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April 10, 2010

Saltwater & Freshwater Regulations When you set the hook on a fish, and you feel the tug that you’ve been waiting for, time seems to slow down. It’s probably your brain speeding up, but for that brief moment, relative to what is happening, time does seem to stop.

sebileOur idea is unique in delivering what’s first and foremost a fishing trip. You’ll have an incredible opportunity to relax and experience the natural beauty of the Kawarthas.

If you’re looking for white linen or pampered luxury, you’re not going to find it here. But if you’re looking for clean, comfortable accommodations, outstanding service, equipped fishing boats on a lake with the most diverse fishing, my friends you’ve found us.

You’ll spend quality time with quality people like yourself and you won’t believe what a special lake you fished and the fish you caught. You will leave with a smile on your face that I can guarantee, and if you’re like the majority of our guests you will return.

Toronto International Boat Show Makes a Splash

January 9, 2010

http://torontoist.com/attachments/toronto_vald/2008-01-18-wakeboarding-0033S.jpgMore than 1,000 boats and hundreds of booths showcasing the newest boating products, accessories and services, will fill the Direct Energy Centre January 9-17, 2010 at the 52nd annual Toronto International Boat Show. With special deals on everything from canoes and cruisers to engines and electronics, plus the Discover Boating Centre, find out why life is better with a boat! Get ready for the return of everyone’s favorite show-stopper, The Lake, and find out why the Toronto International Boat Show is the ideal place to enhance any boating experience and kick off the 2010 boating season.

“There is no other boating event in Canada that gives new and experienced boaters the opportunity to shop the best and biggest selection of boats and accessories while allowing them to experience all the fun that the boating lifestyle has to offer,” noted Cynthia Hare, show manager. “With thousands of products to choose from at unprecedented deals, the 2010 show offers something for every lifestyle, activity and budget.”
2010 Toronto International Boat Show Special Attractions
The Lake is back! – The world’s largest indoor recreational boating venue is returning to the 2010 show at Ricoh Coliseum. Novice and experienced boaters can get their feet wet by taking advantage of free boat rides from Discover Boating in canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and for the first time, inflatable boats. The Lake also features spectacular wakeboarding demonstrations from the pros; boat handling demonstrations and more.  Containing more than one million gallons, The Lake takes three days to create and offers an educating and entertaining experience second to none.
Discover Boating Centre Whether an experienced boater or a novice, there’s something for everyone at the Discover Boating Centre. Learn from experts about what boat is right for your lifestyle;receive information on courses and boating destinations; plus much more.
NEW! Pre-Show Shopping – The Toronto Boat Show’s newest online offering allows attendees to pre-shop the 2010 show for the greatest deals on the newest boats by visiting TorontoBoatShow.com. Show goers can plan ahead and search boats by brand, model and more, in addition to scheduling dealer appointments onsite or at the dealership

