Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Out of Touch

Another week has flown by of our 2015 season!  And the fish are active!  A number of 29-30 inch walleye have been caught and released recently and many pike measuring up to 44 inches!

I have heard from many people lately that they love to be in the bush, and to be totally out of touch!  No cell phone, no internet, no hum of traffic, the biggest worry is where you will fish next.  Nothing around you but fresh clean air in a pristine environment, a comfortable cabin, and a lake teeming with fish!  We are fortunate to be able to share this beautiful part of the world with you.  You can explain how great it is to people all day long but you don’t truly understand how nice it is until you have experienced it first hand.  The sound of silence.

Here are some pictures from last week.

 

The Bangert party made their first trip with us and when they booked a year ago, they asked Rena to put them somewhere that they could catch a 30 inch walleye.  That feat can be achieved on any of our lakes, Rena had a spot for them on the Cobham.  They caught and released a 30 incher!!!  In addition to many other trophy sized fish.  The biggest pike was a 42 incher, and it was caught on a 12 inch walleye!!

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The Jansen party have been our guests for many years and know the Cobham very well.  Dale had the lucky hand this year, catching a 29.5 inch walleye and a 44 inch trophy pike.

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The Hansen party makes the long journey from Florida every year for a little piece of heaven called Dark Water lake.  They caught tons of fish, saw a few moose and loved every minute of their time alone in the bush.  Here is Ted with a beauty 27.5 inch walleye.

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Findlay Lake had the Dudycha party visit.  They had a great time and good fishing as they always do.  Findlay lake is one of the best walleye lakes around and it has proven itself year after year.  Here are a few of the big ones they caught and released.

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The Tupy boys have been fishing with us since they were teenagers. Now grown men, their group has grown throughout the years and now it is a boys trip they look forward to all year.  They went to Shearstone Lake, a lake they had fished a few years ago.  They did well once again and caught tons of fish.  Good times, looking forward to next year.

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The Call party love to visit  Vee Lake every second year.  They are always excited to come back.  On Vee Lake there is a few variations of the walleye family.  One of the most peculiar is the Blue Walleye.  A Blue Walleye is apparently a prehistoric variation to the walleye family.  I have caught them on a number of lakes in the North but they are prevalent on the Cobham River System

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The beauty is all around you, you just have to be there to see it!

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Here is one of the Blue Walleye that they caught.  Under the right light, they are very colorful.

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Mr Bear was out on the lake, not in camp. :)

 

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A fly rod works great up here too!  Most of the walleyes have been in 6-10 feet of water and easy to catch.

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Middle of June Fishing Report

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Things are as they should be at Amik Outposts.  Fishing is awesome.  Every group has great stories to tell about the big one they caught and quite a few stories of the one that got away!  Fish are in normal depths and patterns as we have had pleasant weather lately, a bit cooler than the week before and quite a bit windier.  Much better fishing weather than the week before.

The Tylinski Party made their return to Jeanette Lake.  They had another great trip and caught lots of nice fish.  A 25 inch walleye was the biggest.  They also caught a 44 and 42 inch Pike!  As well as many others measuring around the 40 inch mark.  Great week!

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The Seals and the Hansens fished Shearstone Lake last week.  The first time in many years that they have fished any other lake then Loree during the opening week.  Shearstone treated them well.  Catching lots of fish.  George, pictured below, took home the prize for largest pike and largest walleye for the week.

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They saw this cow and her calves a few times.  They would swim out to the burned island each day to feed on the young browse that grows thick after a burn.

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These 2 celebrated a milestone on the Cobham last week.  50 years of  Canadian flyin fishing trips together.  Tim and Dan have caught more walleye than you can imagine together.  The Cobham was a perfect place to celebrate.  They had the best northern fishing that they have ever had in those 50 years.  Tim could not believe the quality of the fish that they all caught.  Healthy, thick trophy pike were abundant last week!

The eagle on the Cobham has been aggressive too!  One of the guys in the group caught a small pike and was reeling it in when the eagle decided that he wanted that pike too.  The eagle won the battle as he flew off with the fish, the lure and all of his line from his reel!!!!

 

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Dan caught the biggest pike of his life on this trip too!!!!

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44 Inch Trophy Pike Video from Shearstone Lake

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Here is a great video and awesome teamwork to capture this on video and net the big pike without any problems.  Thank you Ralph and Zack for sharing your experience with us.

