Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Are you thinking about summer?

It is the dead of winter and -40 with the windchill in central Canada.  Are you thinking about summer yet?  How about being up north in the wilderness where the only noise you hear is the wind in the trees and loons calling in the distance.  Now is the time to get your date booked for a fishing trip this summer.

We are booking up for 2018 but we have dates scattered here and there throughout our entire season, if you have more specific dates than what you see here, please send us an email and we can let you know what we have available.  Here are a few dates we have available for 2018.  

Loree Lake May 25-30, 2018

Shearstone Lake June 1-8, 2018

DarkWater Lake June 29- July 4, 2018

Cherrington Bay June 16-21, 2018

Vee Lake July 3-8, 2018

Cherrington Point June 26- July 1, 2018

Cobham Morley July 26-31, 2018

Findlay Lake July 1-7, 2018

Jeanette Lake July 14-21, 2018

Shearstone Lake August 3-8, 2018

Blackbirch Lake August 21-25, 2018

Cobham River August 18-25, 2018

Cobham Daniel August 19-26, 2018

Please click here if you would like some more information on these or any other dates we may have.

It has been very cold up here but it is January and we are in Canada!  It has been minus 30 at night and minus 20 during the day, but it is supposed to warm up next week a bit. Here are a few pictures I have taken recently out on Lake Manitoba while we were commercial fishing.

The Sun Dogs come out when it is going to blow.  And it blows a lot!

This is the Jigger.  It is how we get the line beneath the ice to get our nets under there also.  Dustee follows the jigger as it runs under the ice.  It is easy to find when it stops on a bare patch like this.  There is 3 feet of ice already!  Not much snow and lots of cold.

When you see as many fish as we have in our lives you see some pretty strange things.  This is the weirdest pike I have ever seen.  Very unusual markings on this one.

 It may be cold but we get more sunshine than most places in Canada.  The days are getting longer already and the February thaw is not too far away!!

 

Stay warm and think about your fishing trip this summer……

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of our great guests!  We wish you a great end to 2017 and hope that 2018 will be a great year for everyone.  Rena and I are looking forward to 2018!

It will be the coldest Christmas in our part of the country in 20 years!  It is -31C here this morning and is supposed to  be like this for awhile.  Not a bad time of year to be this cold, it keeps you indoors with your loved ones.  Another nice thing about the weather when it is this cold.  Nothing but sunshine!  I know it’s a small consolation but mentally the sun helps you through the fact that your exposed skin will freeze in less than minute!!! 

Our winter so far though has been mild with not too much snow so far.  The ice on the lake is pushing 24 inches already and we are still catching walleye pretty good.  Almost time to start doing some angling instead of working….

The days are as short as they are going to get!  Just a couple of dark months to get through!

Pictures never do the cracks justice.  The ice is cracking all the time with the expansion and contraction of such a huge lake.  It looks pretty cool but freaks most people out.  Green ice like this is the most solid ice you can get, except you can see through it.  

Please keep in mind that if you are adding people to your party or are sending a deposit to please send us an email to let us know.  We would like all deposits checks made out to Lac Seul Airways Ltd. 

Did you get your Big Buck?

December is here and most deer seasons are over.  Hopefully you were able to get a chance at a nice one or at least put some meat in the freezer.  The rut was early in our area, with the main rut going on right after Halloween.  Our deer herd has made a great recovery with numbers back up to decent.  There were lots of medium sized bucks and a few bigger ones on trail cameras in areas that I hunt.  2 bigger bucks were in the same area and I decided not to take the smaller of the 2 and wait for the big one.  Spending quite a bit of time out in the stand,I passed him up a couple of times.  On what seemed to be the day that the big one was going to show up in daylight and big deer came right to my call right at day break.  Looking against the sun it looked like it was him!  Boom.  In the bag and down the chute.

As I walked up to him, he shrunk.  Ha ha ha.  Still a respectable buck and the big one is still out there only to be bigger next year.  Rena is happy I finally put some meat in the freezer!

Our local deer head party is tonight except I don’t have a head to take in.  I left the head outside and the coyotes came in when when Dustee and I were not here and took it away!  

This is who I thought had finally showed up!!!  Next year land again for the big one.

My hunting season was cut short this year because we had a bit of vacationing to do.

I went to the Packers vs Lions game with a bunch of my buddies.  It was a blast even though they lost.  Lots of good times.

From Monday Night Football to a Friday Night Hockey Game in Vegas!!

