Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

Why Choose Amik Outposts?

With all of the Outfitters in Ontario, why pick us?  Here is a blog I wrote a few years ago which tells our story. 

Since I wrote this we have added some key people to our business.  Our Oldest daughter Taina and our son in-law Aaron have started to work with us.  We are excited to show them the ropes and teach them all we can to be successful.

This should help you make a good decision on who you want your outfitter to be.  We want everyone to have a great trip each and every time they visit us.  Click on the link below to check out a previous blog.

https://www.canadianflyinfishing.com/2016/01/why-choose-amik-outposts/

Open Dates for 2020

2020 is here and we are looking forward to the year ahead.  Our booking sheet is beginning  to fill up but there are always a few open dates here and there as our schedule is constantly changing.  Here are a few dates for you to consider:

Cherrington Bay June 1-6, 2020

Loree Lake June 30- July 7, 2020

Vee Lake July 14-19, 2020

Findlay Lake July 22-28, 2020

Cobham River July 30- August 3, 2020

Black Birch Lake August 19-24, 2020

Cobham Daniel August 22-30, 2020 (8 day trip for 7 day price) 

We set some nets out on one of the reefs 5 miles out from shore.  The ice really piled this year!  It was mostly 12-14 inches thick and piled probably 40 feet.  We thought the fish might have stayed near the reef…. They didn’t 🙂 trial and error that’s the only way to find the fish.

Please let us now if you have any questions regarding dates or your upcoming trip.  Click here to email us.

Merry Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching.  We hope that everyone is getting ready for Santa and that you plan to spend some quality time with family and friends.  

Our days are very short now.  The sun doesn’t get up until well after 8am and is down just after 4pm.  

We started out cold this fall, but as the entire USA was in the grips of winter for awhile, we were warm and dry.  Once we had about 8-9 inches of ice on the lake and very little snow it stayed beautiful for 2-3 weeks.  It was almost too warm for working out on the lake.  Especially when you are catching 6-900 pounds of fish a day.  Each one has to be handled numerous times before it even gets to town and then to market.  

 

It has since cooled off (-25 C) and we are snowing now.  It was beginning to look like a brown Christmas up here.  The lake has 13-14 inches of ice and fishing is still good.  Our third man, the Bombardier is out on the lake now.  Our lives just got easier, it pulls the nets out for us and then back in once we have taken the fish out of the net, keeps our fish warm,  gives us shelter from the wind and has a radio 🙂

Dustee is out there with us each day.  She loves to run, eat frozen fish and try to catch the ravens.  A couple of weeks ago, she went off on an adventure near Long Point and awhile later we heard a weird howl from where she went.  I took off on the snowmobile to find her.  She fell through the ice near the point.  We never go near the point as the ice is always unpredictable there.  I walked towards her to help, and it started cracking under me.  I was still 15 yards away.  I told her I couldn’t help her.  She had to do it.  She tried one more time and then she popped up and came to me.  She had broke through the ice for about 30-40 yards before she called for help.  She has used up a few lives on that point.  But she was right back there the next day!  She was soaked but scrubbed herself dry on the snow.  She had a ice cold bath!

Dustee also gives new meaning to the term sled dog…  “let’s go”  she jumps on the sled and rides.  We bounce across the lake at 35-50 mph.  She hangs on as best she can.  She hasn’t fallen off yet 🙂  The orange thing behind her is the Jigger.  That is what we use to get our lines under the ice.

The ice makes for some great pictures.  

We went to talk with our mechanic the other day and plan the winter maintenance.  I just could not resist taking a picture of the old girl at rest.  It will come into the hangar in the New Year and the inspection will be done.

 

We continue to book people for 2020 and if you are interested in an excellent fishing vacation next season, please contact us.  If you have never fished with us before and are on the fence about which outfitter to choose.  The only thing we will say is that we have more experience at showing people a good time than any outfitter in the area.  Our fishing is first class, we are very organized, everything at our camps is in great shape and works, and most of all, we appreciate our guests and treat them like family.  We know what we are doing.  

Our schedule is ever changing with dates and numbers of fishermen, so please enquire about any dates you may be interested in and we will let you know if we have anything open.  Here are some dates that we have open for our 2020 season.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Please click here to email us.

