Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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Another week has flown by, the camps are full and we continue to move smiling faces to and from the bush!  It has been warm and cold here in Red Lake and rainier the further south you go.  The weather in the far north has been a drastic contrast to that!  Mostly sunny and HOT!  We have had some very windy days along with that which has helped out the fishing.  Walleyes are still in a wide range of depths from 3 feet to 15-20 feet. Mostly concentrated on the windy shorelines and narrows.  The Pike have been active with most of the big ones being caught near the walleyes, cause they like walleye too :)  Lots of pike action in the bays if you like to cast!

The McCarthy and his friends went back to Blackbirch Lake and had a great week!  Walleyes were abundant and so were the Big Pike!  Here are some pictures from their time on Blackbirch Lake.

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The Lindberg party has been doing Flyin Fishing Trips for a very long time and have found a home with us.  This year they went to Vee Lake and it didn’t disappoint.  Tim, who has been doing flyins for 51 years said when I picked him up, “It was anywhere from great to spectacular.”  Here are a few pictures from their week on Vee Lake.

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The walleyes at times were crazy, so crazy in fact that Rick had to catch them as they flew over the boat!!

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This is sums up how fishing has been going.  Getting better each and everyday.

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Fast and Furious with Plenty of Big Ones

It was a roller coasterrecently of weather as it can be in the far north.  We had some perfect warm days and then overnight the temperature dropped 40 degrees and everyone had multiple layers on with rain gear on top.  Having a depth finder proved to be essential last week as the temperatures changed so did the depth the fish were in.  Starting out catching walleye in the morning at 15-20 feet and then moving into 6-8 feet by the afternoon.

Last week seemed to be a week of Big Pike.  Many trophy fish were caught and released throughout all of the camps.  The largest Pike last week was a 45 incher caught on the Cobham river with many 40-43 inch pike caught everywhere else.

The really big walleye are just starting to come to life as we settle in to some consistent temps. Almost all groups report catching many walleyes up to 25 inches but some of the 26-27 inch walleye were also caught last week.  The largest was from Cobham Daniel measuring 30 inches!!

Here are a few pictures from last week.

Findlay Lake Monsters

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Cherrington Lake Trophy Pike

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Cobham River

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Shearstone Lake

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Blackbirch Lake

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Fishing on these waters with our long standing conservation program sure has its benefits!  It feels good to us to be able to share these pristine lakes with our guests.  We strive to make every trip one to remember for everyone.

How do you name your favorite spots?

When you are fishing on a new lake or a lake that has become like your second home in the North, you need to be able to find your spots, meeting points, and places to associate with the big fish stories you will be telling in camp later that evening!  From “The Slot”, to “The Hump” or “The Killing Fields”  and even “Penis Cove”, I have heard and know of many fishing spots.  They all have a story behind them.  Here is the story and some pictures from the Landsgard Party who have found a home on Findlay Lake!

The weather was less than ideal for 7 or 8 days straight but we were able to get all of the flying done.  Fishermen in the bush needed a few fires to dry out almost daily.  Good rain gear is always a must, you just don’t expect to be in it every single day!!  The big fish were kinda quiet last week but the numbers were awesome in the misty rain!!

 

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A little story.  How does a fishing spot get a name?  Justin has been doing a bit of experimenting with casting crankbaits for both walleye and northerns.  Every year he has become more successful.  This year saw a lot of cold, wind, and rain; the kind of days when it’s tough to tie on a new jig.  After losing his jig to a rock, Justin picked up his other rod and threw a crankbait into shore.  As he lifted it out of the water, this pike jumped up and grabbed it in mid-air.  Justin had also picked this spot for walleye and it proved to be one of the best of the trip.  So, this spot is forever “Justin’s Point”, at least to us!

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Still thinking about making a last minute fishing trip???  Here is a date for you to consider.

Click here to enquire about Cobham Daniel July 17-24 for the best walleye fishing of your life.  I will mark “The Hump” for you on the map where the walleyes are stacked up high!!

Fishing has been awesome!

We have gone from one extreme to the other in terms of weather.  In the North the weather can change fast and can settle in like it has at this time of year.  We have had rain for 6 straight days and today, it is misty and raining again.  The temperatures are comfortable and these kind of overcast days make for the best fishing…. but not the best for flying!

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Fortunately we did have a window in the weather each of the days of bad weather and were able to get all the guests moved to and from the camps the day they were to be moved.  Then we would wake up the next day to weather delays again….

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We had been delayed for 5 days in a row when yesterday we had a great morning and actually left the dock 20 minutes early!  It was great to see the sun again!  But by 11 am, it was raining again, but all the flying was done before it got bad!  Today, no flying, the weather is misty again, our fishermen are in the bush enjoying the beauty of the north and catching fish until their hands are sore!!

I am trying hard not to complain as we needed the water in the lakes to bring up the levels and to calm down the forest fire risk, but it can stop anytime now!!  By the way the fire ban in the North has been lifted as of May 31!!

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The First Fishing Report!!

