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One of the most epic battles I have ever witnessed.....at least a 15 lb lake trout which remains a leviathan of the deep.  Despite Rick and his guide Patrick's finest efforts during a squall that included lightening, this fish finally broke off.  Patrick simply couldn't see the fish to net it with the deluge we got hit with as the fish got close to them both.  This battle began when it was barely raining, but that very quickly changed as you will see.  Poor Rick never had a chance to put on his rain gear.  That's hail in the final photo and that's an 8 weight fly rod doubled over.  Rick knows how to put the screws to a big fish!   :shock:

  

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23 minutes ago, Live to Hunt said:

What’s your story with the Caribou?? 

Apparently, various factors.  But suffice to say that having everyone able to shoot two trophy bulls with nearly unlimited checks on cow harvest and subsistence harvest and having the two Canadian Provinces of Quebec and Labrador not agree led to a 96% reduction in the herd of what was once 900K animals, now 15K.  Both Provinces have shut down all caribou hunting and it will likely be down for decades to come.  Just the one small outfitter airline that we used told us they averaged 5,000 hunters a year and most came back with 2 animals.  That's just one single float plane company with 2 Dehavilland turbo Otters.  How can you shoot that many every year, year after year, and expect the herd to thrive?    

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I can’t believe it’s at 15,000.  Last I heard it was 350,000 maybe that number came from those who didn’t want it shut down. 

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Awesome Brian, thanks for sharing


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3 hours ago, Live to Hunt said:

I can’t believe it’s at 15,000.  Last I heard it was 350,000 maybe that number came from those who didn’t want it shut down. 

I honestly have no idea.  I was told this by our guides, but they probably all got their information from our head guide who is a caribou hunter.  He has not been able to hunt for them for 8 years now as he lives in Labrador and was born there.  But he is a high school science teacher and knew his stuff on other topics we talked about.  On a complete aside, he had to shoot a polar bear threatening a local village and their other camp, an Arctic char camp to the north last year.  The pictures were impressive as those are huge bears!  His was a "medium sized" 1,000 lb bear he said.  

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Trip of a lifetime! Great pics. That quality of fishing reminds me of a tuesday on the south branch.

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Man oh man that is a ridiculously awesome trip!  Great pictures and stories Brian, no doubt you all had one hell of a time and memories making that a trip of a lifetime! 👍👍👍

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50 minutes ago, JerseyJaysTaxidermy said:

Now THOSE are trout!! Very nice!

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More work for you, Jay!  :)

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