Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Winter has showed up!!

It’s not even Halloween yet but winter has charged through the door full force.  We went from windy, warm and dry to windy, cold and snowy in the last week and it looks like it may be here for good.  This wind has not given up much all fall.

The Whitetails are rutting around here already.  It looks like they will be rutting early this year.  The time to hunt is right away.  Our deer herd is almost back to some decent numbers of bucks around.  After a hard winter a few years ago our herd took a steep decline.  I haven’t shot a deer in a few years but this year I think my hands will be bloody! 

This buck has been passing 75 yards behind my house almost daily.  Hopefully he can stay alive for another couple years.

Winter is here…..

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Another Season is in the Books

Another season has come to a close, the camps are all closed up for the winter and the Otter is put away for a much deserved rest.  We would like to thanks all of our guests who made 2017 a success.  It was a great summer of fishing, and weather.  It’s always bitter sweet to see another season end but the next one can not begin until we go through another winter.  Anyways, the best time of year is upon us.  Hunting season!

Our 2017 moose season was as hard as they come.  We had almost solid wind for 4 weeks straight.  There was only one or two mornings/ evenings each week where the wind actually went down which makes any kind of hunting difficult.  Hunting moose in the vast area we hunt in is extremely difficult even in perfect weather.  For only the second time in our history we were shut out.  No moose.  It wasn’t that we didn’t see moose or have opportunities, it was just more difficult in the windy weather.  We had a a few hunters see moose and not make a decision quick enough to take the shot and  then the shot was gone.  We also had one hunter pass up a small bull early in the hunt….. only to not get another chance at another bull.  Somebody once told me, “Don’t pass up on Monday what you would shoot on Friday”

It is very disappointing to have such a tough year but that is hunting.  The weather plays a huge role in our success and this year it made it hard.  Almost every hunter saw or heard moose but the wind makes them very leary to come out into the open, especially in the daylight.  

I hunted for a few days after the hunters had gone home and had the same luck.  I got close to 2 different bulls but couldn’t get close enough for a shot.  One was within 25 yards in the thick willows and the other came within 100 yards 3 different days but just wouldn’t come out to where I could see him.

The sting of defeat goes away after a few days and then it’s time to focus on next season.  They will be bigger next year.  Moose hunting takes patience, persistence, perseverance and positivity.  Looking forward to next moose hunting season already.

Here are a few pictures I took along the way.

There was plenty of sign of moose around us.  There was a couple places where the rubs were 8 feet in the air.  I think only the real big bulls make rubs like this.

The bull I was close to for the entire hunt made this wallow.  I will connect with him next season…..

The burn leaves behind some neat looking wood.

It was pretty warm during our hunt.   Warm enough for thunderstorms which is uncommon for this late in the year.  We went for this dark sky…..

To this beautiful sunset…..

To getting chased off the lake by the storm as it came back on us, making it back 10 minutes before the downpour!

I was 10 feet away from this bear during the hunt.  I was sitting on the rock about a 1/2 mile from shore and he walked right up to me.  We saw each other at the same time and when I stood up he was gone in a flash.  

Dustee and Scott had a great fall.  Dustee is the perfect bush dog.  She feels like she is protecting us.

Scott is a great worker and very handy.  He put a lot of time and effort into a new boat ramp at Loree Lake.  Skinning and dragging these long straight logs from the island back to camp to build a good solid boat ramp.  This will make it much easier for our guests to get in and out of the boat and for pulling them up at night.

While hunting at the end of the season, I took Dustee one night.  She was perfect, she knew we were hunting and just sat and listened.  And also kept a close eye on the beavers milling around us.

We have also been busy servicing the motors for next season.  We are in good shape motor wise.  Our guests did a pretty good job this year of not hitting rocks and looking after our equipment.  Next year should be another trouble free season.  We are looking forward to 2018!

We would like to remind everyone that all deposit checks are now to be made out to “Lac Seul Airways Ltd”  

 

Moose Hunting soon…..

It has come to that time of year where we are able to hunt the largest mammal in North America!  I am fortunate to be able to be in the thick of it the entire time each season.  Moose hunting can be a very mentally tough hunt and great patience is required to get close to these monsters most of the time.  Persistence, patience and silence of human noises are all key.  It is so rewarding each and every time you are successful.  Here is a few videos from some past hunts to get you in the mood for hunting season.  They are all videos but it doesn’t show the icon.

