Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Getting ready for winter!

My group wanted to thank you for a great time and trip to Cobham River.    The fish didn’t quite cooperate but a great time none the less.  As the saying goes;  “the worst day of fishing is always better than the best day at work!”.

The largest fish caught were:   27 ½” walleye;    39” Northern.

I have attached a couple photos for the competition.  They are of the same fish but a worthy entry.   I had caught this 30” pike and only after getting it into the boat noted that it had a mouth full of my spoon as well as a 20+”  (estimated) pike hanging out.   It is always amazing to me how they Pike is the apex predator and seems to only live to eat.

We were also treated to a run in with a family of otters, out in the West end.  That was exciting to see and watch.

Thank you again for all of your hospitality.

 Best regards,

 Kevin M.

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Hunting season is right around the corner!!

My favorite time of year is almost upon us.  Moose season.  Our last fishermen of 2016 are in the bush right now and soon the fishing season for us will be done.  Here are a few moose videos to keep you entertained while I am in the bush trying to get our hunters close to this enormous animal!

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The Otter

Check out this awesome video of our Otter dropping off some of our guests at BlackBirch Lake!  Thank you to Ryan and his friends for making the trip!

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Winding down.

It is down to the last stretch of our 2016 fishing season.  September is here, the days are short, the leaves are changing and the geese are beginning to move.  Moose hunting is 3 weeks away!!

Until then we still have fishermen to come through our doors in search of the Big Fall Pike and Trophy Walleye who should be fattening up for the upcoming winter.  Fishing has remained constant but remaining in the wide range of depths from 8-28 feet as they have for most of the season.

We are starting to close camps and do work at the camps in preparation for next season.  This is the time of year I like the most. Fall.  The boys and I have been in the bush for a few nights each week working hard all day and catching fish each evening, Having a few beers and playing cribbage.  This week we were at Cherrington, building new boat ramps and other odd jobs around camp.  Here are a few pictures of the new ramps at Cherrington.

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Of course my right hand had to come along.  Dustee was always 10 feet from me, watching me work or hunting mice, chipmunks and whatever else was making noise close by.  She was always nearby except for a hour or two each afternoon she would be gone, always coming back soaking wet, dirty and tired, sleeping away the rest of the day.

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The Broadwater party fished Blackbirch lake recently and had a great time.  Perfect weather and lots of fish! Here are some pictures they shared with us.

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Truly alone…..

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A rare catch but this is even a trophy for a Sucker!!!

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We are continuing to book dates for next year so please do not waste any time in booking yourself a date!  Please click here to inquire about booking for 2017.

Family Time in the Bush is Special

Our family package is becoming more popular.  We love to get emails like this one below from guests who experience true peace and quiet for the first time. Ryan, his dad and the two boys went to Shearstone Lake recently and sent us these pictures and nice email.

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I have attached some of our fishing photos to this email.  Brady’s biggest walleye was 27” and Will’s walleye was 26”.  My dad caught one at 25” but didn’t get a picture of it since the camera was at the cabin.  I didn’t get anything bigger than 22”, but I am completely fine with that since I’d rather have my boys catch the big ones.   We did get catch some 30-32” Northern as well while fishing for walleye.  I was keeping a close count on the number of fish we caught, and each boat got at least 40 fish per day and we got 60 fish on our best day.   Of course, we got a lot more bites than that and we also spent a lot of time exploring new fishing spots.

More importantly, this fishing trip gave my dad and me such a wonderful experience to share with my two sons, Will and Brady.   Both boys thanked me every day for taking them on “the best fishing trip of their lives” and told me how much fun they were having.   I addition, I am so thankful that my dad was able to spend so much quality time with his grandsons.   I am very grateful for the family package that Amik offers.

Best Regards,

Ryan”

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The last run at summer.

We are approaching the end of another season.  The summer sure flys by when you are busy.  It is less than a month until we are done with fishermen and in to moose season.  We have had mostly good weather, getting the flying done and happy fishermen moved.  The fish have continued to stay in many different depths depending on the lake.  The Monster walleye are still pretty quiet but the numbers of fish up to 25-26 inches are very good.  The Pike have been becoming more active with the last few groups in the last couple days.  The big ones went on a bit of a lull during the hot weather but the season has started to change and become cooler.

Fall is slowly inching its way in, The Birch trees have started to change.  I saw the first geese heading south by the Cobham the other day.  I am sure we will have some swings from hot to cold in the next month but hopefully it cools off at the right time.  Soon we will be Moose hunting!!

