Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

A great view of Dark Water Lake

We have some great guests.  We appreciate them for sharing their pictures and videos with us.  Recently we have had a few groups who have put a lot of time and effort in to making videos from their fishing vacation with us.  From Gopro to flying drones, the quality is awesome!  Here is some videos from a great group of young guys who went to Dark Water earlier this month.  Thanks to Ryan W. for all of his effort and expertice.

They Stayed at Dark Water Lake but the video in the air is from Shearstone back to Red Lake.

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Last kick at Summer.

We have had a long stretch of cloudy cool weather and even had our first overnight delay on Sunday.  The weather was bad and we couldn’t fly, leaving 3 groups of fishermen in the bush for an extra unplanned day.  Everyone saw how crappy the weather was and were content, dry and warm, some even had some beer left for the extra night.

The boys and I have been busy lately getting some big jobs done in the bush.  At Blackbirch Lake we moved the dock to the rock and the boat ramp along the shore where the dock used to be.  It seems that this is the way I should have had it all along.  It turned out great and is anchored well to the rock.  The boat ramp has easy access right from the walkway with boardwalks in between each boat.  It should be much easier to pull up the boats.

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Jeanette lake also had some work done recently.  We built a new boat ramp at this camp as well and moved the wood stove away from the corner of the cabin closer to the middle near the peak to prevent the snow from ripping it off every winter.  We have been lucky each of the last 2 weeks, the weather for working in the bush has been perfect for the time we chose to be out there.

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Fishing continues to be good at all the camps.  There has been a number of afternoons that were too stormy to fish with thunderstorms but overall everyone has been doing well and as usual there has been a number of monsters caught.  Here are some pictures from recent trips.

The Blazek party fished with us on Cherrington Lake and had a blast!  They caught some beautiful Lake Trout, the largest being 32 inches pictured below.

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Shorelunch with the boys!!

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The Wray Family were on The Cobham recently and have become hooked on Amik Outposts.  They caught lots of fish, swam in the rapids, cliff jumped and  had a great time!  Zach was the youngest of the group and he out fished everyone else in the group for big pike!  Zach caught and released 1-37, 2-39, a 41 and a 43 inch pike!!!!!  Here are some of the trophy fish he caught.

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The Wray’s also brought a drone along for their trip.  They got some amazing shots.  Here is the link to a great video.

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A Great Video

Here is great video from the Kelm Party.  These guys love fishing with us at Amik Outposts and are not afraid to tell you that it is their favorite place on Earth.  This video shows you what you can expect in regards to the fishing and the beautiful scenery God’s country has to offer.  Enjoy

 

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The Leaves are changing!!

The seasons have begun to change in the North.  The Birch trees have started to change color.  We have finally gotten rid of the rainy cloudy weather and we are in to one last stretch of hot weather to carry us another week closer to the end of another successful season!  The fish have finally started to head to deeper water and are in 15-20 feet of water on most of the lakes.  Trophy fish ones have been slower than normal for this time of year but the numbers of fish everyone is catching has remained as good as ever.  Fishing during the recent rainy weather at times was crazy!!!  Jigs would go sideways before reaching the bottom,  Walleyes were just waiting for the bait to drop again.

We have seen an increase in the number of guests from way down South this season.  Lots of groups of guys from Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arkansas who have never been to Canada or a flyin fishing trip.  Needless to say, all of these groups of friends have fallen in love with the North!  They are all smiles and handshakes when I pick them up and talk about the next time they come back!!!

The Mabry Party  fished Jeanette Lake last week and had a blast, learning a lot they got onto the walleye fishing pretty quickly.  They caught lots of fish, saw the Caribou each day around the camp and simply enjoyed the whole experience.

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I wrote the Big Ones have been quiet, just not as many as normal due to the weather.  The Hilkeman family caught this beautiful 43 inch Pike on Jeanette Lake recently.  The Big Pike are growing very thick and heavy as the summer moves along.  They will be in the fall feeding mode soon.