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As always it is bittersweet to see the season come to an end.  We had a very good season, the weather was perfect for the most part, fishing was awesome as were our guests.  Each and every one had a great time and I would say almost every guest said to us as they left, “We will be back” or “See you next year”.  It makes us feel good to be able to show people a good time in the pristine wilderness.  The fishing is usually the first reason you make the trip to see us but after a trip or two, the fishing becomes a bonus.  Where you are and who you are with becomes the reason you come here.

Scott and I are closing camps as quick as the fishermen are done.  Servicing motors, washing boats and tipping them over, draining water and cleaning up and making notes on what is needed to provide a quality, trouble free trip.  The weather so far has been pretty nice for working, still warm but pleasant.  Nice enough for fishing in the evening.  Here is a Monster Walleye Scott caught while we were working at the Cobham. 30.75 inches!

We have also been working hard during the day.  The dock at Cobham Daniel is almost done, the roof at Blackbirch has been replaced, outhouse holes have been dug and some new boardwalks and fish cleaning tables have been built.   Here are a few pictures from our trips to the north recently.

The Daniels dock has been on my list for a long time but the water has not gotten low enough to do it properly until this year.  We had to start fresh for most of it but at least we didn’t have to find too many new rocks to put into the cribs.

Ripping apart the old cribs wasn’t too hard and then we got to have a nice all day fire…

It is much easier to work with a new crib.  We are heading up north again soon to finish the rest of it but it is coming along great.

We also spent some time at Blackbirch putting on a new roof.  We had some perfect weather for roofing.  It was windy but warm and sunny.  We had 3 guys and lots of time.  We were able to get it done in a day and a half and also get some fishing done in the process.

Reminder!!!  ALL deposit checks are to be made payable to “Lac Seul Airways Ltd.”  

Winding down and getting jobs done.

We have been busy closing camps, working on docks, roofs and many other projects around the north.  Not spending much time in Red Lake lately but it is that time of year where I get to spend some time in the Bush.  Here is a great letter and some pictures from the Tomhave party who fished the Cobham recently and had a great time!

Hi Rena and John,

Made it home safely at 4:00am. 1000 miles and well worth it.

Thinking about next year already. We had a great time!!!

Attached are a few pictures.

Tom Powell- 41″ pike and 26″ walleye. Caught 41″, 38.5″ pike and 26″ walleye in under 30 minutes.

Jim Powell-55″ of pike caught in 1 cast (38.5″ pike caught while reeling in a hammer handle).  Jim caught the most big fish.

Chris T.- 32″ pike caught on 4# ultralight. 8+ minute fight.

 

Neal H.- 34″ Pike.

 

Jim and Tom caught almost all their fish within 1/2 mile from camp.

Thanks for everything!

Chris T.

It’s almost over….

September is almost here and our season has started to wind down.  We are getting our plan together to start closing the camps and getting some jobs done in preparation for next season.  Docks, roofs and some other upgrades are planned already and the material is being hauled in on the empty backhauls.  It is getting to the time of year where we get to spend some time in the bush.  Even though we are working, it doesn’t feel like it. 🙂

 

We have been very busy the entire season and the fishing has been awesome!  Walleye fishing has been exceptional and the big pike are becoming more aggressive as fall approaches.  The fish continue to occupy many different depths and change daily.  From 5 feet along the weeds one day to 23 feet off windy points the next.  Having a depth finder has proved to be essential this summer.

The Sporre party fished Cherrington lake recently and had a blast catching fish all over the lake.  They had great weather which allowed them to spend some time out on the big lake catching those big walleye and fishing deep for lake trout.  Here are some pictures from their stay with us.

Sid Webb and his buddies always stay at the Cobham Daniel cabin and just enjoy their time in the bush.  This year was no exception,  they caught lots of fish, had a lot of laughs and relaxed.  A great flyin fishing vacation again. 🙂

Almost every trip ends with a beautiful sunset at Amik Outposts.

It’s amazing how far people come for great fishing.

The days are getting shorter and we are into our last busy month of fishermen.  We will be spending some time in the bush soon fixing docks and working around the camps.  Perhaps a bit of fishing, card playing and maybe a beer or two….  After a busy summer of showing people great trips it is our turn to enjoy the North.

We continue to see guests showing up in their vehicles from some very far away places.  It’s amazing how far they will come for awesome fishing.  We really appreciate the effort and will always do our best to show you an amazing trip.  We always have a lot of guests from the Midwest but it seems we have almost had people from all of the lower 48.  Florida, New York, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma and even New Mexico.  

