Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

It begins again!!

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2017 is underway!!!  We have flown quite a few fishermen into the bush and the silence of a long winter will be broken by the sounds of laughter and reels buzzing.  Our ice out was not as early up north as it was around Red Lake.  The ice left most of our lakes up north around the 7th or 8th of May we think.  We began opening camps on May the 9th and were ice free as we made the rounds to each camp to get it ready for a busy summer.

Water levels on all of our lakes seems to be just perfect.  Not too high but not low either.  Today as I write this we are getting rain in the Red Lake area but not up north.  The seasonal forecast is for a warm dry summer so it is nice to start out the season with plenty of water.  Lets hope for some timely rains to keep the forest fires at bay and the fire ban off.

We have only had one group of fishermen come out so far who were on a 3 day trip to BlackBirch.  Lots of walleyes near the in flows of water but as of yet they haven`t spawned.  Big Pike were coming alive as well.  A 36 inch pike was the biggest with a monster on that could not even be lifted off the bottom.  The water is warming up….

Of course my flying partner Dustee had to come along and protect us while we were opening camps.  At Loree lake, a Marmot hole had her busy for a day and a half.  She dug this crater and then slept beside it all day, that night and never moved from that spot until we left the next day.  She didn’t win this time…

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We had fairly good weather for opening camps this year.  Cloudy for the first few days but just the perfect temperature for working so we were able to put in some long days and get stuff done.

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Of course we didn’t work until dark every night.  Jerrica, a girl I have coached since she was 3 and is now in College playing hockey, helped us open camps this year.  She is a good fisherman and caught way more than enough fish for a fish fry right off the dock at Cherrington!

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One of our dockhands, Josh, is from Newfoundland.  They don’t get much sun there…He was being burnt to a crisp so I had to figure out a way to keep him going when the weather turned hot for a couple days.  It wasn’t pretty but it kept his neck from burning any worse.

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Spending time in the bush is special.  The silence and pristine environment are certainly therapeutic.

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Our summer is pretty full this year but we do have a few holes to fill.  Here are some dates for you to think about if you haven’t booked your summer vacation. Please email or call us at 807-735-9968 to inquire about one of these dates.

Loree Lake  June 16-20

Cobham River July 27 – August 1

Vee Lake August 7-11

BlackBirch Lake August 17-22

Cobham River August 26-31

Cobham Daniel September 2-7

Jeanette Lake August 11-14


Tips for your upcoming trip.

We take great pride in doing our best to show you an excellent fishing vacation. Here are a few tips for your consideration when planning your trip.

GAS is much more expensive in Canada. Remember to fill up your vehicle in International Falls before you cross the Border where it is cheaper. This should be enough to get you to Red Lake and in some vehicles, back to Dyden where the price is somewhat cheaper than Red Lake. If you are coming from the west and travelling through Manitoba, fill up in Prawda, MB where the price of gas is generally 10 cents less per litre than Ontario.

Weight: Flying an Otter, we try and accommodate every group and the gear they require for a great fishing trip, which should be no more than 100 pounds per person. We do have some flexibility regarding weight but if you and your party show up at our base hundreds of pounds over your allowed weight, you will be asked to get rid of a hundred pounds or more of gear, which is harder than you think. Plan ahead, weigh your personal gear before you buy groceries. You should have no more than 60 pounds of personal gear, including your tackle, depth finder, batteries, sleeping bag, clothes and anything that isn’t food. Have and shop from a menu.  You do not need to buy large quantities of anything and it helps to keep your weight down.  This should allow ample room for the food for your trip. We see a lot of people over pack on clothing, remember that when you are in camp, you will most likely wear the same clothes for most of the week. Another tip is to pack a seperate bag for travelling and leave it in your vehicle in Red Lake with your travelling shoes etc. Leaving anything unneccesary behind. We do our best to utilize our aircraft and your party is entitled to 100 pounds per person of that plane. You need to be close to your allowed weight so that the supplies needed can get to the outpost camp and so we can send a cooler of ice with you.

Travel insurance When ever you are travelling outside of your home country, you should have travel insurance. A visit to the doctor for any reason, could add up to big $ if you are not prepared, even in Canada for a simple fish hook removal. If you are injured at the outpost and need a flight out for medical attention immediately, we will arrange for an aircraft to take you out but YOU are responsible for the cost of that special charter. If you have insurance, it may be worth a call to verify that you are covered in Canada.

Ontario Outdoors Card and your fishing licence If you have a green or blue Ontario Outdoors card, even an expired card, make sure to bring it with you when you come to see us. If you have not fished in Ontario in the past or do not have one, we will issue a temporary Ontario Outdoors card here at our base for you. We can renew your card at our base as well and also issue you your fishing licence here in Red Lake.  If you have renewed your Outdoors card online be sure to bring a copy with you when you come.

Groceries and Bait If you need us to help with getting groceries, bait, or beverages for your trip, please remember to get your orders into us at least 2 weeks prior to your fishing trip.

