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Lake Obakamiga: Where even the greenest tenderfeet can catch 100 fish

Via Scott Gardner

Adventure time

How a city slicker and a youthful tenderfoot became wilderness masters at Buck Lake Lodge

Winter got you down? Check out this summertime fly-in action at Ontario’s Buck Lake Lodge on beautiful Lake Obakamiga. 

Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner

In late August of 2015 I packed up my car and drove 12 hours north for a heck of an adventure: a fly-in fishing trip to Buck Lake Wilderness Lodges & Outposts, on pristine Lake Obakamiga, near Hornpayne, Ontario. That’s exciting enough, but with me were one of my best friends, Wes (above left), and my 17-year-old kid, Sam (right). And here’s the kicker: neither of them are experienced anglers—or had ever been much further north than Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country.

I’m an obsessed angler, but that mental defect seems to have skipped a generation. Sam has always enjoyed fishing… for about two hours, and only if there’s lots of catching. Wes is a sophisticated urbanite and software engineer/entrepreneur, and his lifetime total of fish was about two-dozen bass, caught on a short camping trip with me the year before. Yet both of them really, really wanted to go. Although they are among my favourite people in the world, I definitely has some concerns about taking them deep into the bush for five days.

The full story of our trip will appear this summer in Outdoor Canada’s Adventure Special issue. I don’t want to give it all away, but suffice it to say many fish were caught, and major challenges were bested. Here’s a preview…

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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