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Something a Little Different

Something a Little Different

“Don’t worry about the veggie thing… you’ll still be rugged!” I guess it’s safe to say that the standard-issue shore lunch comes with fried fish (duh!), fried potatoes, canned beans or maybe even a can of corn. This is my favourite and it’s probably yours too, if you’ve had a shore lunch or two in your day. But, hey, try something a little different, especially if you’re guiding a group and you’re making a shore lunch five or six days [Read More]

Wash Your Friggin’ Hands!

Wash Your Friggin’ Hands

“Always wash up before you begin cooking for your guests” Okay, you are guiding your fishermen, your guests, your clients or whatever you want to call them. You’ve been fishing all morning, having a great time slammin’ walleyes. Now, it’s time for shore lunch. I can honestly say, I can HONESTLY say, that, after watching at least 200 guides cook shore lunch, I have never seen anyone wash their hands before cooking the food. If you were working in a [Read More]

Get the Oil HOT!

Get the Oil HOT!

“It’s always better to have the oil a little too hot than not hot enough!” By far, the most common mistake I see fishing guides make when cooking a shore lunch, is they put the fish in the oil before it’s hot enough. This is how fish ends up a greasy, soggy mess. There are more “secret” fish breading mixtures than you could shake a frying pan at, but I really don’t think what you bread your fish with makes [Read More]

The Guide’s Shore Lunch… Put on a Performance!

The Guide’s Shore Lunch Put on a Performance 2

“Rugged fish, rugged food!” (This article was written when I was living in Northwestern Ontario) When I dropped the very first piece of fresh-caught walleye into the hot oil, you could hear the sizzle all the way to Kalamazoo, Michigan.  You could smell it all the way to Tokyo… but I was in Manitoba.  Okay, I might be stretching it just a wee bit, but not too much. Since the early days of Canadian fishing trips, especially, fly-in fishing trips, [Read More]

Get Plenty of Firewood Ready!

Get Plenty of Firewood Ready!

If you’re new to outdoor cooking, you might be in for a surprise the first time you cook up a simple shore lunch.  One of those surprises might be just how much firewood you’ll need. If you’re right in the middle of the cooking part, meaning potatoes on the go, beans warming up in their can, fish in the pan, and then you realize you need more dry firewood, you might be in trouble, especially if what you started with [Read More]

We Call Them “Specks!”

specks

“RD with a juicy speck from the Asheweig River” (This article was written when I was living in Northwestern Ontario) As a kid growing up in Ottawa, I spent some time sneaking along tiny creeks in southeastern Ontario with a pair of rubber boots, light action spinning rod and a can of worms.  I used to like the tiny red worms if I could get them after a rainstorm, but the big “dewies” worked fine too, cut in half. The [Read More]

The Trip of a Lifetime (Or, will it be a trip to hell and back?)

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If you are possibly, sort of, kind of, maybe even thinking about booking a fishing or hunting trip to a lodge or outpost camp… or even a simple day-trip with a guide, RD’s new book is for you!

Written over five years by the Rugged Dude, this 217 page book tells it like it really is. After having been on more 200 fishing or hunting trips all across Canada, RD knows what can go right on a “Trip of a Lifetime,” and what can go horribly wrong on a “trip to hell and back.” Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned veteran of Canadian fishing or hunting trips, this book could save you incredible hassle, stress and even a financial nightmare.

No Smoking

No Smoking

A few years ago, me along with a couple of my staff members administered a customer satisfaction survey with 500 people, mostly from the USA. A few were from Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan. In order for someone to participate in our survey they had to have had been on at least three trips to Canada where they paid for a guide. This could be anything from a simple one day fishing trip all the way to a 14 day [Read More]

PFD Usage for Guides and Guests

PFD Usage for Guides and Guests

Let’s get right to the point. The worst thing that could possibly happen while you are guiding is one of your guests gets injured or killed. That’s right, I said killed. Don’t sluff it off, it happens. Drowning is more common than you might think and in nearly all cases the victims were found not wearing a personal floatation device or “PFD.” In the old days we called them life jackets. Call it what you like, it’s a device that [Read More]

Northwestern Ontario’s Walleye Wonderland

Northwestern Ontarios Walleye Wonderland

“Me and my ultra-rugged fishing buddy, Mike (Plexy) Plexman with a juicy Ogoki River walleye. (Mattice Lake Outfitters)” I don’t know how many walleyes I’ve caught in my life. Thousands and thousands, I’m sure. And, the vast majority of them were caught somewhere in northwestern Ontario, deep in the Canadian Shield, north of Thunder Bay. I’m not sure how many walleyes I eaten in my life. Not thousands… but, hundreds? Damn straight, Jack! My preferred fly-in fishing trip is to [Read More]