Water  Being that water is very heavy, we are suggesting to our guests to bring a good quality water filter to cut down on flying in bottled water.  These filters are light weight and can be a gravity feed system or a UV light system.  The water in the North is all natural water on deep moving watersheds.  Please look into this and keep it with your Canada gear to use each year.

Lifejackets We supply lifejackets at our outposts for our fishermen. But we suggest that if you are a large person and require a bigger lifejacket, please bring your own. Also, if you have children coming with you, please bring a lifejacket for them as well.

Your phone and Photos.  We love to get photos from our guests of their trip.  We also worry about our guests dropping their phone in the lake or losing it somewhere on your trip.  We would like to remind everyone who makes the trip north to back up their contacts and empty the photos to provide you with plenty of room for the picturesque vacation you will be on.

Times in and out We do our best to get all of our fishermen in and out of the outposts as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are the only outfitter that will give you a time that you are flying in to the camp and a time that we will be at the dock to pick you up. Barring weather, we are on time 90% of the flights. There are a few things to remember that may affect our time schedule. Here they are starting in the morning.

-We operate on a river and there are times where we have localized fog which backs us up for the day.

Bad weather When flying on floats, we have to be able to maintain visual contact with the ground. Our aircraft are not equipped for flying into or above the clouds like other commercial jets. Rarely, but sometimes we are a day late getting you into camp and someone has to stay an extra day in the bush. We can only do what Nature allows us to do in regards to flying safely.

Problems at a camp. If there is a problem at the camp with anything, John must take the time to repair it. It affects the rest of the day slightly.

Please remember that we offer personal service for your fishing vacation. We have 24 years of experience in the tourist business with Amik Outposts, almost since the companies inception. Rena is excellent at helping you pre-plan every aspect of your trip, right down to the last detail. Her experience is a great asset and she will do her best to ensure you have all your bases covered. John with 23 years of flying in the bush knows the country in which you will be flying like the back of his hand. Thousands of hours logged, all in the same area, showing people great vacations. Around the camp, he has been maintaining the equipment since day one.

In order to offer you this personal service we schedule our trips throughout the day. We cannot fly everyone at 5am but we do not send you out with a pilot who is new to the area and has no clue as to how to fix anything around the camp.

We are looking forward to seeing you this summer. We hope these tips help. Remember, you are on vacation. Enjoy it.

Getting closer…….

The ice is going at a normal rate for some of Ontario.  A recent snow storm is hitting parts of NW Ontario to the south of us down to the border and east of us as far east as Thunder Bay.  Red Lake is on the northern edge of it and hopefully we don’t get too much snow.


Rena and I will be in Red Lake next week and we are excited for another season.  We hope to have the Otter next week and then start to open camps shortly after.  The ice in Red Lake is going out as I write this.  The wind is howling and it is moving around.  Most lakes should open up now.


Here is what the ice looked like in Red Lake on Sunday.

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The forecast is for warm weather next week so we are hoping the snow and the ice will be gone when we get there….

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This is what it looked like on Lake of the Woods the next afternoon when I made it to my buddies place.  Good temperature for my suitcase.

On a recent visit to see family, my uncle Sylvio brought out his favorite shirt he got from my Mom and Dad 25 years ago when Amik was first started.  His family has been after him for years to retire it but he still wears it all the time!!  It’s tough to find quality like this now.

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We will begin to have a flight schedule by the end of next week as it takes us a few days to get things fired up and organized at the base in Red Lake.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Are you getting excited yet?

Spring has barged through the door and it looks like we should have a early to normal ice out this year!  With the long sunny days we have had it feels like we should be already in the bush but we have a ways to go yet.  The snow has pretty much disappeared and the ice should keep on getting worse unless something changes but the forecast looks good!  We are getting excited too!  Please remember if you are still looking for dates, please let us know.  We don’t have too many spots left!


I can’t wait to be back in this beautiful country!

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Thanks to Ryan W. for the photo.

Take a Tour of BlackBirch Lake

Here are some new videos from BlackBirch Lake.  If you have been there before this will be a great view, if you are thinking about going there someday, this might put you over the edge.

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Flashback to my old Blog

The Blog has been going for many years.  It is cool to look back and see how things have changed and how things have stayed the same.  Our fishing has been the constant and the service we provide has been the other.  As I look through the archives, most of the faces on my Blog haven’t changed.  That is great to see and it makes us feel good to be able to be a part of so many memories for so many people.

Here are a few links to some of the old blogs from years past.

August  2010

July 2009

June 2008

May 2007

We have had some great weather!  The snow has melted a lot.  It has also been -25C.  Spring should come fast when it decides to come if things keep on the track they are on now.  Hopefully Mother Nature will stay in a good mood until April.

Here are a few pictures I have taken outside recently.

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A nice Pike!

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3 feet of ice stood up in the ice crack and then decided to crack again.

