It’s been something of a stutter-start to summer on the coast, but despite what many are referring to as a familiar British Columbia “June-uary” I’ve been finding plenty of reasons to get out on the water and into the woods. My work output is slowing – as is typical for this time of year, when the outdoors are rife with temptation – but the trade-off is that my fly cast is improving by loops and bounds (sic). In the midst of this humid transit between seasons I thought it would be best to share some fauxtographs (those ubiquitous Instagram snaps demonstrating that despite our every adolescent effort to distance ourselves from our parents, we are trying awful hard to look like them) from the last month or so, to prove, at very least, that I am not M.I.A. – Missing in Angling.
Highlights include the salty culinary adventure that was a fieldwork trip to Prince Edward Island, where lobsters, oysters, mussels and potato moonshine abound (sometimes even combined, as in Charlottetown’s infamous “Oyster Shooter”); lobster-trap cricket on a frog-sung front lawn during that same trip; man-overboard drills on a ferry in the Salish Sea (fluorescent-vested buoys are remarkably hard to see, even in broad daylight. The lesson? Don’t fall over the railing, even on a good day); a trout-fishing canoe trip with one of my most nautical associates; and a crabbing excursion up Howe Sound this past weekend, where the fish weren’t biting but the Red Rocks were rolling through our traps. When I begrudgingly reach the shores of the real world I’ll sit down and tell you a little more about PEI in particular, but for now you can click the above image for a more detailed look at what’s been keeping me busy.