The Alexander family has been fishing with us every other year since the the boys were very young.  They have always driven from Colorado and for many years they had 5 people and all their gear in an SUV and trekked across the Continent to Red Lake.  Their family has grown and now there is daughter in-laws and soon grandkids joining the group.  They have all become great walleye and northern fishermen and seem to be catching bigger and bigger fish each year.  This year was another awesome trip.  This time they spent a week on Vee lake and caught some Big Fish.  Here are a few of the Big Ones they caught this year

We headed to Shearstone this week to do some dock work.  We only had a day and a half with no flying so we had to giver.  We rebuilt the section of dock coming off the shore and also added a new crib under a long span running along the shore.  A medium sized job and we got it done, caught some fish and had a good night in the bush.  Of course Dustee was the happiest of all to be out in the bush as she has been sad because she has been wanting to go flying so badly.  We had a couple of perfect working days, warm but not too hot.  It felt good to be out there. 🙂

The dock turned out good and we shouldn’t have to touch it again for a few years.  

Good times!

Summer is rolling on, the nights are getting cooler and we have had a couple of foggy mornings so far.  You can’t feel fall yet but it isn’t to far away.  Until then we have lots of people to take to the bush to have a great time in the outdoors.

We have had many regulars and also many first time flyin fishermen lately.  It is always great to see the first time flyin guests come out of the bush.  The best fishing of their lives, the quietest most remote place they have ever been.  The look on their faces is priceless.  The North is a special place to visit and it truly helps you recharge your batteries, I tell people that the fishing is a bonus!  Just being there is reason enough to make the trip.

Water levels are going down some, lower further south and on their way down in the north.  The weather has been nice and mostly dry lately with some vicious thunderstorms occasionally but we have cooled off some so lets hope they are gone for awhile.  

The fishing has been unreal.  Many of our regular guests have had the best fishing that they have ever had.  Walleyes have been crazy aggressive and the big pike have been attacking walleyes at the boat quite frequently.  Some of them have been landed while attached to a walleye and others were only a fish story.

The Sanders family has been with us since the kids were little.  We have seen them every year and watched them grow up.  They have become great fishermen and responsible adults.  The next generation is almost ready to begin the trek all over again.  We really feel good to be such a big part of their lives and look forward to seeing the grandkids faces after catching fish like this!!

They went to Loree Lake this year to scout it out for the future.  They literally caught fish in every single spot they stopped to fish.  Here is the fish of the trip.  A 29.5 inch walleye!!!

The Coleman party came back to Cobham Morley after a few years hiatus and had a great trip.  There is talk of the next generation taking over their group as well to continue the tradition.  When you do this once you will be hooked!

The Clarke party went to their favorite place on earth last week.  Cobham Daniel.  They have fished on the Cobham for a very long time and have gotten to know the lake and where to find the big fish.  This year was by far one of their best trips yet.  Tons of big fish and tons of laughs.  

Here are the Champs.  On the right Brad took home the heavyweight belt for the most big fish accumulated on points overall.  Brent in the middle took home the bragging rights for the largest walleye. And Bill joined the 40 inch pike club and gets to engrave his name on the plaque as Pike Champion for 2017.

I like the cooler Brad is standing on…. 🙂

These pictures need no explanation.  They are just awesome and show how solid our fishery is on all of our lakes.

Time flies when you are having fun.

I apologize for not having any new blogs lately.  We have had one of our busiest July’s ever.  Lots of flying and lots of happy fishermen!!  

It has been pretty hot in the North and the fish have been active.  Fishing has been excellent!  Lots of fish and plenty of big ones.  Some camps who didn’t catch as many as other years reported catching more big ones than ever.  Other camps seemed to have a ton of fish but not quite as many big fish compared to normal.  Fishing is fishing and its better than working.  Everyone has been having fun and enjoying their stay in the bush.  

Walleyes continue to occupy a wide range of depths on all the lakes from the farthest north to the farthest south.  Walleye have been caught in 4 feet of water one day in the weeds on a hot sunny day and then the next day they would be found in 20 feet of water off the points.  One thing for sure is that the fish are where you find them.  Pretty much every group coming out reported catching lots of walleye from 20-23 inches with quite a few up to 26-29 inches.

Big pike have been caught walleye fishing for the most part, on a jig.  Mid summer pike fishing can be a bit tougher and most of the time the best bait is a walleye you are bringing into the boat!  There has been many reports of big pike attacking small walleye or pike right at the boat!  We have had quite a few 40 plus inch pike caught throughout July with the biggest measuring 43 inches.

The Short party have been with us a few times and just may have found the lake where they will call home.  They went to Jeanette Lake and had an absolute blast!  Tons of big fish, awesome weather and great family time.  These pictures and these smiles speak for themselves.

 

The Gillespie party fished on Loree Lake recently.  Here are some of the big fish they caught during their stay with us there.

