Friday, September 1, 2017
Last Days at Plummer's Arctic Lodge
The last day of fishing actually ended up being the last two days. The weather turned nasty and the turbo prop plane that was supposed to pick us up could not land because the cloud ceiling was too low for a visual approach at the 5500 foot gravel runway! Rain pelted down us and the cloud ceiling was about 600 feet.
Everybody in camp that was supposed to fly out had to get on a satellite phone and reschedule their flights out of Yellowknife. West Jet was awesome for us. We just ended up being delayed one day!
The good news was we got some extra fishing in although the conditions were foggy and rainy. Thank goodness we had GPS to navigate to the Narkay Islands. The fishing was slow. We did tag some medium sized lake trout. It was definitely better than waiting at the main camp for the plane.
It was the last week of the 7 week season for the Plummer's Lodge. There was not a lot of food left in camp but the Plummer's head chef did an amazing job feeding us for an extra day. The beer was gone and everybody was scrambling around to find a drink or two and smokes (those who smoked).
This travel delay due to weather has never happened at Plummer's lodge on the last day ever. They had a weather delay only once before in the last 30 years. Amazing!
We did go and see the wolves that hang around camp. We saw 8 wolves. Their pups are adorable. This pack has stayed around the camp for almost 40 years!
We also got a chance to see the famous barge that moves the fuel and lots of equipment from almost 130 km away to the lodge.
Well we finally got on our way back to Yellowknife. Chummy Plummer and Chuck were right there to shake our hands just like when we arrived.
An absolutely fantastic trip that we hope to do again. We had an amazing adventure.
A Redfin Laker that was probably 30 years old!
Bacon Carbonerra with Lake Trout, so amazing!
Wolves hung out around the camp!
Rick all bundled up but still catching lakers on the Deliveryman Fly
As you can see, the final day was miserable.