 

 

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Good Times

Fishing has been great, the sun has been shining most of the time, and the temperatures have been warm.  The fish are in 5-10 feet of water and are biting pretty hard. As most of our regular guests know and the new ones are finding out, there is no need to get up at the crack of dawn to go fishing.  On our lakes at this time of year you need to relax, get up whenever you want.  If you hit the water by 9 or 10 you will catch more fish than you can shake a stick at all day and the bite stays on all day generally, right until dark.  Remember, you are on vacation.
“Hi Rene, Just a few pics from the Holland group.
The first picture is Scotty was a nice Pike, caught and released.  It was big, but not nearly big enough.  The second picture is the week winner.  A very healthy 39 inch (that I believe could have been a 40 if Chuck would have worked it a little harder with the tape measurer (he did do a marvelous netting job though).  It came from that bay with the weeds, a few logs along shore and a rock in the middle.  Oh yeah, it had some pine trees around it too.  The final pic is of a lazy day at the walleye hole.  This 27 inch walleye made it a tie with Scotty for the week and a carry-over competition into 2016!
Hope all is well in the north woods, we miss it already.
Tim”
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Here are some more pictures from the Holland Party who love to fish Findlay Lake!
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The Knott party used to come fishing with us every other year.  But, they seem to be falling more and more in love with the bush!  A number of years ago we got stuck in bad weather together for 2 nights extra and spent the night at Cobham Morley.  The dockhands went out right in front of the cabin, in the rain, and caught fish for 8 people in 45 minutes.  Since then they have wanted to try the Cobham under slightly different circumstances!
They caught a lot of fish.  Triples, doubles, all day long.
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The Stroupe Party made their annual trek to the Cobham River.  As usual they had a great time, relaxing and catching fish when they wanted to.  They caught some trophy sized fish.  6 in total over 40 inches, the largest making the boat were caught 10 minutes apart.  2 Monster pike measuring 43 inches!  Jim had another one on on the last day that was bigger yet…. but he got away.  Here are some pictures but I haven’t received any of the 43 incher yet.  Great week.  Same time next year.
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Ralph K. moose hunted with us last fall and it was his first experience with us.  As so many of our guests do, they have such a  good time and realize how special a place the North is, they can not stay away.  Ralph booked a fishing trip for this season and is planning on moose hunting again next year!  He and his Grandson Zack had a blast.  They caught tons of fish, got sunburned, eaten by bugs occasionally and enjoyed each others company.
The fish of the week was caught on Shearstone Lake!  Ralph hooked into a real trophy.  A 44 inch Monster Pike!  They were able to get it all on video which I will post it soon.
The caption with this photo “The fish are so thick at Amik Outposts you can walk on water!”
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Jeanette lake had the Vanden Boogard party fish it recently, here are a couple of pictures from their trip.  The Fishing report, “We caught literally thousands of fish!”

“Rena,

Attached are two photos that I wanted to share with you.  The Pike was caught off the dock within 15minutes of landing.  Interesting perspective.

The Walleye was the largest that we caught that week measuring about 27.5”!

I hope all is well and we are looking forward to next year.

Steve”

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Walleye Video

Here is a great video from one of our guests catching and landing a 28 inch walleye on the Cobham River System during the first week of our 2015 season.  Thanks Mike!

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Settling in for the season.

The season of summer has hopefully settled in.  We had some weather in the mid 80′s last week and then some very cool weather for a few days and even a day of wind, rain,  sleet and snow the next.  Anything can happen in the North, the weather changes fast.   We have since returned to warm temperatures and should have seen the end of frosty mornings.  The fishing varied during the cold weather but remained solid, walleyes were practically on shore for a few days they were so shallow.  Every group coming out now has a better fishing report than the last.  Cobham Morley came out today and described their fishing experience as “A Slaughter”, they caught so many walleye.

Here are a few pictures we have received from our guests recently.

The Grindstaff party came all the way to us from North Carolina for their first Canadian Flyin Fishing Trip.  They chose to go to Loree Lake.  Most of these guys had never fished for walleye or flown in a flat plane.  They were able to check off many items as firsts on this trip!  They had the right gear and just had to go out there and do it.  They started out slow but by the end of the week they were getting darn good at catching fish on Loree Lake.  They loved the experience and are already looking forward to returning.

 

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The first fish was caught before I had even left the dock!

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The weather was so hot, we had some vicious thunderstorms followed a day later by snow!!