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The Ravens like to screw with Dustee.  Flying right over head, and then walking right up to her when she is eating fish.  It is funny to watch and then Dustee finally gets mad enough and tries to catch them.  But that never happens.

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What does a Commercial Fishermen do when he isn’t working on the lake?  He goes fishing!

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Spring is just around the corner………



Longer days ahead….

February is here and the days are noticeably longer already.  We are gaining 6 minutes a day and in a month or so we should start to feel spring I hope.

We had a warm spell awhile back and the ice really expanded.  Sending this sheet of ice straight up 6 feet in the air.  The power of the ice is extraordinary.

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After the warm weather we sunk back into the deep freeze and the cracks opened up.  It has been -20 to -30C and the lake has contracted a lot!  We are battling 3 different cracks.  Generally we can jump them but sometimes they get too wide and we have to look for a narrower place to cross or sometimes we can find a split in the crack.  Occasionally the crack will go right through our line of nets and we don’t have much of a choice to cross.  Crossing a 5-8 foot crack in the ice would make most people nervous!  My brother and I have had some close calls over the years and sometimes have to take a chance, but experience is so valuable.  This was about 5 feet and the snow along the crack was very hard so we just drove across.  Fast!!

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Our coyote numbers are down around here this year which is good for our recovering deer herd.  I have also had some luck with Pine Martens and Fishers as well.  Time to take them in for the auction $

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Our Falcons team got together last weekend for a Rec hockey tournament.  We were the oldest team in the tournament but still got it.  We won all of our games, it was just for fun and not very serious.  We had a blast.  Always good to get together with the boys!

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2017 is looking great and dates are filling up quickly this year.  If you don’t have your date booked yet, please do not delay.  Click here to inquire about dates for 2017.

Big Pike!

As the short winter days slowly get longer but winter is still holding you in its cold grasp here is something for you to think about.

Big Pike!!!

At Amik Outposts, since day one which began in the early 1990`s we have had a “No Trophy Policy” Which means an unharmed gene pool and BIGGER fish.  Here are some pictures from our early days right up until now.  They speak for themselves.

Rena used to catch the biggest fish while she was sleeping or reading a book!

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My Dad was pissed at me this day because this was on the first cast!!

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Since the early days we have had THOUSANDS of Trophy fish caught  and RELEASED on our lakes!

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This is just a few of the Trophy Pike that were caught and released last season.   Please let us know if you would like some dates for next season so you can put yourself in these pictures.

Open dates for 2017

We are piecing the puzzle together for 2017 and filling dates quick lately!  If you are interested in fishing with Amik Outposts in 2017, do not delay.  We have only a few spots left in May, June and July so please send us an email and we will let you know what we have available.

Here are some available dates for some awesome fishing this summer. Please click here to inquire.

Vee Lake May 25-31

Loree Lake May 26-31

Cherrington Bay May 29-June 3

Cobham River May 24-29

BlackBirch Lake June 28-July 3

Shearstone Lake June 23-28

DarkWater Lake July 24-29

Cobham River July 19-23

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Stay warm!

Winter has a firm grasp on most of us this year.  We went from a beautiful warm fall into full fledged winter!  We have had very cold weather in the North and at least one snow storm a week.  There has been quite a bit of snow but nothing like areas further south along the border and even south of that where the snow is even deeper.  With this month of cold weather we went from no ice to over 2 feet already.

The one thing about being cold is that the sun shines.  Most pure Canadians don’t mind the cold as long as the sun is shining!!  We are into the New Year and the days will begin to get longer soon.  Fishing season is getting closer everyday.

Another great thing about the sun is that it provides me with lots of photo opportunities.  And of course my pal Dustee is in most of them.  She has been very happy spending lots of time out on the lake with me and my Brother.


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During freeze-up we had high humidity when the lake froze and it got very cold, very fast and created this Hoar frost on the lake.

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We also had a ton of gale forced winds during freeze up which made for mine fields of ice and slow travelling.

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My Brother and I are some of the few Commercial fishermen left fishing on Lake Manitoba on the ice.  Since a flood of our lake in 2011 we have had an infestation of Pike.  We normally chase the higher priced Walleye but since 2011 it has become increasingly difficult to catch Walleye as our nets are plugged right full of Pike.  The pike came from small lakes surrounding the big lake and had never had access to such abundant feed.  They are thriving but also consuming more and more Perch, Walleye, and literally anything they can fit in their mouths.  We can sell the Pike but the price and labor involved make for long days filled with swear words.  We do it because we love it as our family has for 3 generations.

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The wind molds the landscape.  Here are some Coyote tracks that were left behind after a storm.

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With winter late in getting here it has slowed me down from trapping much this year but I have been able find a few coyotes.  The fur is in great shape this winter.  Hopefully the prices will be too! :)

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2017 is shaping up to be a great year.   Please let us know if you would like some dates for next season.  We would love to show you a great fishing vacation.

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