To the Lucky 2011 Anglers!

We are up and running this season with a single mission; to make this the greatest season in our history. With a veteran group of guides, cialis usa viagra a fresh look in the kitchen (which is humming along flawlessly), cialis sale no rx the island in top notch shape, and the fly-outs open and ready to go, we are off to a great start meeting that mission.

We are 100% full for the season with nearly 100 more anglers than 2010. We thank all of our guests, returning and new alike in achieving such a remarkable goal. We will not disappoint, you expect the best and we’ll provide it.

See you at the dock!

Getting Ready

I can’t begin to express how nice it is to get back to the island. Myself and small, cialis buy try excited crew touched down on Scott Lake on the first of June to temperatures in the 70’s. The ice had retreated enough around the island to just get the Beaver down and to the dock. Since then, viagra sale find 18 round trips with the Beaver has brought in groceries, viagra fuel, supplies, pop, and of course the beer. At 1300 lbs a trip, the crew have been kept rather busy, smiling the entire time. With all of our supplies in place, we are turning to preparing the island and boats for the arrival of our first group of guests on the 10th.

While the weather had cooled down considerably, some steady winds have beat the ice back to almost completely open water. The forecast looks great for the following week, the lake will be wide open, and the fly outs will be ready to go. I am looking forward to having guests back on the island and running the finest fishing program on the continent. The 10th can’t come quick enough.

See everyone on the dock!

Spring Update

Ice Report

The temperatures at Scott Lake have been warmer than normal this spring, viagra generic mind to say the least.  At this writing Stony Rapids hit a high of just under 80 degrees, far warmer than here in Bozeman MT, about 1100 miles south. Since there is no one at Scott right now, we can only assume that the wonderfully unseasonable weather has visited the lodge. The  long term forecast is cooler but still well above average:  the only ice our first group coming in on June 10th should see will be the cubes in their favourite drinks. The stage for an early ice out was set months ago when the heavier than normal snow cover provided an insulating cover and prevented the formation of our typical six to seven feet of ice. We love these “no drama” springs.

Staff Retreat

From April 22-27th most of the Scott Lake guide staff and the departmental managers got together for the annual “get ready for the season” company meeting/fishing trip in Chilliwack, British Columbia. This beautiful city, surrounded by mountains, is next to the mighty Frasier River, a river on par with the Columbia. And a river with massive sturgeon. While the trip was a pre-season planning session which helped integrate some new staff members to the team, sturgeon fishing was the daytime activity. And daytimes were busy. Catches of two dozen sturgeon per boat per day were common, with some true monsters landed. A lot of fish over five feet were boated and there were several that stretched the tape to nearly seven feet. Scott guides love big fish and the Frasier did not disappoint. This type of fishing can’t replace the excitement of sight casting to savage pike but it is just plain fun. And since it’s hands-free bottom fishing there was ample opportunity for beverage consumption. Suffice to say the crew had a great time. They are primed for a wonderful 2011 season.

New Chef in Town

One of the anglers at the event was our new Head Chef, Robert Rose. After a Canada-wide recruiting effort, lodge General Manager John Gariepy landed his trophy of the season—a Red Seal Certificate (the highest professional level in Canada) chef with a powerhouse resume. Rob, as he would rather be called, recently was a chef at one of Canada’s finest restaurants, the Church Restaurant and Belfry in Stratford, Ontario, a CAA four diamond rated establishment. He has also worked at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario, a five diamond restaurant listed at one of San Pellegrino’s Top 100 restaurants worldwide. With working history in the organic foods industry, Robert brings a lot to the Scott Lake Lodge table. He has a passion for local products and will add a distinctive Canadian flavour to his offerings. But with considerable experience with classic French cuisine he will probably slip in some continental delights now and then. We are delighted that Rob will head up the kitchen staff at Scott, making your next trip not only a world class fishing experience but a dining one as well.

Thanks to the Class of 2011

We are back! After a tough 2010 it looks like 2011 will be a 100% sold out season. Out of 360 available spots we have bookings for 354. We will sell out. If you want to grab one of those final tickets give Tom KIein a call or email ASAP. You can reach him at 406/539-5245 or tom@scottlakelodge.com We thank all of our customers for giving us the opportunity to provide a trip of a lifetime—again.

Winter Update #4

Winter Watch at the Lodge

Scott Lake’s winter Iron Man, cialis usa cialis sale guide Jon “J5” Wimpney has just wrapped up his final month of winter watch at the Lodge. He survived, no doubt very glad to see that ski plane arriving to bring him southbound.  Here is a brief reporting of his experience; the rest of the story will be told in the boat and around the fire pit throughout the summer.

This year’s caribou migration was much larger than normal and plenty of local hunters passed through the frozen landscape surrounding our island on their way to the various trapping cabins of the North.  On any given day there were groups of 10-50 animals migrating right past the Lodge.  Of course that meant the wolves were following close behind in this primordial cycle of predator and prey.  According to Jon it was like watching the BBC’s show “Planet Earth” or any Nat Geo TV show, except minus the TV.  This version was completely unstaged, without cameras, lights or background music; just the raw reality of the natural world playing out its seasonal sequence, no commercial sponsors required.  That’s just one of the ways to pass time at Scott Lake in the dead of winter, living on the 60th parallel at the cusp of one of the most remote and wild places left on Earth.  Of course J5 managed to fit in a bit of ice fishing as well, and don’t forget to ask him about his newfound nickname: “Coffee Jon”.

