Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Unplug to Recharge

We continue to see all kinds of return guests and lots of new ones as well.  Many first time flyin fishing guests have been adjusting to the silence of the north, the great fishing, and not being anywhere near cellular service or Internet.  But after day 2 or 3, most people would rather stay away from technology all together.  Being in the bush resets your clock and puts your body back in tune with sunrise and sunset.  It is really therapeutic for your soul just to be away from the rat race of life.

Fishing has been awesome and our fishermen have been happy.  Lots of sunshine, some cooler rainy weather and during the past week we have had a lot of wind which has made it more difficult on our fishermen.  A normal week in the North.  One night it got cold enough for some of the guests to even make a fire in the cabin to take the chill off.  The fires continue to survive but are not raging during the cooler weather and the timely rains continue to help keep the fire season calm.  Water levels are dropping to a normal level, maybe slightly low on some lakes which are higher on the water shed but that can change overnight after one heavy rain in our area.

Walleyes have began to move to 10-12 feet of water and pike have gone right with them. Each week there are more reports of t-boned walleyes on the way to the boat and even pike stealing walleyes right off the stringer tied to the boat!  

The Evans party have been fishing Vee Lake for many years and have began to bring the next generation of boys (Young Men) along.  They are hooked deep.  They are being taught the ways of outpost fishing some wiley veterans.  Here is a preview to their upcoming feature film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOBl2Xrv-UU

Here are some other pictures from recent trips around our lakes.:)

The Seiler boys from PA battled the wind while they were on the Cobham. The wind was relentless but the quality was great. Here is a pike who was competing for dinner.

 

The Frazer party went to Findlay lake this year and had some awesome fishing.  Lots of fish and plenty of big ones!  

The Jansen party make their annual trip to the Cobham Morley cabin each year at the same time.  They always have fun and always catch lots of fish.  This year was right up near the top for quantity and quality.  Here is John with a beautiful trophy pike.

 

 

 

 

Dodging Bullets

Operating in the Far North of Northwestern Ontario can sometimes get hot.  Our area east of Lake Winnipeg has been prone to forest fires since the beginning of time.  During the summer, thunderstorms pick up moisture from Lake Winnipeg and develop into storms right as they cross the border into Ontario where we have the majority of our outposts.  On hot dry years those storms cause some pretty big forest fires.  

Most of the time they are generally pretty far from the camps and not of any real concern besides being smokey at times.  Unless you see flames there is usually nothing to worry about.  

On June 27th our fishermen at the Cobham River had some evening thunderstorms come by.  On the 28th it was a beautiful day and they carried on with their last day of their trip.  At noon, they noticed smoke west of the camp.  By 3pm the fire had turned into a monster and was jumping the lake and heading towards the camp on the north side of the fire.  They called us, and we called the Fire center.  The fishermen went back to the camp and packed up what they could and were escorted through the smoke by a fire crew helicopter and were evacuated out.  We picked them up at the fire base north of Red Lake.

While at the fire base the pilots told me that the camp was most likely gone as the wind was still blowing towards the camp when they left.  

We started to make a plan instantly on how to deal with this.  But no one could confirm it was gone and I was going near there the next day.  As I flew towards the Cobham at 630 am the fire was already raging, which is rare for that time of day.  As I got closer I could see it had split into 2 main fires and there was a break in the smoke and I could see through.  As I flew to where the GPS told me where the cabin was, I looked down and there it was.  The fire was only smoldering about 200-300 yards behind the cabin.  I landed and called the fire base to inform them that it was still standing and they sent a fire crew up there right away.  After waiting all day to hear whether they made it into the cabin in time to save it, we called.  They got there in time and were able to get a sprinkler system set up to keep it from burning.

They next day it continued to burn hard since it was in pretty old timber with big trees to burn.  As it continued east it ran into an older burn near the falls and slowed down considerably.  The next few days, the wind came out of the south east and took it across the northwest part of the lake away from the camp.  Then it finally rained!  Knocking the fire down to a smolder but it was only sleeping.  After a couple of sunny days the fire had a bit of life again…

Then we were fortunate enough to have another couple days of cool weather and misty rain and high humidity.  