The fishing has been great!  During the first week and a half of our season the fish started out a bit slow but have increased in size and numbers with everyday we have moved forward.  Walleyes are moving to the shorelines and narrows in 6-8 feet of water and the pike seem to be everywhere!  Near the rapids, in the bays and eating walleyes!!!

Here are some of the highlights from the first part of our season:

Blackbirch Lake had some new guests with a lot of fishing experience fish it during the first week of our season to break in the new boats!  Bill D. and his party have been fishing in the north for many years and Blackbirch was the nicest cabin they have ever stayed in.  The fishing was phenomenal! 4 Pike over 40 inches in addition to well over 1000 walleye!!

The Krapac party are one of the groups who made a once in a lifetime bucket list trip with us….10 years ago and have been back every season since!!  This year was the year of the Big Pike on the Cobham River.  They caught 3 over 40 inches with the largest measuring 45 inches!!  Smiles all around and plans to keep the bucket list alive in 2017!!

We have some things at Amik Outposts that don’t change.  Like the first group to fish Cobham Daniel each season.  The Millhollin Party.  These guys have been fishing with us on that body of water since 1992 with the odd exception due to the ice not being off.  The fishing is the main reason they keep returning but once you fall in love with the bush, the fishing is the bonus!  This year was a great year.  Tons of fish and a 41 inch Pike being the largest with a few stories of the “one that got away!”

Josh T. and his party drove all the way from Texas to fish with us at Amik Outposts and chose to visit the Cobham Morley Cabin.  And once again proving that you don’t need to go to the other end of the lake to catch fish, catching a 40 incher right off the dock!  They also caught a 39 and 45 inch pike by the falls back to back!

The Vanden Boogaard party has been with us fishing Jeanette Lake for the past couple years and had another great trip.  Here are some pictures of their past adventure.

 

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The Seal/Hansen party have started to bring up the next generation and have increased their group size to 8!  They had a great trip, catching lots of fish and enjoyed sharing the experience of Loree Lake with the new guys!  After this many trips the fishing is primary but by no means the reason they have been doing this so long. :)

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Half of these guys are Bears Fans, the other half are Packer Fans, there has been many jokes played out with these guys throughout the years.

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Shearstone Lake had the Morken Party visit last week and despite the rainy weather caught a ton of fish and some pretty big ones to boot.  Here are a couple of pictures from this past week on Shearstone.

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The Kuczkowski party are hooked on Amik Outposts.  John brought some new guys along this time around to Vee Lake and they had such an awesome time that they are already talking about the next trip and also some of the other guys are beginning to plan a trip with their family again next year!  Time spent in the bush, in the silence, alone on a lake over 100 miles beyond the last cell tower is something to be cherished….. almost therapeutic.

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But that silence is broken quite often by cheers and hooting and hollering when you catch the biggest fish of your life!!!

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I think he is saying “I wish I had good rain gear like you….”

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June is here and time is flying by quickly.  Please let us know if you are interested in making a trip this summer by clicking here.  We still have scattered openings throughout the summer and would love to fill the spots!!!

 

 

 

Here we go!!!

The camps are all open and full of fishermen already!  The weather changed last week from hot and dry to warm and showery.  We are still under a fire ban but hopefully we will continue to get some timely rains to green things up and lift the ban on open fires.  A couple of groups of fishermen came out today from Cherrington and Cobham and both reported catching lots of fish but no monsters.  Both lakes caught 24 inch walleyes as the largest and 38 inch pike!

 

Here are a few pictures from the last few days around the bush!

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Shearstone was so calm the day we opened it.

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Dustee was in heaven as usual and is sooo happy to be in the bush with me opening camps!

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And of course the sunrises never get old.  It is the best time of day by far.

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The smoke and fires were getting to be quite large but the recent cooler weather and rain has helped immensely.

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But this is one of the best parts of being in the bush!!

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Are you still thinking about booking a trip this summer??  How about taking an adventure on the Cobham River to chase some Monster Pike??  We have only one date available at this Trophy Outpost and it is Aug 27- September 3.  Please click here to book your awesome fly in fishing trip with us to this World Renowned Trophy Lake!!

Half the camps are open!

We have had a nice spring ……

That is until recently!  Mother Nature reminded us as she does every so often that she is in charge.  We had been on a roll opening camps and preparing for the season for the first few days, Knocking off 4 camps in 5 days.  We headed north to start opening the camps further away.

 

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Dark Water Lake and Blackbirch Lake will each have beautiful new Lund Boats this season!!  Other improvements for 2016 are

Findlay Lake- Solar freezer/fridge, New Grill and Fish cooker as well as New Chairs and Mattresses

Jeanette Lake-New Mattresses and boat ramp

Loree Lake-New Grill

Cobham River-New windows, Grill, Fish Cooker, Back Steps

Vee Lake- New Grill and Fish cooker, New Mattresses

Cherrington Bay- New Fish cooker

Cobham Daniel- New Chairs

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It was very dry, the water levels were a little low and there were a few forest fires burning already west of Red Lake and towards Kenora.  Some windy days and 80 degree temperatures got the fires going wild and were getting to be very large.

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We were ready to begin battling the smoke as the winds began to change.

