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Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin’

I know that’s generally used as a generic expression, but it’s actually true. I’m going fishing.

Since I last took my dad, when he wasn’t perfectly well with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, on a trip together up to the Northwest Territories, I have been dreaming about going back with my sons for a fishing trip.

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fishing with my sons Joshua and Gabriel circa 1999

And so I’m starting my vacation in a couple of days on the adventure of a lifetime with my sons Joshua and Gabriel, and my son-in-law Jordan, up to Great Slave Lake to fish for Lake Trout, Pike and Arctic Grayling. One of the reasons I’m so incredibly excited is that for a solid week, my most important decisions, and to be sure, they will be important, is what kind of lure to use, what colour the lure should be, and how deep I should be trolling.

How good is that? When for seven days, those are the kinds of decisions I will be focusing on.

The scenery up there is magnificent. And somehow the barrenness and solitude put a new meaning on reflective thinking. I’m confident that when God created the earth, he started with the north and then did everything else.

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my grandson, Saul

Following fishing I’m looking forward to spending a bit of time with family and friends, but most especially Saul. Saul just turned one a few weeks ago and I’m confident I’m not in any way biased in saying he’s the most special little guy in the world.

Before you know it, I’ll be back at my desk, batteries recharged and in full gear for what will turn out to be the final ten months of my deanship.

I’ll look forward to getting back to the blog in early September when I brag about the big catch I had up in Great Slave Lake.

I want to wish all of our readers a fabulous summer and hopefully like me, you’ll have some great time to spend with your friends and families.

If you have any great fishing stories, and they can be perfectly accurate or grossly inflated, please comment on the blog, or better yet in a few weeks, please drop my the Macklem House. My closed door will then be open, ready to hear your story. 


Terry Carscadden Meds ‘64

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 15:10

Have a wonderful trip. I remember catching Rainbow Trout in the rapids and Specked Trout in the creeks in my home town of Sault Ste. Marie in public and High School

Terry Carscadden Meds ‘64

Beverly Goodwin, Queen's Meds '87, Family Medicine '89, Psychiatry '01

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 12:51

Sounds wonderful, Dr. Reznick!
If you like fishing in the north, you would have loved a trip I took with my husband (a bush pilot instructor) and 5 other pilots, in 3 small amphibious planes, to the Eastern Arctic (Nunavik & Baffin Island). The scenery is spectacular and awe-inspiring (and yes, undoubtedly created first!). At Kangiqsualujjuaq We had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being taken by Inuit guides to a remote coastal area outside the village, where we slept in a traditional Inuit tent and fished for Arctic char to our hearts' content (amazing fish that fight like speckled trout but taste like salmon). The fish were so plentiful that even I (not an experienced fisher!) caught a big one, and there were no limits to the catch ... we ate our fill cooked in foil over the campfire and washed down with a glass of fine wine, and the remainder were taken by our guides back to the village the next day to be distributed among the villagers. They had a tradition that those who can fish help to supply fish for those who can no longer fish ... the call would go out in the village that fresh char was available and not a bit would go to waste. One would see strips of char hanging on wooden racks here and there to dry for later use.

I sometimes see Arctic char on a menu here in the south, but am reluctant to order it because nothing could even closely match the experience of eating that fresh-caught char near the mouth of the George River, in the company of good friends and immersed in the spectacular beauty of the North.

Enjoy your trip!!

Bev Goodwin

Beverly Goodwin, Queen's Meds '87, Family Medicine '89, Psychiatry '01

Thanks Bev,

What a spectacular memory. Sounds like the trip for all ages. We just got back Saturday night after a fantastic week. Really full of special memories for me and the boys. All my best, Richard

Richard Reznick

Beverly Goodwin, Queen's Meds '87, Family Medicine '89, Psychiatry '01

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 23:17

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Sounds great - glad you had a super trip and made new fishing memories with your family!

Beverly Goodwin, Queen's Meds '87, Family Medicine '89, Psychiatry '01

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