Ice Out Update: April 10, 2015

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Spring is on the move and the forecast is showing a warming trend (and a bald eagle on the ice…the black blob).  My intention was to take some gas and supplies into some of the portage lakes, but on a brief excursion on the lake yesterday I came across a very large hole in 20 feet of water.  My plan has changed….I’ll bide my time and either do it by boat or by float plane.

A week ago though I was able to make it back into Caribou Lake with “fishless Hugh” where I bear-proofed things by bringing in some metal gas cans.  It was a little frustrating last year to do the arduous trek only to find the gas gone and the plastic cans full of chew holes!

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As you can see there was a brief fishing stop along the way….

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Over the Easter holiday Susanne and I did a different kind of excursion….a trip to New York.  While I’m more comfortable in a rain suit carrying a chain saw, here’s proof that I do know what to do with a  tie.  Drinking wine at the Metropolitan Opera…..opera, that’s a first for me.

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8 thoughts on “Ice Out Update: April 10, 2015

  1. Great post Gord! It warms my heart to see those new boat ramps and metal gas cans. The picture of you and Susanne at the Met is also pleasing. My mother is from New York and had an Aunt Marjorie Jaeger who was a mathematician and one of the first women studying at Yale (before they were even officially admitted at Yale). She married a truck driver, Herbert, who she dragged to the opera on a regular basis. She had a grand piano which was a practice piano at the New York Metropolitan Opera that we recently had restored and is now at my daughter’s house. My mother lost her mother at a very young age and had many pleasant memories of going to the opera with her father. It’s o.k. to like fishing and the arts! You cleaned up nicely.

    Where exactly was that 20′ hole? Could this be a sign of a spring?

  2. Gord…To say I’m pleased to know that Caribou-boo is bear-proofed is an understatement. The trip there last September only to find that the bears drank our gas left me feeling devastated. If all goes well, I will trek back there at least twice this year to pester those smallies and pike.

    Let me say that going to the opera with Susanne took a real leap of faith, given your normal lifestyle and preferences. I hope that something happened to you at the opera that proved to be eye-opening–perhaps an insight into your life that surprised or even delighted you. The arts do that to me from time-to-time. And might I say that you looked rather dashing all gussied-up as you were. However, I would like to offer a gentle suggestion for your consideration. It’s time to start using the Grecian Formula. This wonderful product will gradually color away the gray hair and make you feel 20 years younger. Wouldn’t you want to be once again recognized and desired as Vermilion Bay’s top-rated hunk of a man?

  3. Professor,

    I still have a bad feeling that those bears are going to want to chew on the plastic housing around the fuel hose fitting?

  4. Gord, back in the day, anglers used to fish in suits and ties. Usually a bow tie. Or at least they had their pictures taken in suits while holding fish. Maybe Susanne would be willing to let you give this a whirl? Maybe this is the year we make a fashion statement on Eagle Lake? You wouldn’t even need logo’s on the boats. Other anglers would simply remark, “There goes another smartly dressed VBL guest”. Or, “Ever since the River Monsters show, VBL thinks its better then everyone else”. Or, “Those flipping VBL guests are out of their minds”. Or, “It must be another VBL viking funeral, lets have a weenie roast”.

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

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