That's my best description of the first two weeks of the season. Starting off with the late ice out which dug us into a hole for starters, and compounded by a staff change just one week into the season, there were many times in the first two weeks that we felt so far behind we thought we were ahead.
Fortunately there weren't too many "unexpected situations" to deal with, although we would like to have a chat with the beaver that took two trees down atop of Cabin 8 and was well on his/her way of bringing down a third when we arrived. We were extremely fortunate that there was very minor damage and other than a few hours of wood cutting, brush hauling and cleanup we came through that situation in pretty good shape.
A broken water line under Cabin 2 was also somewhat problematic as there is little room under the cabins to work on that kind of stuff, but after a couple of hours the necessary fittings were replaced and water was completely installed throughout the camp.
A couple of other minor "surprises" were thrown into our opening for good measure, but let's not sweat the details of those!
The bottom line was this: Camp opened on time and we even got some guests in a day early (Friday afternoon)!!
So the 2013 season is underway and who would have guessed that with such a late ice out that water temps would already be around 46 degrees. It sure provided the conditions for a fantastic opening week with A LOT of big walleyes caught and released, in addition to the ever present great eating 15-18 inchers that Wabaskang Lake is known for. Our second week of the season found the post spawn fish dispersing to their various late spring/early summer haunts and while the fishing was still very good overall, it did require some moving around to intercept these post spawn fish.
I'm not going to repost any pictures on the blog right now from the first couple of weeks, but you can see many of them in our photo gallery at www.peffleyscamp.com or a few highlight shots on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peffleys-Canadian-Wilderness-Camp/518316711547563
As usual, we don't have many "new" guests with us in the months of May/June but we want to mention that we had a really good time hosting our newbies during these two weeks. Great people, great times and we thank you for choosing us for your 2013 fishing trip.
It feels good to be "caught up" with getting camp opened and we also want to say a special THANK YOU to a few of our early season guests who pitched in with a little help. I won't mention any names, but you guys know who you are, and we hope you know how much we sincerely appreciate the help. THANKS again!!
Until next time, tight lines....