New Product Showcase – If there’s a new product on the market, one of the first places to find it is on the floor at the Toronto International Boat Show.  The latest and most innovative products fromeye-caching boats to handy new boating accessories will be featured at individual exhibitor booths. Just look for the “New Product” starburst sign.
Wakeboarding and Wakeskating - The buzz was everywhere, the show was totally wet and wild last year and they’re set to do it all over again! The Winch Jam is reloaded and the boarders and skaters are ready to entertain at The Lake with spectacular grinds, tricks and flips on the world’s largest indoor lake.
Return of Henry’s Fish House of Georgian Bay – This January, the famed Henry’s Fish House returns to the show with a temporary restaurant set up ready to freshly prepare their world famous fish dishes. Henry’s is a favourite destination for thousands of boating enthusiasts looking for a taste of summer.  Henry’s permanent location is on an island in Georgian Bay, open only in summer with access by boat or seaplane. Plan to meet your friends at Henry’s with its licensed bar, vibrant atmosphere, plenty of seating and great food!
Duma, the Waterskiing Dog Returns! - Back by popular demand, Duma is making waves again at the Toronto Boat Show. This five year-old Jack Russell Terrier not only water-skis but also drives the boat on The Lake. It’s an awe-inspiring, entertainment-packed show perfect for the entire family. Duma will meet her fans for photos and more after each show, twice daily, January 15-17.
Great Canadian Fish Tank - Canada’s top anglers, including the legendary fisherman and TV host Bob Izumi, will reveal the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of Lake Ontario during daily seminars at the Great Canadian Fish Tank, a 40-foot long aquarium filled with 5,000 gallons of water and stocked with native Ontario marine life. The host of Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing Show will conduct two exclusive seminars with an autograph session from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on January 16th presented by BoaterExam.com.
Kids Boating Zone – The love of boating can start at any age so why not start them young at the Kids Boating Zone where the Toronto Boat Show has created a safe and fun place for kids to take a break from navigating the show floor. Mom and Dad can watch as the kids enjoy paddle boating on a mini-lake specially designed for kids only.
Kids Fishing Zone - Parents can share the thrill of hooking a big one at the Kids Fishing Zone—a live trout pond at the Toronto Boat Show. Expert anglers and television hosts Leo Stakos and Ron James of Rogers Sportsnet—Fish TV will take children from their first cast to their first catch with plenty of laughs in between.
FREE Boating Seminars Some of the biggest names in boating share their insight, experience and expertise to help boaters of any age or stage expand their knowledge. With something for everyone, the Presentation Centre (just outside Hall B in the Direct Energy Centre)is the place to sharpen any boating skill.
Sailfest The feature area hosts a variety of sailing yachts, all open for boarding, plus the latest dinghies and inflatables. Yacht clubs, sailing associations and cruising destinations are also on hand for every sailor’s needs.
Cottage Country Boating and cottages go hand-in-hand, and the show’s Cottage Country provides everything for the home-away-from-home. Located in the East Annex (next to The Lake), Cottage Country showcases water skis, wakeboards, canoes and kayaks.  Just look for the full-size cottage built by Confederation Log Homes.
Build-a-Boat Contest - Parents get in FREE when their kids make and bring a mini-homemade boat, which will be on display throughout the show. A panel of judges will select the top ten, and then a random draw will be held to determine the two grand prize winners – prize consists of a “turbo paddller” paddle boat donated by Do It Industries.
Boat Show Specials - Watch for “Boat Show Special” signs highlighting great bargains available only during the Show. “The best place to see boats is the best place to buy one!”
Show details:
When:  January         9 -17, 2010
Saturdays       10:00a.m.- 7:00p.m.
Sundays         10:00a.m.- 6:00p.m.
Weekdays       11:00a.m.- 8:00p.m.
Where: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes Blvd
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Tickets: $15 for adults
$12 for seniors (65+)
$25 adult two-day pass
$20 unlimited weekday evening pass (4:00-8:00p.m.)
Youth 16 and younger get in FREE (when accompanied by an adult)
Discounts: $2 off advance tickets available for purchase online Jan. 9-17; Toronto Star Tuesday $3 discount; $3 discount coupon from Pizza Pizza
Info:      Consumers interested in learning more about the 2010 Toronto International Boat Show can visit TorontoBoatShow.com for complete details or call .
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About the Toronto International Boat Show
The Toronto International Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows. NMMA is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in Canada and the United States.
The Toronto International Boat Show is a proud member of the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO), a prestigious organization of recreational marine event organizers who provide a forum for the worldwide exchange of ideas and global cooperation.

Fish’n Relax - Two Locations

January 8, 2010

fall-bassfishOur facility is nestled right smack in the middle on the shores of lower Lake Dalrymple. Stunning views of the lake are had right from our patio including incredible sunsets. Guests sleep in a comfortable bedroom  cottages. Our location provides a comfortable spot for relaxing, unwinding after a day’s fishing, and enjoying the evening meal.

Our second location, new for 2010, is on Pigeon Lake, with the same award winning service as on Lake Dalrymple. Only a few minutes away from Bobcaygeon. You can catch big musky right from the dock, I’m not kidding. This Lake produces some big fish. The fishing is the best, in the Kawarthas.

