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May Newsletter 2009
The time has come and by the end of the month we’ll have moved back to Ely and I will be in the middle of our first trip. I can’t believe this off -season has gone by so fast.
I am really anxious to get back to the Boundary Waters and another season of showing this incredible area to new people. I enjoy it so much that it is one of my driving forces in this business. I think about all the beauty of this area and how lucky we are to have it. I think back to a moment last season when I was on a trip with the Dickinson group. We were on a day trip and we stopped for a simple lunch of Summer Sausage, Cheese and Crackers. Steve, Walter and I we were on a small island on Lac La Croix and the others were fishing along the shoreline. It was a beautiful day: mid 70s and sunshine. We were all soaking it all in and I turned to Walter, a wise old man, as I could see this gleam in his eye as he was scanning the beautiful shoreline and at that moment he turned to me and said, “You know sometimes the Government gets it right.”
With the New season beginning, comes newWilderness Journey newsletters with new trip reports and exciting stories. This year we will be having one detailed trip report each month along with a couple of short stories. For those of you that have booked a trip or are interested in one, you should pay particular attention because some of these routes are the same ones you’ll be taking. We will have up to date fishing reports along with a list of producing lures.
All that being said… let the season begin!
Coming up on May 9th at 10:00AM, we will have a Boundary Waters Clinic at Island Lake recreation center on Kent Lake between Brighton and New Hudson, Michigan. We will have a simulated campsite setup and canoes so everybody can get a little practice in before they head out on their trip. We will review everybody’s routes as well as all of the gear provided. We will also go over all the gear lists and fishing gear. Everyone that attended last year’s clinic said this clinic greatly enhanced their trip. So we ask all clients please attend and those who have not booked a trip but are interested in a trip are more than welcomed to attend. There will be a $15.00 charge to cover the park rental fee and we will also have hot dogs, hamburger, chips and refreshments. Please notify us if you intend on coming so we could get an idea on the amount of food.
We have thought long and hard and after careful deliberations we have decided to keep the Show Special pricing until the economy improves...even if it takes us into 2010. It will be known as the Wilderness Journey Stimulus package. We are well aware of the impact of the economy and struggles of our people. We think during these economic hardships it is important for all of us to pull together and help each other out. We know that this is a small gesture but it is the most we can do for those of you who need an adventurous trip this year.
We have also decided to make the Military special a permanent part of our rates package. This was a not a hard decision to make, as we all know these are uncertain times and with all the women and men serving all over the world. Again, this is the least we can do. See the Wilderness Journey website- rates page for details http://www.gowildernessjourney.com/rates.html
We are raffling off a FREE 6 day trip!! Anyone that would like to be included in the raffle for a free BWCA trip should reply to this email with your name and email. The winner (1 person) may use this free pass whenever they choose. The raffle will include all past and current clients as well as anyone included on our email list. Forward this information to anyone you know who would like to be added to our email list that might also be interested in this raffle. The raffle will take place in front of our past, present and future clients at the Wilderness Journey Rendezvous at Island Lake Recreation Park. Details will follow for this canoe clinic and BWCA camping trip orientation at the end of April. GOOD LUCK!!!
Northern Pike Fishing Tactics
Esox lucius …They are also known by the literal translation of their Latin name, "water wolf". These are the most ferocious fish in these waters they will bite everything.
There is not a lure out there that will not catch a Northern; of course there are some lures that work better than others which I will list below. These fish are responsible for our most exciting fights, surprises and stories. They have jumped into our canoes, ripped rods out of our hands and into the bottom of the lakes, ripped fish off our stringers and stole hundreds of fish from our lines. They are in every lake of the Boundary waters.
You can catch many small ones (hammer handles) in weed beds and shallow waters all day long. However, most of the big ones will be along weed beds that have a drop off nearby. The big ones need cooler waters that hold more oxygen so they hang out in the deeper water near a drop off during the heat of the day and then they head up to the weed beds for a snack during the cooler part of the days. They also can be found around submerged rock piles and along the shoreline near down falls seeking shade.
The Northern Pike is an ambush hunter they will hide under downfall trees, in weed beds along the edge where it slopes down to deep water, and next to boulders. They lie and wait for a fish to swim by then contort its body into an S shape and spring out and strike. When this fish strikes you will know it!!!
