Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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

The Monsters are waking up!!

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The most feared fish in the North has been quietly laying in the depths of the icy cold dark waters of the North all winter.  They can sense the longer days approaching and are beginning to stir.  The melt is slowly starting to trickle into the  lakes and the flow of the rivers will soon increase, filling the lakes with fresh water.  Waking up all of the fish from the slowness of winter for a summer of action!

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These beasts are caught photographed and released back into the water to continue their life in this pristine environment.  We ask our guests to treat these trophies as such.  A great old fish that has been growing at a much slower rate then those of warmer climates, perhaps being caught more than once in its lifetime and surviving to exist and grow larger passing their genes onto many generations keeping the gene pool healthy and strong.

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If you want to experience the best fishing of your life in a place you will never forget, plan your next vacation with us.

May Special

If you want to catch walleye as fast as you can get your hook in the water and hook Giant Pike in shallow weedy bays, The end of May is a great time to go fishing. We have a few dates open that we would like to fill with eager fishermen.

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These are just a couple of the beautiful fish that were caught and released last spring. This year I am anticipating an early spring so fishing during the times we have available will be FANTASTIC!!!

Special Offer

Bring 6 fishermen for the price of 4

Have a look at the dates listed below and get your friends together!  4 regular priced fishermen and bring 2 more free on these dates listed below.

Dark Water Lake May 31- June 5

Shearstone Lake May 23-30

BlackBirch Lake May 26-June 1

Vee Lake May 26-June 1

Cobham Morley May 24-30

Click here to sign up for the best fishing of your life!

 

The best walleye fishing anywhere.

Amik Outposts walleye fishing is second to none!  Our pristine lakes have all of the requirements it takes to have world class walleye fishing.  Our camps are located far from civilization deep in the boreal forest.  All of our lakes have just the perfect mixture of weed beds to deep water near awesome walleye structure.  Many reefs and points on bodies of water that resemble more of a widening of the river than a lake.  The Canadian Shield provides a perfect backdrop for such a watereshed that originates in our area and flows towards Hudson’s Bay.  Unlike many outpost lakes further south that were the first outpost lakes in the 50′s, most of our lakes have only been open to outside fishermen since the 1990′s.

The most important piece of the puzzle to having trophy fishing?  An unharmed gene pool!  Since Amik Outposts has been the only outfitter to operate on almost all of our lakes, we have been able to strongly enforce our catch and release program on bodies of water where the gene pool has never been harmed.  A trophy fish grows slowly this far north and fishing this awesome is a resource that needs to be managed closely and cherished.  We feel we are the stewards of these pristine lakes.  We do our best to educate our guests on how to handle trophy fish so that each trophy can be released back into the water unharmed.  Many times has a trophy fish with identifiable markings been caught, photographed, released, and caught the next week and released again!  Exceptional fishing is what we have at Amik Outposts, exceptional fishing is something we will have forever.

There are not many places left on Earth where you can experience such beauty and terrific fishing with the comforts we provide.  You may come for the best fishing of your life, you will leave with much more than fish stories.

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This isn’t the biggest fish I caught last year but this was my first one of the season.  A 22 incher

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The best fishermen in the North.  The eagles up there are keen on our guests.  Following along as they fish, just waiting for one of the released fish to make a wrong move.  Then it is lunch time!

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Turning the corner

We have had a very easy winter in the North.  We have had some cold weather  but we have also had some warm weather every once in awhile.  The snowfall is also light this year!  We went from the coldest, dirtiest winter in 150 years to an enjoyable one.  We can still get a ton of snow in February and March but right now it won’t take much for spring to walk through the door.

My brother and I are perch fishing now out on Lake Manitoba.  After a few poor seasons, this year we have actually found some good fishing.  We are working long days but we don’t mind, work has been bred into us.  This week we sent over 1500 pounds of fresh caught perch to market!  That is a lot of fish.

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The 1954 Bombardier cannot be replaced. My brother Jamie has made many modifications to the old girl including a hydraulic ice auger which is large enough to fit the Jigger down the hole for setting nets through 3.5 feet of ice.

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The perch are big this year.

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The winter has been pleasant but there is usually a wind.

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Dustee loves it out on the lake. Although we never see anyone, she is always on the lookout.

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This is a Goldeye. We only catch one or 2 a year. They taste awesome and this toothy tongued fish is headed to the smoker in the spring!

