Think of your visit to cyberspace as rooting around in some pack-rat’s attic. You’ll find everything from the inane, mundane, and even obscene, to unexpected treasures: photos of pet iguanas and nameless children, long forgotten tea pots and, if you’re lucky, a map showing where the owner buried his fortune.
Your computer monitor will boldly inform you that this is “The No Smoke, No-Mirrors, up-to-the-minute reports” on fishing in the Salmon River and Lake Ontario.
Here you’ll find current and archival information on fishing conditions in eastern Lake Ontario and its tributaries, the dates of fishing derbies, charter boats, guides, accommodations, etc. The fellow responsible for this rapidly evolving little gem is Jim Walker.
Jim is one of those people who makes a writer’s job fascinating. He’s a many-faceted individual: formerly a Green Beret and UDT officer, then an executive; now an entrepreneur, fisherman, pilot, commercial diver, boater, historian, computer guru, consultant, lighthouse keeper, philosopher and writer.
Jim’s home is in Maine — that explains the Maine in his World Wide Web address, and the location of the system that hosts his material. Sport fishing is in his blood — that explains the fish.
Among other organizations and interests, before moving to the historic hamlet of Selkirk, (a suburb, if you will, of neighboring Pulaski, in Oswego County, New York), he served as President of the Maine State Council of Trout Unlimited and first vice president of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
Jim’s first trip to the Pulaski area was back In the mid-1980s. He was a member of a group of ten vacationing friends on a steelhead fishing expedition.
When it was time to leave, five of the ten simply refused to go. Why? Maine is well known for its fishing, but the Salmon River and nearby tributaries to Lake Ontario were much better than they had ever experienced or expected.
Accommodations for transient fishermen at the time — consisting then primarily of converted or shared homes loosely dubbed “lodges” — were, as Jim says, “… a bit underwhelming.” The businessman-entrepreneur side of Jim was showing through.
Here was a grand business opportunity. He spent the next six months commuting by air between his regular job in Maine and New York analyzing the customer and real estate markets thoroughly before making a full-time jump.
Today, Jim is President of Lighthouse Properties which owns and operates the Salmon River Anglers Lodge and the Lighthouse Marina.