 

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The Willows party has been a valued Lac Seul Airways/ Amik Outposts Guest for around 25 years.  They realized a long time ago how special time spent in the Bush is.  This year they went back to Loree Lake and gave hundreds and hundreds of fish sore lips.  Here is a nice Pike caught by Rich.

 

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August is upon us.

Our last busy month of fishermen is upon us in the North.  We will be busy up here until the middle of October and we have many fishermen to come through our doors yet but we had a major cool down this week with much unsettled weather.  Quite a bit of wind, rain and cloudy days, cooler but comfortable days.  This has translated into great fishing weather.  Most of the fish have been caught in 10-15 feet of water yet,  Great numbers have been reported from every lake, the really big ones seem to be active for a few days and then take a few days off.  It is weird but when the big ones go on the bite, they go on the bite everywhere at the same time.

We have had many new first time fishermen as well as our regular guests, as they come to see us, it gives me a gauge of the time of year, as each group is a milestone of the summer when you have seen them for so many years at the same time. :)

The Clark party has been fishing with us a long time. Rena and I have watched James and Heath(who didn’t make it this year) grow up since they were very young.  These guys know the Cobham as well as anyone and the fish they catch proves it!  Here are some pictures to back  up their fish stories.  Big Pike are caught in July, most of our guests catch trophy fish but the guys who have the most experience and knowledge catch more.

“Rena and John, 

as promised here is the first  group of photos from our trip to Cobham.     We had the best fishing ever.  Sam Tanner’s first pike of his life was 41″.  We netted a 40″ pike that tried to eat a walleye we were catching but had let go and was swimming away.    Everyone caught multiple pike over 30″.    We caught more walleye over 20 inches than ever.   Can’t wait until next year.   Hope all is well with you.  

Brent”

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Sam joined the forty inch club on his first try, a feat that took some of the other guys in the group years to achieve. ;) Thats a shot at you Brad :)  And James took home the coveted walleye prize for the season.

 

 

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Frank P. made his second trip with us recently and took his wife to Findlay Lake.  She is bound and determined to catch fish big enough to make my Blog.  This year she achieved that a couple of times.  They had some great fishing on Findlay.

 

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John and Rena,

Thanks for a great trip.  Coming back to Canada was not easy for me.  This was our family vacation for many years. In 2000 I lost my dad and could not bring myself to go back.  It was to painful to be there without him.  Two years ago kurt asked me to go with him and I agreed.  It was hard.  I watched the gorgeous sunsets full of emotion.  This year I got to take both of my boys.  The memories built were amazing.  It was still difficult to not have dad but its about them and dad would be happy and proud that I am continuing this tradition.  I look forward to many great years ahead with you guys.  You run a good operation and care about the experience your clients have.  That is hard to come by these days.  Here are a few more pictures of our trip. One is Tylers first walleye, which was also the first of the trip. One is the last of trip.  With both boys acting like brothers should.  Thanks for the great memories.

Jim 

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We are approaching the latter part of the summer, soon fall will be upon us and we will be working at the camps getting ready for next season, then on to moose season and MY time of year when I get to spend extended amounts of time in the bush!!

 

 

 

A break from the Heat!

The weather recently is easy to sum up…..Hot!  It has been toasty in the North and the heat has been giving us plenty of stormy afternoons as well as a few foggy mornings.  July is usually our dry month but it wasn’t that way this year.  Today it finally started to cool off a bit and it is supposed to be pleasant for the next while.

Here are a few highlights from  a few of the camps this week.

The Zech’s brought along some rookies this year from Wisconsin and they are definitely looking forward to their next trip to Cherrington Lake!  Kim and Doug will be staples from now on I think when the group heads to Canada for a fishing trip!

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The walleyes were still in shallow water below the rapids and they were easy to catch right from shore.

 

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The picture in front of the Otter never gets old!

