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

Winter Update #2

Winter Update #2

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Well friends and family of Scott Lake, discount cialis ask the last time I wrote John Gariepy, General Manager, John J-5 Wimpney, guide extraordinaire, and myself were heading up to Scott Lake to check in on the camp and set up J-5 for his month long stay by himself. (Yes, you read that last sentence right – one month, alone, on an island on the 60th parallel in January!)

Many of you are probably wondering what it’s like in the winter up there and I can say this: it doesn’t matter what time of year you go to Scott Lake, it is always beautiful. This year we had the added bonus of seeing Caribou move through every day in herds of 7 – 10 at a time. It was truly an awesome sight!
caribou crossing

Don’t worry, thanks to modern technology we check in on J-5 daily and get updates about his activities in camp. In fact, just yesterday he reported seeing a moose walk right in front of the Lodge on the ice! We have no fishing reports however, as J-5 has been busy enough just tending to the day to day routines involved in manning a camp in the dead of winter, not to mention the ambitious to-do list we left him with. But he has even found time to help out a hunter or two passing through the area. We will have more on this later, but first I have some news to share with everyone regarding the upcoming fishing season at Scott Lake Lodge.

Southbound at the Sandman in 2011

I wanted to let everyone know that we will be again using the Sandman Hotel in Saskatoon for the southbound accommodations in your all-inclusive fishing package. Several of our guests had commented less than favorably last season on the southbound hotel accommodations provided, and as we always promise, we listen to your feedback and take appropriate action so as to improve your trip!
This season upon returning to Saskatoon after the best fishing trip of your life, you will be taken to the Sandman Hotel where you will find a 24-hour Denny’s Restaurant and a little infamous bar called the Shark Club.  Between the two you will find all the food and drink you need before making your way home the next day.

Offiicial Scott Lake Lodge Facebook Page

Scott Lake Lodge has now joined the wave of social media and has recently launched an official company Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scott-Lake-Lodge/100355913368737 Check us out on Facebook for immediate updates and all kinds of news.  Please feel free to leave any comments or pictures as well, we always love hearing from you!

Another Parent/Child Week Added

Well you would think we would be done with announcements considering it is the middle of winter but hold on because we have one more. We had previously announced a special Parent/Child Week for 2011 (August 8-14) in our Annual Report (parent books at full price and their son/daughter of any age joins them for half price).  It was wildly popular and thanks to those that took advantage of the opportunity right away, the week is now sold out!

But the good news is that we have decided to add another week with the same great deal: August 1-5. This is a four day trip which is a nice option for those that find it hard to get away for any longer.  So with this announcement I urge you, if you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please call me soon as I don’t think these spaces will be around for much longer! (306-978-7774 or cell 306-291-4249) or reach me via email at ken@scottlakelodge.com. (Not just another sales pitch, I am serious!)

Well that wraps up this edition of news and updates from SLL.

Thanks for reading and of course as always we thank our loyal guests and friends for their repeated business and welcome our new guests to the family. I

hope you are all well and please feel free to call anytime; I would love to hear from you!

Winter Update

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Well the holidays are over and now its time to think about, viagra sale unhealthy what else, buy viagra fishing! I hope all of you had great Christmas and New Years’ celebrations and I wish you all the best in 2011!  With the new year of course come New Year’s Resolutions. Many people set highly unreachable goals like “I will lose fifty pounds this year!” or “I am going to work out every day!”.  I personally do not like setting myself up for failure, so instead I make resolutions like this:  “I am going to fish more this year!” or even more dangerously, “I am going to catch a 50 pound lake trout this year!”.  See where I am going with this?  Make your goals not only attainable, but fun to reach and that’s where Scott Lake comes in.

If you have promised yourself more fishing, more time off, more quality time spent with your spouse, or simply more time having fun this year, we can help!  But you might want to hurry. Thanks to some recent positive economic news and probably a lot of “I just have to get back to Canada this year” we are filling up very quickly. We have bookings already that far exceed last season’s totals and are headed back into pre-recession territory. If this is your time to get back into the Canadian fishing tradition, call me soon: (306-978-7774 or cell 306-291-4249) or reach me via email at ken@scottlakelodge.com.

