For most of the Scott Lake Lodge crew, the calendar flip to November signals the real change of season. For Canadians, November is not late fall: it’s early winter. With it comes the heart of the deer season, great duck and goose shooting, and quite soon fishing on hard water. For our US guests, November covers a lot more ground.
From Florida to Montana, there is a lot of seasonal variation. Some of our guests are still fishing in T-shirts; others are hunting elk in snowy mountains, and most just coping with the times. A lot is going on in the states (like the recently completed election) to distract our crowd of sportsmen and women. While the Scott staff is still working on preparing for our 2021 season, we hope our guests are enjoying some outdoor activities. With times as odd and disorienting as this Era of Covid, we all need a bit of distraction. If you are like most of our Scott guides, you are probably distracting yourself by thinking about big pike. Picturing the bow wake a super-sized water wolf makes when it turns in two feet of water from fifty feet away to chase your lure and makes a bathtub-sized swirl as she engulfs your offering can definitely take your mind off the current situation. Anyway, that’s what our crew is thinking.

We would love to check in with you and hear about any of your recent adventures. We did get some great fish stories for our recent contest but we know there are many outdoor pursuits that don’t involve a hook and line.

Send a note to any of the full time staff: Jon Wimpney, Jason Hamilton, or Tom Klein and we’ll run some of the tales of your exploits on the website. No prizes this time but we hope for some surprises.

Tell us a story, ask some questions, give us some suggestions. We just want to touch base and remind ourselves and you that there will be a northern experience  in the not so distant future. Sadly, we are lacking a crystal ball or Magic 8 Ball to predict the future, but all of us do like to talk, especially about fishing. And we’re just fun to talk to.

It was a relatively quiet summer on our island, except for the sounds of saws, hammers and the occasional swearing about mosquitoes interfering with the extensive infrastructure work. A dozen of our hardiest and handiest staff members spent the entire summer working some major improvements on the island. We could send photos, but we’d rather wait until you get to the island and see for yourself: you will be impressed. What was missing this summer was the sound of the piston Beaver or turbo Otter firing up at the docks every morning. With an average of four fly outs per day taking our guests to even more remote waters, our summers are always filled with the exciting sounds of floatplanes. Not this summer. A Twin Otter bringing building supplies and no doubt some beer landed only once every two weeks.

Other than their workmates and the Otter pilot, our crew saw no one for nearly three months except one TV crew. A Canadian company (they obviously didn’t have any border crossing issues), The New Fly Fisher, filmed a TV show, capturing some amazing footage of top water pike action. We’ll let you know when that show airs. Let’s all hope that there is never another summer like that at Scott Lake again—ever.

To all our Scott Lake friends/guests: stay safe and stay excited about solid hooksets on big pike and trout. The entire Scott Lake team badly missed the good times we all have together on the little island in the middle of nowhere. We’ll do double time of fun next summer.