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.
-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of ray...@earthlink.net Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 3:58 PM To: email@example.com Cc: Allan Fish Subject: Re: [VFB] Home from the Northlands Wow, what a super trip! JIMMY D -----Original Message----- >From: Allan Fish <afi...@sbcglobal.net> >Sent: Jun 12, 2011 1:52 PM >To: Virtual Flybox <firstname.lastname@example.org>, flyfishingandflytyingforpanf...@yahoogroups.com >Subject: [VFB] Home from the Northlands > >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 > >-- >You received this message because you are subscribed to the "VFB Mail" group. > >To post to this group, send email to email@example.com >To unsubscribe from this group, send email to vfb-mail-unsubscr...@googlegroups.com >For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/vfb-mail?hl=en > >VFB Mail is sponsored by Line's End Inc at http://www.linesend.com -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the "VFB Mail" group. 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