Here is a nice 27.5 inch walleye which was the biggest walleye of the trip.

During the month of July there is a float plane festival which happens in Red Lake.  This year there was an acrobatic team of Harvards doing the airshow.  It was awesome to see the close formations and aerobatic flying.  It sounds awesome to have 4 radial engines ripping through the air.  

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With the hot weather we have had it has begun to dry up and we have had some thunderstorms as well.  There is a few smaller fires burning around the north and occasionally you can smell smoke.  Nothing really big burning though in our area yet but we are telling our guests to be extra careful with any fires they may be having.  

Here is an early morning flight that ended up having an unscheduled stop along the way to wait out the storm.

Fish are everywhere!

We have had some very nice weather recently and we have been busy as all heck.  Every single person coming back from their flyin fishing trip has been smiling from ear to ear.  Fishing has been awesome, the sun has been shining pretty much every day and the weather has been good for flying.  It’s a perfect combination!

Walleyes have been all over the place.  From 3 feet of water to 18 feet of water.  Some have been right up against the weeds in 3-5 feet of water and some have been on the rocky points in 10 to 12 feet.  Each lake seems to have a different report.  Lots of fishermen saying that their old spots were cold and were forced to look in some new spots.  Trolling has been working well to locate the fish in a variety of depths.  Quality fish have been abundant with a few monsters being caught here and there up to 29 inches but for the most part each camp has a number of walleyes caught each week up to 25-26 inches.

The real big pike have been sort of quiet with a few big ones being caught but pretty much every camp comes out catching a few up to 36-38 inches with the biggest being 43 inches.  They have been caught trolling or else jigging for walleye.  Big pike like to eat walleyes too!

The Dietz family made their annual trip to Canada and went back to Blackbirch lake 2 years in a row because they liked it so much last year.  This year they caught a phenomenal amount of fish!  It is great to see people having such an awesome time and catching more fish than they ever have!    

John was a first timer and was all smiles on the way out.  He caught a 41 inch trophy Pike on the last night!  And Bobby the guide caught a beautiful 28.5 inch walleye!

 

 

The Mcgee party loves the Cobham River.  This year was another great trip with more memories.  Here is Bruce with the biggest for the week.  A thick 43 inch Pike.  

These guys like to do shorelunch everyday.  It’s a great part of the trip.  Here are 4 good eaters.

Then they have to be cleaned.  An experienced crew has a list of all the shorelunch items that are required.  

The cook…..

The Berry party fished at the Cobham Daniel cabin recently and had another awesome week.  The girls are great with a camera and always see some beautiful sights while out in the bush.  Thanks for sharing them with us.  Here is a what the weather has been like for the majority of the the days recently…..

Walleye Smiles!!!

Here is Gordon with his 40 incher!!!

We have had some windy days which always makes it a little tougher to stay right on the fish.  When you see the Sun Dogs around the sun it is going to blow within the next 24 hours.  

Here are a few pictures from the Call Party who have found their home on Vee Lake!  Here is a picture of a Blue Walleye.  The pictures never do them justice.  They are blue as the sky sometimes.

Experience on the lake you are fishing helps a lot in catching more quality fish.  Here is Eric with a beauty.

These guys are also very skilled with a fly rod and can catch walleyes and northerns with them.  

Will caught himself a real trophy while on Vee Lake.  Here is a 36 inch pike caught on a fly rod!!

The water has been going down and is now at a perfect level.  

There are lots of mosquitos!   Don’t forget your mosquito coils!

The forecast is for great weather.  We do not have any forest fires burning yet in our area but we have had some thunderstorms.  If it stays dry it is just a matter of time until we get some.  No fire bans on yet, just caution and common sense.

 

Happy 4th of July!

We have had many families up fishing with us lately and they have been creating many memories and catching lots of nice fish while doing it!

The Hendricks family have been going to Vee Lake for quite a few years now.  They were our 2016 Photo contest winners.  They love their time in the bush and are getting to know Vee Lake very well.  Here are just a few of the big fish they caught this year.

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The Moody and Seger boys fished Shearstone last week.  It is nice to see the boys growing into better fishermen every year.  This year they caught some great fish and had a blast again.  Already looking forward to next year!!

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The Berg party came up for their favorite week of the year at Cherrington Lake.  Fishing was awesome out on the big lake.  Lots of thick healthy walleye out there and they are all normally well over 20 inches.

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They saw some wicked storms and even this waterspout one day

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We have been into a better trend of weather recently with warm temperatures.  The water is still pretty high so let’s hope it stays dry for awhile.

 

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