Hope everyone is well and making it through these troubling times.

It’s hard to believe that summer is half over already although it’s not getting dark here yet but it won’t be long now. Our summer has been better than most to the south and no forest fire in the area which makes for a summer of no smoke. Some of the birds like the robins and swallows have already gone south and yesterday we could see fresh snow on the Sainte Elias Range. It’s too early for that!

Our gardens are doing great with fresh beans both yellow and green, new potato’s, lettuce and radishes. It won’t be long before the cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes are also ready. The wild berries are ready for the picking and make for a nice treat, blue berries, cloud berries, raspberries and strawberries. As well many of the different kinds of wild mushrooms are starting to show up as fall approaches.

We have had a cow moose with twin calves hanging around the lodge and on the trail cam’s we have seen black bears, wolves and lynx, so far they are staying away from the lodge. All of the ducklings are getting close to flying. This year’s eagle chicks are already starting to fly and it won’t be long before the geese and swans start coming through on their way south again.

Beautiful colours.

Girls rule.

Some one’s going to get hurt here.

We have had some guests from British Columbia as the Yukon is only open to residents from BC at this time. Fishing was great for both the lake trout and pike using spoons and jigs, the white fish have moved out into the deeper water so our efforts were with the pike and trout. This time of the year there doesn’t seem to be any preference in colours for the lake trout but the pike prefer bright colours with a fast retrieve and casting around were there are tall weeds growing in 8 to 10 feet of water. There appears to be a lot of cisco again this year which should make for some great flyfishing again in a couple of weeks when they really school up. Casting into the schools using bait patterns on a fast retrieve is always a lot of fun. For those who have been Coho fishing on the ocean this is much the same. 

Too big for me to hold

With one of the couples that were here we spent some time going to the old homesteads that I have found along the lake looking to see what we could find and imagining what it must have been like back then. I was lucky enough to find what was left of an old rifle, Winchester model 54 in a 30 GOV’T 06 caliber 1906. If only that old gun could tell the story from back then.

Things we have noticed with the lack of air traffic is that when a jet goes over now there is no jet stream or vapour trail and also the leaves on the trees don’t have any brown marks or holes in them. A lot more birds are around this year as well.

Something interesting to some of you is that in 1950 on January 26 a US C54 aircraft went down with 44 people on board and there are indications that it may be in the lake here and there is a group coming in August to do a documentary and see if they can find it. It would be great if they did and it would help to put closer to all of those families who lost loved ones. Here is the trailer to some of the information about the aircraft and what is known about it so far 

 This could be you arriving at the dock

 I don’t think I can fix it.

Until next time, enjoy the rest of the summer.

From Brian and the staff at Kluane Wilderness Lodge