Down south, “networking” is all business. It’s key for making connections and building social capital, so you reach out, rub elbows, do the old schmoozing routine, exchanging names and cards and contact info. It’s not easy, but you’ve gotta do it: just one of the many demands of the modern world.
Up here, it’s nothing like that. Up here, “networking” is all pleasure.
It’s the final transcendent step in landing a fish – the moment when the long battle is over, when you and your quarry come to a truce, and the magnificent creature rises from its world into yours, strange and powerful and gleaming.
You work the net and lift it from the deep. For a few brief moments, you meet. A few photos, maybe a measurement, and then release it. Gone.
Here’s seven reasons “networking” in the Northwest Territories is enthralling, fleeting, and perfect.
Up here, your arms will wear out before the fish do. With endless waters and low fishing pressure, our species abound. It's not unusual to have a 50-fish day.
We're home to the deepest lake in North America (Great Slave), the biggest lake entirely within Canada (Great Bear), the longest river in Canada (the Mackenzie), and the world's wildest ocean (the Arctic). With more pure, pristine water than any place else on the planet, there's nowhere you can't fish here.
Angling is a year-round activity up here. Even in the depths of winter, the fish are biting just inches beneath your feet. An ice-fishing guide will suit you up and shuttle you to the best spots, where you can fish in comfort as the sundogs gleam and as the sun slips below the horizon, the Aurora dances overhead.
Since time immemorial, fish have sustained the residents of the Northwest Territories. You can experience this vibrant relationship by joining an Indigenous fishing trip, where you'll participate in "subsistence" fishing practices, learn about Aboriginal lifeways, and savour fresh catches prepared the local way.
Often, the greatest thing about fishing in the Northwest Territories has nothing to do with fish. It's about the people with whom you share the adventure. Out on the big lake, in the great silence, when the fish strikes, you work in tandem to land the catch. A perfect moment, experienced together.
This is where connections are made. Where friendships are forged, where relationships are renewed, where buddies and sons and fathers and partners are bound together.
So maybe it really is about "networking."
To experience angling in the Northwest Territories, check out our fishing adventures.