Today the fire looked like it was out.  Time will tell whether it is completely out or not but I know that the cabin at the Cobham River is pretty well protected in all directions for the extended future!

This whole event happened in less than a week!  Normally a fire is on and off again and carries on for a month or sometimes more.  We are sure happy that we got the timely rains when we needed them.

We were able to move the fishermen to an opening at another camp and keep everyone happy.  July 2nd the next group of fishermen were able to go back to the Cobham River and are coming out tomorrow.  

Here are some pictures of the beginning, middle and end of the week.

Our fishermen who were evacuated could not take all of their gear in the helicopter with them so Scott and I flew around the fire and were able to land in front of it and grab the gear fairly easily as it was pretty calm and the fire went straight up that day.  The sound in the fire was a loud, constant roar and crackle.  The flames were 50 feet above the trees as it roared through the big timber east of the camp and the smoke was up to 15 000 feet.

The fire moved very quickly.  The lake has a fair bit of burn on it but it also has plenty of green trees amongst most of the burn.  And the area right around the camp is pretty much untouched as you can see.  The only green area on the north shore.  The creek to the right of the cabin was the lifesaver as the fire calmed down right there during the fire night.  When the fire took off in the morning it went right past the cabin and only crept back against the wind.

Nature needs fire to replenish.  There will be an increase in the moose population and there will be blueberries galore for many years to come.  The landscape has changed but the fishing never will!

Over the hump.

We are over the hump and past the summer solstice the days will begin to get shorter soon. Before then we have lots and lots of fishermen who need some sore hands from catching so many fish.  Every hand I have shook has been covered in cuts and bandaids from walleye after walleye.  The gill plate of a walleye has a thorn on the end and as you grab them they flare their gills and eventually you are going to get some cuts.  Especially with the numbers of fish our guests have been catching lately!  Fishing continues to be outstanding.  We have had a number of first time flyin guests recently and they have caught a ton of fish as well, one group which returned today from Jeanette lake said everything was beyond their expectations.  

We have had big numbers as well as some trophies being caught and released.  A number of walleyes have been caught greater than 30 inches and the pike continue to be very aggressive in attacking walleyes by the boat.  Almost every group has come out of the bush reporting catching 2-7 pike over 40 inches.  43 seems to be the number lately with many trophy pike being caught and released measuring 43 inches in the past 10 days or so.

Here are some pictures from some of our guests taken in the past couple of weeks.

The Knip/Cradduck party have been with us for many years and fished their second home Blackbirch Lake.  They had an awesome time and caught lots of fish and welcomed a new member of the family to Blackbirch as well.  Burt’s grandson Justin.  During the first day he was already making plans for next year…..

The Pusateri boys also fished on Blackbirch the week before and also caught some great fish and saw some beautiful sunsets.

The Jorgensen Party fished on Cherrington and caught some nice lake trout measuring almost 30 inches.  They put up a great fight!

The Erickson Party made their annual journey to Cobham Daniel.  They had a great time and caught some huge fish in the heat!  

 

We have 2 prime August dates available on the Cobham in August!

Cobham Daniel August 9-16, 2018 7 day trip

Cobham Morley August 7-12, 2018 5 day trip

 

Please click here to email  or call us to inquire about rates on these trips 807-735-9968.

 

 

Good fishing, Good weather, Good times!

Our season continues to roll on and we have seen many happy fishermen come through our doors.  The weather is quite hot, upper 80’s and even warmer for most of the forecast.  Fishing has been as awesome as ever with walleyes and pike moving slowly into deeper water, around 10 feet from what I have been told by the outgoing fishermen.  Once the cabbage weed grows a bit more the fish should come back into the shallows before heading to their mid-summer areas.

There has been some big fish caught lately on all of the lakes with big numbers of fish everywhere as well.  Tons of walleyes between 24-28 inches with a few 29 plus as the largest so far.  The largest pike so far is 44.5 inches and plenty of 40 plus trophies were caught and released last week as well.  Fishing continues to be great!

