The Bush Report: A Recap of the 2017 Season
November 16, 2017
Fall is my favorite time of year. Our lives start to slow down and we can take the time to breathe in the crispness of the air; the Fall colors; and Oooh! the Fall smells. It is also a sad time for me because my Nestor Falls Fly-In family begins to leave. We have such a great group of people working together to make your fishing vacation as pleasurable as we can make it for you.
When Dave and I started this business over 32 years ago, our dream was to provide each of our guests a great fly-in fishing experience with some of the comforts of home in the most beautiful wilderness locations. As Dave and I get older and our lives are becoming busier, we now realize that it is not the fishing that is important but spending time in the wilderness away from hectic lives and disconnecting from all of our electronics. We see it with almost every group that comes back from the cabins ‚Äì how amazing it feels once you “Escape to the Wilderness” with Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts.
The Start of the Season
We had an early spring this year, which Dave and I always look forward to. Sure makes it easier when opening up the outposts and getting the planes ready for your arrival!
The pilots arrive to base at the end of April or the beginning of May depending on the Spring. The boys jump right into their flight tests and the training required by the Transport Canada guidelines. When the boys are done with training, we begin flying the fuel and motors out to the cabins. This takes several flights. Once the weather looks like it is going to hold, we start hooking up the water at each of the outposts. We start with Kay Lake first because the Lake Trout fishermen arrive in early May. We then head north and it takes a good week to get everything complete!
Another Year of Fantastic Fishing
Nestor Falls Fly-In is the most beautiful place in the world. But now and again, Mother Nature shows us that she’s in charge! Back in June, Mother Nature brought some stormy weather. A few of our guests were caught up in this weather, but they didn’t let Mother Nature dampen their spirits! They hit the water despite the storms and found the fishing was excellent!
Per usual, we had awesome fishing all summer long. July brought clear blue skies that carried through into Fall. September fishing was magnificent! In the Fall, the water is cool and Northern Pike are bulking up for winter. The comfortable temperatures are also perfect for folks who don’t want to sweat in the Summer heat!
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Stories & Smiles Throughout the Season
I love seeing families like ours enjoying themselves in the wilderness. Some of my favorite moments are experiencing the beautiful sunrises and gorgeous sunsets ‚Äì the best way to start and end a perfect day with loved ones. I’m always in awe of the reflection of the forest in the glassy water. And of course, I never tire of seeing the wildlife ‚Äì the Moose are my favorites!
One of the highlights of the summer was seeing Tony Roder and his family come back in from their adventure. When I asked their little girl, who I believe was 6 at the time, what her favorite part of the trip was, she joyfully replied, “EVERYTHING!”
Another great story was when Addison Hall, 9 years old, came to visit with her family. This was not only her first time in Canada, but also her first time fishing for Walleyes! You know what happened? She caught a GIGANTIC 30 3/4 inch fish! (Is she spoiled for life now or what!? See photo.)
The funniest story by far was watching Connor, our 185 pilot, try to save his phone as it slipped out of his pocket and towards the lake. In a moment of pure instinct, he desperately leaned over and snatched it out of the air, clutching it in his fingers ‚Äì as he lost his balance and tumbled over into the water! We were impressed that he caught his phone ‚Äì too bad they both got wet anyway!
End of Season Clean Up & Maintenance
Alas, all good fishing seasons come to an end. The staff headed up north in mid-September for cabin closing. This takes us well over a week to get them all closed up for the winter. It is a lot of hard work, and we’re so thankful for our amazing team who never fails to get the job done!
After the cabins were closed down, the boys went up in early October to do some maintenance. At Herod we put a new roof on the outdoor cook area. The boys also moved the outhouse closer to the cabin, so you don’t have to scramble up the long path in the dark anymore!
They carried on to Clear Lake and Kay Lake, where they built new cribs down by the dock areas for some nice off-the-pier fishing. To top it all off, they fixed up the boat ramps at Larus.
The planes came out of the water on October 15. This day is always bittersweet, with winter quickly approaching. We will be flying the Turbine Otter ODK down to Geraldton this November for some major work involving the spar straps, which will cost around $70,000 ‚Äì Ouch! This is an Airworthiness Directive that came out from Transport Canada sent to all folks who own an Otter. (If you’re interested in owning a plane, just remember that they can be more expensive than children ‚Äì but you’ll still love them almost as much!)
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Wishing You All a Safe Holiday Season
With so many choices, words are not enough to express how grateful Dave and I are for you choosing to visit Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts. It was our pleasure to do business with you and it would be our pleasure to continue serving you. Please accept our warmest thanks for your continued generosity to our staff ‚Äì and for supporting our dream of providing one-of-a-kind fly-in fishing experiences.
That’s a wrap on fishing this year!! The countdown to Spring begins
Escape to the Wilderness!
Michelle, Dave and Jon Beaushene
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