was worsening rain and wind, but we were out at Rusty's Back Door when the rock guard broke on my motor and had to be towed in as the guard was sprung and the prop was jammed. Cost us several hours, lucky my boys are good mechanics and got another bolt where the first sheared off. Had Walleye Chowder for lunch on this cold day.
Fishin with Bradley
Smoked pork chops and lasagna with garlic bread for dinner. Water temps were 51,52.
The next day was way worse. The wind was straight from the north and whitecapping our secluded Narrows. We caught no fish and settled for leftover lasagna for lunch, but Brett made his biscuits and gravy for breakfast so no worries of starvation this day. Lol Got out to the Trappers in the afternoon where a mayfly hatch was just beginning, the weather broke and plenty of fish caught. Had steaks, potatoes, mushrooms and finished off with brownies. Water temps @ 53.
Now, one of the big changes on this trip for me was that my wife was dealing with breast cancer that spread to her lymph nodes. I had heard of Chaga and knew it grew in Northern Ontario and have seen it before without knowing what it was, ,so my family took it as a challenge to find mom some Chaga, The Miracle Mushroom to help her fight the cancer. First we looked behind camp and located this. Chaga only grows on birch trees.
The next day, cool and sunny, we went to the West End. We kept our eyes peeled for a nice birch grove on the way and Bradley spotted the biggest strand of birch on the lake. I took note of this and after we caught many nice fish, we pulled in for a major Chaga harvest off of Budner Bay. We got the Chaga home and my wife has been drinking it as tea ever since we got back. We completely gorged ourselves with Walleye Tacos with Buffalo Sauce for lunch so much so, we were unable to have dinner. That's a first! Fished Trappers till dark! Water temp of 54.
The next to last full day was another nice weather day. We went to the West End in the morning, more Walleye Tacos and finished at Trappers again. Fishin with my brother. Water temps back up to 59.
The last full day, the weather stated to turn for the worst. At the West End in the morning catching more in the mid 20" range finishing up at the Waterfall. Back to camp for a late lunch of Blue Cheese Burgers and were pleased to meet up with my Facebook friend from Oklahoma and some of his guys who stopped by for a drink. What a great gentleman David Campbell is. The rest of the day was a wash.
Blue Cheese Linguini with Buffalo Walleye was dinner.
Nice rainbows though!
With walleye at the end of the rainbow!
The boys got their Brother Day and net up a snake.
Couple of hooligans!
and a couple of Loons!
and the biggest Loon!
Till next year!
The Bennett's and the Dolan's
I will say that this trip was the easiest I've been on with just us 4. Everyone knew what was expected of them and the chores went by fast. The sleep that I needed was had as I had the Penthouse to myself. These guys are the best!