Cherrington Bay June 1-6, 2020

Jeanette Lake June 6-9, 2020

Shearstone Lake June 28- July 2, 2020

Loree Lake June 30- July 5, 2020

Vee Lake July 5-9, 2020

Cherrington Point July 4-8, 2020

Black Birch Lake July 18-21, 2020

Loree Lake July 21-27, 2020

Findlay Lake July 22-28, 2020

Cobham River July 30- August 3, 2020

That is all of the holes that we have at this time.  Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to reserve one of these dates.  We do have some availability in later August if you need some alternate dates.

 

Take care of yourselves. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us.

John and Rena

Aaron, Taina and Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures

The days are getting shorter and it has finally cooled off a little bit.  I think I saw some Birch trees with leaves on it that were already starting to fade, but that could be just from it being so dry most of the summer.  We haven’t had much rain in the north where the water levels are low.  Further south we had a few more rains which translates into normal water levels for this time of year.

Fishing has been consistent, our guests have been happy.  Lots of fish and plenty of big ones to go around.  Walleyes have been caught up to 29 inches recently with most groups catching multiples in the 24-26 inch range.  Big pike were slower during the hot weather we had with most fishermen catching a number of pike in the 38-40 inch range.  Since it cooled off recently, the bigger ones are coming back to life with more of our guests reporting some 42-43 inch pike.  The largest caught so far has come from Cobham Morley.  48 inches!!!

Here are some more pictures from our guests who have been up recently.

The McGill party looks forward to their trip to Loree Lake every second year.  They always enjoy the peace and quiet and the time away from Cell service and the Internet.  A trip to the bush is the best reset a person could ask for…..

The Master Angler!!!!

The Clark party always fish the same lake, at the same time, every year.  The stakes are high and bragging rights for an entire year are at stake.  This year it was decided on the last night.  When James caught the last fish he needed to take home the Heavyweight belt in 2019.  Here are some of the pictures that they shared with us of their excursion to the Cobham.

Daryl B. took this great rainbow picture on Vee Lake after a good rain.  Golden walleyes at both ends of that rainbow I bet.

It has been Great so far!

We have been seeing lots of happy people!  Fishing has been very good, the weather has been pretty consistent, and everything around the camps has been running smooth.  We have gotten a few rains to maintain water levels as well.  Life is pretty good 🙂 

Here are some pictures from our guests who have been up recently.

The Achterkirch party went on their first flyin to Blackbirch Lake.  They are HOOKED.  Lots of beauty walleye and some awesome sunsets.  

 

 

Walt and his Family have fished a few of our lakes in the past few years and this year they stayed at Cobham Morley.  They had an awesome trip.  Great family time and some superb fishing.  A good combination 🙂

 

Finally got some Rain!

I realize that the Blog has been lacking lately.  We have been busy and when we were not busy we were trying to get the flying done.  It has been very difficult to get our people moved each day.  There were some monster forest fires, NW, North and NE of Red Lake which created a wall of smoke which we had to deal with each day.  Sometimes going over top of the smoke, going through the smoke or going around the smoke.  We had lots of delays and a few fishermen on each end that had to wait an extra day to get moved.  

Being an optimist I knew we would get rain eventually and that things could change in a matter of a few hours……..if we could just get some rain.

Finally we had some big rains and some crazy weather that put out the fires closest to Red Lake, making all of the pilots lives easier around here!

Most of the fires are out now.  We only had one fire that was a concern, right near our Cobham Daniel cabin.  It was a bit of a thorn in our side as it burned on and off for more than a month.  Of course it got quite close to the cabin right before it rained.  Aaron and I spent many nights and days at Daniel, doing the trips in reverse and staying with guests in order to keep an eye on the fire.  The MNR was quite busy with fires near communities and we were not much of a priority.  They did check on us every couple of days and supplied us with a pump and sprinkler system but we took it upon ourselves to make sure the fire did not come and take out one of our most popular cabins.   We had our own pumps and hose to continually keep wetting down the forest around and behind the cabin and ran water almost all day every day that the fire was active.  We also cleaned up all the downed trees and any other fuel that was around the cabin and hauled it farther away just in case.  It has been hot and dry so being wet all day working under the sprinklers was a relief.

