Preparation is Key to Success, and it’s all part of the fun!
To quote one of the characters from my kids favorite show Duck Dynasty, “the only thing better than duck hunting season, is preparing for duck hunting season”. This is so true with any trip, especially your annual fishing trip to the far reaches of northern Saskatchewan.
Most people make the decision to go on a fly in fishing trip atleast a few months in advance, leaving plenty of time to plan and organize what you will bring along with you, and what you will do once you get there. The countless hours spent going through your tackle box, sharpening hooks, tying flies, lubricating reels and shopping for a new lure not only greatly enhances your chances of success, but it provides you with excitement in the months, weeks and days leading up to the trip.
Be sure to check in regularly with the lodge owners/management on lake condidtions, timing of ice-out, tactics for the varied species in the fishery that you plan to target and any other questions you have. The lodge staff will appreciate the opportunity to better understand your expectations so that they may prepare as best they can for your arrival.
Anyway, if you are anything like me, you do not need to be encouraged to prepare tirelessly for hours on end for any outdoor excursion…and even though not all of my trips have been deemed a huge success, they have all been fun!
Duane Kurbis, Marketing and Operations Manager, Arctic Lodges on Reindeer Lake