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After a day and a half of warm beautiful weather up north we had opened up one Cherrington camp and Cobham Daniel and went over to Morleys to begin cleaning it up for the season when the wind got a lot cooler and the mist began to come from the North blowing in something.  I could see the weather closing in on us and we headed back to Cherrington early because we didn’t have our gear to spend the night.  The temperature was dropping fast and the mist was getting thicker…

 

The next day we awoke to horrible weather and couldn’t fly at all so we opened Cherrington Bay.  We always save some work where we are staying in case we have a bad weather day. But it got colder throughout the day.

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As the temperature dropped the rain began to get heavier and fluffier….

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And it proceeded to snow all night, all day and all night again!  The wind howled from the North and the water froze up tight.  Great.

We stayed busy for most of the day and got some things done we normally would not have, and also playing a few games of cribbage while inside drying off. :)

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After the 2 day weather delay we got right back at it preparing for the busy season ahead!  Here is Julien hauling a big JackPine out of the bush for firewood at Cobham River.

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We are home for a night to get some rest before heading right back north to open the rest of the camps!  Some of our fishermen must be peeing their pants  about now.  The forecast is for very warm temperatures!  THE MONSTER PIKE ARE WAITING!!!!

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We are continuing to fill our remaining holes for this summer.  If you are  interested in going on a trip this summer just click here to enquire about dates to a great fishing vacation!

Planning tips for your trip this season

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 23 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 22 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.

The Fish.

We can talk about our good service and beautiful cabins all day but the real reason you want to fish with us at Amik Outposts is the fish!!  With our long running Conservation Policy we have had in place since most of our lakes were first fished in 1992, you are able to fish untouched gene pools of Trophy Pike and Huge Walleye.  At times you will have trouble to catch walleye small enough(under 18″) to eat!  Most of our guests are return customers and know how fantastic the fishing in our part of NW Ontario is.  Many of our customers have fished all over Canada and all of them say the same thing.  “This is by far the best fishing we have seen anywhere!!!”

 

Check out the pictures below and tour around our website.  All pictures are from last season and were released back into the water to grow bigger, only to get bigger for the next fishermen to catch!!

 

Contact us here to inquire about dates for a exciting trip with Amik Outposts this summer!!

 

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Spring is halfway through the door

It is still wintery in the North but spring is creeping its way slowly from the south.  The geese are back, kind of halted as the reached the edge of winter but spring is here!  Most of the snow is gone but we still have around 2-3 feet of ice.   It is very soft and will go early this year.  This is the time of year that the ice fishing is the best!  We have had tons of sunshine and more calm weather than I can ever remember.  The temperatures have been freezing at night and melting during the day.  Lets hope a nice spring will bring us a great summer!

 

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The Pike are ready for you.

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Spring is also the time of year for me to help my brother cut his wood for the outdoor stove.  It is always a good way to get used to working hard again.  A couple days on a chainsaw, fighting brush, piling 4 foot logs makes you feel alive!  But after a couple days, I am always happy it is over until next year.

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The fishing yesterday was pretty good.  In a short time we caught 10 pike measuring 30-35 inches and 3 eater sized walleye.  My brother and I spend almost everyday together during fishing season, we don’t need much of an excuse to go fishing

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The 15-17 year olds I coached this year were a great bunch of kids.  This is the first season in my 18 years of coaching that I had no kids on the team but it felt like I did.  Most teams I have coached have ebbs and flows throughout the season as we did again this winter.  In the month of January our record was 0 wins 5 loses and a tie, and then February came and we never lost a game 7 wins and a tie!  When I played we called ourselves The February Falcons because when playoffs came we shined!  That’s what these kids did too!  This year they won the provincial tournament beating out towns much larger than ours with more kids to pick from.  We are a country team which takes 3 towns to get enough players just to ice a team, but heart and believing in the same goal will carry you places.  A real coachable bunch.  We placed 4th of 7 teams in our league and were able to make it through 2 playoff rounds  but ultimately lost in the final series.  Almost a perfect season.  We will be back next year!

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Are you getting excited yet?

It’s the time of year once again when we feel the need to get outside!  The days are long, the snow is melting and the geese have started to come back!  Winter is coming back next week but we are well on our way.  The ice-out should be early this year!

Time to start thinking about your fishing trip to Canada!  We are preparing for the season and getting excited for summer.  The Otter is in the hangar getting it winter maintenance done right now.  Rena and I are going through our lists from last season to make sure all the camps are properly outfitted for the busy season ahead.  Enjoying our last slower month before the madness begins!

Hopefully you are getting excited as well.  Talking with your buddies, making sure you don’t over pack but have all the essentials you will need for a trip to the bush!  Going through your tackle box, buying more of your favorite colored jigs and tails, maybe a few more plugs and spinner baits.  Maybe thinking of your menu plans and making the grocery list…..

Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite for what is in store for you when you come on a fishing trip with us.  All of these fish are still there.  Only bigger!!!

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If you haven’t booked your trip to Amik Outposts yet, get on it!  We are filling holes right now.  Please give us an email by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you in these pictures this summer!!!!

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