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Cobham Daniel saw the return of the Collins family.  They look forward to this trip, to hunt Big Pike!  This year they saw the whole spectrum of weather.  They have plenty of experience on this famed body of water and they caught lots of fish, even a few of those “pesky” walleye by mistake.  The biggest pike for the trip was a 40 incher with countless fish from 35-39 inches.

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Here are some pictures from the Surgo Party who made their first trip to the Cobham.  They are mostly walleye fishermen and caught a ton of fish.  Their hands are the proof!  Biggest fish for the trip was a 26 inch walleye and a 39 inch pike.  Of course they had a monster hooked too…. but he got away.

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Here a the pictures from The Brown Party who were up during our opening week.  Their every other year trip may be turning into an annual event…. they are hooked!

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Amik Outposts 2015 Photo Contest

Our guests have been very kind to us over the years, sharing their pictures and experiences from their fishing vacation.  We have had Photo Contests in the past but this one is bigger than ever.  During the 2015 fishing season we will be asking our guests to share their best pictures from their trip, if the picture from your party is chosen as the best one, Your entire party will receive $500 per adult discount towards a trip in 2016!!!

When you come to see us in Red Lake this summer there will be a sign in the office regarding the details.  Here are just a few of the beautiful pictures we have received from our guests in the past couple of years.

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It begins.

Another season is underway at Amik Outposts!  We have had mostly good weather for getting the camps ready with the exception of a Colorado Low that gave us a day of rain followed by a day of snow the day before our first fishermen headed into the bush.  We have had a comfortable amount of time to prepare and have had fishermen at the outposts since Tuesday.

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It feels great to be back!!

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Dark Water Lake now has a new screened gazebo. With a beautiful view!

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I always see this cool stream when I land at the Cobham River so Dustee and I went to take a picture.

 

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She loves the boat. Lots to see and smell. She is so happy when we are up North!

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Here is our crew that will ensure you have a great fishing vacation. 2 Nicks and Jordan. Young pilots getting their foot in the door in Aviation. The best kind…. Bush Flying!

The first fishing report!

The fishing this week was as I expected after a very cold few days with a few inches of snow dropped into the water, to was slow to start.  The water was warming up nicely with the sun prior to the bad weather and the walleye would have been close to spawning and the northerns should have been done I would expect.  The weather would have delayed things a few days, I told the guys to expect slower fishing at the beginning and it would get better everyday.

 

 

Thats exactly what happened.  The caught smaller fish at the start of their trip and it gained strength each day with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.  The pike size they caught grew everyday from 30 inches, in every increment all the way up to 41 inches!  Walleye played the same game, by the last day they caught walleye measuring up to 28 inches.  Some of the larger walleye at the end of the week appeared skinnier, so hopefully the spawn is almost over and we will be ready for a season of catching as they start to feed heavily. I hope you are ready. We are ready for you. :)

 

We have had a few calls regarding travel insurance.  We do not handle any of this.  It is just something you should look into before any international trip.  I am sure there are many insurance companies you can choose from but one of our guests has recommended AIG.  Here is the link. http://www.travelguard.com/travel-tips/tips-for-before-depart/

We are not endorsing them or anyone.  The decision is yours, we just want you to be prepared for the “What if”.

 

Looking forward to another awesome season!!!!!

Planning tips

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 may 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. 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.

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. Have and shop from a menu.  You do not need to buy large quantities of anything and it helps to keep your weight down.

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 most of 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 21 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 20 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 vactions. 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.

Looking Good for an Early Breakup!!

Spring has arrived in full effect and it looks good for a slightly early break up!  That would be great to have ample time to get all of our camps ready for a busy season.  The arrival of spring should bring all of the fish to spawn early and then begin the transition into normal patterns right when our guests are scheduled to begin!  Fishing is always awesome but in the spring it all has to do with water temperature, with an early ice out we should not have to wait for the water to warm up this year!

We have a couple of May dates left for this season. Here are some dates for you to consider.

Blackbirch May 26-June 1

Loree Lake May 18-25

Cobham Morley May 19-23

If you are interested in a last minute trip give us an email by clicking here.

Just an update on our reservation/info request form.  We have been receiving spam from the robots that crawl on our site.  At the bottom of the form you will notice we will request that you type in the numbers or letters as you see them.  It is easy to read, unlike many and is necessary for us to filter spam.  You can also email us directly: amik@frontiernet.net

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