Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Fishing in the rain has been awesome!

The last post jinxed us.  We have had some bad weather and lots of rain in the north!  We are not sure how much rain we got up in the far north but we had 2 low pressure systems that sat up there for 3 days 2 weekends in a row.  Needless to say we were delayed almost every day but were able to get all of the people moved to and from the camps the day that they were scheduled. :)  Water is now high.  If you are going to Cobham Daniel, Morley or the River please bring some rubber boots.  The water is over the dock.  Cherrington, Vee, Findlay and Loree are higher as well but still below the dock.  Let’s hope the weather dries up.

Fishing during this cloudy misty weather has been great.  Those are the best fishing days.  Walleye have been most active and have been in 8-12 feet of water.  More large walleye have been caught and released this past week than the week before.  More trophy pike this week as well.  Plenty of 40 inch fish caught and released!  Here are some pictures from recent trips.

The Tylinski Party fished Jeanette lake recently and had a great time.

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I would say that the fish are feeding!!

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The Caribou are back around the cabin at Jeanette.  There are 2 of them at times this year.  They must feel safe around the cabin and people.  And usually pay no attention to the fishermen in camp.

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The Delforge family went to Shearstone and the sun shined……

For 45 minutes after I dropped them off.  Then it rained and misted for 4 days straight!  They had a great family vacation and caught a ton of fish.  With more cabin time there was lots of laughs and card playing while their gear dried out so they could head back out to catch more big fish.

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A sucker puts up a heck of a fight!!!

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Here are a few more pictures from the Bowling party who went to Cobham Daniel recently.  It looks like we had a great day to fly in!

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They fly fished quite a bit and did very well on catching some big pike!

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Every once in awhile you run into some of the local residents out on the lake.

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Fishing overall has been great during the crappy weather but we would rather see the sun!!!

 

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The weather has started to straighten out and lets hope it dries up for awhile to let some of this water drain away.

 

Here is a great picture of Vee Lake from 5500 feet on our way home from the Cobham River yesterday as the weather finally began to clear.

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We had a day where we had to stop and do some work at Darkwater Lake and had a couple hours to fish.  Of course Dustee had to keep us company and keep us safe.  We caught a bunch of fish and saw 3 moose.  Here is our new dockhand Scott with a 23 inch walleye.

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Sunshine!

It has been warm and sunny for the most part around here.  Fishermen are coming out with great tans and sore hands!  Fishing has been great at all of the camps.  Walleyes are in 4-12 feet of water and in many different places from along windy shorelines, muddy shallow bays and in the narrows.  Numbers of walleye have been good and even crazy at times. A bit slower when it was flat calm and sunny and insane when it was cloudy or raining.  Fishermen who have had more experience on each lake caught more fish than the ones who may have been fishing a lake for the first time.  If the fish were in a spot the day before, and they were not there the next day…  They didn’t go far, they just moved a little and take a little searching to locate again.

Pike have been active as well with lots of numbers being caught but not as many 40 plus inch pike caught as the week prior.  Every group coming out in the last few days reported catching pike up to 38 inches. Some of the 38 inch pike were caught on a 16 inch pike!  There was 2 different pike attacks last week where this was the case!  Landing both fish.

There has also been plenty of wildlife being seen around some of the outposts.  Moose, caribou, otters, pine martens and bears have been spotted here and there.  You never know what you might see in the bush, sometimes nothing but that doesn’t mean they aren’t close to you…..

The Ketron party made their way back to Cobham Morley where they seem to have found a home.  They caught a ton of fish and some nice ones.  Here are some pictures and action shots from their stay with us.

 

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A Great Start!!

We are busy.  Groups of fishermen are coming and going to and from the camps with big smiles on their faces, sunburns, and sore hands from catching lots of fish!  Although I am sitting in the office writing this because we are waiting for the weather to get better.  We have gotten some much needed rain in the past few days which will help the fire situation and keep our water levels up where we like them.  We have had a healthy crop of Blackflies so far but they should be almost done… we haven’t had many Mosquitos but this rainy weather may wake them up, so make sure you bring a few coils when you come up north.