Winnipeg Jets fans travel like Packer fans!  There was 6-7000 Jets fans in Vegas to watch their team play.  It was very awesome to be a part of the Jets Army for that.  As good as our team has been playing we came up short that night.  But it is Vegas and the boys were there for a couple of days prior.  I expected the loss. πŸ™‚

We have also been getting ready for next year.  The engine from the Otter ran great until the end of the season and we took it off to go for overhaul.  We have another engine waiting to be put on and this one will be back by spring as our spare.  The prop also is heading in for overhaul.   

We already have 12 inches of ice out on Lake Manitoba.  Being a shallow lake it freezes early and the water cools down fast.  On my drive into Ontario, many of the lakes were still open because they are so deep and it takes longer for the water to cool off.  Dustee is back in Heaven,  running miles and miles and eating frozen fish whenever she wants.

The dark cloud over the horizon tells us that the lake is still open in the middle.  We also have a fair bit of current when the wind blows.  Which is all the time on the Prairies!!

Dustee gets tired of the wind sometimes too.  She will find the place out of the wind in the afternoon and have a snooze.  She isn’t a pup anymore, 6-7 miles a day tires her out but she still loves it.  We let her ride on the way in now.

 

Next year is shaping up great.  Please let us know if you would like dates for 2018.  We are putting the pieces of the puzzle together for another great season.

Just another reminder, if you are booking a trip with us or have a trip booked and are sending in your deposit with a check.

Checks are payable to:

Lac Seul Airways Ltd.

Mail to:

Lac Seul Airways Ltd.

P.O. Box 331

Eriksdale, Manitoba, Canada

R0C 0W0

Please make sure that you have enough postage to send to Canada.

 

Winter has showed up!!

It’s not even Halloween yet but winter has charged through the door full force.  We went from windy, warm and dry to windy, cold and snowy in the last week and it looks like it may be here for good.  This wind has not given up much all fall.

The Whitetails are rutting around here already.  It looks like they will be rutting early this year.  The time to hunt is right away.  Our deer herd is almost back to some decent numbers of bucks around.  After a hard winter a few years ago our herd took a steep decline.  I haven’t shot a deer in a few years but this year I think my hands will be bloody! 

This buck has been passing 75 yards behind my house almost daily.  Hopefully he can stay alive for another couple years.

Winter is here…..

We will be sending out our fall newsletter around Thanksgiving  so if you would like to receive it please sign up by clicking here.

We would like to remind everyone that all deposit checks are now to be made out to β€œLac Seul Airways Ltd” 

 

Another Season is in the Books

Another season has come to a close, the camps are all closed up for the winter and the Otter is put away for a much deserved rest.  We would like to thanks all of our guests who made 2017 a success.  It was a great summer of fishing, and weather.  It’s always bitter sweet to see another season end but the next one can not begin until we go through another winter.  Anyways, the best time of year is upon us.  Hunting season!

Our 2017 moose season was as hard as they come.  We had almost solid wind for 4 weeks straight.  There was only one or two mornings/ evenings each week where the wind actually went down which makes any kind of hunting difficult.  Hunting moose in the vast area we hunt in is extremely difficult even in perfect weather.  For only the second time in our history we were shut out.  No moose.  It wasn’t that we didn’t see moose or have opportunities, it was just more difficult in the windy weather.  We had a a few hunters see moose and not make a decision quick enough to take the shot and  then the shot was gone.  We also had one hunter pass up a small bull early in the hunt….. only to not get another chance at another bull.  Somebody once told me, “Don’t pass up on Monday what you would shoot on Friday”

It is very disappointing to have such a tough year but that is hunting.  The weather plays a huge role in our success and this year it made it hard.  Almost every hunter saw or heard moose but the wind makes them very leary to come out into the open, especially in the daylight.  

I hunted for a few days after the hunters had gone home and had the same luck.  I got close to 2 different bulls but couldn’t get close enough for a shot.  One was within 25 yards in the thick willows and the other came within 100 yards 3 different days but just wouldn’t come out to where I could see him.

The sting of defeat goes away after a few days and then it’s time to focus on next season.  They will be bigger next year.  Moose hunting takes patience, persistence, perseverance and positivity.  Looking forward to next moose hunting season already.

Here are a few pictures I took along the way.

There was plenty of sign of moose around us.  There was a couple places where the rubs were 8 feet in the air.  I think only the real big bulls make rubs like this.

The bull I was close to for the entire hunt made this wallow.  I will connect with him next season…..

The burn leaves behind some neat looking wood.

It was pretty warm during our hunt.   Warm enough for thunderstorms which is uncommon for this late in the year.  We went for this dark sky…..

To this beautiful sunset…..

To getting chased off the lake by the storm as it came back on us, making it back 10 minutes before the downpour!

