The End of our French River Muskie Fishing

I have been fishing the French River with a group of friends for 10 years straight. We know the River, or at least the part we fish very well. Well enough to have caught some nice fish over the years. Now, some years have been better than others and that is to be expected. Weather, the moon and luck all play a big roll in the success of any fisherman. Lure selection and colour also play a roll, but I would argue less of a role. The six of us fish hard, I’m talking 8 hours or more per day, with only a quick 1/2 hour lunch break. So we are looking at 48 Man hours a day over 7 days.

That’s 336 HOURS a Week.

We troll, we cast and between the six of us have a huge selection of lures in both size type and colour. We collectively know of over 30 good fish producing spots. We have caught fish in every size between 32 and 52 Inches.

So, every year the fishing gets better , Right?


At first we were confused. The last two years have been terrible. We have seen less and less fish every year.

On the last day of our unproductive week in October or 2013, we were trolling a spot we call “the wall”. This spot produces at least one fish per year, but this year nothing. We were tired and deflated and quite honestly I was ready to go home, when all of a sudden one of the rods went off. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, finally we have one and its big….

Oh Wait, its a snag. Reeling in the snag was odd because it was really heavy, but it was coming up. Maybe its a tree, we thought. Across the sonar we could see this long line as we were reeling it up. What could it be?

A FISHING NET!!!!!! Really? Yes a long net, a very long net, attached to the land (dokis reserve) at one end.I wasn’t aware that was allowed anymore.

That was truly disappointing and although I love the placed we stayed at,  the people, the beautiful land, the scenery and the isolation, I’m afraid we are all fed up and are moving on to a place that will allow us to catch and release our fish, so that someone else can do the same another time.


Conservative Email

This morning my inbox contained a “personalized” email from Doug Finley the Director of Political Operations of the Conservative Party of Canada. This email stated that the Liberals were actively promoting anti-Conservative attack ads and that my special one time contribution to the Conservative Party would help defend the party and our Prime Minster Stephen Harper from the Liberal attack machine.

This in itself was not offensive to me as I would rather receive an email then get an unsolicited phone call while I’m having dinner. What I do take exception to is that there is no ability to respond to Doug Finley directly. The email comes from the address donate@conservativefund.caand Doug Finleys signature contains no contact information.  Right at the bottom of the page there are a couple of links – Donate,  Website, Tax Rules, Unsubscribe etc. but no Contact button, no respond link…

When I did go to the web site there is a Contact us button that requires your full name, address, phone number, email etc. So if I would like to respond to this propaganda I must divulge all of my information, but their email to me contains nothing but Doug Finleys name.

The second half of the email was the same letter, but in French. This immediately takes what appeared to be a personalized letter into the realm of SPAM. I could even argue that it is a Phishing email, as if I do contribute I have no doubt that the money would not be put to good use of benefit me in any way.

The Conservative parties attempt to gain popularity in the way that the Obama team did during his campaign by using the WEB has backfired, at least on me. Let me be clear, if you are going to ask me to donate don’t put a French letter in with the English letter – know who your sending to and personalize it. Give me some form of contact so that I can ask questions on how my money may be used. Learn to use the WEB to your advantage, because all you have done today is pissed me off.

Not proud to be an American

Why you ask? Because I’m a Canadian. After hearing Obama’s speech last night I sort of wish I was an American. Or maybe I wish we had such an inspiring leader. Why is itI feel proud when he is speaking? He is the leader of another country, a country for which I have had little respect for in the last 10 years, but now he’s got me, a Canadian, proud to be neighbors with the US and hoping and wishing that he can make it all happen.

If only our leader, Stephen Harper, could speak in such a way that would make me want to get up and do something great for our country. At this point I have more of an inkling to do something great for the US.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against our leader, but I certainly wouldn’t jump up and fight for him. He may be running the country, and who knows, maybe he is doing a good job, but inspiring – NO…. I think all political figures should take the lead from Obama by cutting out the cr_p, telling it like it is and doing what is right as opposed to what will get him re-elected. I could only imagine what he might have accomplished had he been elected in good economic times, but he wasn’t and he’s got a huge job ahead of him…. I wish him all of the luck in the world.