The northwestern Ontario ice fishing world I grew up in had no ice shacks. It’s fair to say there weren’t even ice fishing tents. If you went ice fishing, it was done out in the open and fully exposed to the elements. Which is why so many fishing lines were sunk within about
One of my most vivid winter childhood memories includes a pair of snowshoes. I’m not sure exactly how old I was, but I was old enough to be wearing snowshoes. My father and I were going ice fishing, and we were going by foot. This was the early 1970s, and snowmobiles were
Fairly recently, on a cold winter night, my wife was watching television as I tapped away on my laptop in the other room. “Come see this,” she said, and I did.
There, on the little screen, was a very young Brad Pitt, casting a reasonable loop of fly line. Soon he was fighting
As I tap out this column, on the first day of January 2014, it is -33 Celsius in Thunder Bay. The wind chill is in the area of -46 C. For my American friends, -40 C and -40 F are the same thing. In other words, extremely stinking cold.
It’s been that kind of
The lake trout—sometimes called grey trout—is a species seemingly designed by Mother Nature for winter. The colder, snappier and brighter the winter day, the more those grey trout like it. They can strike an angler’s jigged line with great ferocity, and when hooked
Deep snow. As beautiful as it is, and as common as it can be in the north, it has its challenges. Especially if you are trying to travel on it. Snow is uniquely designed to be both difficult to stay on top of, and tricky to get out of once you’ve sunk into it. And snow