Here is a picture from Loree Lake of a beautiful 29.5 inch walleye caught and released by Bruce E. recently.

The Big Pike have been on and off, one week every lake catches many 40 plus inch fish and then they kind of turn off for a few days.  It is hard to predict anything in nature.  We have a great gene pool and the fish are very healthy.  This year in particular we have had some monster fish caught and they seem to be very thick across the back. Here is some pictures from Vee Lake This thick monster was caught by Garrett B. on a gold Doctor Spoon.

The Miller boys took their first flyin trip with us to Loree Lake recently and are seriously hooked!  They had so much fun and caught so many fish that they will be back!  I shared their video on my last post but here are a few pictures from their fishing vacation on Loree Lake.

Just a reminder to anyone who is yet to come fishing with us to bring a good water filter for drinking water.  With hot weather on the horizon it is important that you have plenty of water with you in the bush but it is heavy and we will want everyone to be on their weight limit.  We have lots of guests who use these types of filters and are very happy with the quality. 

Here is a link I found in my first search but it will give you an idea of what you should have.  They weigh one pound.  A case of 24 water bottles is 30 pounds.

Cabela’s water filters

 

Smiles all around!

We have been very busy and our guests continue to have fun and catch lots and lots of fish.  The weather has been pleasant aside from a cool stretch and is supposed to get hot again.  

 

Walleyes and Pike are hanging out together in mostly 6-12 feet of water.  Water temperatures have warmed up to upper 60’s and the swimming will begin  for some of our guests as we get into the heat of summer.  Water levels are up to a nice level for this time of year.

Here is a great video from some new guests who fished Loree Lake recently.  They had a blast and caught a ton of fish.  They were all smiles from the first flight right up until I picked them up and I am sure all the way home.

Exceptional!

That is the only way to describe how fishing has been at Amik Outposts so far this season.  Every fishermen who has returned from the bush has many stories of catching lots of fish and plenty of them have been BIG.  Pike have been attacking walleyes regularly and some have even been landed while t-boning a walleye. 

Another group of guests also rescued a 40 inch pike from certain death!  This pike had eaten a 20 inch sucker and could not fit it down his throat.  Floating on the surface they noticed it and took the sucker out of its mouth and nursed the Big Pike back to life and away it swam.  

Walleyes have been very active in anywhere from 4-12 feet of water on any windy shoreline.  We have had some 29 inch walleye caught and released and some 27’s as well.  The monsters are becoming more and more active as the summer moves on.

After such a dry start to the season we have had some much needed rain and cooler weather.  Overcast skies and misty rainy days have been the best days for fishing.  The fire ban is off and the forest is lush and green after 4-5 days of rainy weather.  Water levels are just perfect now as well.  The flow has picked up from all of the rivers and feeder creeks also drawing the fish close to shore.  

Here are some pictures from the Holland Party who have fished Findlay Lake for 20 years, this year they moved to the Cobham River.  I think they have found a new home…..

 

Seal/Hansen Party Loree Lake

Rena & John 

Just wanted to drop you a line to say how awesome our trip was this year.  The fishing was amazing, the cabin was perfect and all the equipment was working perfectly.  Great job and we loved the new boat ramps and steps leading up to them.  It made it so much easier for a few of our guys to get in and out of the boats vs. the dock. Whoever the bush carpenter was he or she did a great job!  2019 will be my 30th year at your outposts and I can’t wait to return!

If you ever have a group that needs a guide for the week that knows the water as well as I do and can put them on the northern and the walleye- sign me up!  

We saw a bear, otters, beavers and even a swimming bald eagle and we have those pics to send yet.  We caught walleye, northern, a 13 inch perch, a silver Muskie and a sucker that fought like a 30 inch walleye. 

 

Here are a few pictures from our trip.

Full Throttle!

We are done opening camps and have people scattered all over the bush.  Fishing has been exceptional and the weather has been great.  Our guests so far have been able to catch tons of fish and lots of big ones!  Going from a bit of a late ice out and into very warm sunny weather, the fish became very active in the rapidly warming water.  This will be a super summer with lots of big fish I would say. 🙂

We are fortunate to have a good crew of young guys working for us this season which always helps get the season off on a good foot.  Our oldest daughter, Taina came and helped open the first half of the camps too.  Everything wintered well and there was no major issues opening up. 