We are starting to spend some time in the bush doing work at the camps in preparation for next year.  We spent a couple nights on the Cobham putting a new roof on the boat house at Daniels as well as some other odd jobs at some of the other camps.  We stayed at Morleys and had perfect weather for 3 days while working/fishing!!!  It felt good to be back in the bush.

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My youngest daughter Maija was visiting so she was able to come up north with us and help out and have some fun.  She can catch almost as many fish as me…. but she did catch the biggest one.  I caught way more fish by not even jigging my hook, just dragging it barely giving it a twitch every so often.

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She wasn’t much help while doing the roof at Daniels though, I had nothing for her to do, so she curled up in the front to read and sleep just like when she was little. :)

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Of course we couldn’t go anywhere without Dustee.  She is the happiest dog in the world when she is in the bush!

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My favorite part.  Being the first one up, coffee in hand just sitting staring at the lake.  There is nothing like it.

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With the coming of fall we will begin to have the odd delay due to fog.  Usually it is worst in our river here in Red Lake but occasionally we hit it along the way and are forced to land and wait it out.

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I usually like to land near the fog, within site so you know when it is time to go again.  On the way to Blackbirch last week we had an unscheduled stop, at a place I had been before, a sand beach at an abandoned camp.  It would be a great place to be if you had to spend the night due to weather versus sleeping in the otter with 6 guys.

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The Hanson Family just came out of Jeanette Lake this morning and had an awesome time!  It rained some every day, it was hot and cool, but the fishing was great.  Of course Kaylee, the rookie on the trip, caught the biggest walleye!  Here are some pictures from their family vacation on Jeanette Lake.

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Fuel

We received this note and picture from one of our guests…..

“That big 1,000 horsepower engine on that Otter eats up high octane fuel, but without the most important part of that plane getting some fuel every now and then, we would all be in big trouble. Johnny Fishguts refueling at 7,500 feet.”

The Ewald Family

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The Championship

We have some of the best guests!  So many people look forward to being up here and countdown the days right from the time they leave our yard until next year.  Many who say, “One week less than a year until I am back!”  So many of our guests have different wagers, contests, making up shirts and other apparel to commemorate their time in the North.  The Clark/Herrington/Bolton guys have been having their Master Angler Awards for a very long time.  We have watched the boys grow up.  James has been fishing with Amik Outposts since he was 8 years old and has 17 years of experience on the Cobham.  Heath has been fishing on the Cobham since he was 11 and is now 21 years old.  They have have grown into fine young men and great fishermen.  All of the guys are standing members of the coveted “40 inch” Club where you need to catch at least a 40 inch Pike to join.

This year James went all out and had a Heavyweight Belt made up for the Angler of the year!

 

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James was nervous about not winning the belt and having to present it to one of the others for the biggest Pike.  The weather was hot and the fishing was good!  They would walleye fish each day until 10-1030 in the morning, then come in for lunch, have a snooze and a swim, relaxing until 2 or 3 and then hitting the pike all afternoon.  This year they had some nice ones.  James took the Ultimate Prize home with a 40 inch Pike!  He also shared top place in the Walleye Division with a 25 incher, Micheal also caught a 25 inch walleye, so his name will be added to the plaque along side James for 2016.

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The rest of the crew had many honorable mentions during their stay catching 2-37.5 4-36 and 2-35 inch pike and 33 over 30 inches!

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A Few Reminders!!

Photo Contest

Please remember you can’t be win our 2016 photo contest if you don’t enter.  If you have been up with us this year, please send us your best pictures from your recent trip.  They do not always have to be pictures of fish, last years winner was of a cow moose and her two calves.  The winner of the contest which will be hosted on our Facebook page and the photo with the most likes wins.  The prize is $500 per person off of next years flyin fishing trip!

 Please send them to our email address, amik@frontiernet.net 

Dates for 2017

We are seeing a high demand for 2017 and would like to remind everyone that if they are interested in fishing with us next season to get your inquiries in soon.  Dates are filling up fast.  Please click here to book your 2017 trip!

Deposits

Just a friendly reminder to get your deposits in for next season as well.  We can not hold dates without a deposit so if you have a trip booked with us for next season, please send in your $300 per person deposit to secure your date for an awesome adventure!!!

 

I think the Really Big Walleyes woke up!

