Smoothrock lake, Armstrong, Ontario Canada
Last week, I visited places known for their structural, geographic, or obvious features like the "Hanging Rock," the"Hump," the "Triangle," The "S-curve" "The backside," "The Corner" or the "Sandhole" On the map names like "Lonebreast Bay" could be a name expected by a lonely hunter or trapper thinking of his woman he left behind. There are places named for people who performed feats of fishing over the year, like "Wilbur's Run," "Bosak Bay" or "Docs Bay." There is "Three Dead Guys Point" named for a plaque on a rock for three dead guys, that I never met. There is even the "No-fish Bay" Then there are places that are named for mythology and legends, "Seamonster Bay" fulfills this category, it is a story in a chapter of my birding/ fishing book.
Names aside it was a week of fishing with family and for me, surveying the birds up there. Which itself was quite sad as the small common tern colony had disappeared from last year's survey. They had been there since I first came in 1982 and every year since, never more than 12 pairs, the 5 pairs from last year were not found or even a single Common tern was seen all week.
I landed right in the middle of a Ministry of Natural Resources inspection. I figured seeing the officers was normal as it seems they always stop to interview me as must just like to talk to me. I've been told they find me entertaining.
"Beware of yellow planes!" I have said before but none of the MNR wardens wanted to talk to me I guess as I hadn't even been on the lake yet and didn't have any news to share. I kept trying to strike up conversations with them but they seemed distracted and not interested in idle chit chat. Apparently, they had somewhere important to go, maybe somebody was doing something illegal.
Getting to or home from Smoothrock camp, 260 km North of Thunder Bay isn't so easy. We had to wait for them to unload gasoline from the DHC-3 plane before we could get in.
Some of the birds:.
a good supply of common mergansers
I got some butterflies
Canadian Tiger swallowtail
I can't forget the bear, I always seem to have a bear find me
My dad Doug watching the action at the dock at camp
daughter with a nice walleye
My niece Lil going butterfly hunting with me
What to do with small walleyes, kiss them for luck!
My sister, Jena wasn't kissing any walleye
My wife has a new fishing hat, love that hat, Silja!
I caught the biggest walleye...and I got some sun
my mom even found some walleyes near camp at a new point named "Sue's Point" 100 yards from camp