Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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.

 

 

Getting ready to roll!!

Spring is here and the snow is melting.  It has been a normally long winter and the longer days and warmer temps feel great.  The snow is melting fairly slowly which is good to keep water levels at a good level and the fire risk low .

Our commercial fishing season on Lake Manitoba is over.  5 months of working out on the slab of ice is enough.  It was a good season with consistent catching throughout the winter.  We fed many, many people this winter.  We enjoy what we do out there working amongst Nature, most of the time.  Here is Dustee on the last day looking sad because she knows that we won’t be back until next fall.  The Bombardier is right full of fish!

 

We are busy getting ready for the season, preparing and ordering supplies we need to keep the camps up to snuff so all of our guests can enjoy their trip problem free.

As we approach spring our schedule is always changing with groups adding extra people and others having to cancel or re-schedule.  We have had some Prime Dates open up recently and would love to fill them.  Here are some available dates we have open at this time:

Cobham Daniel May 26-31, 2019 (5 day)

Cobham River June 1-5, 2019 (4 day)

Shearstone Lake June 26- July 1, 2019 (5 day)

Findlay Lake July 5-11, 2019 (6 day)

Dark Water Lake June 29- July 4, 2019 (6 day)

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like dates other than we have listed here.  Our phone number is 807-735-9968 or you can simply click here to inquire about about dates for a great fishing vacation.

 

 

Experience

25 years ago Rena and I began working with my parents at Amik Lodge and Outposts.  Since then we have grown into a great team who have tons of experience in the outfitting business and know how to keep our guests happy and coming back year after year.  Pictured below is the first Cessna 185 that I used to camp check in.

 

 

 

The Outfitting business has seen a major turn over in the past year or two.  Many outfitters are getting to the age where they are ready to hang it up and sell to a new owner.  The flyin outfitting business is a small community and in our time with Amik Outposts there has not been many changes.  There will be many new faces at the Sporthows this winter behind some well established companies booths.  Amik Outposts on the other hand has not been doing many Sportshows in the past 8 years, we have been putting our dollars towards improving our cabins and equipment.  Our philosophy is that it is easier to keep our guests happy so that they want to come back, not find new ones.  We want to be your only Outfitter. 

Whether you are a first time flyin fisherman or an experienced group of fishermen looking for a better outfitter, you can not go wrong with choosing Amik Outposts.

Here are a few things to consider when you are booking your Fishing Vacation to Canada.

Experience in the business.  We have operated on the same lakes for our entire career.  We have started at the bottom and worked our way through every job that needed to be done and have learned to be efficient and provide a First Class Experience to our guests. 

Organization.  Rena and I have taken pride in our work and want to make sure you have a great time.  We look after the smallest details in all aspects of your trip right from the planning, having a well outfitted camp, the flight and the fishing.  We offer assistance with many factors of your trip planning , Groceries, Bait, Beverages.  Many outfitters have stopped doing these extra items, we have not.

Your Pilot.  With Amik Outposts, the pilot flying you to your camp is the owner.  I have been flying this area of Canada since I was 19 years old and strive to make every flight the smoothest flying experience  of your life.

The Fishing.  Having been in the business for a long time we know how our fishing compares to the rest of Canada.  We can honestly say that our fishing is World Class.  We have had fishermen who have fished all over the World and Canada, after fishing with us, their search for the best is over.  Our Conservation policy, a healthy gene pool and a pristine environment ensures that our fishing will stay great forever.  We are fortunate to be able to share this awesome renewable resource with our guests.

Comfortable Cabins.  Our cabins are not fancy.  They are functional and comfortable.  Breathtaking views of the lake, screened in decks, new mattresses, a Sat phone for emergency use, dry boats with good solid seats and reliable motors.  We do our best to ensure the small details are looked after also such as a new grill every 2 seasons, having 2 refrigerators at each camp and many other small items to make sure your trip is uneventful and enjoyable.

When you are researching outfitters for your next Fishing Vacation look at the map of Ontario and have a look where the outfitters are located.  If you look up into the far Northwest corner of Ontario away from everyone else.  That is where you will find us.

Please click here to enquire about fishing with Amik Outposts in 2019!

