James Smedley

Professional photographer and writer James Smedley's contributions to US and Canadian books, magazines and newspapers have earned him over 40 National and International awards. James is an assignment and stock photography represented by several top agencies. In addition to teaching photography workshops, James is Travel Editor at Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine. Visit James at www.jamessmedleyoutdoors.com

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With canoes overturned and tents pitched, we watch as Kiri Simpson grabs a fishing rod and marches down to the grassy shoreline. Bathed in the last light of the warm summer evening, the nine-year-old casts into the dark waters funnelled between a narrows at the base of our campsite. Francine and I are sitting with Kiri's parents, Neil and Kathy, as well as Mike and Anj Cotterill while the rest of the seven children are…
The fresh breeze, growing waves and steepness of the fast-breaking edge makes it tough to stay on the fish. But careful manipulation of the trolling motor keep us midway up the edge, plunging from 12 down to 30 feet, where the walleye are thick and aggressive. This is the sort of fishing my wife likes and I’m delighted to see a bend in Francine’s rod and the smile on her face. Once again White Lake delivers.…
“Can we stay another night?” Lillian asks as we sit down to our feast of barbecued steak and salad under the warm glow of propane lights. “We haven’t even spent our first night,” I tell my young daughter, “you might not even like it.” She looks around knowingly at the 10x20-foot ice bungalow complete with bunk beds, table, chairs, propane furnace and kitchenette. “Oh I like it here”, she says with all the conviction a…
As the long and narrow cedar strip boat cuts through the chop of Esnagi Lake, my wife and I are stricken with an anxious agitation that only walleye can fix. I throttle back when I see the bottom rise from 30 feet up to eight and then plunge down again. We drop jigs and leeches and drift. Satisfaction is instant with the protests of a 20-inch walleye. Francine counters with a larger fish, so fat…
A nervous anticipation occupies that time between landing at a fly-in destination and hooking our first fish. It's a time when we wonder if the trip will unfold the way we'd imagined. As we leave the dock at Kagianagami Lake my visions of a shallow, flat-bottomed walleye basin are immediately replaced by the reality of a wildly fluctuating bottom, plunging to well over 100 feet. As we approach a small island, a broad 30-foot flat…
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