Rip Van Winkle

Well, it’s been over two years since I last posted here. I haven’t been taking a long nap, however. I lost my computer a couple of springs ago and along with it, the web address where we post these news updates. There’s a hot cup of black coffee next to me and I’m ready for the new challenge. Camp is now in our third week of the 2007 season. Ice-out came a bit late this season and the water is still maybe 10% higher than the norm. Our first week’s anglers started off with a weather delay that kept them in Wabush for a day and a half past schedule. Once in camp on Saturday afternoon, they were off to get in some fishing and many stayed out well past dinner-time. Highlight of the week was Bob’s nine pound brookie hooked, landed and photographed just off Babe’s Rock. We have a few new staff folks in camp this season. Darlene has elected to stay out in town and be our hospitality person. Her Aunt Dot (Frances’s sister) has taken Darlene’s place in the dining lodge. We have new guides Anthony (master chainsaw carver and former Newfie salmon guide), Sandy (our gentle giant) and Lyman, also of former salmon guide fame. They are replacing Jim Whittle (Ned’s son) who found full-time employment in his hometown on the Island and Jordan (guitar-man) Locke who is out to Alberta squeezing oil out of the tar pits. Marco, our larger-than-life Beaver pilot for the past four years, was promoted to Otter pilot this season and we are flying around the river system this year with Francois, our new pilot. Francois trained with John David (one of our former pilots). Francois’s family owns and operates a large sugar farm in Maine. Of course Kevin, Frances, Cliff, Ned and Quentin are back this summer and the old and new crews are quite a new team. We are full for this season but for a few spots in the third week of August (health cancellations). We are very appreciative of the confidence our guests, both new and returning, place in us each season. We will celebrate our tenth season with an even stronger effort to make our anglers’ dreams come true.

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