Congrats on a great trip, I used to fish up on the Minnesota side back in
the late 70s. Muskies are the only Midwestern fish (except for eelpout) that
I haven't caught on a fly.

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Wow, what a super trip!

JIMMY D

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>From: Allan Fish <afi...@sbcglobal.net>
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>
>I got back home late yesterday from a great trip to lower Ontario. 
>My fishing buddy Larry Fulkerson and I drove up (930 miles from here 
>- we make it a day and a half drive) and spent the first three nights 
>(2-1/2 fishing days) at Young's Wilderness Camp on Lake of the Woods. 
>We heartily recommend this lodge.  Every group has their own cabin 
>but meals are taken in the main dining room.  We both gained weight! 
>The food was excellent.  We had a nice 16' boat with a 40 h.p. Yamaha 
>motor, front-mount trolling motor, and pedestal seats.  Perfect 
>fishing machine.
>
>The winds were a little bit on the stiff side so we fished the 
>leeward sides of the islands and found plenty of cooperative 
>smallmouths.  Larry caught the biggest one - a really husky 18" 
>fighter.  He caught it on a Stonefly Bugger.  I got semi-even that 
>afternoon with a 15-1/2" largemouth on a brown/white Clouser.  This 
>was our third trip up there and it was the first largemouth we'd 
>seen.  I think it was the next day I caught a 31" Northern pike on a 
>size 6 "Electric Chicken" - a chartreuse over hot pink Clouser Minnow.
>
>The third morning, we flew to Young's outpost cabin (about 15 minutes 
>by float plane) located on Lake Kishkutena, a 7-1/2 mile long lake 
>loaded with islands and rock outcroppings.  A storm was coming in 
>when we got 'dumped off'.  That's when we discovered that it was 
>exactly 29 steps from the dock to the cabin.   And by steps, I mean 
>STAIR steps - UP.  We decided that we are both, unfortunately, a 
>little too 'mature' to attempt that many steps again.  The cabin was 
>big and comfortable - 3 rooms and a path.  After getting everything 
>into the cabin, we sat around till mid-afternoon waiting till we quit 
>hearing thunder.  We then went out and fished within a mile of the 
>cabin and caught a lot of smallmouths.  The next day, the weather was 
>better but it was still windy, so we did our "lee of the islands" 
>fishing again.  Most of the smallmouth were in the 14-16" range.  I 
>had one hit that I thought was a smallmouth but then it headed deep 
>and doubled my fly rod over.  After several minutes, I got it up and 
>realized I had a 36-40" musky.  Just as I finally got it's nose out 
>of the water to grab it with my 'lipper", it spit out the 13" 
>smallmouth that had hold of my Clouser and took off.  That poor 
>smallie had three long tooth marks down each side.  I had heard of 
>that happening but had never witnessed it before.  The last fishing 
>day, Larry 'tied' me with his own 36-40" musky caught on a 
>"Schminnow" (Norm Zeigler's pattern).  Even though we were using 30 
>lb. Mason hard mono for a leader, Larry's musky was able to get the 
>leader in its mouth and bite it off just as we were ready to try to 
>make a grab for it.  Fighting those two big guys on fly rods was 
>really exciting!
>
>That last day at Kishkutena was gorgeous, warming to the mid-70's, 
>and the smallmouths were really hitting about everything we threw at 
>them.  The most fun was in the mid-afternoon when I put on a popper. 
>They really slammed that.  In spite of a heavy epoxy coating, that 
>poor foam popper was beaten to pieces by the time we went in to pack 
>for the trip home!
>
>All in all, it was a great trip and both Larry and I had a ball.  I 
>would like to give a plug to Perry & Carol Anniuk (the owners) of 
>Young's for running a real class operation.  It's just North of 
>Nestor Falls, only an hour and a half out of International Falls, so 
>if you're hunting someplace to fish in Canada without driving forever 
>and a day, it's a great place to go.  Guides are available.  If you 
>fish without a guide, Perry will provide you with a map with the 
>locations of the 'hot spots' marked.  Lake Kishkutena is a great lake 
>to fish with a dense population of smallmouth bass, musky, lake trout 
>and perch.
>
>If you're interested in more details, feel free to ask me (preferably 
>off-list) or you can check them out at 
>http://www.youngswildernesscamp.com
>
>
>a.
>
>
>-- 
>Allan Fish
>Greenwood, IN
>afi...@sbcglobal.net
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