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January 6, 2010

Dalrymple-sunset-panorama8Fishing Lure Lodge has Two locations in the Kawarthas. Our first is on Lake Dalrymple, long considered the most diverse lake in South Ontario. Our location is only 80 minutes away from the GTA. Only 15 minutes east of Orillia. Located in the Carden Alvar.

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Our Second location is located on Pigeon Lake, 10 minutes from Bobcaygeon. Only 80 minutes from the GTA. Both location produce big fish.


Paddle the Head River

December 20, 2009

head-river-mapwww.FISHblast.com - The Head River runs roughly parallel to the Monck Road, traversing the southern reaches of the Canadian Shield from east to west. For the most part there is no evidence of human activity along much of the length of the river.

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The vistas are frequently stunning and an abundance of wildlife will be in evidence. Please note that parts of the Head river will require fairly high skill levels, and are not for the inexperienced canoeist. We have added a road map and a few topographical maps to let you get a better idea of the terrain and vegetation.

head_river_route_legendWildlife is abundant and it is virtually guaranteed that you will see some, especially if you  have learned to  paddle soundlessly. The many picturesque falls and rapids make excellent photographic opportunities as well. If you go there with the idea of taking your time and letting your senses absorb what is available you will enjoy it despite some areas that take a little  effort.

We will look at the river in sections as if we were to start in Head lake and paddle downstream. To enter the Head River from Head Lake you must start further down the lake and paddle up to the river because the road is private where it crosses the bridge and the locals are vigilant and they mean private.


The first half of the trip from the lake to 503 (Monck road about 2 km east of Uphill) is wide, flat and generally swampy along the sides. There is a small dam and then life gets much more interesting. There are multiple rapids and small falls. Only a few of these are runable and some require 50- 200 meter portages. The only difficulty is that there are no portages so bushwhacking with a canoe on your head really describes it better. Several of the rapids and falls are very picturesque. Fallen logs are plentiful so lift outs or scraping under are common also. You can expect turtles, ducks, warblers, beavers, otters and muskrats and a good chance of spotting some larger mammals. Including lunch by a pretty little swift, it takes about 5-6 hrs.

From the Monck Road to  County Rd 35 south of Uphill takes 2-3hrs.  You start by ducking your head to get under the culvert and then wishing you had a saw to cut some of the branches and tangles that confront you. Before long you emerge into what I have called the Uphill swamp which is most of this part. The river takes a tortuous course and the vegetation is extremely green. There are lots of ducks including some eared grebes (which are supposed to be out west). They had nested and had young. River mammals are common and we saw some deer when we were there. Before you reach 35 there is a slightly faster little swift (not enough to call a rapid.) If you take out there you will find poison ivy on the downstream side of the bridge and an owner on the upstream side who is not a believer that the road allowance belongs to the County.   –Take your choice.Head-River-Route-2-for-web

From 35 to McKenzie Rd is a beautiful stretch. In June the wildflowers are out, the water is warm, the sky is azure and beside the periodic gurgling of the water and the territorial birds there is a great silence, broken only occasionally by a gust of wind  in the tree tops  This section is virtually uninhabited so if you have problems you are  along way  from help. There are multiple sets of delightful rapids and a few falls over limestone ridges.  Cross river deadfalls are common also. Only experienced white water people should tackle this piece of river. There are no recognizable portages.  I had a couple of different events happen. In one place I could see a fish struggling under water. On closer scrutiny a snapping turtle had bitten into its belly and was not going to let go.  In another place I could see something white as I approached a small swift. As I passed over it I could see that it was a deer skeleton with the head impaled on a snag and the rest of the bones and ligaments still intact  waving in the current –ghostly! Presumably it had fallen through the ice in the winter and all the flesh had been devoured since then.  Time accumulated to this point is about 6 hours.

