Thursday, December 12, 2013
Most of us are able to communicate in at least one language. In the outpost camp, language takes a beating and sometimes words mean different things, statements become questions and questions become statements. To help familiarize you with some fishing lingo and interpretations, here are some hints. When someone says “Are you gonna eat that?” it is really a statement which means “I’m still hungry”. It is then best to keep your hands away from the fish plate to avoid puncture wounds in the shape of a fork on the back of your hand. Well beyond the witching hour you may hear a statement such as this “I think I’ve had enough for the evening”. The interpretation is really “My appendages are not working properly, would you pour me another?" Unless your coordination is as bad as his it is only a courtesy to oblige.
Here is some help with a few fishing terms. At an outpost “crank” has nothing to do with your demeanor at 5 AM. Don’t even think about making sandwiches for “shore lunch”. The “brown jug” is a location on Metionga Lake not a beverage holder, and never get complacent and refer to your wife as the “anchor” once you are back home.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Social aspects of an outpost trip are primary in fitting in. With a little advice, you can take part in the socializing that goes on at the outpost once the fisherpersons are back at camp. If your friends brought you for your charm and good looks, then your best bet is to smile and be charming. Fishers will return to camp with tales of glory and may also take a few moments to regale you with the odd woeful story of the one that got away. Grin and grimace as required but under no circumstance should you demonstrate any disbelief. A helpful hint in fish tale department, is make to your contribution to the event only slightly bigger, better, scary, helpful, skilful or humorous than the previous story. As the others contribute, you too should share your embellishment in tiny bits. No one likes a braggart. My final thought; let either the boss, or the guy paying your part of the trip (if you should be so lucky) end the session without feeling that you are one up on him.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The last guests have returned home and our parking lot is empty for the first time since early May. Randy and I have one or two more flights to make next week to retrieve a few straggling motors and to finish our camp shut downs. Maybe it is a sign of aging but the summers seem to go by quicker each year. As the old adage goes “time flies when you are having fun”.
Many thanks to our friends and guests who visited this summer. It is always good to see you on your vacation and we are glad we can be part of it.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The fish cleaning house at cabins 1 and 2 on Metionga Lake was in need of some TLC. Joey and I thought it would be best to not just patch things up but to start from scratch. Between fishing groups and moose parties we had a few days to kill so we put together a work party and got to work.
The old fish house came down with little effort and a new one went up in its place.
Ready for next season, I am sure it will get plenty of use and should last well into the next decade.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
High water caused a lot of extra work for us this year. At Seseganaga Lake, Joe prepared two floating docks for next summer. At Metionga Lake, Joey took the deck off the main dock and raised and levelled the stingers then redecked the dock so it will be above the high waster mark.
He then built a new walkway off the dock.
This should make things a little easier and dryer next time the water levels peak.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
This summer high water levels caused both us and our guests at Seseganaga Lake significant grief. Aircraft were loaded and unloaded on the beach, guests had to move their gear across the bay to cabin #4 since the dock there was under water and docks were torn apart by wave and water action.
This fall we worked on a plan to help alleviate dock problems with fluctuating water levels. Joe supervised a work crew and built two new floating docks. We will place one at cabin #4 and one at West Bay on Seseganaga Lake.
We can’t change things out of our control but we can work at the things we can change.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
In the fall, bull moose begin to think of other things besides eating and aimless meandering. As the female moose begin their lonesome calls hinting at the need for male companionship, the bull moose start making preparations for visiting with the cows.
A moose is at a distinct disadvantage in the handsomeness department with his large nose, bulging eyes and big ears. Since he seems to know this, he concentrates on some things he can influence. The bull begins to rub the velvet off his antlers to make his antlers nice and shiny. He also perfumes himself. Kind of reminds me of a teenager brushing his teeth and repeatedly coifing his hair before splashing on a little too much Old Spice or other such female attractant. The moose form of this scented attractant is not found in your local Walmart.
Moose have no money and have to be a little more creative. Yesterday Karen and I came upon some of this creativity. And believe me we could smell it before we could see it.
Take a good look at the picture. It doesn't look like much but it is a fresh moose rut pit. The bull paws the dirt, urinates in it to impregnate it with his musky bull moose smell and then rolls around it it until he feels he is attractive to a lonely cow moose. To me, she better be really lonely, but to the bull he thinks he smells like a freshly perfumed teenager going on a first date.
Moose mating season is upon us and this bodes well for our archery moose hunters.