Winter Work Crew Heads North

It’s deep winter of course on the 60th parallel but that does not mean nothing is happening at Scott Lake Lodge. Every year three brave men face the elements of nature and head up to Scott Lake in January with one simple mission: fishing. (Just kidding, the owner would never put up with that if he wasn’t with us.)

This year those three men will be General Manager, John Gariepy, guide, Jon “J-5” Wimpney and myself. We are going up to the Lodge to do our annual mid-winter camp check up and to perform some critical winter work as well. Lots of trees will fall, providing firewood and the raw material for the wonderful spruce chips that cover all our walkways. With the days being as short as they are up there right now, it is hard to get in a full day’s work, but accomplishing anything under those extreme conditions is a full day’s work!  After about a week, John Gariepy and I will head back to civilization and leave J-5 behind to tend to the camp on his own.  Brave man. . . foolish, but a brave man!  I will be sending out another update upon our return hopefully with stories of northern lights, caribou and maybe even a 50 pound trout.

This is a year to be optimistic. And I am heading north full of optimism about this next season and all the seasons beyond. I fully expect another summer of warm and pleasant weather. I don’t know why of course; I just believe it. This is shaping up to be a great year. We will probably have a full house every week; the buildings and grounds are in their best shape ever, thanks to a lot of hard work last fall and most importantly nearly the entire Scott staff have signed up for another season in paradise.

I just can’t wait for June. I can feel that big pike on the end of my line right now. If you want to join me in that feeling, give me a shout. I would love to hear from you. Even at the Lodge I will have my computer up and cooking. And I will also have my sat phone available. I’ll give you a call from the 60th parallel and maybe put a caribou on the line.

Hope to see you this summer.

What has your guide been up to?

What has your guide been up to?

Our guide team is an assembled cast of professionals  spanning from New Brunswick to Saskatchewan and down to Costa Rica. One thing ties them all together – their love of all things outdoors. After the season the crew spread to their respective corners of the world plying their passion in the form of fishing, cialis usa viagra hunting, cialis buy viagra sale and even farming. Here is a brief update on what they are doing.

Ken Johnson

Since the close of the season, Ken has been busy working the phones and emails for Scott Lake booking the next round of guests for the 2011 season. In his meager spare time, Ken has been able to get out into the boat for some walleye and pike fishing, as well as doing some hunting. Ken shot this moose two weeks ago and has since (understandably) put on a few pounds.

Cory Craig

Cory spent some time with his family in the Winnipeg area where he introduced his youngest, daughter Kaya, to fishing. Cory and his family then returned home to Costa Rica where he owns and operates Tropic Fins adventures. If anyone is interested in a salt water adventure this winter contact Cory through his website at www.tropicfins.com

Jan Phoenix

Jan has returned to Whitehorse, YT for some fall fishing and hunting. Pike, grayling, and coho salmon have been his target since getting home as well as hunting of all sorts. Jan recently shot this bull moose and on the way home afterwards he managed to pick up a few grouse as well.

Steve Yanish

Steve returned home to Yorkton, SK after the season and was drawn along with his dad, maintenance manager Gerry Yanish, and brother for moose in their area. After a few days hunting they all managed to fill their tags and their freezers.

Curtis Woloshyn

Not all fun and games for everyone after the season. But Curtis did jump into another one of his passions – helping harvest on the family farm. It was a great year for crops for them and I’m sure that Curt will get his fill of some whitetail hunting yet this fall.

Graham Coulombe

First year guide Graham is no stranger to the outdoors. While most of his time has been spent renovating his cabin this fall, he and his girlfriend did manage to get her her very first black bear.

Matt Cornell

Almost as soon as the fishing season is over it’s time for the waterfowl migration and upland bird hunting. Matt guides for fowl every season when he is done at Scott and by all accounts this one was especially good. Here he is after a morning hunt with a bag limit for everyone in his group.

Cody Mychalyshyn

First year guide in training Cody has been in Northern Manitoba guiding for caribou and lake trout. One of the highlights of his time was having a polar bear wander into camp and get tranquilized for relocation.

Chester Porteous

Chester has had a busy off-season so far guiding for ducks and geese, walleye fishing, and recently getting his daughter her first whitetail, a beautiful 11 point buck. Chester and myself (General Manager John Gariepy) got away for some walleye fishing in Saskatchewan this fall and we both caught our personal best walleye cranking on open water.