The day after we started opening camps, Mother Nature flexed her muscles and let us know who was in charge once again.  At Cherrington it started snowing at 7am and snowed as hard as it could for most of the day before turning to rain and then the snow was gone by that same night.  At the height we had 5 inches of huge fluffy snow.  It was so dry at this point  that the moisture just disappeared but it was much needed.

This is from the next evening in the same spot.  It’s a bit easier to see across the lake 🙂

 

Water levels were a bit low in some areas but we have had some rain the past few days and it was fairly significant in some areas so water levels now are sitting just about perfect.  This was much needed rain as we are in a absolute fire ban at the moment but would think it should be lifted unless the long term forecast is dry.  As of right now there is a fire ban in effect.  There were a couple of fires burning already and we had some smokey days but the wind changes daily and sometimes it is smokey in the morning and gone by noon.

 

We have had a number of groups come out of the bush already with awesome fishing reports and much color in their faces from the sunny weather we have had.

Mike Brown and his buddies had a great time on their annual trip with us.  This year they fished Cobham Daniel and had a ton of great fish.  4 over 40 inches and too many to count that were over 35 inches.  A 29 incher was the largest in the walleye category.  Here are a couple of pictures that Woody sent us.

 

We are looking forward to seeing all of our guests again this summer.  Please email us at amikoutposts@gmail.com if you have any questions prior to your trip or call us at 807-735-9968.  If you would like to book a last minute fishing trip please click here to enquire about available dates!

 

Ready to Roll!

We have been busy!  Winter seemed as though it would never end and then all of a sudden it got warm and stayed that way.  The ice is gone on everything we have except Cherrington out on the big lake.  We have been hauling supplies into the camps and are opening up camps in preparation for the season.  

We are starting the season sort of dry with normal to low water levels.  We could use a good rain to bring out the leaves and slow down the forest fire risk.  Until we get some rain we are going to have to be very careful.   Hopefully we get some rain before our guests start to show up on the weekend.  If not I would expect a fire ban until something changes.

When we picked up the Otter there was still ice on larger lakes but that went very quickly with warm and windy weather.  It has been sunny for most of the last 2 months.  The snow went from knee deep to nothing within 10-12 days.  The ice went from 30 inches to being gone within 2 and a half weeks around Red Lake.  Spring is here and we are ready to go.

We have added a new member to the Amik Outposts family.  A Cessna 185 CF-ZQV.  This will be used for camp work and look forward to spending some time in a smaller aircraft to do odd jobs and possibly do some fishing……..

Some brand new WC-14 Lund boats found their way to Findlay Lake.  Combined with new 4 stroke motors last season. The only water in the boat will be dripping off the walleyes you bring into the boat.

 

We have had a cancellation on one of our June dates and would love to fill  the spot with some fishermen.  If you would like to fish our Cobham Morley cabin during the month of June please click here to enquire about special last minute pricing.  The date is June 22-27th, 2018.  

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Ice Out

With much of North America having a long cold winter, we had a pretty regular-cold winter.  There was quite a bit of snow, nothing apocalyptic or anything, we just didn’t get a melt at all during the whole winter as we normally get where the snow shrinks and melts a bit in February.  Spring is a bit delayed as we have some snow left and lots of ice.  This can change in a hurry as we have seen in the past.  The snow can melt fast increasing the flow and temperature of the water helping the ice go out quicker.  

 

Rena and I are preparing in the same fashion as we have forever.  We will be in Red Lake during the first week of May and our flight schedule will be done shortly after.   We are not worried about ice out yet as most of our lakes are quite narrow and tend to go out fairly early.  We are always optimistic, and looking forward to a great summer of awesome fishing.

 

As everyone approaches their fishing trip, questions arise.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.  

 

If you are interested in booking a last minute fishing trip. please let us know your time frame you would like to go and we will let you know what is available.

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