This comment struck a big cord: " unless you have a dog which is extremely well obedience trained, do not take it fishing with you. The dangers are just too great -"
I recently did an interview with the CBC with regards to a recent grizzly attack in BC. It's thought that a big contributor to this particular bear's aggression was that it was harassed by the victims dogs. It's not uncommon for dogs to come upon a bear then, when the bear turns on the dog, the dog's instinct is to run back to the protection of it's owner...with an angry bear at it's heals. Just something else to think about when making a fishing / hiking buddy out of your dog.