The rain finally came and put 98% of the fire out.  We are supposed to get some more rain soon which should finish it off.  We also need some rain to maintain our water levels in the North.  The water has been dropping but just like the fires, it can all change in a short period of time.  🙂

Our guests had occasional smoke but generally the guests didn’t have too many smoky days while they were fishing. The wind kept it one side of them or the other.   We need to move everyone safely and do our best to do it in a timely manner.  I have been telling myself that we will sacrifice some flying time for some rain and not complain. 

Fishing has been awesome along with this great weather, so everyone has been happy and understanding of the issues with flying and the fires.  The mayflies hatched during the first week of July and the walleyes have been shallow 4-6 feet but have started to move to their summer spots.  10-12 feet recently.  Pike slowed down a bit during the hot weather and were just feasting on walleye.  T-bone attacks were pretty common for a while with a few fishermen able to land 2 fish at once!  

We have gotten lots of pictures from our guests who have been up recently and I hope to get some of them up on my blog soon.  We are hoping that we can get into a normal routine again after the fire part of the season.

Here are some pictures that I have taken during the last few weeks.

The fire is a living breathing organism.  It fires up some days and calms down others.  You can feel the air when it is a fire day.  The fire started NW of the camp by the rapids and went right by the camp and finished about 2-3 miles east of the camp where it continues to smolder in some big timber today.

The fires around Red Lake turned into monsters and took a few cabins from some lodges and outposts and plenty of close calls.  It was pretty intense at times for many of the other outfitters.

By each afternoon even on a calm day this is what the fire would look like.  

This was right behind the camp at Daniel as the fire was moving away.  

Then each evening it would calm down and let us have a couple of beverages and calm down.  It was a good lesson in patience and diligence that is for sure.   Being ready and preparing for something that you don’t know if it is going to show up.  Never turning your back on it, always ready to get back up there depending on the weather forecast.  Up there everyday and willing to stay right there if the fire came back to life, which it did every few days.

 

Then when the weather broke and it finally rained my buddy Eddie and I both got stuck up north one evening.  We were not able to get through the smoke and thunderstorms.  We ended up we3st of our normal track trying to get home.  With our experience, we know good places to get stuck.  We both had a load of guests but we found a full service lodge where they had a bed, food and beer.  All outfitters are competitors but we are all friends and look after each other.  They looked after us and treated us like gold.  We were very thankful and appreciative to Dogskin and their staff.  

Of course the rain missed the far north and the Cobham fire survived for another week.  This was on my way north on the day we finally got the heavy rain we needed to put some hurt on the fire.  Racing a line of storms, the sky looks pretty cool.

Once I got to the Cobham and looked back, we were not going home for awhile.  Sit tight and wait until it gets better before heading home…..

Daniels cabin is right in the middle of this picture, we are happy to say, still standing.  

Time Flies!

We have been going hard, flying everyday and moving happy people to and from the bush.  There has been many stories of awesome fishing, t-bone attacks, countless walleye.  Large pike were feeding heavy more than a week ago but have slowed down a bit in the heat.  The biggest pike have been caught walleye fishing, which is what they are eating 🙂 The fish have been in every depth from 2 feet to 17 feet in the last couple of weeks.  The walleyes are in about 12 feet now and will come up shallow for awhile in July soon, right near the fast growing weeds.

 

It has been hot and dry and water levels are going down.  Some rain would be nice.  There are a couple of fires burning and depending on the wind we may experience some smoke in the air.  There is no fire ban on yet but we are telling our guests no fires unless it rains.  It looks like we should get some soon.

Here are some pictures our guests have shared with us recently.

Trey M. and his crew from Texas were up with us in the very early 90’s when my Mom and Dad were first getting the main lodge on Deer Lake running and Findlay was a day fishing lake from the main lodge.   He has been planning on getting back up here for awhile now, trying to explain to his friends how great it is to be in the bush, but pictures don’t do it justice.  Once you experience the silence and superb fishing, you will be hooked.  These Texans are already looking forward to the next one 🙂

 

Jarret was one year old when Trey first came up with Amik OUtposts.  His first walleye of his life…… 23.5 inches!  Not a bad start eh?

 

These guys have been on here many times.  The Lindberg party has fished every one of our lakes and are now going through them again!  Cobham Morley seems to be their home for the next couple of years at least.  They caught lots of fish and some pretty nice ones as well.  