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Pat and Kelli were first time flyin fishermen before their trip to Shearstone Lake last week.  They caught lots of fish and loved the fact that they were completely out of touch from the rest of the world!  Catching an abundance of fish was quite awesome as well!!

 

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The fishing right off the dock was great each evening too!  During one hour of fishing, 20 walleyes!

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Pat wanted Kelli to hook into a big pike in the worst way.  She landed this nice 38 incher during the trip.  She also had on a Monster that got up near the boat so they could see it… but it got away!  Those trophy fish have a way of doing that.

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The Hendriks family have fished a few of our lakes now and this year they chose to go to Vee Lake.  They had excellent walleye fishing.  They caught all shapes and sizes of fish during their stay and are looking forward to next season.

 

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August is right around the corner, we are on the back side of our season.  It has really gone quickly this season because we have been busy.  Thank you to all of our guests who have made the trip so far and shared their pictures and stories with us.

 

 

First Timers

The Johnson Party from Minnesota made their first flyin trip last week to Jeanette Lake.  These guys were fishermen.  If you put experienced fishermen on a great lake, they will most likely have the best fishing of their lives.  Thats what happened on Jeanette Lake!  The comment I heard when I picked them up “Nobody at home is going to believe how many  fish we caught!”

“John and Rena,

We all had a great time and I am sure we will want to book more trips in the future. I can’t see any reason why I would select another outfitter as you provided us with a great cabin, good reliable fishing equipment and a safe flight in and out of camp.
I have and will recommend Amik Outposts/Lac Seul Airways to other people that are interested in taking a fly-in fishing trip to Canada.
 
Thank you, 
 
Walt”

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Loree Lake saw the return of the Jones party for the second year in a row.  Last year it was 90 degrees and flat calm for much of their stay at Loree.  That is not good fishing weather anywhere but this year they had cooler weather, some rain and plenty of wind and lots of bait.  Needless to say that they caught wayyy more fish!

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The Serie Party always fishes the Cobham at least one time each season.  Every year when I pick them up, Ralph tells me “The best trip ever!”  This year was no exception.  The Big Pike seemed to follow him around this year.  Here is his biggest of the trip.

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Don was the first timer with the group and had a blast.

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The Chew Party has found their piece of Heaven.  It is called the Cobham River System.  They fished Vee lake last year and this year moved on down stream to the Cobham River.  They are Pike fishermen with quite a bit of experience fishing in Canada.  They caught many big fish and here are a few of the pictures to prove it.

This 22″ walleye Alex caught was his first fish of the trip, and the first fish he’s caught since he was in grade school!  

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The walleye have been along the weedbeds in 8-12 feet of water and pike have been right along side them.  As we move into later July, I expect the fish to start moving deeper each week.  One thing for sure, the fish are where you find them.  Usually in the lake!!!

 

Mid July Fishing Report

Fishermen continue to travel in and out of the bush for good times, good fishing and relaxation.  It has been pretty hot up here and we have had some beautiful weather.  The problem with the beautiful calm days is that the fishing is usually less than stellar.  We can control a lot of things but the weather is not one of them.  Of course every one caught plenty of fish as we only had a few hot calm days, fishing overall has been good to great depending on the lake and experience level.  Some lakes reported catching most of their fish in 12-15 feet of water but others reported catching the bulk of their walleye in 2-5 feet!!!  The fish are where you find them.

Frank Phillips has been to Loree Lake a couple of times with his wife but this year he had some friends join him.  Frank being the guide for his buddies, some of which have not fished walleye many times in their lives.  They had a great trip and had no issue catching fish.  At times they slaughtered them. Here is The Guide with the biggest pike of the trip.

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One of the new guys caught the biggest walleye.  Looks like a 27-28 incher.

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Lynn T. from Montana fished Vee Lake a couple of weeks ago and caught some great fish.  He brought a few new guys this year as well and it is great to see the expression on their faces when I pick them up.  Our regular guests already know how good the fishing is up on our lakes but new people usually are ecstatic!  Even if fishing is slower than normal, they are still so happy as it is still more fish than they have caught anywhere else in their lives.  Everything is relative.