Fishing has been good and improving weekly.  With a bit later ice out this year, the walleye spawned a bit late and thus there is a bit of a lull in the walleye fishing for a few days after and it varied lake to lake.  Catching walleye wasn’t the issue.  Plenty of walleye were caught everywhere, just the big females need some time to recoup after spawning.  We have had some very warm weather and the big fish have come to life and fishing is as good as it ever.  More and more 26 plus inch walleyes are being caught and released everyday!

The big pike as well are fast and furious at times with plenty of big ones being caught.  Many 38-41 inch pike have been caught at all the camps.  Some of our first time guests commented that they caught so many pike some days that they actually had to take a break because they were getting tired.  There has been a few reports of landing big pike t-boned on small pike!  They are feeding heavy!

 

Cherrington has been the busiest camp so far.  We have had a number of groups fish there recently and everyone has had a blast.  Here are some pictures from the Hnetynka party.  They had a mixture of weather but had a blast and caught lots!

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One of our longest running groups of guests are the Seal/Hansen party.  They count down the days each year until they get to return to the bush.  Fishing this year was great along with the weather during our opening week.  Here is Mike with a 38 inch pike he caught and released on his stay at Loree Lake.

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These fish didn’t get released……

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We always love our first time flyin guys.  The Mainor party made their first trip to the bush and came out with huge smiles.  Time spent in the silence of the north is special and we love to see the reactions.  Plenty of people recently had never caught a walleye in their life and checked that off their list many times over!!

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The Thornhill family made their second trip to Cherrington and caught more fish and bigger fish than they did last trip with more experience on the lake.

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The Peterson guys went to Blackbirch for their third trip to that lake.   Normally they like the late summer but this year they tried the spring.  They caught some big ones.  Here is a big pike they caught this week.  Looks like the blackflies must have found them…..

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We continue to make people happy and show them some fantastic fishing.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.  If you are still looking for a trip please let us know, we have a few scattered holes still left.

 

Now if this weather would just get better so I can start my day!!!

It begins again!!

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2017 is underway!!!  We have flown quite a few fishermen into the bush and the silence of a long winter will be broken by the sounds of laughter and reels buzzing.  Our ice out was not as early up north as it was around Red Lake.  The ice left most of our lakes up north around the 7th or 8th of May we think.  We began opening camps on May the 9th and were ice free as we made the rounds to each camp to get it ready for a busy summer.

Water levels on all of our lakes seems to be just perfect.  Not too high but not low either.  Today as I write this we are getting rain in the Red Lake area but not up north.  The seasonal forecast is for a warm dry summer so it is nice to start out the season with plenty of water.  Lets hope for some timely rains to keep the forest fires at bay and the fire ban off.

We have only had one group of fishermen come out so far who were on a 3 day trip to BlackBirch.  Lots of walleyes near the in flows of water but as of yet they haven`t spawned.  Big Pike were coming alive as well.  A 36 inch pike was the biggest with a monster on that could not even be lifted off the bottom.  The water is warming up….

Of course my flying partner Dustee had to come along and protect us while we were opening camps.  At Loree lake, a Marmot hole had her busy for a day and a half.  She dug this crater and then slept beside it all day, that night and never moved from that spot until we left the next day.  She didn’t win this time…

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We had fairly good weather for opening camps this year.  Cloudy for the first few days but just the perfect temperature for working so we were able to put in some long days and get stuff done.

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Of course we didn’t work until dark every night.  Jerrica, a girl I have coached since she was 3 and is now in College playing hockey, helped us open camps this year.  She is a good fisherman and caught way more than enough fish for a fish fry right off the dock at Cherrington!

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One of our dockhands, Josh, is from Newfoundland.  They don’t get much sun there…He was being burnt to a crisp so I had to figure out a way to keep him going when the weather turned hot for a couple days.  It wasn’t pretty but it kept his neck from burning any worse.

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Spending time in the bush is special.  The silence and pristine environment are certainly therapeutic.

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Our summer is pretty full this year but we do have a few holes to fill.  Here are some dates for you to think about if you haven’t booked your summer vacation. Please email amik@frontiernet.net or call us at 807-735-9968 to inquire about one of these dates.

Loree Lake  June 16-20

Cobham River July 27 – August 1

Vee Lake August 7-11

BlackBirch Lake August 17-22

Cobham River August 26-31

Cobham Daniel September 2-7

Jeanette Lake August 11-14

 

Tips for your upcoming trip.

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 24 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 23 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.

