Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

The Undisputed Angler

The Clark/Herrington boys have been fishing with us for many years and look forward to their fishing trip more than Christmas.  Fishing the same lake for this many years, they started out pretty green and have seen their size and quantity of fish increase immensely since they fell in love with the North.  Here is their fishing report for 2018 Cobham Daniel.

“Rena,

Our 20th anniversary of staying with Amik did not disappoint!  In fact, our group set a number of new records.  We caught 4 pike over 40 inches, including a couple of 43 and 42 inch monsters.  We have 2 new members of our famed “40 Inch Club”:  Scott T. from St. Louis and Dan R. from Minneapolis. 

The number of pike over 35 inches was simply amazing.    Some of the photos are attached. 

The walleye fishing also set new records for our group.   The big walleye was 27 inches closely followed by a number of walleye 25 inches and over.   In only his second year Dan R. took home both the big walleye plaque and the big pike plaque. 

My son James once again reclaimed the Undisputed Angler of the Year belt with a consistent 6 day performance of catching the most walleye over 20”, the most pike over 27”, catching the most “monster” fish and winning nearly every daily fishing contest.   

It was another great fishing trip and everyone is already looking forward to getting back next year.   Thanks again to you and John for providing such a great experience. 

We had a number of other firsts this year.   Perhaps the most unusual was fighting a forest fire down toward the trapper cabin north of the Daniels Cabin.   Not long after a number of lightning strikes we noticed fire on the shore that was rapidly expanding.   We used the bottom of our leech tote to put out the various fires which started at a tree struck by lightning.  We had to kick fallen trees and burning branches into the lake and eventually Dan R. joined in with his boat cooler.   After a lot smoke and steam we got everything out!  See the picture with me standing next to the burned tree.  

We also had one pike who tried to steal one of the walleye on our stringer tied to the boat while we were casting in a back bay.   The 35” plus monster just didn’t want to let go and I had wrestle the stringer away from him.   But then he refused to hit any of our spoons!   We also caught one pike that had both the lure in his mouth, but also another 18” pike.   Apparently he attacked both the lure and the smaller pike at the same time!  

More pics to come.  

Brent”

The Undisputed Angler of 2018!!!  On the right……

The Maranville Party fished Jeanette Lake and had a blast with their family.  Fishing was awesome and they caught some big ones!  Here are some pictures from their fishing vacation with us.

 

An Outpost trip is more than a Fishing Trip

Each year we meet lots of new people and every one has a different outlook after returning from the bush.  It takes a couple of days to unwind and completely relax.  No cell service, no Internet, no outside distractions.  Just you and your friends or family, a boat, your fishing rod and miles of open space around you.  Time to connect, time to think and for some people it is a time to heal.  I have always said that being alone in the bush is therapeutic and good for your soul.  Having a comfortable cabin with good beds to sleep on as well as great working equipment to enjoy the outdoors and be on a world class lake with lots of trophy fish also helps. 🙂

It feels great to be able to show people how special it is to be here.

Our guests continue to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine.  We are in need of some rain as water levels are going down and there is plenty of forest fires still burning.  Mostly west and southwest of Red Lake.  Just one pesky fire on the Cobham continues to survive but is not much of an issue at this time.  We just have to deal with some smoke on some days depending on the wind that day.  It is cooler with a few showers today which will help.

Fishing continues to be very good.  Numbers of fish have been exceptional with lots of 22-25 inch walleye being caught with a few 28 and 29 inch walleye.  There has been a few 40 plus inch Pike being caught and released as well.  The fish are in different depths on each lake, anywhere from 4 feet to 30 feet of water.  As usual, bigger fish have been in or very near some deeper water next to nice structure.

Here are some pictures from some of our guest who have been up fishing with us recently.

The Berry party made the annual return to the Cobham and were there during part of the fire in the area.  The fire didn’t get close at all but made for some great photos during the height of it.  Fishing was awesome and they had a great time as usual!

The MNR put sprinkler systems put on all of our camps in the area as a precaution, just in case.

