Stories from the Road

SAILFISH OF THE NORTH

I possess an inherent love for mountains. I’m not exactly sure where this infatuation began, but to the best of my recollection it started with a photo—in it, a man is tending a pan of trout frying over an open campfire. In the foreground, his canoe is pulled up beside a crystal clear mountain lake;…

TENDING TIP-UPS ON TOBIN

The day dawns gray and cold, but my mood can’t be dampened by the conditions. After all, I’m standing at an access point on Saskatchewan’s Tobin Lake, accompanied by several great ice anglers and friends: Andrew “Smitty” Smith, Steve Bunka, Neal Hughes and Terry Allington of FishingSaskatchewan.ca, along with Tom Zenanko of Vexilar. We’re fully…

TGO 50TH EPISODE SPECIAL: HIGH-LIGHT REELS

When the cameras first flashed on and began recording our start-up pilot episode, I could never have imagined time would move by so quickly. Over the past four seasons, we’ve shared the ice with some great people, made some life-long friends, learned new techniques and gleaned some great tips while fishing throughout the far reaches…

CHAR-STUDDED EVENT

The trip begins a bit rough: Our film crew has been bumped from a flight to Denver, where we already had a tight connection flight scheduled to our final destination in Anchorage, Alaska. Judging by expressions appearing on the faces of our airline representatives–each working diligently to find an alternative schedule for getting us there–this…

EAST BAY DAY

The drive to Devils Lake, North Dakota is fairly long, but the roads aren’t bad for January, so we make good time and arrive at Ackerman Acres, a resort on the east side, around 8:00 p.m. While some may not have had the opportunity to fish Devil’s Lake, few ardent ice anglers haven’t heard of…

ATTAINING ALL NEW HEIGHTS, PT. II

What a day! Mike Howe of Howe’s Fishing/A-Able Charters and I have just returned from scouting portions of the Rocky Mountains surrounding Kalispell, Montana–thanks to two pilots using helicopters to transport us into remote areas featuring lakes all but inaccessible in winter by any other practical means. We’ve been successful. With a safe, productive lake…

ATTAINING ALL NEW HEIGHTS, PART I

It all started over dinner at the Montana Club in Kalispell, Montana, where I’m sitting with friends Mike Howe of A-Able Charters/Howe’s Fishing Guide Service, and Rob Brisendine from the Kalispell Convention and Visitor Bureau. Gazing up into the Rockies surrounding us, a wild idea had popped into my head. “Guys,” I say, leaning forward,…

ALASKA: THE RUSH IS ON!

A sleet filled March morning in Wasilla. I, along with George Krumm of Fish Alaska Magazine and TGO videographer Sean Casper, load our gear carefully. Where we’re going, anything forgotten will be difficult to replace. We must be prepared. Our checklist is thorough: Portable Insta-Shak shelter and heater with propane tanks– slated more for emergency…

DEVIL’S LAKE OUTCAST

Devils Lake, North Dakota. Among ice anglers, this is a destination of legendary caliber, and for good reason. The yellow perch fishery is exceptional, walleye population strong, and while more limited, terrific opportunities for white bass and crappie are available as well. Still, it was perch that first brought me to Devils Lake back in…

Black Hills Gold

When most people think about South Dakota’s Black Hills, preconceived images might come to mind: The faces of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, quaint communities such as Hill City, Lead, Deadwood and Keystone, each combining old fashioned small town appeal and some fascinating, historically significant buildings all combined within a larger, modern lodging, dining and…