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Once the time starts to come back it moves fast! A month ago it was dark at 4:30 and now the sun is up until after 5:30. 3 months and we will be back in the air!!!

 

Do you want to catch a Trophy Fish?

How many fishing trips have you been on where the fishing, the outfitter, or the accommodations did not meet your expectations.  Amik Outposts takes pride in making sure that you have a great fishing vacation whether it is your first trip or your 40th one.  We are a small owner/operator company where even the smallest details of your trip will be handled professionally and courteously.  The accommodations are not extravagantly fancy, they are well planned, up to date with lots of fridge/freezer space, comfortable beds, couches and enough space for your party to stretch out and relax.

We know you are on a fishing trip and will spend many hours on the water enjoying the beautiful scenery in an area of Canada that has remained untouched since the beginning of time.  The fishing also has remained untouched since the beginning of time.  Unlike many lakes further south that were being used as outposts for 50 years during a time when everyone took home a limit of 6-8 walleye and 6-8 pike, all trophies, most of our lakes were opened up in the early 90′s and have had a conservation policy in place since that day.  Our gene pool is healthy and the fishing is as good as it gets.  Just look around our website, our pictures are from last season on all of the pages.

Here are some of the beauties caught and released last summer.

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Available dates for 2015

Happy New Year!

We here at Amik Outposts are always striving to show you the best fishing vacation experience possible and this year will be no exception.

If you are heading to the Sportshows in search of a Canadian Flyin Fishing Trip with Amik Outposts, you will not see us there.  We attribute this to our awesome website, fabulous return clientele who give us many word of mouth referrals, and the best fishing experience of your life!  So save yourself some money and time and give us a call or drop us an email to book your next trip.  If you have been to the show, heard the spiel and looked at other outfitters outdated pictures, look through our website and compare apples to apples.  Our camps and equipment are well maintained, we fly our own aircraft and the Trophy Fish you see on our website have all been Caught and Released in the last couple couple of years.  Put yourself in these pictures next season!

Here are some available dates for 2015:

Dark Water Lake

May 30-June 5

July 23-27

Jeanette Lake

July 10-15

August 7-12

Shearstone Lake

June 21-26

August 3-8

Loree Lake

July 14-19

Findlay Lake

June 26- July 3

Blackbirch Lake

June 20-26

July 22-25

Vee Lake

July 1-5

Cobham Morley

July 3-6

August 16-22

Cobham Daniel

July 6-13

August 6-9

Cobham River

August 22-28

Please keep in mind our schedule is always changing and we have other dates available.  Please send us an email with your specific dates you want and we will let you know what we have available.

 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Amik Outposts.   We hope you take some time to spend with friends and family this holiday season.

Even the Big guy himself fishes with Amik Outposts.

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If you start to make plans for a summer vacation during the holidays please feel free to send us an email inquiring about dates for next season.

Your next vacation starts here!

 

Winter has settled in.

Fall is distant memory and winter has settled in.  Our deer season here was something not even worth mentioning.  Our deer heard in much of Manitoba took 2 years of harsh winters and this year I saw only a handful of deer, nothing close to being a shooter.  Lets hope next year is better.

Where we are in Manitoba, we do not have much snow yet but it has been cold.  We have seen many nights of -25 or colder already.  The lake is frozen and within two and a half weeks we already have 20 inches of ice!  My brother and I have been fishing on the lake and I have started trapping on the side.  Catching weasels, mink, pine martin, fishers, coyotes and foxes, I consider myself fortunate to be able to do what I love in the outdoors each and everyday.

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The Ice makes some interesting formations as the wind blows the water up on shore during the freeze up.

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We are feeding the masses with walleye, pike, whitefish, and even the suckers!

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Everyone always asks, “how do you get the net under the ice?” This is the “jigger”.  It has magnetic switches inside and when you touch the back with a magnet it turns on, when it has gone far enough you jerk the line and another magnet turns it off.  Then go find it, cut a hole and pull the net under the water.

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My pal Dustee has been back out there too. She feels right at home out on the lake.

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You can’t work all day if you don’t start in the morning!

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Trapping has been in my blood since I was born. My family came to Canada in the early 1900′s and we grew up farmers, fishermen, and trappers. Here is my buddy the Pine Martin.

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In the past few years we have been getting more Otters living along the lake and I have finally figured out how to catch them. They have beautiful short fur and are a wiley animal.

 

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