Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

World Class Walleye Fishing!

Having been around the tourist business for the past 25 years, we know who has the best Walleye fishing.  I can honestly say that our lakes would rank right up near the top of the list of Outposts and even fancy Lodges for Quality and Numbers of Walleye.

Our lakes have a great combination of flowing water through deep water lakes.  Mixed with many weed beds , great structure both along the shore and out in the lake.  

These lakes have not been fished nearly as long as most lakes in all of Ontario or Manitoba.  Amik Outposts was created in 1992 and began opening up these lakes for the first time.  Building state of the art solar powered cabins with running water and hot showers.  My Dad, Wayne was the guy who brought it all together and in 1994, Rena and I began our first summer in the business.

Since the very beginning Amik Outposts has had a “No Trophy Policy” meaning that no big fish were to be taken from the lake. Walleye and Pike.  Throughout the past 25 years we have seen the fishing not only stay the same but get even better when in regards to Trophy Fishing!!!  The gene pool is unharmed on our lakes and it shows.  Take a look around our website, all of our pictures are all from the previous season.  Trophy Fish are the norm, not the exception.

We have had fishermen who have fished with many other outfitters, who are experienced fishermen and after fishing our lakes……. have not gone anywhere else!

While every fishermen does not catch a 30 inch walleye their first time out, you will catch more walleyes than you have ever in your life and the average walleye will be larger than you are used to catching.  

If you are looking for an Awesome Flyin Fishing Trip on the Best Walleye lakes in Ontario here are a few dates for you to consider:

Cobham Morley June 22-27, 2018

Vee Lake July 3-8, 2018 

Findlay Lake July 20-25, 2018

BlackBirch Lake, August 11-16, 2018

Cobham River August 18-25, 2018

If you are ready for some awesome fishing and an experience of a lifetime please click here!

 

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.

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.

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

Time flies when you are having fun.

I apologize for not having any new blogs lately.  We have had one of our busiest July’s ever.  Lots of flying and lots of happy fishermen!!  

It has been pretty hot in the North and the fish have been active.  Fishing has been excellent!  Lots of fish and plenty of big ones.  Some camps who didn’t catch as many as other years reported catching more big ones than ever.  Other camps seemed to have a ton of fish but not quite as many big fish compared to normal.  Fishing is fishing and its better than working.  Everyone has been having fun and enjoying their stay in the bush.  

Walleyes continue to occupy a wide range of depths on all the lakes from the farthest north to the farthest south.  Walleye have been caught in 4 feet of water one day in the weeds on a hot sunny day and then the next day they would be found in 20 feet of water off the points.  One thing for sure is that the fish are where you find them.  Pretty much every group coming out reported catching lots of walleye from 20-23 inches with quite a few up to 26-29 inches.

Big pike have been caught walleye fishing for the most part, on a jig.  Mid summer pike fishing can be a bit tougher and most of the time the best bait is a walleye you are bringing into the boat!  There has been many reports of big pike attacking small walleye or pike right at the boat!  We have had quite a few 40 plus inch pike caught throughout July with the biggest measuring 43 inches.

The Short party have been with us a few times and just may have found the lake where they will call home.  They went to Jeanette Lake and had an absolute blast!  Tons of big fish, awesome weather and great family time.  These pictures and these smiles speak for themselves.

 

The Gillespie party fished on Loree Lake recently.  Here are some of the big fish they caught during their stay with us there.

Here is a nice 27.5 inch walleye which was the biggest walleye of the trip.

During the month of July there is a float plane festival which happens in Red Lake.  This year there was an acrobatic team of Harvards doing the airshow.  It was awesome to see the close formations and aerobatic flying.  It sounds awesome to have 4 radial engines ripping through the air.  

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With the hot weather we have had it has begun to dry up and we have had some thunderstorms as well.  There is a few smaller fires burning around the north and occasionally you can smell smoke.  Nothing really big burning though in our area yet but we are telling our guests to be extra careful with any fires they may be having.  

Here is an early morning flight that ended up having an unscheduled stop along the way to wait out the storm.

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. ūüôā ¬†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!!!

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.

‚ÄďBad 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.

‚ÄďProblems 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!

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