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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN FLASHBACK: Sinkholes and tarantulas

Technician recalls: From March 14, 2003. This was one of the strangest experiences of my life – visiting the southwest United States during the era of George W. Bush, right before the invasion of...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Father’s Day fishin’

Well, I was howling in agony and I couldn't help but cry out for a doctor. “I need a doctor, pulleassse!!” I screamed, with only my fishing buddies and a pair of rather funereal-looking ravens...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: The family that fishes together

Well, the boys could go fishing on one condition. Mason was not allowed to go to sleep, not even for one minute. Otherwise, mommy wasn’t getting any sleep that night. Such are the bargains of...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN FLASHBACK: Church group fishin’, May 10, 2006

Technician recalls: I'm dreaming of Martin Lake right now but like this year, 2006 was a late start. Nonetheless, my father's church braved an overnight journey nonetheless. It was freezing cold, and no those...
A rare photo of Mac Stark without sunglasses and holding an Arctic grayling from the Kakisa River in 2005, obviously a spawning male judging by the milt dripping from its anal fin. Mac died on Oct. 6 last year. A bench dedication ceremony will be held for him at the Kakisa River day use area on June 9. photo courtesy of John Nishi

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: A tribute to Mac Stark

Well, I was standing on the bank of the Kakisa River last week wondering what the fish gods would deliver this time. The last few years my most consistent prize has been wet, shivering cold...
The fishin' technician from May 31, 2006. The technician makes his annual pilgrimage to Sambaa Deh Territorial Park in this column.

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN FLASHBACK: Grad party fishin’ disaster, May 31, 2006

Technician recalls: OK, I've got some fresh content coming very soon but a few people have been asking me about the old columns so I thought I'd start digging up some oldies but goodies...
Skipper, the Fishin' Technician's sidekick for the past 15 years, accepts a cuddle from the late Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democratic Party, during a day's fishing with former Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington in 2006. Skipper died Sunday after a lifetime of fishin' with all kinds of Technician guests, famous or otherwise. NNSL file photo

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: An ode to a family dog

On Sunday morning, our family dog Skipper went to the farm, as my wife is inclined to say when around children and talking about the brevity of pets. I say family dog because as far...
Alexie Bryant, the Duchess of Squishy Pets, and Arizona of Gregory, winner 2018 annual Yellowknifer Catch of Week contest, shows off their mighty catch of sparkly whitefish while on a journey to Prosperous Lake earlier this month. The whitefish was caught using a magic, pink wire jewel bug. Mike W. Bryant/NNSL photo.

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Prince Arizona and the flying whitefish

So before too much snow hits the ground, some unfinished business. Princess Arizona of Gregory, age 4, as this year’s overall winner of the Canadian Tire Catch of the Week contest, found some time to...
Rohan Brown shows off his limit of northern pike caught during an afternoon of fishing at Grace Lake on Sunday. Grace Lake, although subject to recent residential development around its shore, remains one of the cleaner lakes within Yellowknife city limits. Mike Bryant/NNSL photo

By the grace of a lake: FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN

Grace Lake is a relative Paradise Springs unlike its ugly sister across the road. Kam Lake, former sewage lagoon and tailings pond depository, has an alarmingly high arsenic level of 238 parts billion. Grace Lake,...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Teach a youth to fish…

Learning to cast a line in the water isn't just about filling stringers full of fish, although for some, including me, that's no insignificant objective. Learned well, angling is a skeleton key that can...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Long Lake just safe enough

Just how much arsenic is too much arsenic, really? I ask after visiting Long Lake on Sunday with my five-year-old research assistant Alexie Bryant and finding a sea of people enjoying its waters. There were...

Lifelisting in the rain and mud

Question: how many fishing maniacs out there would drive 1,300 km in the driving rain to catch an eight-inch flathead chub? I ask this question because I'm forced to admit there are at least two...

Jackfish in Jackfish Lake? Fishin’ Technician seeks answers afters years of environmental damage

Arsenic, arsenic, arsenic – when it comes to lakes around Yellowknife that seems to be all we hear these days. The drum beat of alarm probably comes too late for this lifer ‘Knifer. I was...

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Lost and found fishin’

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – not to make light of grief but I went through all the stages Saturday. Denial because I couldn’t believe how stupid I was dropping my $600 musky rod...

An ill-fated trip with Hip’s Gord Downie and Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician

  Editor's note: This column originally appeared in Yellowknifer on Aug. 1, 2001. It follows a visit to Yellowknife by the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie, who performed at Folk on the Rocks, filmed a music...

Subzero fishin’ for Fishin’ Technician

I learned an interesting thing about myself last weekend. If my forehead gets cold my feet feel colder. The pseudo-physiological revelation came to light as I and my comrades jetted across a large, icy...