Photos of the Day: Into the North Country

Written by: John Hill

The author with his first-ever pike on a fly.
All photos by RH Wilson

[Editor’s note: Colorado angler and blogger Jon Hill has become a somewhat regular contributor here, and his latest dispatch features some photos by his friend, Randy, a professional photographer.]

I had a great year chasing cutthroats in the high-country, so I thought I would head up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota and try my hand at some smallmouth and northern pike fishing. This would be my fifth trip to the land of 10,000 lakes, and my friend Randy was making his sixth appearance.

It’s not all fun-and-games in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

We paddled and portaged and fished a handful of lakes and caught some nice fish—including my first pike on the fly. After six days, it was time to paddle out, but we still had a free afternoon before heading home so we hiked up the Brule River and did some trout fishing. Not a bad way to spend the first week of October!

On the Brule:

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