Getting closer…….

The ice is going at a normal rate for some of Ontario.  A recent snow storm is hitting parts of NW Ontario to the south of us down to the border and east of us as far east as Thunder Bay.  Red Lake is on the northern edge of it and hopefully we don’t get too much snow.

 

Rena and I will be in Red Lake next week and we are excited for another season.  We hope to have the Otter next week and then start to open camps shortly after.  The ice in Red Lake is going out as I write this.  The wind is howling and it is moving around.  Most lakes should open up now.

 

Here is what the ice looked like in Red Lake on Sunday.

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The forecast is for warm weather next week so we are hoping the snow and the ice will be gone when we get there….

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This is what it looked like on Lake of the Woods the next afternoon when I made it to my buddies place.  Good temperature for my suitcase.

On a recent visit to see family, my uncle Sylvio brought out his favorite shirt he got from my Mom and Dad 25 years ago when Amik was first started.  His family has been after him for years to retire it but he still wears it all the time!!  It’s tough to find quality like this now.

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We will begin to have a flight schedule by the end of next week as it takes us a few days to get things fired up and organized at the base in Red Lake.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Are you getting excited yet?

Spring has barged through the door and it looks like we should have a early to normal ice out this year!  With the long sunny days we have had it feels like we should be already in the bush but we have a ways to go yet.  The snow has pretty much disappeared and the ice should keep on getting worse unless something changes but the forecast looks good!  We are getting excited too!  Please remember if you are still looking for dates, please let us know.  We don’t have too many spots left!

 

I can’t wait to be back in this beautiful country!

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Thanks to Ryan W. for the photo.

Take a Tour of BlackBirch Lake

Here are some new videos from BlackBirch Lake.  If you have been there before this will be a great view, if you are thinking about going there someday, this might put you over the edge.

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Flashback to my old Blog

The Blog has been going for many years.  It is cool to look back and see how things have changed and how things have stayed the same.  Our fishing has been the constant and the service we provide has been the other.  As I look through the archives, most of the faces on my Blog haven’t changed.  That is great to see and it makes us feel good to be able to be a part of so many memories for so many people.

Here are a few links to some of the old blogs from years past.

August  2010

July 2009

June 2008

May 2007

We have had some great weather!  The snow has melted a lot.  It has also been -25C.  Spring should come fast when it decides to come if things keep on the track they are on now.  Hopefully Mother Nature will stay in a good mood until April.

Here are a few pictures I have taken outside recently.

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A nice Pike!

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3 feet of ice stood up in the ice crack and then decided to crack again.

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The Ravens like to screw with Dustee.  Flying right over head, and then walking right up to her when she is eating fish.  It is funny to watch and then Dustee finally gets mad enough and tries to catch them.  But that never happens.

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What does a Commercial Fishermen do when he isn’t working on the lake?  He goes fishing!

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Spring is just around the corner………

 

 

Longer days ahead….

February is here and the days are noticeably longer already.  We are gaining 6 minutes a day and in a month or so we should start to feel spring I hope.

We had a warm spell awhile back and the ice really expanded.  Sending this sheet of ice straight up 6 feet in the air.  The power of the ice is extraordinary.

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After the warm weather we sunk back into the deep freeze and the cracks opened up.  It has been -20 to -30C and the lake has contracted a lot!  We are battling 3 different cracks.  Generally we can jump them but sometimes they get too wide and we have to look for a narrower place to cross or sometimes we can find a split in the crack.  Occasionally the crack will go right through our line of nets and we don’t have much of a choice to cross.  Crossing a 5-8 foot crack in the ice would make most people nervous!  My brother and I have had some close calls over the years and sometimes have to take a chance, but experience is so valuable.  This was about 5 feet and the snow along the crack was very hard so we just drove across.  Fast!!

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Our coyote numbers are down around here this year which is good for our recovering deer herd.  I have also had some luck with Pine Martens and Fishers as well.  Time to take them in for the auction $

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Our Falcons team got together last weekend for a Rec hockey tournament.  We were the oldest team in the tournament but still got it.  We won all of our games, it was just for fun and not very serious.  We had a blast.  Always good to get together with the boys!

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2017 is looking great and dates are filling up quickly this year.  If you don’t have your date booked yet, please do not delay.  Click here to inquire about dates for 2017.

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