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Arnold Stene negotiates shallow rapids as he heads toward a favored fishing spot. Stene and Michael Pearce had to drag the boat about 250 yards through the shallows to reach the lake.
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The silver markings where an aluminum boat was dragged over shallow rocks to access a great fishing hole.
Big northern pike can be suckers for huge flies, like this pattern that's designed for saltwater fly-fishing.
Michael Pearce with a 45 1/2-inch northern pike caught on a fly rod while fishing with his friend/guide, Arnold Stene.
The vast waters of northern Saskatchewan are some of the best places to catch big northern pike. The fish are usually feeding in the shallows.
Guide Arnold Stene with a big northern pike. After 20-plus years of guiding for the fish, he still has a boyish enthusiasm.
A 44 1/2-inch northern pike that weighed an estimated 24 pounds.
Part of a traditional shore lunch: fried potatoes and onions.
Arctic grayling are like the bluegill of the north country. They have trouble passing up a chance to hit a dry-fly.
Arnold Stene shows the trademark dorsal fin of an Arctic grayling.
A good weedy bay for northern pike.
Arnold Stene pilots a boat across a calm Canadian lake. Coming back that afternoon, the waves were very high.
Northern pike will hit a variety of lures. This is one of dozens that hit this bright Mepps spinner fished by Arnold Stene. Note the paint missing from the lure's blade.
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