I was 10 feet away from this bear during the hunt.  I was sitting on the rock about a 1/2 mile from shore and he walked right up to me.  We saw each other at the same time and when I stood up he was gone in a flash.  

Dustee and Scott had a great fall.  Dustee is the perfect bush dog.  She feels like she is protecting us.

Scott is a great worker and very handy.  He put a lot of time and effort into a new boat ramp at Loree Lake.  Skinning and dragging these long straight logs from the island back to camp to build a good solid boat ramp.  This will make it much easier for our guests to get in and out of the boat and for pulling them up at night.

While hunting at the end of the season, I took Dustee one night.  She was perfect, she knew we were hunting and just sat and listened.  And also kept a close eye on the beavers milling around us.

We have also been busy servicing the motors for next season.  We are in good shape motor wise.  Our guests did a pretty good job this year of not hitting rocks and looking after our equipment.  Next year should be another trouble free season.  We are looking forward to 2018!

We would like to remind everyone that all deposit checks are now to be made out to “Lac Seul Airways Ltd”  

 

Moose Hunting soon…..

It has come to that time of year where we are able to hunt the largest mammal in North America!  I am fortunate to be able to be in the thick of it the entire time each season.  Moose hunting can be a very mentally tough hunt and great patience is required to get close to these monsters most of the time.  Persistence, patience and silence of human noises are all key.  It is so rewarding each and every time you are successful.  Here is a few videos from some past hunts to get you in the mood for hunting season.  They are all videos but it doesn’t show the icon.

As always it is bittersweet to see the season come to an end.  We had a very good season, the weather was perfect for the most part, fishing was awesome as were our guests.  Each and every one had a great time and I would say almost every guest said to us as they left, “We will be back” or “See you next year”.  It makes us feel good to be able to show people a good time in the pristine wilderness.  The fishing is usually the first reason you make the trip to see us but after a trip or two, the fishing becomes a bonus.  Where you are and who you are with becomes the reason you come here.

Scott and I are closing camps as quick as the fishermen are done.  Servicing motors, washing boats and tipping them over, draining water and cleaning up and making notes on what is needed to provide a quality, trouble free trip.  The weather so far has been pretty nice for working, still warm but pleasant.  Nice enough for fishing in the evening.  Here is a Monster Walleye Scott caught while we were working at the Cobham. 30.75 inches!

We have also been working hard during the day.  The dock at Cobham Daniel is almost done, the roof at Blackbirch has been replaced, outhouse holes have been dug and some new boardwalks and fish cleaning tables have been built.   Here are a few pictures from our trips to the north recently.

The Daniels dock has been on my list for a long time but the water has not gotten low enough to do it properly until this year.  We had to start fresh for most of it but at least we didn’t have to find too many new rocks to put into the cribs.

Ripping apart the old cribs wasn’t too hard and then we got to have a nice all day fire…

It is much easier to work with a new crib.  We are heading up north again soon to finish the rest of it but it is coming along great.

We also spent some time at Blackbirch putting on a new roof.  We had some perfect weather for roofing.  It was windy but warm and sunny.  We had 3 guys and lots of time.  We were able to get it done in a day and a half and also get some fishing done in the process.

Reminder!!!  ALL deposit checks are to be made payable to “Lac Seul Airways Ltd.”  

Winding down and getting jobs done.

We have been busy closing camps, working on docks, roofs and many other projects around the north.  Not spending much time in Red Lake lately but it is that time of year where I get to spend some time in the Bush.  Here is a great letter and some pictures from the Tomhave party who fished the Cobham recently and had a great time!

Hi Rena and John,

Made it home safely at 4:00am. 1000 miles and well worth it.

Thinking about next year already. We had a great time!!!

Attached are a few pictures.

Tom Powell- 41″ pike and 26″ walleye. Caught 41″, 38.5″ pike and 26″ walleye in under 30 minutes.

Jim Powell-55″ of pike caught in 1 cast (38.5″ pike caught while reeling in a hammer handle).  Jim caught the most big fish.

Chris T.- 32″ pike caught on 4# ultralight. 8+ minute fight.

 

Neal H.- 34″ Pike.

 

Jim and Tom caught almost all their fish within 1/2 mile from camp.

Thanks for everything!

Chris T.

It’s almost over….

September is almost here and our season has started to wind down.  We are getting our plan together to start closing the camps and getting some jobs done in preparation for next season.  Docks, roofs and some other upgrades are planned already and the material is being hauled in on the empty backhauls.  It is getting to the time of year where we get to spend some time in the bush.  Even though we are working, it doesn’t feel like it. πŸ™‚

 

We have been very busy the entire season and the fishing has been awesome!  Walleye fishing has been exceptional and the big pike are becoming more aggressive as fall approaches.  The fish continue to occupy many different depths and change daily.  From 5 feet along the weeds one day to 23 feet off windy points the next.  Having a depth finder has proved to be essential this summer.