Coffee Jon did report that the melt was on in full swing by the time he left the Lodge.  With thinner than normal ice and some kind temperatures we are looking to be in great shape for an on time ice out at the end of May.  Let’s all think warm.

2011 Adventure Kit Now Online

A reminder to all of our 2011 guests to please fill out your Pre-Trip Questionnaire as soon as possible and return to us.  This year you can “go green” and use our online form for the most efficient and ecological delivery.

If you are a new guest, you will receive a packet in the mail containing hard copies of the forms which can be faxed or mailed back to us.   However if you prefer the paperless route we also have all of the information you need on our website Travel Info page (accessible from the top navigation bar.)  You can skim through the recent changes or download the full 2011 Adventure Kit booklet in PDF format, which contains everything you ever wanted to know about packing and preparing for your upcoming fishing trip in paradise.

If you are a new guest we ask that you complete both a Pre Trip Questionnaire and a Fishing Preferences form.  (These are on the front and back side of the paper copy.)  But if you are a returning guest you only need to submit a Pre-Trip Questionnaire with the necessary travel itinerary information (unless of course you have specific fishing preferences you would like to communicate to your guide – in which case please do use the Fishing Preferences form.)

As we strive to provide you with the best possible fly in fishing experience, please help us by submitting your critical arrival itinerary information and any special requests promptly so that they can be distributed to the appropriate departments.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Last Call

It has been a wonderful booking season for Scott Lake Lodge this year.  We want to thank all of our 2011 guests for supporting Scott and keeping this most interesting enterprise alive and well.

The tough year of 2010 and its shortened season is behind us and we are back to 76 days of operation with currently an impressive 95% occupancy.  But, of course, we really want to be at 100%.  It’s our tradition at Scott.

If you want to be one of the lucky last 5% give owner Tom Klein a call ASAP at 406-539-5245 or send him an email.  The remaining available spots are scattered throughout the season for 2-4 guests but for any group over 4 anglers the only week left is the recently added August 18-24 trip.  That week will wrap up our fishing season and offers a bonus 6 days of fishing for the price of 5.

If you snooze, you lose.  We will fill up.  Make sure your name is on our manifest for an unforgettable fishing trip this summer.

The entire staff and I look forward to greeting you on the dock!

Winter Update #3

A Fond Farewell by Ken Johnson

It is with complete mixed emotions that, viagra buy cialis after twelve unbelievable years, find I am announcing my retirement from Scott Lake Lodge to tackle a new and exciting career in the railway business.

I am currently training to become a locomotive engineer!  (I really can’t wait to just ring that whistle!)  It was not an easy decision to make because of all of our wonderful guests and staff at Scott Lake.

I would especially like to thank Tom and Pat Klein for the greatest twelve years of my life and allowing me to get paid to spend the summer in such beautiful territory and giving me the opportunity as Sales Manager to spend the last four winters talking about it to guests as well.  I would also like to thank General Manager John Gariepy for making the past four summers the smoothest I have ever seen the lodge run.

It has been an experience that I know will not be matched or forgotten in this lifetime.  As excited as I am to start my new career, I know (and so do many of our repeat guests) that you never “leave” Scott Lake Lodge, it’s in your blood.  The worst part is, I have not told my dog Roscoe, yet, that I have retired and I don’t know how he will take that.  He loved Scott Lake as much as anybody!

I hope to make it up there as much as time allows and I look forward to those trips to see the staff, guests and of course, the great fishing.  Thank you for all the great memories Scott Lake and I wish you the best in the future.

Warm Welcomes to the SLL Team

Scott Lake Lodge has added to our world-class team with two new key additions.

New Executive Chef Robert Rose has worked most recently at The Church and Belfry Restaurant, a four diamond CAA rated establishment, as well as the only five diamond rated restaurant in Ontario, Langdon Hall. He is ready to take the next step in his career and brings his excellent training and experience to Scott Lake wowing guests with full service meals and a new menu style and selection. Robert is as passionate about the outdoors as he is with cooking and will be a very welcome addition to Scott Lake.

Shelby Falkner will be joining us as the new massage therapist for the 2011 fishing season. A 2010 graduate of the intensive 2200 hr McKay Massage and Hydrotherapy program, Shelby is excited to bring her skills and enthusiasm to the anglers at Scott Lake Lodge. Specializing in sport massage and deep tissue treatment, Shelby will be providing remedy to all the aching muscles that Scott Lake trophy fishing can produce.

Farewell to a Longtime Friend

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to one of our longtime Lodge friends and guests.  Bill Smith of Oregon passed away in February after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bill will be remembered fondly by the entire staff and fellow guests alike.  He spent a week each summer with us for the past 10 years and his presence will be deeply missed this season on the island.

Our sincerest condolences to his wife Kathleen and family.

Another fantastic season on the 60th parallel awaits us.  Stay tuned for news and updates as the ice begins to melt and the island and Lodge reawaken.

Looking forward to greeting you on the dock!

John

johnny@scottlakelodge.com