Going on a flyin fishing trip to a remote lake is something that you will cherish forever. Once you have made the decision to fish with Amik Outposts and you and your party have waited for what seems like forever, planned your menu, your route, packed your gear(usually done months beforehand), made multiple trips to the tackle store, and then going through the final checklist making sure you don’t forget your passport. Your vehicle is loaded and headed out the driveway on your adventure, seeking a monster.
Crossing the Border at International Falls/Fort Frances, you immediately realize you are in another country. Endless amounts of forest, seemingly another lake over every hill and a scenic curvy ride through the southern part of the Canadian Shield. Your destination, Red Lake Ontario. The end of the road.
Once you get near the small gold mining town of Red Lake and you turn east on Hwy 125 towards Balmertown, just a few minutes down the road you will see the yellow and black Otter parked at the dock on the Chukuni River. Your ride to paradise.
As you pull into Amik Outposts you will be greeted by John or Rena to get your party ready to go on your fishing adventure. After unloading your gear and weighing it, you head up to the office. Walking into the waiting area your eyes widen when you see the walls covered in pictures of Trophy Fish. Every step you take on this journey the anticipation builds. Rena will give you an orientation on how things work around the outposts. This includes filling out your fishing licenses, instructions for using the satellite phone for emergencies and other information to make your vacation go smoothly. John who has been operating on these pristine lakes since the very first days they opened will mark you a map of the lake you are fishing, showing you the spots relevant to the time of year you are fishing and the areas to be careful of rocks and reefs.
If you are on the first flight in the morning, your gear will be stored in our garage overnight and already be loaded onto the Otter by the time you get there in the morning. As you walk down to the dock to board the Otter you can hear the Loons calling right off the end of the dock as dawn approaches. The rumble of the 1000 horsepower radial engine effortlessly lifts the Otter in the air. As you lift above the tree line you can see just a sliver of the sun peeking above the horizon. You are on your way!
As you leave the area around Red Lake, you see any activity below you cease within the first 20 miles. The scenery turns to an endless sea of trees sparkled with sheets of granite with rushing rivers and lakes cutting their way through as they have since the beginning of time.
After a glassy smooth landing at your destination, you are greeted by the departing fishermen who are telling big fish stories even before John has the Otter tied to the dock. You have your map handy as Rena told you to and you ask them for a few good spots. Everyone chips in to help off load your gear and help the departing guys get their stuff loaded. John checks everything he needs to at camp and runs through a few last minute details before shaking your hand and telling you to enjoy yourself. Leaving you to enjoy the peace and serenity of your own private oasis.
What you do now is entirely up to you. Thats the great thing about going to an outpost for your vacation, you are in control. You can fish for 18 hours a day and catch 100+ fish or fish for 2 hours and just enjoy the silence on the deck reading, stay up all night around a camp fire and wait for the Northern Lights to come out or have a shorelunch with the fresh fish you caught in the morning and then have a snooze in the afternoon sun on a well formed rock. Whatever comes next in this story is up to you.
Rest assured, we will do our best to ensure you have all the information and tools you need to have the best vacation of your life.
Fishing with Amik Outposts. An experience never forgotten, easily repeated.