Provincial rod and reel program week two


Rain followed friend Pete Hiebert and I as we headed up Highway # 6 to Thompson, Manitoba this past week. That was a good thing after a dry spring had made the north tinder dry. A fire near York Landing was to force evacuation of the community on our trip, thus canceling our visit there as part of the Provincial Rod and Reel program. Fortunately on Wednesday, after hooking up with Dale Jonasson from Manitoba Hydro we were able to visit the communities of Gillam and Fox Lake.

Gillam is located on the shores of Stephens Lake with two major Manitoba Hydro dams out the front door. In the morning we presented to the Grade 4, 5 and 6 classes, handing out more than 200 rods and reels.


After a quick lunch we then headed back down the road to Fox Lake. While a small school the students and teachers were enthusiastic and we handed out about 30 rod and reel combinations.


Fox Lake students getting rigged up!

After making the 300 kilometres back to Thompson for the night, we headed up to the community of Split Lake the next day.  More than 50 Grade 4-6 students were anxiously awaiting our arrival.  After quickly unloading we had a great visit with the students and teachers. They were planning a fishing trip the next day so our timing was perfect as more than 120 rods and reels were left with the students and teachers.

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Thanks again to all our sponsors who made this happen. They include Manitoba Hydro, Nueltin Lake, Calm Air, Fish Futures, Perimeter Airlines, Gardewine North and Manitoba Conservation.

A special thanks also to Dale Jonasson and Manitoba Hydro who got us to all the communities and helped with all the ground logistics.

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Students from Split Lake are now ready for their fishing day!


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