Its hard to stay away. The fishing is too enticing. Before our trip this past spring there were no plans for a return but a fairly short discussion led to a few of us committing to a fall trip.
It began September 19 with our flight from Ottawa to Winnipeg. By the time we landed, picked up our rental van and drove to Shoal Lake it was lunch time and by the time we got to Patterson Lake (including a return trip to the Shoal Lake Inn to pick up the flippers I forgot) we had time for a few hours fishing.
I was greeted by a very nice brown trout only moments from the launch. The picture doesn’t do it justice but it is a bit difficult to get a great shot of a thrashing trout in one’s net while sitting in a float tube.
In less than two weeks four of us are heading to the Manitoba Parklands for a week in search of behemoth trout. The lure of large rainbow, brown and tiger trout is one that brings some people to the region year after year. We made our first trip to the area last September with results that tempted us to make a return trip.
Here is a link to a blog post by Dave Jensen from a recent trip to the Parkland area. As if we didn’t need more encouragement.
Last weekend we took a short trip to Lake Placid, NY. Coming from a fishing perspective, one of the best known features of the area is the Ausable River. Since this was not specifically a fishing trip, time on the water was limited. I did manage one early morning brown trout on the second day. The water was pretty high but falling. This week conditions should be great – typical.