Three Days at Kenauk

The fall fishing excursion to Kenauk is now history.  From noon Sunday to noon Wednesday a group of us had a blast fishing for rainbow trout at a lake on one of North America’s largest private fish and game reserves.  The trip was arranged for some of us from the Ottawa Flyfishers Society by John Huff of John Huff Adventures.  Several lakes on the 65,000 acre reserve have a single chalet which can be rented along with access to the lake.  Seven of us were based at Chalet Vert (Green Lake Chalet) and had the lake to fish for three fantastic days.

Weather-wise Sunday was the best day – and the fishing was great too.  After a bit of a slow start we found the fish at the mouth to one of the bays.  We spent the later part of the afternoon engaged wrestling feisty rainbow trout.

Most of the fish we caught were in the 12-14 inch range but there were enough larger ones to keep one paying attention.  Several in the 17-18 inches were caught over the three days.  Regardless of size, most were extremely energetic.

The lake is stocked with two varieties of rainbow trout.  One strain has a distinct green colour while the other is more silver.

Most of the fishing was done with sinking lines (full or intermediate) although some fish were caught on dry flies.

Did I say Sunday was the best weather day?  Monday wasn’t too bad (ie, no rain) but the wind was cool.  Regardless we were out on the lake and the fishing helped block the fact that it was cold. The gloves came out regularly but the problem was every time I got them on, a fish would strike so off the came again.

While most of our fishing was catch and release, a fish were kept including a couple that became the main ingredient of Monday’s fish chowder.

Fine food and wine worked wonders in warming everyone up.  And a good thing too because Tuesday we woke up to rain – exactly as forecast.  A great day for a leisurely breakfast but eventually the fish called again.   The weather didn’t seem to bother the fish although they seemed somewhat more tentative in their takes.  Often following the fly only to attack when it was stripped back in.

Wednesday rolled around way to quickly.  First task (after another gourmet breakfast omelet) was to pack up and then a few hours more fishing before heading home.

A beautiful location, good friends and great fishing.

Fall Fishing

Bob, George and I took advantage of a fantastic fall Saturday to head out for some rainbow trout fishing.  It was a great day to be on the water and we managed a few fish in the process.

Here we are at the first lake.  As usual Bob is the first on the water although this time there were a couple boats that beat us to the lake.

Although the fishing was a bit slow, the scenery was great.

After lunch we headed to another nearby lake.  It is a much smaller lake, one which Bob and I fished in the spring but with no success.  It is a much different lake with a lot of dead trees along the edges. This time we had the lake to ourselves and the fish were a bit more cooperative.

Here is George at a slower moment – I don’t think he is sleeping.

How Do You See the World?

Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman and Anna Barford have produced an interesting world atlas (The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live) that represents land area in proportion to various demographic parameters. I have been working with spatial information (maps, satellite images, etc.) for most of my career so I find this a fascinating way to visualize statistical information.

Here are a few examples shown on the website of the Telegraph, one of Britain’s newspapers.

This first map shows the world as we are most familiar with it.

This maps shows countries shaped in proportion to projected wealth in 2015.

You can see more of their maps at the Telegraph picture gallery.

Wednesday Evening Fishing

Headed out to Appleton for a couple hours fishing on the Mississippi River (the other one) with DC.  It was a great evening for float tube fishing – sunny and calm but the days are getting shorter so we had to pack it in by 8.  We caught lots of smaller fish but both landed a few good sized smallmouth bass.  Here is a series of shots of DC with a with a nice smallmouth.

The requisite sunset shot.

More Newfoundland


I got around to processing a few more images of Newfoundland.

Cull Harbour was an interesting spot.  You got to it by a narrow bridge.

We spent an afternoon on a whale watching tour from Bay Bulls.  The whales didn’t disappoint.  We probably saw a dozen different whales in total.  They were in the Bay feeding on caplin and didn’t seem to put out by the boat.

Besides whales, we saw a lot of birds including these puffins.  The lack of a longer telephoto lens is evident.