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Last of the May Dates!!

We have been filling dates for 2016 and have filled all of the dates we offered in our  May special we previously published.  There are only a few dates left for this special.  We will also require a group of 6 fishermen to receive this discount.  Please check it out and let us know if you would like to reserve one of these dates!!

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Have you ever wanted to catch multiple 40 inch plus Trophy Pike on a flyin fishing trip?  Have you been dreaming about going on a fly in trip but just couldn’t afford to go?  Enjoy a private lake, all to yourself?

May is an excellent time to visit Amik Outposts for Trophy Fish!  Spring breathes new life into the lakes and rivers as the fresh water from the spring run off flows from one body of water to the next.  Walleyes are very easy to find at this time of year, congregating near the rapids and moving water, feeding like crazy after spawning.  The numbers of walleye you can catch in the spring are astronomical!   There are times when your lure doesn’t even reach the bottom before it has a fish on it and is headed sideways!  The walleye action in the spring is awesome.

The Trophy Pike are the most active at this time of year.  Pike too are spawning in the spring and are the first fish to spawn.  Gathered together in any weedy bay, sunning themselves in the afternoons in the shallows, they then go on a post spawn feeding frenzy!!  More big pike are caught in the spring then any other time of the summer.

Sure the weather can be cooler than other times the of summer, it can be frosty in the morning and sunny, then 80  degrees that same day.  Those are big pike days.   Please remember that you are staying in a very comfortable, warm cabin each night to stay warm, dry out if need be and sleep like a baby on a comfortable bed.  You just need to be prepared for a wider variety of weather then you would if you came fishing later in the summer.

Amik Outposts has never offered this kind of discount before.  50% off our regular price, a party of at least 6 fishermen on the select 5-day trips listed below. Licences and taxes not included.

Shearstone Lake May 21-26

BlackBirch Lake May 20-25

Vee Lake May 20-25

Dark Water Lake May 24-29

This offer is open to anyone.  Old guests, New guests, it doesn’t matter.  Get at least 6 of your buddies together and get ready to have the time of your life.  If you have a friend or colleague who talks about going on a trip but always says “Someday…” Give us a call or email and sign up!  Click here to send us an email to book one of these dates.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Why Choose Amik Outposts?

Tis the season when many people begin to plan their next summer vacation.  We would like to tell you why you should choose a Flyin Fishing Trip with Amik Outposts.

Amik Outposts is located in the most pristine and untouched part of Northwestern Ontario.  Most of our lakes are the head of the watershed that runs into the Severn River that winds its way to Hudson’s Bay.   Clean water, pure air, and a natural experience like no other.  Most of these lakes first had outposts built on them between 1985 and 1992 by my Father, Wayne.  Since then we have had a “No Trophy Policy”  on this untouched gene pool, only eating fish under the slot size to allow room for the larger fish to thrive and spawn as they have since the beginning of time.  We feel fortunate to be able to have access to this great land that not many people get the opportunity to see.

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The Fishing!  Fishing on our lakes is superb.  These bodies of water are best described as widening of the rivers.  Generally long skinny lakes, many bays with good weed beds, adjacent to deep water.  This combined with the untouched gene pool you have the perfect environment for a Trophy Fishery!  The fish in these lakes are on the bite all summer long.  The only thing that changes is the depth you will be fishing them in.  In May and June, walleyes will be in 3-6 feet of water, as the season moves through July they head down to 10-15 feet.  By the time August and September arrive the bulk of your fish may be caught in 20-25 feet generally speaking.  Dealing with nature these depths may not always hold true,  that is why it essential at any time of year to bring along a portable depth finder.  You will catch plenty of fish without one, but you will catch a lot more fish if each boat has one!!

 

We call our lakes Trophy Lakes because that’s what they are!  Our conservation policy has ensured a deep gene pool and catching a trophy fish is normal at Amik Outposts, not the exception.  Please take a stroll around our website,  you will notice that all of our pictures are dated and recent.  We feel that our fishing is simply the best!

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We have many faithful guests who fished with other outfitters and stayed with them for many years even though the outfitter wasn’t very good.  Stories of having no gas or propane, no screens on the windows, waiting on the dock for 2 days because the outfitter forgot about you, and so on.  Many of our guests have commented on our attitude at Amik Outposts, they say we care.  That is the easiest way to sum it up.  We do care.  We want you to have the best time of your life and we do all the little things the same for each and every camp and each and every guest.  We will go above and beyond to show you the best vacation each and every time.

 

Rena and I (John) have been with Amik Outposts since 1994.  We were 19 years old and had a 5 day old baby and we needed a job.  My parents were running a lodge and our most of our existing outposts.  We came for the summer…… and never left.  Our time in the north has never felt like a job, it is simply what we do.  When you walk through the door at Amik Outposts, you will feel the difference.

