Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 5

magazine with an open mind and concept. I don’t have any fixed departments or many regular features. The magazine is like a present – you have to open it up and see for yourself the rewards inside.

There are neat stories on paddling, working in the outdoors, the adventurous soul, food, epic trips on epic lakes, fishing and all kinds of awesome summer fun. I am also proud to announce we have another new contributor who will add to the variety and range of the publication.

I hope everyone gives a warm welcome to Bruce Murphy. He will be supplying a regular column on birds and what is going on at the Hilliardton Marsh, a wetland centre where bird banding, research and education is undertaken.

Speaking of new things, I will continue to learn fly fishing this summer. I started last year, but didn’t get a lot of time in to enjoy it. I lost my July and August last year recovering from groin surgery. It sucked. It was tough to take. LOL, one of the hardest things I had to do. I plan on making up for my lost summer this year. I only got out for one family camping trip last season. Things will be different this time. My wife, Arielle, and I have planned a two-week trip through northern Ontario where we will stop at several provincial parks and a national park. It’s going to be sweet. As for the fly fishing, I will just plug away at it. I caught some small smallmouth bass last year. I would like to hook into a real honker this time around and have a real jolt of excitement.

Enjoy your summer and all the fun things you will do. Be safe and stay wild in the North.