Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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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Walleyes in the weeds.

It’s hard to believe that there is only one more week until our departure times in the morning are bumped back by the length of day to 5:30 am.  Summer is going by fast!

Our weather continues to be unpredictable and changes daily to hourly.  One fisherman said when he came out “I went from seeing my breath to sweating in a matter of 4 hours!”  We have had many fronts coming past us and ever changing winds so our fishermen have had to use their noggin to keep on the fish.  Fishing has been pretty consistent and walleyes have been in 12 feet of water or less and have just gone into the weeds.  If we have some warm weather, the walleyes should be in the deep cabbage and along edges of weed beds for a couple weeks.  When this happens, a 5 of diamonds can be your best walleye lure!!

The pike have been very near the walleyes. The only  40 inchers that were caught this week were caught on a jig while walleye fishing.  Right in the lip!!

Cobham Daniel simply has the best sunsets.  We have guests who stay there just because of that. The Terry party stayed there recently and have gotten their submission in for our photo contest!

 

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The fishing was great and the smiles were big!

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Do you have your licence with you?  How about a lifejacket??  The MNR have been around at most of the camps to check on fishing licences and to make sure you are following the rules.  Our guests haven’t had any issues with the wardens and have even fed them lunch on occasion!  Everyone must be paying attention when Rena is giving you the orientation. :)

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Findlay Lake walleyes have been great so far.  The Knip Party fished there recently and had a blast as usual.  Walleyes were slightly slower than last year but still plenty of action,  The boys did manage to catch a few big ones.  Here are a few of the nice fish they caught and released on Findlay.

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The Peters Party on Loree Lake.  None of our guests catch the amount of fish that these people catch on Loree Lake.  Jim has been fishing this lake for a very long time and knows it like the back of his hand.  His family and friends know it almost as well.  They find the fish and are able to give many sore lips!  Over 3100 sore lips this year!!

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The weather was quite soggy at times during their stay but the fishing was excellent!  Here is Bernice with the biggest walleye of the trip!

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Theresa and Gary had there first Northern Experience and caught more fish in the first day than they had in their entire life.  Here is one of Theresa’s big walleye!

 

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Kevin has been fishing with his Aunt and Uncle here forever and loves it just as much.  He had the Big Pike of the trip measuring 41 inches!

The leader of the pack with a Big Walleye.

We have had a few people come out of the bush and say that there was one day that if you were standing still it wasn’t raining but as soon as you moved you were wet.  The clouds were all around you, right to the water.

And if you go by length, Betty won by a long shot!  That’s a real trophy stick!

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Love the Smiles!!

Our season continues to roll on and as certain people walk through our door we know what time of year it is because of the date they have occupied on a certain lake every season!  We really appreciate our guests and the fact that they love to be in the bush as much as we do.  That is part of what drives us to do our best and show them a great time.

Our weather has continued to be very unsettled and ever changing in some regions while in others not so much.  We had some very hot weather in the past 10 days with some vicious thunderstorms, many beautiful days, but have also had some days and nights in the 40’s. As the weather has been weird, so has the fishing been.  The fishing has been spectacular and it has been okay.  Experience, ability to adapt to changing conditions(follow the fish), the weather, and if they used any kind of bait or not are the biggest factors I consider when hearing fishing reports.

Most of the fish have began to settle into some fairly consistent depths of around 10-12 feet of water.  The pike have began attacking walleyes again and most of the big ones were caught while walleye fishing.  Walleye numbers have been more consistent as well since they too have started to hang around the windy points and shorelines in 12 feet of water.  Earlier last week there was reports of walleyes from 2 feet to 20 feet.  There was even fish caught in 20 feet suspended over 50 feet of water.  Many weather changes at times has forced our fishermen to put their thinking caps on and try some different tactics but those days appear to be behind us.

Here are some pictures we have received this week from our guests.

The Lawrence party made their first flyin trip to Dark Water Lake and had a blast!  Catching many 21-22 inch walleyes with the largest measuring 24 inches and plenty of nice Pike.  Kirby was the youngest in the group and of course caught the biggest fish of the trip!  A 36.5 inch pike!

