Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I have my beads packed...10 mm and 7 mm in various colours. I hope they fish as well as they did the first time I tired them.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Truth be told I am seriously starting to get excited about the Alaska trip. I have been so preoccupied with work and the Shutdown that my thoughts have been consumed with the evil devices of modern Industrialization. It's a necessary evil and part of my employment. Typically when it's all said and done there is a giant pot of money and some memorable moments. This small outage will certainly pay for the Alaska trip and then some so the two week commitment is really a small price to pay.
The huge differences lie in geography. Geography plays a giant part in bear diet. This is the kicker my friends!!! The Alaskan Brown Bear has a primary diet of protein rich fish and the like. Food is plentiful on the coast and these bears grow to an enormous size. The inland Grizzlies of the highlands and mountainous regions primarily forage for their food and a great deal of their diet consists of plant matter.
This and the fact that they have to travel great distances sees them burning more calories and results in a smaller body mass. Their cardio is probably amazing as well as their land speed times but their overall size and mass is smaller in comparison to the fish eaters.
Many moons ago when I was attending Sir Sanford Fleming College we went to the Toronto Sportsman show. One of the highlights of that years show was the Grizzly Bear that was used in most if not all of the movies of the time. I believe the bear was named Bart and the owner and handler had raised him since he was a cub. They backed a trailer into the heavily secured arena and opened the door.
I ran across this crazy video while surfing tonight. It made me laugh and think...I really only have to out run Old Man Maxfield.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sunday, April 07, 2013
The clock is really ticking on my fishing options with a spring outage on the books at work. This coupled with prepping for the Alaska trip has had all of my free time consumed.
The water conditions have been magnificent for the past month but the pushes of fish have been mere trickles. The forest is covered in snow, upwards of a foot in places, and this spring is gearing up to resemble one from the distant past. The next month should see some pretty exciting fishing on the West Side. Normally I would be ecstatic with how this is playing out but work has once again managed to find a way to intervene in my happiness. The spring outage is a a double edged sword for me... On one hand I will most likely miss the big push on the Manistee when it happens but the overtime that will result will certainly pay for my Alaska trip.
So... this weekend was most likely going to be my last shot at the big river for 3-4 weeks. I am on the hook at work for Sunday so I booked off Friday and planned on fishing two days.
I managed to get my old bones out of bed at a decent hour but still found myself leaving the cabin as the darkness was fading. I arrived to the parking access to find it full. The giant snowbanks from the lingering winter have the parking lot capacity pretty much down to a fraction of what it should hold. Nonetheless there were at least 10 vehicles there and I took this as a message that I was not meant to fish there this morning.