On the last night, they had some issues.  After using the same motor all week, the prop, nut and washer fell off.  We are not sure if another guest had taken it off and lost the cotter pin or if it just broke.  They had the wind against them so they were going to wait until the wind went down to paddle home.  

There was 3 of them in the 16 foot boat so they made some extra paddles to get them home, but luckily they communicated with their buddies where they were going and what time they were to return.  After being overdue, their buddies went and found them and towed them in.  They took the paddles home along with a good story.

 

 

Suntans and Smiles :)

 

We have been busy and life is good.  Our fishermen are catching lots of fish and everyone has been coming back from the bush with some great tans on their face and hands, some with racoon eyes and some like me without.  Fishing has been very good, lots of fish and quite a few big ones.  Not too many 27″ plus walleye yet but quite a few in the 24-26″  range.  The pike are still active with 40″ plus fish being caught and released at most camps.  I think the walleyes may finally start to settle down on some depths but until now they have been in various depths from 2 feet to 15 feet.  I saw the Cherrington guys yesterday and they had them thick in 7 feet. Which is where they would normally be at this time of year.

It has been hot, cold and everything in between lately.  We have had some rain as well which was much needed as we had a few fires burning that were getting out of hand.  They are out now and the bush is turning greener by the day which slows the fire risk down now. 

The fires so far have all been set by kids on northern communities or by logging crews. In the pic you can see a Water Bomber picking up water on the lake.

We have had some pictures coming in from some of our guests who were up recently to back up the big fish stories I have been telling 🙂

The Patenaude Party returned to Jeanette Lake.  They caught lots of fish as they have every second year for many years.  They gradually got bigger each day as the water warmed up.

The Caribou live around the cabin at Jeanette most of each summer. They may calve there or just feel safe near the rapids, being able to observe them is pretty cool.

 

The Grindstaff party made the trip from North Carolina for their second time to Loree Lake.  They have fallen in love and are already booked for next year.  Once the solitude of the bush and good fishing get ahold of you, you are hooked 🙂

The Szablewski party fished Shearstone Lake and did great for their first time.  They caught lots of fish and loved the new boats.  Walleye fishing was great and they caught a number of big pike.  Here are a few pictures from their trip.

 

The Berg Party were back at their favorite lake. Cherrington.  Fishing was great with the usual amount of big fish,  Lots of them.  This year they went after some lake trout and caught a few.  Jeff was very impressed at the big fight that they put up.  Here are some pics from their trip.

 

 

 

It’s time to GIVER.

 

 

We have been waiting for this time to come!  The ice is going and we are opening camps.  We will have just enough time.   Like always…… 🙂

We have been fairly cool at night so the ice has taken its time leaving.  Plenty of lakes are still iced over too much to get in but almost all of our lakes are open or will be shortly.  The ice has gone out up north before the lakes east of us.  A fairly common occurrence and ice out being May 9-10 is pretty normal.  Fishing should be awesome!!!

This was BlackBirch this morning on our way to Cherrington to drop of motors etc.  The ice will be gone from there in another day or so.    We will be busy for the next 2 weeks getting camps ready for the season.  Rena and Taina will be at the base getting the next load ready and the boys will be up north getting it done.  

From what I have seen so far, the water levels are perfect on the camps to the west and a bit lower over by Findlay and Loree.  I couldn’t get into Shearstone, Jeanette but DarkWater was perfect also, just up to the dock.

And I saw a few mosquitos today!!!! 

If you are still looking for a fishing vacation for this summer, please send us an email or call us.  Our schedule is ever changing and we can do our best to accommodate you.  Click here to inquire about a LAST MINUTE FISHING TRIP.

 

 

 

 

A few more dates :)

We have been booking people steadily lately and have filled all of the holes we had on our last blog.  Here are a few more dates that we have available for this season due to cancellations and health issues of some of our guests.

Cobham Daniel May 26-31, 2019

Cobham River June 1-5, 2019

Shearstone Lake June 26- July 1, 2019

BlackBirch Lake June 29- July 6, 2019

Vee Lake July 10-16, 2019

Jeanette Lake June 25-30, 2019

Please let us know if you would like to book any one of these trips.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.

 

 

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