 

Rena is the hub of our operation, taking care of every detail of your trip prior to arriving in Red Lake, from groceries and beverage orders, fishing licences, flight planning and pretty much anything you need help with planning your trip.  Once arriving in Red Lake she will give you an orientation on the camp and a few pointers on what and what not to do while you are out in the bush.  After your fantastic vacation she will be the first smiling face ready to greet you when you get off the airplane and ask how you made out.  Taking notes on the large fish you caught, any problems you may have encountered and taking any suggestions on how we can improve your experience.

I have flown my entire career working for Amik Outposts.  Logging thousands of hours flying around the Canadian Shield, I know this area like the back of my hand.  Growing  up on a farm, I have always longed for wide open spaces and flying in the bush with nothing but clear sky in front of me has given me great satisfaction.  Of the 21 years of flying in the bush, not one has felt like a job. Of course the flying is just a small portion of what it takes to be a good outfitter.  Having a broad knowledge of everything is key to having a smooth running operation.  From outboard motors, solar power, carpentry, dock building, plumbing, these are just of a few of the hats I get to wear  in this business.  Once you set foot in the Otter, I will safely take you to your outpost, mark you a map, check and explain the operation of the outboard motors, and ensure everything is running properly around the camp.  Once that Otter leaves the dock, the good times begin!!!

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So if you are trying to decide which outfitter will be your first,looking for a new outfitter because you have had enough of the problems or are simply looking for better fishing, please give Amik Outposts some serious consideration.  We have great organization, smooth running camps, our own aircraft with an experienced pilot and lakes with tons of Trophy Fish!  There is no need to look anywhere else.

An easy winter so far!

The Deep Freeze is upon us here on the Prairies.  It has been -20 to -30 Celsius for a couple weeks but up until then we had been having one of the warmest winters ever.  The temperatures were around the freezing point right through Christmas and the big part of Lake Manitoba opened up, which is quite rare for this time of year.  Fortunately my brother and I were not fishing in that area yet.  Since then we have had lots of cold weather and no snow.  Where there was open water on Christmas Eve, there is now 24- 27 inches of ice!

My Dad came out just as the lake was freezing up and he was as excited as Dustee was to get out on the lake.  It has been a long time since my Dad has been on the ice the first day!

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We have had many Bluebird days this winter with no wind.  The perfect day is a calm minus 20 day!

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There was no snow until pretty late into the fall so I didn’t start trapping very early  but had some luck right away catching this nice Pine Marten.

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Bookings for 2016 are coming in nicely and it is looking like next season will be busy.  Please give us an email to receive some dates for your party in 2016.  We will do our very best to show you the best vacation ever!!

 

May Special 2016

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Have you ever wanted to catch multiple 40 inch plus Trophy Pike on a flyin fishing trip?  Have you been dreaming about going on a fly in trip but just couldn’t afford to go?  Enjoy a private lake, all to yourself?

May is an excellent time to visit Amik Outposts for Trophy Fish!  Spring breathes new life into the lakes and rivers as the fresh water from the spring run off flows from one body of water to the next.  Walleyes are very easy to find at this time of year, congregating near the rapids and moving water, feeding like crazy after spawning.  The numbers of walleye you can catch in the spring are astronomical!   There are times when your lure doesn’t even reach the bottom before it has a fish on it and is headed sideways!  The walleye action in the spring is awesome.

The Trophy Pike are the most active at this time of year.  Pike too are spawning in the spring and are the first fish to spawn.  Gathered together in any weedy bay, sunning themselves in the afternoons in the shallows, they then go on a post spawn feeding frenzy!!  More big pike are caught in the spring then any other time of the summer.

Sure the weather can be cooler than other times the of summer, it can be frosty in the morning and sunny, then 80  degrees that same day.  Those are big pike days.   Please remember that you are staying in a very comfortable, warm cabin each night to stay warm, dry out if need be and sleep like a baby on a comfortable bed.  You just need to be prepared for a wider variety of weather then you would if you came fishing later in the summer.

Amik Outposts has never offered this kind of discount before.  50% off our regular price, a party of at least 4 fishermen on the select 5-day trips listed below. Licences and taxes not included.

Findlay Lake May 24-29

Shearstone Lake May 26-31

BlackBirch Lake May 25-30

Vee Lake May 25-30

Cherrington Lake

Bay Cabin May 23-28

Point Cabin May 21-26

This offer is open to anyone.  Old guests, New guests, it doesn’t matter.  Get at least 4 of your buddies together and get ready to have the time of your life.  If you have a friend or colleague who talks about going on a trip but always says “Someday…” Give us a call or email and sign up!  Click here to send us an email to book one of these dates.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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A Great Video

Here is a great video from the Thurston Party who hunted with us this fall.  They had a great trip and were successful on the last day of the hunt.  There is nothing that feels as good as that!  I know first hand!!