 

The End is Fast Approaching

We are nearing the end!  Only a week or 10 days that we are busy with fishermen and then it slows down and around the 10th of September we will be done with fishermen.  We have started to do some dockwork and have a number of other projects to accomplish in the bush before moose hunting starts.  My turn to be in the bush is almost here.  The next 5-6 weeks are my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fishing continues to be great!  Our guests are all coming out of the bush with big smiles.  All lakes are catching numerous walleyes up to the 25-26  inch mark with a few bigger ones caught on Cherrington up to 28 inches.

Pike are beginning to come out of the deeper water and feed in the bays near the deep water.  Almost every camp I pick up has a story about a pike attacking either walleyes on their way to the boat or attacking walleyes attached to the stringer tied to the boat.  

We tell people all the time,  great fishing is the bonus.  Being in the bush away from any outside distractions with family or friends is the best reason to be here.  

The dock at Cherrington Bay is complete although I forgot to take a picture of the finished job.  This one involved half a day of being in the lake to get it done.  It was a nice hot day so it wasn’t too bad despite the sunburn.

Scott and I noticed that the lake west of Vee lake that feeds it was dammed up and holding water back from Vee.  With the lower water levels our region is having this year we went and rectified the situation and freed up some water for vee lake as well as the Cobham system.  It didn’t make much of a difference on the Cobham but Vee lake has a nice boost of water for awhile.  It turned from a trickle to raging river in 45 minutes with me and Scotty excavating.

Seth and Don W. from Ohio love Shearstone Lake and have fished it many times now and have really found the big pike the last few years.  This year they caught some really nice ones.  Here is a fat 40 plus inch Pike from their trip in July to Shearstone.

The Hendricks family’s happy place.  Vee Lake!  Someone photo bombed them this year!  We got a framed copy in the mail for our office. ๐Ÿ™‚

2019 is booking up early this year.  We are already filling holes for next season, it looks like it will be a busy one again next year.  Please email us at amikoutposts@gmail.com or call us at 807-735-9968, or simply click here to find out what dates are available.  

 

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 โ€œ40 Inch Clubโ€:  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 20โ€, the most pike over 27โ€, catching the most โ€œmonsterโ€ 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 35โ€ plus monster just didnโ€™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 18โ€ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Over the hump.

We are over the hump and past the summer solstice the days will begin to get shorter soon. Before then we have lots and lots of fishermen who need some sore hands from catching so many fish.  Every hand I have shook has been covered in cuts and bandaids from walleye after walleye.  The gill plate of a walleye has a thorn on the end and as you grab them they flare their gills and eventually you are going to get some cuts.  Especially with the numbers of fish our guests have been catching lately!  Fishing continues to be outstanding.  We have had a number of first time flyin guests recently and they have caught a ton of fish as well, one group which returned today from Jeanette lake said everything was beyond their expectations.  

We have had big numbers as well as some trophies being caught and released.  A number of walleyes have been caught greater than 30 inches and the pike continue to be very aggressive in attacking walleyes by the boat.  Almost every group has come out of the bush reporting catching 2-7 pike over 40 inches.  43 seems to be the number lately with many trophy pike being caught and released measuring 43 inches in the past 10 days or so.

Here are some pictures from some of our guests taken in the past couple of weeks.

The Knip/Cradduck party have been with us for many years and fished their second home Blackbirch Lake.  They had an awesome time and caught lots of fish and welcomed a new member of the family to Blackbirch as well.  Burt’s grandson Justin.  During the first day he was already making plans for next year…..

The Pusateri boys also fished on Blackbirch the week before and also caught some great fish and saw some beautiful sunsets.

The Jorgensen Party fished on Cherrington and caught some nice lake trout measuring almost 30 inches.  They put up a great fight!

The Erickson Party made their annual journey to Cobham Daniel.  They had a great time and caught some huge fish in the heat!  

 

We have 2 prime August dates available on the Cobham in August!

Cobham Daniel August 9-16, 2018 7 day trip

Cobham Morley August 7-12, 2018 5 day trip

 

Please click here to email  or call us to inquire about rates on these trips 807-735-9968.

 

 

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…..

 

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