It is amazing after the concentration we get on the island at Scott Lake Lodge how far the guides spread out in the off season, after spending the summer chasing trophy northern pike and trophy lake trout at what we think is the best fly in fishing lodge in Canada, home is worldwide, travels as well. This off season we have guides living in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan (maybe the highest concentration is around White Fox), British Columbia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and South Africa. They travel, live, work, farm, guide, fish, hunt and spread the word about the special place they have returned each summer now for many years. Each brings his own twist to the boat, each makes life on the 12 acre island great in a unique way. Here is a sampling, in photos, of what the group was up to, and where they’ve been so far this fall.
If you took a survey of what was tied onto fly rods in guides boats at Scott Lake Lodge this would account for 90% of the flies. Simple, easy to tie and effective. The bunny strip moves with the slightest twitch begging to be eaten, even by a pike with the a whitefish tail sticking out of its mouth.
Sight-casted it offers a fine contract to the silt covered bottom of the pike bay, easy for the angler to track and easy for the fish.
Short strips, pauses and a painfully slow sink even on a tieable wire leader are the cause of many “bow wakes” from giant northerns in skinny water.
The crew were welcomed by warm weather…temperatures up into the 40’s were settling the snow and starting to give things a spring-like feel. Paul, best cialis Georgie and Aaron (Paul’s brother) went north to move some material, check out the snow vs. roof interaction and try their luck on a few lake trout.
The report is as follows: no snowmobile traffic apparent on the lake, also no caribou tracks (perhaps a correlation!) 2.5′ of snow on the level. 36-40″ of ice on the lake around the lodge. Lake trout proving adept at avoiding the frying pan.
Have a look at these photos, what a beautiful place to visit in the winter. That said its even better in the summer. Haven’t locked in your spot?? There’s still hope! Get in touch with J5 our sales guy and make sure you don’t miss out on 2016! firstname.lastname@example.org
From mid September the 13 acre island that houses Scott Lake Lodge is a pretty quiet place, cialis patient the silence only broken by the coming and goings of the few hardy creatures that spend their winters in Canada’s northern boreal forest, cialis and perhaps the odd trapper’s snowmobile passing by. An island that sees impressive amounts of activity in a short period in the summer gets a long rest for most of the winter; most being the operative term here. Having a fly in fishing lodge located on the border of Saskatchewan and the Northwest territories presents a number of challenges in getting people, find groceries, fuel and materials to the site. When that fly in fishing lodge happens to be one of the few left in Canada on a lake with no winter road access or runway, there are a few more considerations when getting ready for the new season. For this reason the winter trip to Scott Lake by a few folks is an important part of the system that allows us to provide our guests with a first rate fishing trip. Our motto for many years has been, constant, incremental improvement of all facets of the Scott Lake experience. For this reason each spring and fall sees new construction projects to repair, replace or build new the infrastructure that we use to host guests, now in the 20th season of operation under the current ownership. Taking into account the ice breakup period in May and early June where nothing can access the island but helicopter, all new material for spring work needs to be in place in winter when the twin otter can land on skies on the hard water out front of the lodge.
It’s an exciting trip up to Scott Lake in the winter, even early (early) spring, the long milk-run flight stopping at all points from Saskatoon to Stony Rapids, some frenzied running around in Stony securing the last few items needed for the trip and a ski plane flight into the lodge…all in the shortened daylight hours of the North at this time of year. Getting off the plane one never knows what will be found, memories of a squatting bear still fresh in the mind. Now comes a whirlwind of activity that the crew seems to fall into with no planning. The plane is unloaded and a weeks worth of food, gear, beer, snowshoes and fuel to keep things running. Shovels are donned and the process of digging into cabins and the solar room are early priorities. Start a fire, get power going, kick out any unwanted bears, dig out the snow machine (hope it starts) and toboggan, haul gear, start the ice auger and bore a water hole trough almost 4’ of ice, pour a cocktail, check Facebook. After the initial flurry the crew falls into a few days of dawn to dusk work, moving a few lifts of lumber that the ski plane drops off, cutting dead trees fro firewood and for wood chips come spring. It’s a busy time but always a fun time with a portion of each day set aside to check on Scott Lake’s populations of northern pike and lake trout, we want to ensure there are still a few big ones around.
A week seems to fly by in no time at all and then there is a hurried boarding of doors and piling into the plane always thinking there is no way we are going to make the flight south from Stony Rapids in time. What do we have in store? Well, we aren’t going to let on just what improvements are on the docket for his winter and spring, you will have to come see for your self!
Book now or forever lose your spot for 2016
We are very proud to announce that Scott Lake Lodge is over 85% booked for the 2016 season, this is no small feat and we must thank the continued support of you our customers for your business and loyalty to the place. Sales manager Jon “J5” Wimpney has again done an exceptional job matching people with dates to make sure no one misses out on their fishing trip this year. He is doing such a good job filling spots we thought it was only fair to warn you. Book now to make sure you have a place in the boat for the 2016 season! As we mentioned above there are good things brewing and we want to show you what we’ve been up to.
Three groups are now in the books at Scott Lake Lodge and the fishing is still red hot! The bitter cold of the Northern Canadian spring is a thing of the past! Weather has been outstanding with temperatures regularly exceeding 30 degrees Celsius (86 F).
The only thing hotter than the weather has been the fishing! At this point last year our world class guide team had boated an amazing 261 trophy sized Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and Artic Grayling. However, this year there has been an astonishing 481 trophies caught! Highlighted by our first 100+ club member of the year Stephen “Big Dog” Bandt with a remarkable 105” total (46” Pike, 43.5” Trout, 15.5” Grayling), guided by J5.
It has been the year of the 46” Jack! To date there has been fourteen 46” Northern Pike caught, six of which all caught on June 24th, what a day! It’s been a great start to the year already with our best Trout fishing still to come so stay tuned! Be sure to keep an eye on our website for regular blog updates, and daily additions of the Tundra Times and Pic of the Day. Also if you have not already done so, like our page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/scottlakelodge