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Have you cast your vote yet?

 

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Our 2015 Photo Contest closes next Saturday at 6pm.  Have you cast your vote yet?  Here are all of the entries chosen this year.  The contest is being hosted on Facebook and you can vote for your favorite by clicking here. Amik Outposts 2015 Photo Contest

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhillipsmillhillontupyterryNorthern Lights & Big Dipper over Cobham Daniel CabinZechwrayAlexander

As one season ends, we look forward to the next!

2015 has come to a close.  We had a great season thanks to our awesome guests!  The weather cooperated, letting us move our people to and from the Outposts, most of the time, on time.  There was only one overnight delay this season which is pretty good compared to other years.  It makes life much less stressful to have understanding guests who understand that Mother Nature is the one in charge.

The Otter is put away for the winter, Rena and I are finishing up here in Red Lake and will be headed for the prairies soon.  It is always a bitter sweet feeling to see the season end but the seasons change and time marches on…..

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Photo Contest

We have been sorting through photos submitted by our guests for the 2015 photo contest and there are some really beautiful pictures.  We will take entries for this years photo contest until October 31.  After that the best ones will be selected and the contest will begin during the week of U.S. Thanksgiving.  We will be using the Amik Outposts Facebook page to host the contest and the winner will be determined by the photo that gets the most “likes”, so please tell your friends to vote for your picture if it selected.  Here is the link to our Facebook page.   Like our page and it will show up on your Facebook feed.  Share it with all your friends so when the voting starts, you will be ready!

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Next Season….

Just a friendly reminder to anyone who has dates reserved with us.  If you have not sent us a deposit yet, please do so very soon.  We cannot hold dates through our booking season without a deposit.  Mail your $300 per person deposit to:

Box 597

Ranier, Mn

56668

Payable to: Canadian Flyin Fishing Inc.

Please take a stroll through our website as all of the pages have been updated with new pictures shared with us by our awesome guests.  Being in the north is very special and these pictures only give you a small sample of what it is really like.  Once you have experienced a flyin fishing trip to a remote lake, you will always long to hear the silence.  Thank you to all of our guests who shared their experiences with us.

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2015 Moose Video

Here is the video I was able to capture this fall during our moose hunt.

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Moose Hunting 2015

Another moose hunting season has come and gone.  As always it was a tough hunt.  The rut began before our season started, then went into a lull during the windy weather most of week one, then the bulls turned on late in the first week and most of the second week which made for an pretty good season.  Throughout my 3 weeks in the bush, I saw quite a few cows but heard no cows calling and the bulls were very quiet.  Many one grunt answers and sometimes they could be heard walking around near us but not really showing much emotion.  And then after the hunters left I had a few days to hunt.  There was perfect calling weather and I hunted hard. All I heard was one grunt out of one bull, saw a cow for an hour that had no bulls near her and that was it.  Kind of a weird year of moose hunting but that is the way it played out.  I loved every minute of it and so did my hunters.

We took 3 Bull moose during this seasons hunt out of 10 hunters.  Not the best numbers but there was plenty of action to be had.  One group of hunters who did not get a shot at a moose were bow hunting and had one very close encounter with a bull that winded them eventually. And another hunter called in a 36 inch bull early in the week, it swam across the lake right to him, got up on the shore, shook off and walked away.  He passed it up as he thought he would have more opportunities.  He didn’t.  His hunt was a success in his mind but he would have liked to have that opportunity back. :)

The Thurston boys from Colorado are elk hunters but had never hunted for moose before.  During the first week of our hunt they had to have lots of patience and plenty of persistence.  They heard a bull early in the week for 3 days in the same spot.  He would not budge from where ever he was sitting but would grunt back.  They pushed into the bush on the third day and he moved away from them.  After a few days of letting things settle down the weather began to change.  On the last day of the hunt they went back where the bull was.  This time it happened.  This monster 52 inch bull moose walked out as Glenn was calling, Scott and Andrew took care of business.  They were thrilled to say the least!

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Here are some of the great sights I am fortunate enough to be able to work in everyday during the fall.

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Where there is a cow, there is usually a bull.  During the second week of the hunt the moose were fairly active but not calling a lot.  We saw some moose from a distance and were getting closer and closer to them.

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Bill M. has been a guest of ours for many years.  He will be 77 years old next month and is still going strong.  Bill knows how hard or easy moose hunting can be and if the moose gods want to put a young bull in front of you…. you take him.