The Sporre party fished Cherrington lake recently and had a blast catching fish all over the lake.  They had great weather which allowed them to spend some time out on the big lake catching those big walleye and fishing deep for lake trout.  Here are some pictures from their stay with us.

Sid Webb and his buddies always stay at the Cobham Daniel cabin and just enjoy their time in the bush.  This year was no exception,  they caught lots of fish, had a lot of laughs and relaxed.  A great flyin fishing vacation again. πŸ™‚

Almost every trip ends with a beautiful sunset at Amik Outposts.

It’s amazing how far people come for great fishing.

The days are getting shorter and we are into our last busy month of fishermen.  We will be spending some time in the bush soon fixing docks and working around the camps.  Perhaps a bit of fishing, card playing and maybe a beer or two….  After a busy summer of showing people great trips it is our turn to enjoy the North.

We continue to see guests showing up in their vehicles from some very far away places.  It’s amazing how far they will come for awesome fishing.  We really appreciate the effort and will always do our best to show you an amazing trip.  We always have a lot of guests from the Midwest but it seems we have almost had people from all of the lower 48.  Florida, New York, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma and even New Mexico.  

The Alexander family has been fishing with us every other year since the the boys were very young.  They have always driven from Colorado and for many years they had 5 people and all their gear in an SUV and trekked across the Continent to Red Lake.  Their family has grown and now there is daughter in-laws and soon grandkids joining the group.  They have all become great walleye and northern fishermen and seem to be catching bigger and bigger fish each year.  This year was another awesome trip.  This time they spent a week on Vee lake and caught some Big Fish.  Here are a few of the Big Ones they caught this year

We headed to Shearstone this week to do some dock work.  We only had a day and a half with no flying so we had to giver.  We rebuilt the section of dock coming off the shore and also added a new crib under a long span running along the shore.  A medium sized job and we got it done, caught some fish and had a good night in the bush.  Of course Dustee was the happiest of all to be out in the bush as she has been sad because she has been wanting to go flying so badly.  We had a couple of perfect working days, warm but not too hot.  It felt good to be out there. πŸ™‚

The dock turned out good and we shouldn’t have to touch it again for a few years.  

Good times!

Summer is rolling on, the nights are getting cooler and we have had a couple of foggy mornings so far.  You can’t feel fall yet but it isn’t to far away.  Until then we have lots of people to take to the bush to have a great time in the outdoors.

We have had many regulars and also many first time flyin fishermen lately.  It is always great to see the first time flyin guests come out of the bush.  The best fishing of their lives, the quietest most remote place they have ever been.  The look on their faces is priceless.  The North is a special place to visit and it truly helps you recharge your batteries, I tell people that the fishing is a bonus!  Just being there is reason enough to make the trip.

Water levels are going down some, lower further south and on their way down in the north.  The weather has been nice and mostly dry lately with some vicious thunderstorms occasionally but we have cooled off some so lets hope they are gone for awhile.  

The fishing has been unreal.  Many of our regular guests have had the best fishing that they have ever had.  Walleyes have been crazy aggressive and the big pike have been attacking walleyes at the boat quite frequently.  Some of them have been landed while attached to a walleye and others were only a fish story.

The Sanders family has been with us since the kids were little.  We have seen them every year and watched them grow up.  They have become great fishermen and responsible adults.  The next generation is almost ready to begin the trek all over again.  We really feel good to be such a big part of their lives and look forward to seeing the grandkids faces after catching fish like this!!

They went to Loree Lake this year to scout it out for the future.  They literally caught fish in every single spot they stopped to fish.  Here is the fish of the trip.  A 29.5 inch walleye!!!

The Coleman party came back to Cobham Morley after a few years hiatus and had a great trip.  There is talk of the next generation taking over their group as well to continue the tradition.  When you do this once you will be hooked!

The Clarke party went to their favorite place on earth last week.  Cobham Daniel.  They have fished on the Cobham for a very long time and have gotten to know the lake and where to find the big fish.  This year was by far one of their best trips yet.  Tons of big fish and tons of laughs.  

Here are the Champs.  On the right Brad took home the heavyweight belt for the most big fish accumulated on points overall.  Brent in the middle took home the bragging rights for the largest walleye. And Bill joined the 40 inch pike club and gets to engrave his name on the plaque as Pike Champion for 2017.

I like the cooler Brad is standing on…. πŸ™‚

These pictures need no explanation.  They are just awesome and show how solid our fishery is on all of our lakes.

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