The fire is almost right out as of today, we are delayed due to bad weather up north……Rain and crappy weather.  We needed it badly

“Rena,

Another awesome trip with Amik, this year to Vee lake and it didn’t take long to figure out where the fish were at! 10 year old Laurel really showed the boys how to put quality fish in the boat and she’s a pretty darned good cribbage player too! Laurel had the big northern on the trip but I managed to beat her out with this fat 40″ fish on the final day.

Joey had the big walleye with a nice 26″, lots of walleyes that were 20-24″ and several days where individual boats caught over 100 fish per day, not too shabby!

Thank you for the great time!”

 

 

 

Unplug to Recharge

We continue to see all kinds of return guests and lots of new ones as well.  Many first time flyin fishing guests have been adjusting to the silence of the north, the great fishing, and not being anywhere near cellular service or Internet.  But after day 2 or 3, most people would rather stay away from technology all together.  Being in the bush resets your clock and puts your body back in tune with sunrise and sunset.  It is really therapeutic for your soul just to be away from the rat race of life.

Fishing has been awesome and our fishermen have been happy.  Lots of sunshine, some cooler rainy weather and during the past week we have had a lot of wind which has made it more difficult on our fishermen.  A normal week in the North.  One night it got cold enough for some of the guests to even make a fire in the cabin to take the chill off.  The fires continue to survive but are not raging during the cooler weather and the timely rains continue to help keep the fire season calm.  Water levels are dropping to a normal level, maybe slightly low on some lakes which are higher on the water shed but that can change overnight after one heavy rain in our area.

Walleyes have began to move to 10-12 feet of water and pike have gone right with them. Each week there are more reports of t-boned walleyes on the way to the boat and even pike stealing walleyes right off the stringer tied to the boat!  

The Evans party have been fishing Vee Lake for many years and have began to bring the next generation of boys (Young Men) along.  They are hooked deep.  They are being taught the ways of outpost fishing some wiley veterans.  Here is a preview to their upcoming feature film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOBl2Xrv-UU

Here are some other pictures from recent trips around our lakes.:)

The Seiler boys from PA battled the wind while they were on the Cobham. The wind was relentless but the quality was great. Here is a pike who was competing for dinner.

 

The Frazer party went to Findlay lake this year and had some awesome fishing.  Lots of fish and plenty of big ones!  

The Jansen party make their annual trip to the Cobham Morley cabin each year at the same time.  They always have fun and always catch lots of fish.  This year was right up near the top for quantity and quality.  Here is John with a beautiful trophy pike.

 

 

 

 

Dodging Bullets

Operating in the Far North of Northwestern Ontario can sometimes get hot.  Our area east of Lake Winnipeg has been prone to forest fires since the beginning of time.  During the summer, thunderstorms pick up moisture from Lake Winnipeg and develop into storms right as they cross the border into Ontario where we have the majority of our outposts.  On hot dry years those storms cause some pretty big forest fires.  

Most of the time they are generally pretty far from the camps and not of any real concern besides being smokey at times.  Unless you see flames there is usually nothing to worry about.  

On June 27th our fishermen at the Cobham River had some evening thunderstorms come by.  On the 28th it was a beautiful day and they carried on with their last day of their trip.  At noon, they noticed smoke west of the camp.  By 3pm the fire had turned into a monster and was jumping the lake and heading towards the camp on the north side of the fire.  They called us, and we called the Fire center.  The fishermen went back to the camp and packed up what they could and were escorted through the smoke by a fire crew helicopter and were evacuated out.  We picked them up at the fire base north of Red Lake.

While at the fire base the pilots told me that the camp was most likely gone as the wind was still blowing towards the camp when they left.  

We started to make a plan instantly on how to deal with this.  But no one could confirm it was gone and I was going near there the next day.  As I flew towards the Cobham at 630 am the fire was already raging, which is rare for that time of day.  As I got closer I could see it had split into 2 main fires and there was a break in the smoke and I could see through.  As I flew to where the GPS told me where the cabin was, I looked down and there it was.  The fire was only smoldering about 200-300 yards behind the cabin.  I landed and called the fire base to inform them that it was still standing and they sent a fire crew up there right away.  After waiting all day to hear whether they made it into the cabin in time to save it, we called.  They got there in time and were able to get a sprinkler system set up to keep it from burning.