 

 

 

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One evening, Bill and I were calling by the rapids on Loree Lake and I heard one grunt and some branches breaking around us.  After calling until dark we snuck out of there only to return in the morning to an area adjacent to where we were.  We snuck in, made 3 calls and then a grunt!   He continued to grunt, getting closer and closer. Then he stopped just inside of the bush like they always do, sometimes not ever coming any closer.  We were close enough to the shore that I was able to take a leak right into the lake.  The bull heard that and out he came!  He walked through the shooting lane quickly and then walked up on the hill slightly and stopped.  Then I called softly again.  The bull made a sound like a bark. A sound I had never heard a moose make before.  The call brought the 2 and a half year old back like he was on a string and Bill took an easy 70 yard shot.  It is nice to have them fall right on the shoreline.

Dustee always meets us on the dock when we come back from hunting with this look of expectation.  It is nice to bring her back some meat!

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David and I settled in for the remainder of the hunt in search of another bull.  We saw a few moose far away but they wouldn’t come any closer and we continued to call.  Some spots where we had been calling for 2 weeks!  After seeding areas like that eventually a bull will be there when we are there.

That was just the case for David and I.  We stopped just at dark to call a spot near camp when we heard a huge crack!!! Over and Over for about 4 or 5 times.  Very loud and then nothing but eerie silence.  We snuck out of there once again making a plan for the morning.

We woke up to perfect moose hunting conditions, calm and clear.  We headed back to the spot where we heard the sound the night before. We set up and I started calling.  We got an answer right away and it appeared that there was 2 moose.  Sometimes if there is a cow with the bull, they can be very hard to bring out.  I continued to call and the moose came closer.  You could hear the hollow sound of his antlers going through the brush and we could see the trees moving as he got closer.  He was big.  Then just as they approached the shore they stopped, just out of sight.  We waited as our hearts beat out of our chest.  Then they started to walk away.  My heart sank, I thought the cow was walking away and the bull would follow.  I then had to change tactics.  I started to slowly rake my moose call on the tree and grunted ever so softly.  The bulls then became more aggressive and then we could tell that there was 2 bulls, not a bull and cow!!

The first one to show up and present himself was a beautiful 49 inch bull!  David took him down with one shot at 110 yards!  Very happy, we celebrated but then saw the other bull moving away.  As he got up on the rock to head back to his perch on the ridge we saw him.  The one we just shot was big, the one that walked over the ridge was probably in the 55-60 inch class.  He took one look back at us and disappeared. That’s okay.  He is there to spread his seed and keep the gene pool strong.  This moose was totally in his prime.  A beautiful trophy.

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Bill and David have been fortunate when hunting with me.  The last 3 times we have hunted together, they have harvested 6 moose!  3 of them have been Trophy Bulls in the 50 plus inch class. True moose hunters who would be just as happy with a small moose as a trophy.  The hunt is all that matters.

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I did get video of both moose so keep an eye on my blog for the videos when I get them done.

If you are interested in Moose hunting with us next year, don’t delay we are booking up!

Time rolls on….

Another season is almost in the books. We have a few fishermen out in the bush but they will be back by this weekend and then we are on to the Moose hunt next week!  My favorite time of year.  I will be out there guiding  for 2 weeks and my only objective is to call in a moose for my hunter. It is a huge undertaking to head out into the wild country in search of this majestic animal.

Here are a few videos I have been able to capture of some of our recent hunts.

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Here are a few pictures from some of our recent fishermen as well.  Fishing has remained constant in 18-30 feet of water.

“I hesitate to send a picture of a 36 inch fish but it represents a very fond memory of a great trip. As I stand there wearing everything from Walmart because my clothes were stolen when someone smashed my truck window while in route and I remember the eagle who stole part of our dinner from the fish cleaning board while I went in to wash sun screen from my eyes I realize that some of the greatest joy in life comes thru adversity. The biggest adversity of all however is that fish was caught by my wife and was bigger that my best pike we caught on Findlay Lake. I will have to live with that but the joy comes from her being just as anxious to return as I am. I have found no place on earth that rejuvenates and gives release like your outposts. Thanks again for replacing the stolen items that I did not know were gone till we got to Red lake.

Hope to see you next year. Jim”

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“Thanks to you and John for a safe and enjoyable week on Loree Lake, even if it was too hot!!    Daryl”

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“Good morning Rena,

 This could be the “worst picture” submitted for the best picture contest but I thought I’d send it anyway.

 This Laker was caught last Thursday in North Cherrington Lake in approx. 60 feet of water using a chartreuse jointed Rapala with 5 ounces of weight.

 I (we) Kevin Hoene and I fought her for 20-25 minutes.  We got her in the boat, unhooked her, measured her and when we tried to hold her for a decent picture she was just too large. Rather than risking dropping her on her head I elected to toss her back at the 1st opportunity.

 She’s probably 70 years old or better.

 When studying the bragging sheets on the wall at Cherrington “Bay” cabin it went back to 2006.

 The largest Laker recorded was 31 inches. Kevin and I boated and threw back a 31 incher and this 38 incher in 3 hours.

 A great day.

 Thank you!

 The Hoene Group.”

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