Field Journal

Field Journal

In this section of my blog I will be sharing some of my experiences on several of my most recent fishing trips. I found that by keeping a field journal of what I experienced during the course of a day or week not only helped me put more fish in my boat during subsequent visits, but gave me the opportunity to relive the experience whenever I was so inclined just by picking up my journal and giving it a read. Give journaling a try, it’s a great way to spend some time at the end of a days fishing, or whatever you are up to and quietly reflecting back on the day’s events.

Mike's Esnagami Lake Lodge Adventure

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This blog entry, which was written by my nephew, Michael Brettell, describes his trip to Esnagami Lake Lodge this past June. Mikes parents gave him this trip for his 13th birthday and, once he got over the initial disappointment of not getting an iPad, Mike had what he described as an “awesome” time. He out fished and out ate all of us, and even learned a couple of new jokes that he could tell his mom and sisters without getting him, or his dad into too much trouble.
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Great Bear Lake - 2010

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And in the Beginning… it was just too long! This year’s trip started off with a bang as I walked up to the Air Canada check-in counter in Toronto in preparation to boarding my flight to Edmonton.
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Plummers Great Bear Lake Lodge - July 11-18, 2009

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And So it Begins.... To be precise, the adventure began on July 10 when six of us gathered in Edmonton in preparation for heading off to Yellowknife and then to the main lodge on Great Bear. Together with yours truly our group consisted of Art Ross, Ken Gold, Derek Ballantyne, Rodney Harback and his nephew Kevin, which gave us a cumulative total of well over 100 years of fishing experience on Great Bear - so there could be no excuses in the event we did not catch a truckload of big fish.
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Trophy Lodge - July 12 -19, 2008

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 I have been somewhat remiss in keeping up my Great Bear Lake trip journal over the past 2 or 3 years. What follows is my attempt to get back on track, and, create a record of the various experiences and events that take place during our annual sojourn to the land of the midnight sun.
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Keeping a Personal Field Journal

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Years ago it was common practice for explorers, adventurers and just ordinary folks to keep a personal hand written journal. For some their journals were used to compile and publish books about their experiences after returning from the field, and for others, finding the time to quielty reflect and record events as they were happening was the most effective way to leave behind a permanent record of their life experiences.
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