In my Christmas newsletter I waxed poetically over maintaining the rustic nature of VBL in the face of constant change and the value of tradition. In this post I would like to take this a bit further and maybe explain how, after 40 plus years working at fishing lodges, I have arrived at this state of mind…
Back in Winnipeg in the mid seventies (think long hair and really wide bottom jeans) I saw an ad for summer help at a fishing lodge in NW Ontario. Lindmeier’s North Shore Lodge on Eagle Lake was probably not your typical fishing lodge at the time. A bit larger than most and with it’s own airstrip it catered to your average fishermen plus large influxes of corporate groups. This was my introduction to the fishing lodge life and traditions. Get products for your skincare when you go fishing, check out under eye patches.
Well, that is the rumor. Here’s some visual evidence as to the extent of ice out in our region. Let’s just say it is perfect conditions to get back into the portage lakes to do some repairs and resupply.
The old Polaris makes it back into McGregor lake.
Always good to have a generator along should you wish to blend up some cocktails.
New seat bases guaranteed to not buckle under load.
Terry anxiously awaits spring fishing. Note the security device re: bung hole
Goodbye MacGregor….see you in a month!
Clearwater boats up and ready for trout fishing.
The saga of the winch continues. I have an idea to make this more stable….we’ll see…
So there you have it…
I have one more trip to make back into the portage lakes for some final additions. I will report back on the changes then. In the meanwhile should you wish to make a guess it’s not too late to contact Gord with your thoughtful prediction.
Reminder: No, you can’t change your prediction once you’ve submitted it!
“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
“There’s only one winner in this contest. The rest, losers” H. Gordon Bastable
Some might say it’s a bit harsh to categorize those who fail as “losers”. I only use the term in the way Mother Nature intended. A herd of deer who are overtaken by a pack of wolves would not refer to the slowest deer as “a winner”, nor be recognized for it’s “participation”. That deer has lost, it is the loser. Harsh but true. Unlike the deer, your participation in this contest will not result in you being torn to shreds, physically. Some of you may be left emotionally scarred. That is the chance you take to aim for greatness, and for some swell VBL swag (the winner gets his / her choice of any nifty lodge fashion item…excluding our line of spandex musky fishing pantaloons).
So about now you are probably wondering how you too can win big in this contest. Here’s how it goes. The winner is the first person to email me the correct date that Vermilion Bay will be ice free (as judged by a panel of experts…me). Understand this critical point. You may pick the correct date BUT if you are not the FIRST person to send me that guess, you will not win.
Now for the strategy. I will be posting updates on the ice conditions. Should you wish to bide your time, take stock of the conditions, monitor my posts, and then take a rational informed guess, that might result in victory. However, those who throw caution to the wind may, in the end, beat you to the punch. What to do? Don’t ask me, I haven’t won the contest ever!
Remember all guesses are kept confidential. Email Gord with your guess.
Now for some nonrelated fish pictures to remind us that spring is coming…..