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The Camp Life

What does a calgarian fishing guide do in the winter…………..whatever they can to keep the bill collectors away. This year I tried something different.

In the Spring of 2004 I took a huge leap from the big $$$$ of offshore oil. To the barely scatching by trying to refuel my cooking career in a new city. Within 6 months of making the move I had $20 to my name on a monday and payday was on Friday. I remember that trip to the grocery store. Eggs, Bread, frozen peas, and magarine. Needless to say I made it. I realized that I was gonna have to get a second job to live the life that I had become accustom too. I got a evening job bartending/serving and within the year I had quit cooking and started working at fishtales in the daytime. I swore to myself then that I was done with cooking.

This summer an old cooking school friend was in calgary for a conference. We met for beers. I told him that I had no real plans for the off season. He thought i should give the camps a try. He had done it and said it was easy money. I dismissed it at the time but the seed had been planted. I kicked around this idea for a bit then got a # from him. I had to send off a resume. I was told I had the job just needed something to put in my file. A few weeks later and I was sent off to my first camp job.

A little nervous at first but it all came back pretty quick and I would say that i am enjoying it. Life in camp is not too bad. no bills because i dont really have an address. You spend most of the time here anyway. I exercise everyday, and eat well……better… I try.

I am a few days back to camp now and all I can think about is the freedoms that live on the other side of a few trips to camp and a chunk of cash in the account. This will be the first trip where I have tied flies. I have brought the stuff before but could’nt get into it. I have to tie 6832 flies this year for the shop so I have to get into it hahaha.


Nothing special but it gets the job done

My Room I was pleasantly surprised I think its all you need.

First born flies and the start to my order for the year. Chenille worms nice and easy to get me in the
groove.

One Comment

  1. j

    You gonna be back at the shop this summer?

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