Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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.  

GO JETS GO

It is great to make the playoffs!  It is great to win one playoff game!  
Winning 2 series and go further than any Jets team in our NHL history?
Awesome :)
We are big and strong and know how to score. 
Our fans are special.
35 Thousand plus show up every game, the arena only holds 15. 

We are loving every minute of it!!!

Ice Out

With much of North America having a long cold winter, we had a pretty regular-cold winter.  There was quite a bit of snow, nothing apocalyptic or anything, we just didn’t get a melt at all during the whole winter as we normally get where the snow shrinks and melts a bit in February.  Spring is a bit delayed as we have some snow left and lots of ice.  This can change in a hurry as we have seen in the past.  The snow can melt fast increasing the flow and temperature of the water helping the ice go out quicker.  

 

Rena and I are preparing in the same fashion as we have forever.  We will be in Red Lake during the first week of May and our flight schedule will be done shortly after.   We are not worried about ice out yet as most of our lakes are quite narrow and tend to go out fairly early.  We are always optimistic, and looking forward to a great summer of awesome fishing.

 

As everyone approaches their fishing trip, questions arise.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.  

 

If you are interested in booking a last minute fishing trip. please let us know your time frame you would like to go and we will let you know what is available.

Champions!

The Midget hockey team I have been coaching for many years had a great season this year.  15-17 year old kids from 2 small towns.  We don’t have any try-outs, we take whoever wants to play. 

This year we started out as one of the weakest teams I had ever coached but one of the most talented, winning some losing some with a few problems amongst the guys during the first month of hockey.  After a couple of poor games and players acting like individuals, I lost it!  “For the next 5 months we are family! Now start acting like it!”  That was the clean version of my yelling. 🙂

After that day and months of hard skating practices, we started to come together.  We improved each month and peaked a month before playoffs.  Everyone knew their role and every one believed we could win.

We won our 2 best of 3 game series to represent our region at the Manitoba Provincial Tournament.  10 teams from towns smaller and larger than ours.  The competition is always stiff.  Our team did very well and could have been the gold medal winners but ran into a tough team 2 times including the semi final.  This put us in the Bronze medal game which we won easily.  We were not the biggest team in the tournament but we were meaner and hungrier than any other team and we played a rough style of hockey.  No one wanted to play us because the knew every time they touched the puck one of our guys was going to crush them.  It was awesome to see.  It reminded me of when I played. 

Our 8 team league had one undefeated team this year.   It wasn’t us.  Gimli is a town 3 times our size and has enough kids for 2 teams.  They hand picked an “A” team this year.   Gimli never lost all season and beat us all 3 times we played them.  Twice by large margins but one game we scared them with physicality and they only beat us 4-3.  We smelled blood and we knew we could beat them.  We took the series 2 games straight, winning 3-1 and 4-2.  During the entire series we held the lead and played so well that I never had the feeling that we were going to lose.  I could just feel the win.   These boys really came together this year and were very coachable.  It was a great season.

20 years of coaching Minor Hockey.  I think it is time for a break.  Thousands of hours and even more miles were put in, but I loved every minute of it.  Next season I will not be at the rink 3-4 times per week.  It is going to leave a big hole.  I have been involved in organized hockey since I was 4.  

I am not retiring. 🙂 Just taking a break.  I still have plenty of hockey left in me.  Who knows, maybe I will come back to coach 5 year olds.

We have had some awesome weather lately.  It has been flat calm and sunny for at least 2 weeks.  The temperature is above freezing most days and the snow has started to shrink.  Although today it is at the freezing mark, snowing and blowing 40 mph.  

The long term forecast shows a gradual melt for the next couple of weeks with lots of sun.  

Spring is here!  The geese, the crows and the Eagles are back.

We will be back in Red Lake soon and back in the air!

Great times in the bush!!!

Never before have we had such a history recorded of so many smiles, fish caught and maybe a gallon or two of beer drank in 28 years of fishing trips.  These lifelong friends have made many memories in the bush.  

Thank you to Mike Seal for putting together this collage of pictures depicting their history with us at Amik Outposts.   The pictures pre-date our 25 years with Amik Outposts to the previous owners.  

I have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with these great guys over the years and look forward to the future….

 

The Almighty Northern Pike

The Pike is the most plentiful, resilient, adaptable and aggressive game fish in the world.  They are a blast to fish for and put up a heck of a fight.  Pike are the most sought after trophy fish in Canada and our lakes are full of them. 

In the far North these fish grow at a very slow rate due to the short growing season and the cold water.  Our “No Trophy” policy has ensured that the gene pool will never be harmed and the trophy fish remain in the lake.  Growing bigger and have the chance to be caught again!  We understand that this is a resource that needs to be looked after and we plan on doing just that.  Generations from now the fishing on our lakes should be just as good as it is today!

Catching pike is usually pretty easy.  Casting, trolling or jigging, pike can be caught many ways and they occupy many depths of water depending on the time of year.  Post-spawn is when the large females are the most active and can be caught in shallow water.  Throughout the summer pike can be found near their favorite food source…..walleye.  The majority of trophies are caught on nothing but a jig without a leader!

It is quite common for our fishermen to be fishing for walleyes, catching fish after fish when all the activity in the water draws the attention of a predator….

T-bone attacks are fairly common and sometimes both fish can be landed!  Your hook in the Walleyes mouth and the walleye in the Pikes mouth!  It helps to have a good net man in the boat with you to achieve this feat.

Our 2018 season is coming together nicely.  Please let us know if you would like to start planning a trip.  Please click here to inquire about dates for 2018.

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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.

It’s amazing how far people come for great fishing.

The days are getting shorter and we are into our last busy month of fishermen.  We will be spending some time in the bush soon fixing docks and working around the camps.  Perhaps a bit of fishing, card playing and maybe a beer or two….  After a busy summer of showing people great trips it is our turn to enjoy the North.

We continue to see guests showing up in their vehicles from some very far away places.  It’s amazing how far they will come for awesome fishing.  We really appreciate the effort and will always do our best to show you an amazing trip.  We always have a lot of guests from the Midwest but it seems we have almost had people from all of the lower 48.  Florida, New York, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma and even New Mexico.  

The Alexander family has been fishing with us every other year since the the boys were very young.  They have always driven from Colorado and for many years they had 5 people and all their gear in an SUV and trekked across the Continent to Red Lake.  Their family has grown and now there is daughter in-laws and soon grandkids joining the group.  They have all become great walleye and northern fishermen and seem to be catching bigger and bigger fish each year.  This year was another awesome trip.  This time they spent a week on Vee lake and caught some Big Fish.  Here are a few of the Big Ones they caught this year

We headed to Shearstone this week to do some dock work.  We only had a day and a half with no flying so we had to giver.  We rebuilt the section of dock coming off the shore and also added a new crib under a long span running along the shore.  A medium sized job and we got it done, caught some fish and had a good night in the bush.  Of course Dustee was the happiest of all to be out in the bush as she has been sad because she has been wanting to go flying so badly.  We had a couple of perfect working days, warm but not too hot.  It felt good to be out there. 🙂

The dock turned out good and we shouldn’t have to touch it again for a few years.  

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.

I like the cooler Brad is standing on…. 🙂

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.  

Harvard video

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.

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