They next day it continued to burn hard since it was in pretty old timber with big trees to burn.  As it continued east it ran into an older burn near the falls and slowed down considerably.  The next few days, the wind came out of the south east and took it across the northwest part of the lake away from the camp.  Then it finally rained!  Knocking the fire down to a smolder but it was only sleeping.  After a couple of sunny days the fire had a bit of life again…

Then we were fortunate enough to have another couple days of cool weather and misty rain and high humidity.  

Today the fire looked like it was out.  Time will tell whether it is completely out or not but I know that the cabin at the Cobham River is pretty well protected in all directions for the extended future!

This whole event happened in less than a week!  Normally a fire is on and off again and carries on for a month or sometimes more.  We are sure happy that we got the timely rains when we needed them.

We were able to move the fishermen to an opening at another camp and keep everyone happy.  July 2nd the next group of fishermen were able to go back to the Cobham River and are coming out tomorrow.  

Here are some pictures of the beginning, middle and end of the week.

Our fishermen who were evacuated could not take all of their gear in the helicopter with them so Scott and I flew around the fire and were able to land in front of it and grab the gear fairly easily as it was pretty calm and the fire went straight up that day.  The sound in the fire was a loud, constant roar and crackle.  The flames were 50 feet above the trees as it roared through the big timber east of the camp and the smoke was up to 15 000 feet.

The fire moved very quickly.  The lake has a fair bit of burn on it but it also has plenty of green trees amongst most of the burn.  And the area right around the camp is pretty much untouched as you can see.  The only green area on the north shore.  The creek to the right of the cabin was the lifesaver as the fire calmed down right there during the fire night.  When the fire took off in the morning it went right past the cabin and only crept back against the wind.

Nature needs fire to replenish.  There will be an increase in the moose population and there will be blueberries galore for many years to come.  The landscape has changed but the fishing never will!

Good fishing, Good weather, Good times!

Our season continues to roll on and we have seen many happy fishermen come through our doors.  The weather is quite hot, upper 80’s and even warmer for most of the forecast.  Fishing has been as awesome as ever with walleyes and pike moving slowly into deeper water, around 10 feet from what I have been told by the outgoing fishermen.  Once the cabbage weed grows a bit more the fish should come back into the shallows before heading to their mid-summer areas.

There has been some big fish caught lately on all of the lakes with big numbers of fish everywhere as well.  Tons of walleyes between 24-28 inches with a few 29 plus as the largest so far.  The largest pike so far is 44.5 inches and plenty of 40 plus trophies were caught and released last week as well.  Fishing continues to be great!

Here is a picture from Loree Lake of a beautiful 29.5 inch walleye caught and released by Bruce E. recently.

The Big Pike have been on and off, one week every lake catches many 40 plus inch fish and then they kind of turn off for a few days.  It is hard to predict anything in nature.  We have a great gene pool and the fish are very healthy.  This year in particular we have had some monster fish caught and they seem to be very thick across the back. Here is some pictures from Vee Lake This thick monster was caught by Garrett B. on a gold Doctor Spoon.

The Miller boys took their first flyin trip with us to Loree Lake recently and are seriously hooked!  They had so much fun and caught so many fish that they will be back!  I shared their video on my last post but here are a few pictures from their fishing vacation on Loree Lake.

Just a reminder to anyone who is yet to come fishing with us to bring a good water filter for drinking water.  With hot weather on the horizon it is important that you have plenty of water with you in the bush but it is heavy and we will want everyone to be on their weight limit.  We have lots of guests who use these types of filters and are very happy with the quality. 

Here is a link I found in my first search but it will give you an idea of what you should have.  They weigh one pound.  A case of 24 water bottles is 30 pounds.

Cabela’s water filters

 

Exceptional!

That is the only way to describe how fishing has been at Amik Outposts so far this season.  Every fishermen who has returned from the bush has many stories of catching lots of fish and plenty of them have been BIG.  Pike have been attacking walleyes regularly and some have even been landed while t-boning a walleye. 

Another group of guests also rescued a 40 inch pike from certain death!  This pike had eaten a 20 inch sucker and could not fit it down his throat.  Floating on the surface they noticed it and took the sucker out of its mouth and nursed the Big Pike back to life and away it swam.  

