Narre ella

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“Our plans to spend several days camping were on hold, because our original choice of location was completely iced in

So what choices did we have? Make the best of it around the lodge? Attempt to set up camp on the North shore of the lake or - and this was a long shot – fly 100 kilometers south east of the lodge to Deerpass Bay, or Narre ella as it is known to the Sahtu Dene – the people of Great Bear Lake…”

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The Mysterious Rapala

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“In the early 1960s there was a buzz around town that one of the stores might be getting a Rapala. Not several dozen in each of the many styles, sizes and colours that are available today - but a single, minnow shaped Rapala..."

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My Best Day - Ever

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“If you are really lucky, you might, once in your life, have a day of fishing that clearly transcends any you may have had, or are likely to experience.

Not just a day where you catch more and bigger fish than you ever have – but also a day when the weather was perfect, you were in good company, and you knew without a doubt, that something special was happening - perhaps never to be repeated again…”

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Marooned

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“For the next twelve hours we busied ourselves doing Great Bear Lake castaway stuff.

 

We skipped stones until all of the flat ones for 3 miles in either direction were gone, burned every piece of driftwood within the same radius, got rained on, watched the huge, hungry trout thrash on the surface a few feet away, while they chased after the ciscoes, got rained on again, kept an eye open for the bear, watched the boat continue to drift further away - and waited…”

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Lost Lake

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“So where is Lost Lake and how do you get there?

I forget where it is exactly, but I can tell you that if you manage to find two white fence posts, with a rusty old chain strung between them that is across the road from an old farm house - the nail holding the chain to the post on the right hand side will come out very easily, and you can then lower the chain, and take the short drive to the lake. Got it?”

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Larry the Lund

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“Dave pulled off nothing short of a miracle in keeping us from going under, but there was nothing he could do to stop the pounding that our old boat and the three of us were taking.

Each time we hit the bottom of one of those deep troughs, it was like being hit in the ribs with a sledgehammer…”

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Guides

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“A first class guide must be a master seaman, chef, marriage counselor, confidant, mixologist, sommelier, meteorologist, whipping boy, tackle consultant, mechanic, ichthyologist, zoologist, expert fisherman and have x-ray vision.

They must also be imbued with the patience and demeanor of a saint, because if anything- and I mean anything - goes wrong, it will be their fault…”

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JB

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“It was always a good idea to keep an eye on JB, and pay very close attention to what he would bring in on his stringer, because when it came to finding creative ways to recycle a dead catfish or the like, JB wrote the book.

In his opinion they made great hot water bottles, and it was not unusual to find one tucked up under the sheets to keep your toes warm and toasty at night…”

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The Victory Lap

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If you’ve read any of the material I have been plastered this site with over the past year or so, you will have likely figured out that I have taken up retirement on a full time basis.

While it was a long time coming, as I suppose most retirements are, it has certainly been well worth the wait...

 

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