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Penis Cove, where the fishing is always great.

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Jeanette Lake saw some first timers fish it recently.  The Knutson party set out on their journey into the bush and came out smiling.  Catching fish was not an issue with plenty to be caught and released as well as to eat!  Lots of stories and laughs were had.  The biggest pike was 38 inches and the Caribou provided the entertainment in the evening.

 

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Even the rocks were aggressive!  Here is a beauty. :)

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The Caribou seems to have moved on a bit as the last couple of groups have not seen it.

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It looks like a wetter week ahead with cooler temperatures in the forecast.  Water levels continue to drop as we had had rain recently in the form of thunder storms and have not accumulated much amount.  It makes for great flying weather but we could use a few inches anytime.

Here are some pictures I have taken recently.

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We have had some smoke from western Canada as much of the US has had but recent winds have cleaned up the air for us and hopefully have given the firefighters out west a break with some rain.

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Dustee is eager to make friends and it looks like this baby weasel didn’t make to good of a friend.  Dustee loves to display her catch for me on the hill or boardwalk.  She is a good hunter.

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Mom’s time to shine!

We had quite a few families fishing with us last week throughout the north.  Fishing was great and the weather was a mixed bag but really very nice with a few storms, in some areas almost daily. The Mayflies have pretty much gone through their hatch with only a few lakes saying they had a little slower fishing due to it, but the fish were very shallow, in 3-6 feet of water.

The Kalkbrenner family has always fished Blackbirch lake and always done well.  The boys have been able to be the top fishermen in most of the years past as the youngest person generally catches the biggest fish.  This year, the boys caught some very nice fish again and Grant caught the biggest walleye measuring 28 inches pictured below.

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The rest of the family tried their best and had a great time but this year Mom held the lucky hand.

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Cheryl caught a 43 inch huge pike on a bluebird day.  The fish of the trip.

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The Peters family went to their favorite place on Earth last week for their annual trip.  They have been fishing on Loree Lake for many years and know it like the back of their hands.  They catch more fish than any of our groups and have given out many sore lips to the walleye on Loree Lake.

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Betty,  who had her Grand daughter along this year was the top Fisher last week.  She caught the biggest walleye and biggest pike!

Here is her 25 inch walleye.

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She also caught this nice 33 inch pike!

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The Alexander family drives from Colorado every other year and the family has grown over the years and the boys now have a +1 with them.   And they are proving to be competition in the fishing department! The daughter in laws proved they can fit in with this family.

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But as the theme for the week would have it in the North……  and from the pictures I got from them.  Nancy caught the biggest fish for the week by far.

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We feel fortunate to be able to be a part of a families memories.  It feels good to see people spending quality time together.

It’s not only about the fishing.

There are not too many places left in the world that are as remote and unspoiled as our outpost lakes.  The one place where there will never Internet service.  A special place to relax and enjoy the silence.  The fishing is a bonus!

If you look around you and pay attention there are so many spectacular sights to be seen.  Here are a few pictures from our guests recently who were able to capture some candid moments in the bush.

Rob Sproule has been our guest a long time and this year he saw the biggest beaver he has ever seen.  He said that it is too bad that there is nothing to reference the beaver by but this one had to be over 100 pounds!!!

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The Berry Crew were on the Cobham for their annual trip and were able to see some great sights.  Angelia had her camera at the ready at all times.  Here are some of her pics she took last week.

 

 

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Cobham Clouds Have a Language of their Own by Angelia Perkins

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Luna Moth Who Observes Who by Angelia Perkins

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First Flight Out by Angelia Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

The Knutson party were first time flyin fishermen and Jeanette Lake was their destination.  The had a great time and loved every minute of it.  Here is a picture of the caretaker of Jeanette lake.   A Woodland Caribou.

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The most picturesque sunrises and sunsets are seen in the North.  A special place that you will remember visiting forever. A place you will look forward to returning to.

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