Season Update

Season Update

As August settles in at Scott Lake we are looking at the final third of our season. It’s a perfect time to reflect on the year so far. To say the least, viagra sale capsule it has been a tremendous summer at Scott Lake Lodge.

The fishing on Scott Lake and it’s fly outs has delivered. But that of course is expected here. Being 300 miles from the nearest paved road in Canada’s far north brings fish of size and quantity. Among the thousands of hard fighting fish, viagra canada buy cialis many trophy sized pike, drugstore lake trout, and grayling have been brought to the boat, a testament to our veteran guide team and the zeal of our anglers. Simply put, the trophy sized apex predators lurking in these lakes constitute a very small percentage of the total fish population, probably only 2%. They have been found, caught and photographed to aid the many fish tales that are bound to be told after a trip to Scott Lake. It has been an especially good season for big lake trout. We are well on our way to setting a Lodge record for lakers over 40″, a measure of a true fish of a lifetime. Over 40 anglers have already had that experience in 2011. And there have been many pike over 45″, another mark of a major angling accomplishment. In short, it’s been a great year on the water.

Great fishing and great weather seem to go hand in hand. And the weather could not have cooperated better this year.  An average day in June and July this season was hot by northern standards. Temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s were the norm as were shorts, sandals, and t-shirts. Now I admit that attire might sound somewhat peculiar when thinking of a typical trip to the North, with or without sunshine, as most people conjure images of dreaded swarms of mosquitoes and black flies. Yet truth be told, it has been a near insect-free season. (I can already hear the echoes coming from the south across the lake – “LIAR!” But it is nothing but the truth.) Our low water this season, a hazard only for the guides who have to navigate  through many reefs, has been a huge blessing, keeping the lowland areas dry and keeping the bugs high, dry and MIA.

THE SHIFT INTO FALL

While it’s still hot, there is already a hint of fall. It’s in the air and every living thing here is getting ready for its arrival. The loons have become more active and are starting to congregate; the first yellow has popped out in our hillside birches and the northern lights made their first appearance of the season on August 6th. It’s coming. Soon, the lake trout will change their colours, the pike will start to feed heavy for the long winter, all the birch will change to a fantastic yellow, the mosses a brilliant red, and the dance of the northern lights will be a nightly occurrence as the long days come to an end and darkness returns to our night skies. The only disappointing thing about this time of year is knowing that only 20 short days remain of our season. Everyone here will make the most of them.

A Few Facts About the 2011 Season

  • Number of flyout days cancelled due to weather: 1
  • 375 barrels (17,000 gallons) of fuel have been brought to the island to date
  • 35,200 lbs of groceries have been flown in (ok, some of that was beer)
  • 702 copies of the island newspaper “Tundra Times” have been delivered by Office Administrator Tyler Tuck.  They are posted daily on our blog.
  • 947 trophy fish have been recorded as of August 1st (on track to wallop last year’s total)
  • 292 extremely happy guests have shared this tremendous season with us so far
2012 Season: Now Is The Time

If YOU want to be one of those extremely happy guests next summer, now is the time to act.

While most of this season’s guests did rebook a trip next year, there are still openings available in June and July of 2012. However they are like our lake trout; they don’t hang around the boat…they move quickly. Lock in your 2012 Scott Lake Adventure right now. There are less than half a dozen openings for June 15-20 and June 20-25; a few more for June 30-July 5 and July 5-10. Set the hook on these now.

You can book at the current price (with the US dollar dropping we cannot hold the current price much longer) and get the $250 Early Booking Discount if you confirm with a deposit before October 1. Email our Sales Manager and veteran guide, Jon Wimpney, right now. He guides for 10 hours a day but he will be at his keyboard late into the night if needed to answer your questions and get you on board for next season. His email address is easy: j5@scottlakelodge.com Do it today.

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!