ON THE LINE: Fishing up north

I tried Muir Lake a couple more times and, although I did see some people catching fish, I was unsuccessful.

Mid-September brought about an exciting week and the time had come for our big trip – my wife and I were going fishing with Yellow Dog Lodge, in the Northwest Territories. We packed our suitcases and headed to the airport to catch our plane to Yellowknife.

After our short plane ride into Yellowknife, we rented a car and spent the day being tourists. It is amazing how Canada, although so different, shares so many similarities. The NWT was no exception – although it is mostly rock with smaller trees, it reminded me of British Columbia.

We did the usual tourist things – checked out the city, had lunch in a local pub and took our picture by the welcome sign. Towards the end of the day, we headed down to the water to catch our floatplane to the lodge.

I was scared, that’s all I can say. The plane looked old and small. When I climbed in, my fear did not go away. The pilot fired up the engine and we taxied out. We gradually picked up speed and surprisingly it was pretty smooth. Within minutes we were up in the air and then all my fear swept away, replaced by awe. The entire province seemed to be of lakes and rock. If you know me, you know that I would live by the water any day over living in the mountains. The unknown of it all gets to me, as there’s such a vast life living under the surface.

Our plane ride was 20 minutes and it ended up being too short. We did see a moose and her calf, which was pretty cool. And the landing was extremely smooth for being on water.

The owner, Gordon Gin, and the staff greeted us, and we got a quick tour of the premises.

After a delicious meal, we quickly went to the dock and tried our luck. It was great to be in a place with no cell reception and truly, although we did have a solid roof over our head, get back to nature.

Until next time, keep your rod tip up.

Pictured: The view of the NWT, from the floatplane.

This entry was posted in On The Line and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.