From Mckenzie Rd to Lake Dalrymple Rd. for many years was more or less my own private white-water head-river-route-3c-for-web-1domain. The last few years a number of white water canoe groups have started to use it for the spring runoff. Its hard to keep a secret that good. Again there are several rapids of different grades The largest is a grade 3-4 depending on the volume of water. It is  150-200 meters long with a 3-4 ft falls in the middle and curves around 2 corners. The total drop would be 20-25 ft   -fun and a challenge too. Incidentally there is a place along the way that comes close to the road where you can stop for a butter tart. This is the prime white water area so be aware.  2 hours

After lake Dalrymple Road quiet water  for the most part with one exception to get your attention.  The Head River creek from Lake Dalrymple comes in from the left before you get to the Monck Road again. It might be an interesting diversion to paddle up there a bit. Expect wildlife. 2-3hours

The Monck Rd (at Young’s lake) to Sadowa Rd north of Sebright has some gentle rapids but nothing worrisome. The creek from Young’s lake which enters from the left is full of fish if you are lucky enough to be there in the spring. On the right Cranberry River enters.  It is generally full of logs and bush and is not recommended. It is a long, long way to Cranberry Lake and besides it is privately owned.

The most commonly used part of the river is from the Sadowa Road. bridge to Hwy 69 near the wilderness campground southeast of Washago. This is the Black river by then, the Head having joined several km’s upstream. Most paddlers with some experience can enjoy this section. The first 2 rapids are the most difficult and there are easy portages on the left side of both. They are quite close together so portage both at once if you are not going to run them.  There is some good fishing in this section. Strangely enough if you do this section just after the ice goes out you may be able to take  a shortcut through the trees for about  a ½ Km and avoid the junction Its a lot like skiing the glades. It comes out into a little pond off the left side of the Black that is usually full of ducks. Be aware that in the spring runoff the Black is powerful with lots of boils and eddies so watch those eddy lines. 3 hours – The most important thing  of all is to go prepared, give yourself lots of time and relate to the wilderness. The rewards are immense.

By Dr. Harry Hall… (reprinted from The Prairie Smoke 3.3)



Kiting: When is the right time to start lessons?

June 15, 2008

by Grant Fitz

It’s the middle of winter in Ontario. A rider writes “Hello, I’m very interested in kiteboarding and was wondering where I could take some lessons in the summer”. It’s the middle of summer and we get “I’d like to get into kite snowboarding and want to take some lessons in the winter”. The short answer is you should start right now.

About 80% of riding kite powered equipment (buggies, skis, snow & mountain board, surf board) is about flying the kite. The more time you spend flying the kite, the easier it will be to apply that knowledge to your gear when you decide to surf, buggy, ski or board.

If it’s off or between seasons…

Let’s say it’s winter and you want to learn to kite board on water. Start with a snowboard or skis (a snowboard translates better to water) and learn to fly your gear when you don’t have to worry about buoyancy; when you don’t have to learn about how to pull yourself out of the water. The right kiting skills can make both of these a lot easier. It’s all about kite technique!

If you already practice similar water sports like wake boarding, water skiing, wind surfing, or sailing, you’ve already got a great head start.
If it’s in the middle of the season…

Let’s say it’s summer and you want to learn to winter kite. You think I’ll wait and take lessons in the winter. Nope! Get started right away with an experience instructor. They’ll be able to guide you with equipment and kiting skills. Don’t try to teach yourself from scratch. It can endanger you, and those around you. You can learn most of what you need flying stationary in a park or in a beach after you get some qualified instruction. Practice flying the kite safe, packing and unpacking, winding and unwinding the lines as much as you can. All of these require techniques. The more you have down, the less you’ll have to figure out when it comes time to put things in motion.
No matter when you start, you’ll wish you hadn’t waited so long. I’ve seen people say they want to get into the water side of the sport. It’s winter and they wait for the ice to melt, and eventually the water warms up. They do eventually learn and enjoy themselves. Then the season ends. The lakes freeze and they’re curious about how to enjoy this sport all year. They try the winter and find out that it’s even easier than the summer. Then they realize they missed last winter and it would have made things so much easier on the water and they would have enjoyed one more season.
So the time to start is NOW! As Warren Miller, the famous ski film producer has always said, “every day you don’t you’ll be another day older and wish you had!”

To get in touch with Grant visit www.canadianwindrider.com