9-11-03 - Canada, Part II - Where's the river?!?!
(Another FATMAN Nature Hike)
Waters Fished: Garden River
Fish Caught: 0 personally
Outing Date: 9-11-03
Weather: Clear & Sunny
Air Temp: 70's dropping to about 40's - 50's at night
Water Temp: Didn't Take it
Water Level: LOW
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: Pink Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Pinook (Chinook X Pink),
Pattern Fished: All Sorts
Pattern Color: you name it
Fishing Quality: UM, we didn't FISH!
So here you go..no fish again. What do you do?
Go downriver of course! Well, we left camp to check out a trail
we scouted back in July...we got stuck on that one but it was RAINING
that day...maybe with 2 months of no rain the trail would be nice
No such luck! We still get stuck, and we're looking
at eachother like "What next"?! Ok, the map looks, in
FAT's opinion, that we're about 3 miles from the river. TIME TO
HIKE! We're all pretty healthy, we can walk 3 miles! We gear up,
bring what we can, and head out.
An hour goes by, we see tons of "nature"
and even spot the tracks of Bear, Moose, and either Lynx or Bobcat.
Maybe even a wolf (or dog, it's hard to say).
Another hour goes by and we find some water; well,
actually the first water we passed was a lake...this looks "kinda
riverish"; yeah! Wait, it's a LAKE? I didn't remember a lake
on the map? Well, maybe it's like the Milwaukee downstream...wide
and deep? I tossed for a bit, but saw absolutely NOTHING going on.
We take a look at the GPS...we've hiked 5.2 miles!
Alright, it's time to turn back.
A couple hours later we make it back to the trucks...after
consulting the GPS and the map the river was NOT 3 miles away...it
was like 20! HOLY GEEZE FATMAN! Well, 10.4 miles of hiking...we're
On the way back to camp we passed another lake
and found the 2 Tims fishing. They had landed a few perch, and supposedly
the lake held brookies and splake. Well, we all tossed, and I managed
to land a nice 5" chub. Considering the now famous wager of
the "Smokin' Tahoe" (MS2 & MP) vs. the "Fat Tribe"
(FAT and Chief) of who would land the largest fish in Canada, I
was now in the lead!
Later that evening, after total exhaustion had
set in, a couple of our buddies (Larry & Matt) made it back
to camp...after hiking/wading way downriver they had managed to
land a few males! Pink, Pinook, and Chinook. All I can say is congratulations...I
didn't even really FISH that day!