Walleyes have been very active in anywhere from 4-12 feet of water on any windy shoreline.  We have had some 29 inch walleye caught and released and some 27’s as well.  The monsters are becoming more and more active as the summer moves on.

After such a dry start to the season we have had some much needed rain and cooler weather.  Overcast skies and misty rainy days have been the best days for fishing.  The fire ban is off and the forest is lush and green after 4-5 days of rainy weather.  Water levels are just perfect now as well.  The flow has picked up from all of the rivers and feeder creeks also drawing the fish close to shore.  

Here are some pictures from the Holland Party who have fished Findlay Lake for 20 years, this year they moved to the Cobham River.  I think they have found a new home…..

 

Full Throttle!

We are done opening camps and have people scattered all over the bush.  Fishing has been exceptional and the weather has been great.  Our guests so far have been able to catch tons of fish and lots of big ones!  Going from a bit of a late ice out and into very warm sunny weather, the fish became very active in the rapidly warming water.  This will be a super summer with lots of big fish I would say. 🙂

We are fortunate to have a good crew of young guys working for us this season which always helps get the season off on a good foot.  Our oldest daughter, Taina came and helped open the first half of the camps too.  Everything wintered well and there was no major issues opening up. 

The day after we started opening camps, Mother Nature flexed her muscles and let us know who was in charge once again.  At Cherrington it started snowing at 7am and snowed as hard as it could for most of the day before turning to rain and then the snow was gone by that same night.  At the height we had 5 inches of huge fluffy snow.  It was so dry at this point  that the moisture just disappeared but it was much needed.

This is from the next evening in the same spot.  It’s a bit easier to see across the lake 🙂

 

Water levels were a bit low in some areas but we have had some rain the past few days and it was fairly significant in some areas so water levels now are sitting just about perfect.  This was much needed rain as we are in a absolute fire ban at the moment but would think it should be lifted unless the long term forecast is dry.  As of right now there is a fire ban in effect.  There were a couple of fires burning already and we had some smokey days but the wind changes daily and sometimes it is smokey in the morning and gone by noon.

 

We have had a number of groups come out of the bush already with awesome fishing reports and much color in their faces from the sunny weather we have had.

Mike Brown and his buddies had a great time on their annual trip with us.  This year they fished Cobham Daniel and had a ton of great fish.  4 over 40 inches and too many to count that were over 35 inches.  A 29 incher was the largest in the walleye category.  Here are a couple of pictures that Woody sent us.

 

We are looking forward to seeing all of our guests again this summer.  Please email us at amikoutposts@gmail.com if you have any questions prior to your trip or call us at 807-735-9968.  If you would like to book a last minute fishing trip please click here to enquire about available dates!

 

Ready to Roll!

We have been busy!  Winter seemed as though it would never end and then all of a sudden it got warm and stayed that way.  The ice is gone on everything we have except Cherrington out on the big lake.  We have been hauling supplies into the camps and are opening up camps in preparation for the season.  

We are starting the season sort of dry with normal to low water levels.  We could use a good rain to bring out the leaves and slow down the forest fire risk.  Until we get some rain we are going to have to be very careful.   Hopefully we get some rain before our guests start to show up on the weekend.  If not I would expect a fire ban until something changes.

When we picked up the Otter there was still ice on larger lakes but that went very quickly with warm and windy weather.  It has been sunny for most of the last 2 months.  The snow went from knee deep to nothing within 10-12 days.  The ice went from 30 inches to being gone within 2 and a half weeks around Red Lake.  Spring is here and we are ready to go.

We have added a new member to the Amik Outposts family.  A Cessna 185 CF-ZQV.  This will be used for camp work and look forward to spending some time in a smaller aircraft to do odd jobs and possibly do some fishing……..

Some brand new WC-14 Lund boats found their way to Findlay Lake.  Combined with new 4 stroke motors last season. The only water in the boat will be dripping off the walleyes you bring into the boat.

 

We have had a cancellation on one of our June dates and would love to fill  the spot with some fishermen.  If you would like to fish our Cobham Morley cabin during the month of June please click here to enquire about special last minute pricing.  The date is June 22-27th, 2018.  

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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.

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