Paul Hamilton

Paul has been keeping busy between renovations on his house and getting out for some hunting and fishing. Paul joined myself and Chester in the boat one night cranking walleye on the river at Tobin Lake. Paul caught this beauty just before midnight.

The Season After the Season

The “After Season”, viagra sales cure that wonderful time after the last group of guests head south and before fall turns into winter, cialis canada started a lot earlier this year. The last guests left on August 15th. The shorter season, while unfortunate, gave our shut down crew an opportunity to get a lot of work done.

The 2010 season was recession challenged. For many years we operated at the very edge of weather allowance. This year we operated with customers only 60 days compared to an historical average of 99 days over the eleven seasons prior to 2008. A little history: our longest season was 2002 when we ran 109 days, starting on June 2nd , running right until the first snows on September 19th. The weather was very cooperative that year and it was a bit easier to fill the Lodge in that year. In February of 2002, for instance, one US dollar turned into $1.61 Canadian, the recent high point of US currency value. Back then our 5 day trips cost the customer only $2,795 US but that price purchased for the Lodge $4,499 in Canadian goods and services, allowing the much lower package price than we have now. In 2010 our Book-at-the-Lodge repeat guests paid $4,295 for the 2011 season. After many price increases over those nine seasons we are actually in the same place, just paddling faster and absorbing nine years worth of inflation including the big jumps in post 9/11 insurance, plane and fuel costs. In short, that’s why the 2010 season was short and that fall work began in mid-August. But we are very optimistic that next season will stretch out a bit. On August 15 when the final 2011 deposits were taken we had 246 people booked for 2011, only 34 less than we had for the 2010 season, and we still have eight months of selling season ahead of us. Next season the shut down crew will be catching some trout on the rocks.

For this season the crew staying on through August 30th had to focus more on work than fishing. With great weather we took full advantage of the early close to attack some major projects, including the building of two new docks. The top priority was the back dock, the entry for what could be called the industrial side of our island in the north. On that platform about a quarter of a million pounds of food, fuel and other supplies reach the Lodge each season. The old dock must have handed at least 4 million pounds over its lifetime. It was due its retirement. It was rebuilt from stem to stern and should be good for another 4 million pounds. The north customer dock on the front side of the island got the same treatment. It was the father/son duo of Jerry and Steve Yanish and the dock avenger, Paul Hamilton, who did the heavy lifting for the dock work. Spruce logs for rock cribs, tons of rocks, lots of 2X6s, huge spikes and an incredible amount of muscle power were the ingredients for the job. Both docks look great.

Painting was the other after season priority. Keeping the 30 buildings on the island looking good is a lot like the painting of the Golden Gate Bridge: you start at one end, keeping painting until you’re done and then start again. Bartender turned painter Allison Whelan was the driving force in this year’s effort. She quickly found out that applying the stain and paint was the easy part. Sanding and scrapping was the tough work. With help from Jeff Walker, our chef for the two weeks, she attacked the job with steely determination. The expansive deck at the main lodge has never looked better.

Having no handyman talents what so ever, owner Tom Klein found himself cutting firewood and replacing the spruce log walkways around the island. Of course he did some fishing too in the good company of Mel Linder, the father of Scott guide, Steve Linder aka, Biff Piston. The trio had to shut down the fly out lakes and give those fish one last exercise session before their long winter’s rest. Ivanhoe was smoking, as was Smalltree. Late August is exciting fishing with a lot of very heavy fish that attack with savage abandon.

The Yamaha 40s were given a comprehensive work over by Don Klassen, a LaRonge Yamaha dealer, who flew in during the worst storm of the season. He will be back in the spring to tackle tune ups of the two dozen Honda 25s and 30s used on fly out lakes. Yes, it takes a lot to keep a fishing lodge finely tuned. But the place was put to bed nicely this fall: all the water lines drained; windows boarded up; plumbing fixtures and all motors winterized; kitchen cleaned within an inch of its life. With two weeks of hard work behind them the shut down crew jumped in the Beaver on August 30th and, like the geese and loons, headed south, leaving the island ship-shape, almost ready for the 2011 season. See you then.