The last lingering days of summer are bitter sweet for the angler in Northwestern Ontario. Shorter days and cooler nights means summer is winding down. The carefree afternoons casting in shorts and t-shirts become an increasingly rare commodity. But late summer is also a really great time to get on
I’ve been asked to write about wolves and, I will be honest, they are a subject I have mixed emotions about. Growing up, I didn’t hear much good stuff about wolves. My Grandfather Ora, who I admired and looked up to, was an amazing hunter with an incredible ability to hit fast moving animals,
Gord Ellis in June 2017 with a brookie. | GORD ELLIS
I marked a big birthday this year; yours truly turned 55 years old, or years young, if you are the optimistic type.
It’s a big number and carries some baggage with it. In some circles, 55 equals senior status. For others, it is a number that equals retirement. My father retired
Author Gord Ellis with a large northern pike. Good to eat, just lose the Y bones. | GORD ELLIS
Eating fish is something I’ve enjoyed throughout my life. It is both the perfect counterpoint to wild game and a great source of healthy protein that is full of good things. A meal of fresh fish is just one of the rewards an angler gets to enjoy after a day on the water.
The publisher of this fine publication, Shawn Perich, has suggested I write a column in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. He wants me to do this by talking about why fishing in Canada is so great. Perich, who I consider an honorary Canadian, appreciates as well as anyone this country’s fine angling.
Canoes allow people to access some of the north’s most beautiful lakes. | GORD ELLIS
If you like to fish small lakes, whether it be for bass, walleye, trout or pike, it’s pretty tough to beat fishing from a canoe. I know kayaks are fun too, and they have become all the rage. But I really haven’t had a lot of experience fishing from them. One of these days…