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The Hendricks family has been going to Vee Lake for a few years and are getting to know it quite well.  This year they caught great numbers of fish and had one spot in particular where they nailed them!  in their new favorite spot they caught a 25,24, lots of 22-23 inch walleye.  Fast action with big fish! Here are a few pictures from their trip.

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The Berg party had a younger group this year to partake in the crazy walleye fishing Cherrington Lake is known for.  The fishing out on the Big Lake has turned on! July is the best time out there.  Walleyes are usually all over 20 inches long or better and all have shoulders on them.

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Photo Contest 2016

Just a reminder to anyone who has already been up with us that we are once again having a Photo Contest.  Please send us your best pictures from your trip to be entered if you have not done so yet.  The contest will be hosted on our FaceBook Page and the winner will be selected by which photo gets the most likes.  The Prize?  $500 off per person towards a trip in 2017 for the number of people you had in your party this season!  Please email them to amik@frontiernet.net

 

The Long Days of June.

We have passed through the summer solstice and soon the days will be getting shorter.  We are only through 1/3 of our season.  Plenty of fishing and good times are yet to be had in the best part of the summer.  Although I heard that we were supposed to have a hot dry summer, it hasn’t materialized yet.  Each week we continue to have changing weather.  It has been wetter further south around Dark Water and Jeanette and much warmer and drier in the north around the Cobham.  This also has lead to much difference in the fishing from all areas where the camps are.  Water temperatures have fluctuated a lot as we have had some very warm weather followed by 2 days of gale forced winds, the weather has been quite inconsistent.

Some fishermen are having awesome fishing, numbers are great but size is down compared to normal.  Some have said, more small fish than last year, a good sign of a healthy lake. Others are reporting slow days and then followed by great days, instead of catching 75-100 in a spot, we would catch 30-40 and have to move.  The most heard quote “Fishing was good,  kinda scattered.”

Yet after saying that, I have picked up some groups who caught 1300-1800 fish and big ones to boot!

The common theme though.  Everyone has had a great time, the camps are running smoothly and the time spent in the north is the most important part.

Here are some pictures from some of our guests they shared with us this week.

The Dudycha clan fished Findlay Lake for the 4th time in 4 years and this year was as good as any for these guys.  Walleyes were crazy.  Here are some of the Big Walleye they caught.  The largest measuring 27.5 inches!

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The Kyle party has been fishing Canada for a long time and have never seen anything like our Cobham River camp.  They caught lots of Trophy Fish this year.  Many Pike attacks while walleye fishing, 25 pike over 34 inches and 4 over 40, the largest measuring 42 inches!  Walleye were in 6 feet or less and the largest was caught right in the rapids, a 29 inch Brute!

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And here is an email from one of our longest running guests describing his week while at Cobham Daniel.  David has been fishing on this lake for a very long time and has exposed many of his friends and colleagues to this special place.

The following is a bullet point summary of a few of the high points of our week at Cobham Daniel.

1.       Five guys caught just under 1500 fish. When in the right location and they were biting, I was figuring 20-40 walleyes per hour.  We could have caught more, but some of the folks in the group were exploring and “hunting” for big northern pike.  We caught a couple of 35 inch northern pike on fly rods.

2.       The largest walleye our group caught was 25 inches.  At times we caught so many 18 inch-22 inch walleyes that it was difficult to find smaller ones to eat for lunch or dinner. 

3.       We caught four northern pike that were 39-40 inches and four others that were 35/36 inches

4.       The game warden came to visit us at about 2 PM when we were napping at the cabin on Wednesday afternoon after going out to fish at 4 AM when the weather was cooler.  Some of the guys in our group really enjoyed swimming in the lake in afternoon on the hot days.

5.       A bear came to visit us at approximately 10:30 PM on Wednesday night.  He was a very good bear. He wandered around camp looking for food or waiting for handouts and we keep always a clean camp and take our leftover food or fish guts from cleaning fish out to the island a clean camp so there was no food or handouts. After standing around looking at us for a while, the bear wandered off and we did not see him again.  We got some good photographs while the bear was hanging around.

6.       We saw a cow moose with her calf in one of the streams.

7.       John’s flights and landings are now so smooth that I fall asleep and the other passengers have to wake me up when we land at the cabin or land back in town.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.

 

 

Happy Fathers Day

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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