The season slips by so fast when you are busy.  Just the way we like it.  Our fishermen are enjoying the warm temperatures and the beauty and scenery of the North.

The weather has been better which has helped the fish sort of stabilize in depth but each lake has a different fishing report.  Some lakes saying the fish are on the rocky points and windy shorelines, and others saying the walleyes and pike are together on the edge of or right in the cabbage weeds.  Depths have ranged from 3-4 feet one day to 17-20 the next and then other lakes saying 10 feet for the whole week.  So if you are coming fishing yet this season, make sure you have a depth finder!

Our guests continue to see moose, caribou and the odd bear and a variety of other animals in the bush, but the most aggressive beast has been the Bald Eagles.  On Cobham River and BlackBirch lake specifically.  Following them all day screeching and chirping, almost harrasingly…  One fishermen had his small pike he was reeling in, lure and only about half of his line taken about 30 feet from the boat!  They have learned that our fishermen are a good source of food.

I don’t get the opportunity often but the boys and I went fishing the other day at DarkWater Lake and had a Shorelunch and a day off!

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The Selchow Family made the trip back to Shearstone Lake last week.  The first time they came with Amik Outposts was to Shearstone Lake…..  years ago when it was on Fire!!  This time they had no such issues.  Just great times and Bigger Walleyes than the last time they were there.  Being good fishermen/women this family has a long future ahead of them giving out sore lips to the walleye on our lakes!

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These ones look like Blue Walleye to Me!!

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The Jacquin Party fished the Cobham River for the first time and had a great trip again, their second trip with us in as many years.  They caught lots of fish and some Big Ones as well.  Here are a couple pictures of the Trophy Pike they caught.

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Ken Phelps has fished quite a few of our lakes, but that was when my Dad was running things…almost 20 years ago.  They went back to Blackbirch and things were the same as they were back then, if not better!  Catching some Big Walleye.  The biggest being 28 inches with a 26 incher as a close second.  It was good to see them again and will most likely see them again soon!

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Summer has hit its peak, the Blueberries are ready and the days are beginning to get shorter. We are in the back half of the season.  Soon I will be in the bush getting the work done at the camps once the fishermen are done, getting prepared for the next season!!! We take great pride in looking after our guests striving for a excellent fishing vacation each and every time they visit us whether it is every year or once every 5 years.  It is important to us to see you enjoy yourself!

 

 

 

 

Summer showed up!!

The extreme heat has finally shown up in the north.  Yesterday was 90F and well over 100F with the humidex.  We have finally had more than a couple days in a row without rain.  Hopefully we can go on a dry stretch for awhile.  The stable weather seems to have settled down the fish and is keeping them in a pretty consistent depth of water.  12 feet or less seems to be the depth and sometimes in or near the cabbage weeds.  And as per normal for this time of year, the biggest Pike have been caught while walleye fishing.  Lots of fun on light tackle.  Big walleye are still pretty quiet for the most part with the biggest on most lakes being 22-24 inches.  There has been some 26 inch walleye caught on a few lakes.  The numbers are pretty much back into the crazy category at times so the heat has been good for fishing!!

The Lampe Family made their annual trip to Findlay Lake, just coming out this morning.  They had a bit of a delay with a foggy start to the day on the way in…

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They caught lots of fish as usual but Findlay saved the biggest until the last day.  A 39 inch Pike!!

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Here is an awesome picture from Mitchell Peppers of an eagle getting what he was looking for on Cherrington Lake.

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The Toft party fished Cherrington as they do every year in July and love to fish the Big Lake for walleye!  This year due to some windy days they fished more around the cabin and caught bigger fish than normal in spots where they don’t usually fish.  They caught some dandy walleye as usual.

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Even the perch are aggressive!  Jim had a double header!

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The Dougherty boys were at Loree Lake for the first time last week.  Terry and Dan have been our guests since we had a lodge on Deer Lake more than 20 years ago and now bring their nephew Ryan along.  They always have had good fish stories but never shared any pictures with us.  Ryan has broken that trend and sent us a few pics he took while fishing/ learning Loree Lake.

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The Severy Party are Pike hunters and love the Cobham River.  They had another great year catching some Big Ones.  Here are a few pictures.

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As we stress to all of our guests.  Please handle the fish as little as possible, getting your pictures and measurement as quickly as you can and get the old girl back into the water.  That fish will make someone else very happy one day to be caught again, only she will be bigger!

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These guys have a homemade lure contest.  This one was pictured many times.

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