They are famous for their follow ups, this is when you are reeling in your lure and think nothing is happening and when you are staring into the water at your lure approaching the canoe all of a sudden you will notice a big Northern, right on your lures trail, this is when it is important to pause the lure just for a second then start retrieving it in again this sudden pause triggers an emotion in the fish that now is the time. I have taught this tactic to many people and by the end of the trip they have perfected it.
Another tactic is using a Rapala or jerk bait and make it look like a wounded fish all the way back to the canoe. Sometimes this will drive them crazy. There are many ways to catch these fish and at times it can be easy.
The one thing about fishing this area is that there is a great chance at catching a trophy, you just better be ready.
Lures and Equipment
1 - Med to heavy weight 2 piece rod
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Characters of the Boundary Waters
'''Sigurd F. Olson'''
Sig Olson (April 4, 1899 - January 13, 1982) was an United States American author, environmentalism, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests the Boundary Waters, Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northeastern Ontario. He was known honorifically as ''the Bourgeois'' — a term the voyageur's of old used of their trusted leaders.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin where he developed his life-long interest in the outdoors. In June 1921, Olson took his first canoe trip where he fell in love with the canoe country wilderness of northern Minnesota that would become the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (with his help). In August of that year, Olson married Elizabeth Dorothy Uhrenholdt, and the two spent their honeymoon on another canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. He worked as a canoe guide for J.C. Russell's outfitters on Fall Lake in Winton, Minnesota, before purchasing the business in 1929.
After studying agriculture, botany, geology, and ecology at Northland College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois, Olson moved to Ely, Minnesota to teach biology at Ely Junior College. He later chaired the science department and served as dean. He spent most of his life in the Ely area, working as a canoe guide during the summer months, teaching, and writing about the natural history, ecology, and outdoor life in and around the Boundary Waters.
In 1974, Olson earned the John Burroughs Medal, the highest honor in nature writing. He died in 1982 of a heart attack while snowshoeing near his home.
Olson was influential in the
protection of the Boundary Waters and helped draft the Wilderness Act of 1964,
becoming president of The Wilderness Society (United States) |The Wilderness
Society from 1963 to 1971. He also helped establish Voyageurs National Park in
northern Minnesota, Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and Point Reyes
National Seashore in California. Sigurd also was a consultant to the Secretary
of the Interior Steward Udall on wilderness and national park issues.
After over 50 years of hard work, Sigurd reached his goal. Full wilderness status was granted to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by Jimmy Carter in 1978, four years before Sigurd died. His hard work was commemorated in many different ways, including in the naming of a central building of YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, located on nearby Burntside Lake.
Olson was President of the National Parks Association and a member of its Board of Trustees.
Sigurd Olson’s Books
The Singing Wilderness (1956)
Listening Point (1958)
The Lonely Land (1961)
Runes of the North (1963)
Open Horizons (1969)
The Hidden Forest (1969)
Wilderness Days (1972)
Reflections from the North Country (1976)
Of Time and Place (1982)
Songs of the North
The Collected Works of Sigurd F. Olson: The Early Writings, 1921-1934
The Collected Works of Sigurd F. Olson: The College Years
The Meaning of Wilderness
Spirit of the North: The Quotable Sigurd F. Olson
A Wilderness Within: The Life Of Sigurd F. Olson
Things to do in the Ely area
ELY'S 16th ANNUAL FALL HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL
DATES: September 11th – 13th, 2009
Ely Chamber of Commerce
CONTACT: Linda Fryer, Administrative Director: (218-365-6123)
DESCRIPTION: 125+ Art & Craft Exhibitors, Demonstrations, Food, Musical Entertainment, All-American Lumberjack Show.
LOCATION: Whiteside Park (between 7th & 8th Avenues on Sheridan Street)
Friday, September 11: Noon - 6 pm
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENTPRIMITIVE ENCAMPMENT
In place of a WJ photo slideshow this month, we are linking you to another BWCA video that we found on youtube. This month’s video is a great example of what you can experience in the Boundary Waters. Click below to see the videoFor unlimited Wilderness Journey photos ...check out our new photo slideshow page... click on the photo link below:
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