The Chicago Tribune – The Trip North: Doing it the right way

By John Husar

We were heading to the airport from a five-day sojourn in the U.S. – Canadian boundary wilderness when I asked our outfitter for tips. Not for a trip like ours, which was perfect, but for folks who might be thinking of their own canoe-camping voyage in the north.

There was a long, pensive silence […]

Fly-Fishing through Mid-Life Crisis

By Howell Raines

Chapter Three

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Sometimes we need to be close to the earth and feel its true age and contemplate its real history. We need to contemplate, as well, the history of man’s imaginings about the earth.

The earth, for example is 4.5 billion years old. Lakes were created, and as the granite resolved itself into soil, […]

The New York Times – Finding A New Affection For Pike

By Howell Raines

ELY, Minn. — For the third year in a row, my sons and I ventured into the wilderness lakes north of this town with our fly rods and with our hearts free of suspicion that anything would come between us and our beloved smallmouth bass. Enter the northern pike, […]

New York Times – Outdoors: A Paradise Found In The Minnesota Wilderness

NEW YORK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 –

OUTDOORS
By Howell Raines

Over the years, I have learned the hard way that from the standpoint of the fly fisherman, not all wilderness outfitters are created equal. So when I got ready for a long-anticipated trip into the Quetico/Superior wilderness, I took some care in choosing among the firms located in […]

Spring Fishing For Northern Pike in Ely, Minnesota, BWCA

The Water Wolf

Northern pike are a very popular game fish, have been for many years. There was a time, however, when these fun fish were relegated to fishing trips with children because they are easy to catch. Now every angler, youngest or oldest, knows that […]