We invite you to attend our 8th annual Fish Camp. This is the event that started it all and remains one of the favorites of many members. We have lots in store for this year and lots of fun will be had. Fish Camp will be located at Pine Valley Lodge located in Rhinelander WI. The resort has numerous cabins right on the water and a very nice lodge we use as a common area. Pine Valley Lodge is located on the largest lake of the Moen Lake chain. It is a Class A Musky lake with 6 miles of navigable water connecting 5 lakes. The chain is home to Musky, Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass, Crappie and panfish.
We are happy to offer a great opportunity for 10 lucky fish camp attendee’s. There will be an optional pre event trip to tour the St. Croix factory in Park Falls WI on the Thursday before Fish Camp. Park Falls is only 1 1/2 hours from our Fish Camp location so its not far out of the way. The tour is limited to 10 people and will start at 1:00 p.m. After the tour, you can shop in the store and be sure to check the scratch and dent pile of goodies. Lots of deals to be had there. Once you register for Fish Camp you will be invited to this tour. After the first 10 people sign up, the registration will close.
Fish Camp officially starts on Friday at 12 noon. Feel free to arrive on Thursday night for an additional $30 fee. You can even stay Sunday night if you wish for the nightly fee. Friday morning we can help you launch your boat and will help you find your cabin. The program will start at 12 noon. In years passed, we have had classes offered all day, but this year we want to leave more room for fishing. Friday afternoon we will take a boat tour of the chain of lakes. It will be like a boat parade and good fishing area’s will be pointed out. Last year many people did not venture away from the first lake in the chain. We will have a pontoon boat to be able to take some that do not have boats. We also ask that those who have room in their boats. If you are wondering if you should bring your boat, I think you should. This is a great time to get support if you need to become more comfortable with taking the boat out on your own. We are here to help you and with a little bit of practice, you and your fishing buddies can go on fishing adventures where ever the fish are biting.
Friday night dinner will be provided. Our menu is still being determined and we will need volunteers to help with this portion of our weekend. Following dinner, we will have a special guest speaker.
This year we are proud to have Hannah Stonehouse Hudson as our special guest. Hannah Stonehouse Hudson is best known for her dark humor, and overly sunny attitude towards life. She wears many hats: photographer, writer, speaker, adventurer, and dog lover. Previously a city girl, Hannah is a Northwoods chick at heart who carries snowshoes and fishing gear in her car, next to the red tall boots are worn when it’s not mud or 18 inches of snow. Hannah will be talking about getting through life with humor and wit when the bottom falls out, along with photography tips for on the water. Hannah’s work can be seen at stonehousephoto.com, or on her personal blog hannahstonehousehudson.com.
In addition to Hannah, we will have another special guest, Nome Buckman. Nome is a licensed fishing guide and is able to create beautiful fly’s that not only catch fish but are also pieces of art. Nome guides in the U.P of Michigan and owns Reel North LLC. Nome worked as a Fly Fishing Guide in multiple states and has many stunning pictures of her catching monster trout and salmon on a fly. Her fly tying lessons have been so popular, we asked her back this year as the demand for her expertise was very high. Last year, she tied up a fly she thought would work, and went out for a brief fishing outing and landed a nice Musky. Needless to say we were all impressed. If you want a reel adventure, book a trip with her for huge river salmon.
On Saturday, at 7 a.m., we will offer a coffee, donut and muffin social to start off the morning. Instead of formal classes, we will gather in the lodge and offer a skill sharing session. If you have a skill that you can share, or if there is skill you want to learn come and learn from your fellow anglers. From fly tying, to trolling, to picking a rod and reel. All about fishing line, cranks baits and soft plastics are skills our members have and are willing to share. Slip bobbers, finding fish and reading a map are also topics to share. We will have stations set up so if you have a task to share please bring the supplies you need to teach another gal. We will have the topics marked on each table to you can walk around and learn something about the topic you choose. Barb will be sharing information on electronics, trolling, tournament fishing, intro to downriggers.
After this early skill sharing session, its time to hit the water. You can shore fish, kayak fish, or jump in a boat with some other members. There are some resort boats for use and we hope to have some kayaks there.
On Saturday evening, we will return to the lodge for a dessert bar and we will provide coffee and dessert’s to share. During this session, if you have a lake that you are very familiar with we are asking you to bring a map and share some tips for fishing that lake. Many of us have great fisheries that we fish all year long..There is so much information available on the latest maps, and being able to share some methods to help other be successful. There are even special shore fishing area’s that hold appeal to other club members. We have members from several states and several area’s of Wisconsin. It will also be a good way to get to know other club members. I bet that there is a lake that interests you that you have never fished. Or maybe one you have never heard of and you will learn a new place to try. Sharing information with other club members is what its all about. Don’t feel you have to give up your favorite secret spot, but I am sure there is plenty of information to be shared.
One of the best things about this club is the relationships that have been created and the friendships that have been made. I bet if you asked every member of the club, where they met some of their best buddies, many of them would say WI Women Fish. We hope this Fish Camp will create some new friendships and new fishing buddies will connect with each other. The theme of this years Fish Camp is Fishing Buddies. We are having a contest for this years T shirt. The winner of the contest will receive a free 2015 membership. You do not have to attend Fish Camp to enter. We are looking for some great shirt designs. I know I have one in mind. Email your design to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening fires will be held every night and the wood will be provided. Bring a lawn chair and join in the fun. Tell your favorite fish story and hear some wild tales. Who knows, we may even bring back the piñata.
One person who attends Fish Camp will win a trip to Canada. A one week stay at our favorite resort, Sky Line Lodge will be raffled off. Everyone who attends fish camp will be entered into the drawing. Take a look at the web site. We have been there in the past and you will not find a friendlier host anywhere. The drawing will be held on Sunday.
Sunday morning we will hold a fun tournament. The tournament will end at 12 noon and our awards ceremony will be held at 1:00. This includes our annual awards ceremony and the master angler awards and Angler of the year will be awarded.
If you have a request for cabin mates just let us know. You can reply to the confirmation email you receive. Follow this link to register for the event. Remember you have to be a member to attend so if you need to sign up, here is the link for that. Hope to see you there. Click her to register.
This year we have early bird pricing. The cost is $ 140 before Aug 1st. $150 before Sept 1st and then $160.