Ice Fishing, Deep Cold on Jan. 4
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Ice fishing, a tale to chill a man’s soul, Alaska mid-winter gold mining, fish cooking and a doggy update on Cassey and Kadie are part of this shows cold-weather activities theme. Ice fisherman Peter Wood from Canada will explain the ins and outs of modern ice fishing to those of us, like me, who know about it, have seen ice houses on frozen lakes, but have never done the deed. Considered are various types of ice house, rods and reels, using spears and artificial and live baits.
In the demonstration section of the program Wood relates some of his ice fishing episodes, including the one where he caught the nice lake trout shown in the photo and his and his buddy’s first attempt at ice fishing which was successful, but had them leaving the lake in a blizzard.
Wood and Hovey also discuss various methods of cooking fish and the attributes of walleye, Arctic char, trout, burbot, pan fish and carp for the table. SIN, Inc. introduces its synthetic molded fish product and Body Eliminations, Inc.., of Cold Harbor, Alaska, has an ad for their Weak Willy Finder and Heated Seal Fur Tops for “Go Cans” that will fit on 5-gallon plastic buckets.
Hovey relates some of the work done during the placer shaft gold mining days in Alaska where men mined placer deposits underground, hoisted the gravels to the surface and then washed them in the spring when water was available. These mines in permafrost were actually more comfortable than the below-zero temperatures that raged on the surface.
Among the stories Hovey relates is that of Ed Owen who lived by himself in the Colleen River Valley on the western edge of the Brooks Range in far northeastern Alaska relatively near the Canadian border. For whatever reason Owen preferred his own company and except for coming out in the spring to trade his furs and perhaps sell some gold (not in winter as I state in the story) he had little human contact, except for one annual Christmas visit. He died as he preferred to live, alone as he likely expected that he would, but not in the manner that he probably anticipated.