The Outpost Report: October 19, 2009
October 19, 2009 | 1385 Views
OUTPOST UPDATE: STEELHEAD, BEARS & CARETAKER PETE.
For those of you that followed the Outpost reports faithfully you may have caught a brief look at some of caretaker Pete’s slightly unusual posts in late August before they were deleted. Who is caretaker Pete? He’s the Outpost caretaker and the only human left in Port Louis for the winter, alone to make sure that Mr. Bear doesn’t get too comfortable and decide to move into room #2. Pictured below is Mr. Bear just before I left in early September…
He was patiently waiting to see me off and I suspected was planning on moving in right after my departure. Tough luck Mr. B, caretaker Pete is here to make sure you stay outside where you belong! Some of you may remember this picture I posted of caretaker Pete, the caption read “Armed and Dangerous”
Not to worry that’s just a bb-gun and it doesn’t work (so Pete is neither Armed or dangerous)…but he can act the part. I just spoke to Pete today and it seems Mr. Bear is still around waiting for his invitation to move inside. We’ll see how close Pete and Mr. Bear become as the winter sinks in. So what does Caretaker Pete do up there for 9 months? Aside from upkeep, cooking and cleaning he’s an accomplished musician and was looking for a venue where he could have time and space to hone his Banjo skills. Well Pete, I think you’ve got plenty of both so I look forward to hearing the results in the spring.
Pierre and I are still on vacation enjoying our steelhead odyssey in Northern British Columbia. Today we moved from the small town of Telkwa into the remote Kispiox valley (home of OP server Kaili Clay). This really is incredible country…
Mountains, rivers, fall colours and dozens of small places with interesting folks like the little community of “2 Mile” which as the sign says…
is full of non-conformists. We’ll be fishing the Kispiox River over the next few days and hope to catch some of these…
This was a fish I caught and released in 2006…maybe she’ll be back in the river again this year (as you may or may not know steelhead do NOT die after spawning and can return to the river in subsequent years with some fish being able to spawn well over 5 times). We’ve had some good fishing thus far and some very nice fish, sometimes lots of them (but nothing huge), here are a few shots:
Pierre with his first steelhead of the season.
A Bulkley river fish caught in a rare moment of October sunlight
Ken with a little fish on one of his favorite runs (notice the WCFC visor). Steelheading is not for everyone and I suggest you only take it up after you’ve earned enough money to retire, otherwise it’s so addictive it will wreck your life! Next week I’ll have some updates on all the WCFC news (as you can tell I’ve not been in the office lately), I hope to have some BIG fish photos and we’ll check in with a few of the OP staff off season. Until then have a great week.