Written by Harold
Several weeks ago I received a message through Great Bear Lake Outdoors from a gentleman by the name of David Bouck.
Dave had been a guide at Branson’s Lodge for a few years in the mid - 80’s, and offered to share some of his stories and pictures chronicling his exploits while guiding on the Bear.
I was more than happy to publish them, and have begun doing so on the GBLO website under the heading of “The “D” Tales” - http://www.greatbearlakeoutdoors.com/stories/the-d-tales/item/194-fishing-with-red
One of Dave’s stories that we will be publishing later this year outlines his experiences with the boats that Ernie Dolinsky designed and built for use at the lodge, and in that story made mention of a rather harrowing trip from Macintosh Bay, across the arm to Branson’s Katseyedie Outpost.
Now that certainly rang a bell, because my dad and I had nasty trip from Mac. Bay to the Outpost involving one of those boats right around that same time.
I had published a story about it many years ago, and upon re-reading it realized that the Dave in my story was none other than Dave Bouck, which is where the Déjà vu all over again fits into this narrative.
Given the discussion started by Scotty Orr regarding guides this past week, here is a perfect example that but for Dave’s steadfastness, and skill in navigating 25 miles of open water in 6 to 8 foot waves, I may not be sitting here today telling you about it.
Here’s to you Dave – I owe you big time bud – and my sincere thanks also goes out to all of the other guides, including but definitely not limited to Andrew Flood, Paul Barta and Tom Badger, who brought me home safely each and every time, no matter how nasty the conditions may have been.