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Using Jerk Baits to Catch Northeastern Ontario Brook Trout
Over the last few seasons, the spoons and spinners of my trout box have been sharing their quarters with an increasing number of minnow baits. Rooting through my bass and walleye gear is becoming regular procedure before sliding the canoe into the inland lakes that Northeastern Ontario brook trout call home. I'm looking for small, slender minnow baits, particularly those that suspend. Traditional trout favourites are still in rotation but small suspending jerk baits are seeing a lot more submersion time than spoons and spinners, especially in spring. Jerk baits are usually associated with pike, walleye or bass but truth is the stop and start suspending action holds a universal attraction for any fish that feed on minnows. This of…
Visit New Post Falls Before it is Reduced to a Trickle!
“All history,” the saying goes, is “contemporary history.” People instinctively turn to the past to help understand the present or “it isn’t often we can turn back the clock.” There is one journey to a destination in Northeastern Ontario where you will enjoy a breathtaking vista, a towering gorge and revel in the sounds of the roaring water as it plunges into a pool many tens of metres below. Because of the narrow gorge it has a great deal of mist. One of the most scenic accessible but unknown waterfalls is about to change and it is going back to what it once was.   Goin' Back It won’t be long until construction for a new hydroelectric development will be…
Canoeing Killarney’s Northern Access - Less Crowds and Easier Portaging
A few years back I volunteered to paddle and portage the newly expanded section of Killarney Provincial Park - a section between the Panache Lake area and the northern range of the La Cloche Mountains. I re-discovered some perfect canoe and kayak routes through Panache, Bear and Walter Lakes - all connecting to the neighboring lakes already in the park. I recorded them in my guide book - A Paddlers Guide to Killarney and the French River. Since then, I’ve traveled back. I love it here. The main reason is simple - there’s less people. Most paddlers choose to keep to the areas where white quartzite and crystal clear lakes dominate. The northern range has a subtle charm to it’s…
My Son the Hurricane at Loplops on April 25 at 9:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie brings unique opportunities to the city including some of the best entertainers, artists, festivals and events in Northern Ontario! Here is your 2015 list of festivals and events from April until December 2015 that you don't want to miss! April 24 - 25, 2015Sault Ste. Marie Festival of Beer 2015 This event is a must on every beer lovers list and never disappoints. It has sold out the first three years and there is no sign of change in the trend this year as momentum is building and they are expanding the boundaries. Lots of great tastes to choose from! Lop Lops wants to help expand the public's appreciation of beer to celebrate quality, craftsmanship, and Canadian…
Host Colin McKeown with a 4 pound smallmouth bass caught at Birch Lake Resort.
Catching smallmouth bass on a fly rod is truly an angler's delight. Nestled in Algoma Country, only an hour or so from Sault Ste. Marie, Birch Lake Resort is surrounded by numerous lakes that have exceptional smallmouth bass fishing. To find bass that average 3 - 4lbs and that will willingly come to fly -- that is indeed a special place. In this area you can use topwater poppers, streamers and crayfish patterns to hook the bass. Using six or seven weight rods, this is great fishing at a great price! Best of all, the surrounding lakes have public access. Colin used poppers like these to catch smallmouth bass at Birch Lake Resort. Photo credit The New Fly Fisher Brown…
What You Need to Know: Getting Ready For Walleye Season 2015
"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover   It's time for fishing. In just a few short weeks die-hard enthusiasts and casual anglers from all over the continent will be starting their journey, equipped with rod and reel, to set up at outposts and lodges all over the North-West in hopes of hooking the ultimate catch. Walleye. With just over a month left before the 2015 Walleye opener, many of our members are well underway preparing their lodges, dusting off window shutters and stocking pantries, heralding the arrival of long time patrons and new visitors alike. Everyone is getting excited. If the…
Kayaking Northwest Ontario
The Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases 10 award winning paddling films.    The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an International film tour presenting the world's best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year.  The winners and other shortlisted films are toured to more than 100 cities around the world including Canada, the U.S., United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. The top 10 festival category winners plus an additional 13 inspiring paddling films include wilderness action about stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, International river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, gruelling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. Here's a list…
Learn some great tips for capturing the Northern Lights by camera.
What a treat it is when you can see and photograph an aurora in Algoma! Northern Lights are synonymous with the name Aurora Borealis. Aurora Borealis means "dawn of the north". Aurora was the goddess of the dawn according to Roman myths. If you want to know more fun facts about Auroras visit: Photo credit Sheri Minardi An Aurora can be viewed when there is high geomagnetic activity and when the aurora oval extends down into our region. As a photographer, you are always checking your sources for a night when it will all come together and you will see an aurora. The Algoma region requires akp reading (see map here) of about a 5 or higher to see…
Coming this April with force is the Festival of Beer! The fourth installment of this hugely popular event will happen on April 24th and 25th and LopLops is bringing you even more amazing breweries and beers this year! Increasing the number of craft breweries from 18 to 24 means up to 25 more beer varieties to check out this year. This event is a must on every beer lovers list and never disappoints. It has sold out the first three years and there is no sign of change in the trend this year as momentum is building and they are expanding the boundaries. Lots of great tastes to choose from! Lop Lops wants to help expand the public's appreciation of…
Superior Explorations
"Shaun Parent, Owner/Operator of Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co. Ltd., is considered the Pioneer of Rock and Ice Climbing development in the Lake Superior Region of Ontario. He has been ice climbing since 1979 and instructing since 1983. Shaun brings Rock and Ice Climbing to a whole new level. His expertise, passion and appetite for creating unique experiences in the Region are second to none!" Shaun has developed the climbing areas and has authored and co-authored over 18 rock and ice guidebooks to rock and ice climbing sites in the Lake Superior Region. He is located in Batchawana Bay & offers beginner through advanced rock/ice climbing lessons and/or guiding. Superior Exploration Adventure and Climbing Co.'s Shaun Parent provided Local2…
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