Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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.

Bad 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.

Problems 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.

As one season ends, we look forward to the next!

2015 has come to a close.  We had a great season thanks to our awesome guests!  The weather cooperated, letting us move our people to and from the Outposts, most of the time, on time.  There was only one overnight delay this season which is pretty good compared to other years.  It makes life much less stressful to have understanding guests who understand that Mother Nature is the one in charge.

The Otter is put away for the winter, Rena and I are finishing up here in Red Lake and will be headed for the prairies soon.  It is always a bitter sweet feeling to see the season end but the seasons change and time marches on…..

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Photo Contest

We have been sorting through photos submitted by our guests for the 2015 photo contest and there are some really beautiful pictures.  We will take entries for this years photo contest until October 31.  After that the best ones will be selected and the contest will begin during the week of U.S. Thanksgiving.  We will be using the Amik Outposts Facebook page to host the contest and the winner will be determined by the photo that gets the most “likes”, so please tell your friends to vote for your picture if it selected.  Here is the link to our Facebook page.   Like our page and it will show up on your Facebook feed.  Share it with all your friends so when the voting starts, you will be ready!

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Next Season….

Just a friendly reminder to anyone who has dates reserved with us.  If you have not sent us a deposit yet, please do so very soon.  We cannot hold dates through our booking season without a deposit.  Mail your $300 per person deposit to:

Box 597

Ranier, Mn

56668

Payable to: Canadian Flyin Fishing Inc.

Please take a stroll through our website as all of the pages have been updated with new pictures shared with us by our awesome guests.  Being in the north is very special and these pictures only give you a small sample of what it is really like.  Once you have experienced a flyin fishing trip to a remote lake, you will always long to hear the silence.  Thank you to all of our guests who shared their experiences with us.

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It begins.

Another season is underway at Amik Outposts!  We have had mostly good weather for getting the camps ready with the exception of a Colorado Low that gave us a day of rain followed by a day of snow the day before our first fishermen headed into the bush.  We have had a comfortable amount of time to prepare and have had fishermen at the outposts since Tuesday.

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It feels great to be back!!

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Dark Water Lake now has a new screened gazebo. With a beautiful view!

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I always see this cool stream when I land at the Cobham River so Dustee and I went to take a picture.

 

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She loves the boat. Lots to see and smell. She is so happy when we are up North!

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Here is our crew that will ensure you have a great fishing vacation. 2 Nicks and Jordan. Young pilots getting their foot in the door in Aviation. The best kind…. Bush Flying!

The first fishing report!

The fishing this week was as I expected after a very cold few days with a few inches of snow dropped into the water, to was slow to start.  The water was warming up nicely with the sun prior to the bad weather and the walleye would have been close to spawning and the northerns should have been done I would expect.  The weather would have delayed things a few days, I told the guys to expect slower fishing at the beginning and it would get better everyday.

 

 

Thats exactly what happened.  The caught smaller fish at the start of their trip and it gained strength each day with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.  The pike size they caught grew everyday from 30 inches, in every increment all the way up to 41 inches!  Walleye played the same game, by the last day they caught walleye measuring up to 28 inches.  Some of the larger walleye at the end of the week appeared skinnier, so hopefully the spawn is almost over and we will be ready for a season of catching as they start to feed heavily. I hope you are ready. We are ready for you. 🙂

 

We have had a few calls regarding travel insurance.  We do not handle any of this.  It is just something you should look into before any international trip.  I am sure there are many insurance companies you can choose from but one of our guests has recommended AIG.  Here is the link. http://www.travelguard.com/travel-tips/tips-for-before-depart/

We are not endorsing them or anyone.  The decision is yours, we just want you to be prepared for the “What if”.

 

Looking forward to another awesome season!!!!!

Turning the corner

We have had a very easy winter in the North.  We have had some cold weather  but we have also had some warm weather every once in awhile.  The snowfall is also light this year!  We went from the coldest, dirtiest winter in 150 years to an enjoyable one.  We can still get a ton of snow in February and March but right now it won’t take much for spring to walk through the door.

My brother and I are perch fishing now out on Lake Manitoba.  After a few poor seasons, this year we have actually found some good fishing.  We are working long days but we don’t mind, work has been bred into us.  This week we sent over 1500 pounds of fresh caught perch to market!  That is a lot of fish.

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The 1954 Bombardier cannot be replaced. My brother Jamie has made many modifications to the old girl including a hydraulic ice auger which is large enough to fit the Jigger down the hole for setting nets through 3.5 feet of ice.

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The perch are big this year.

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The winter has been pleasant but there is usually a wind.

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Dustee loves it out on the lake. Although we never see anyone, she is always on the lookout.

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This is a Goldeye. We only catch one or 2 a year. They taste awesome and this toothy tongued fish is headed to the smoker in the spring!

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Once the time starts to come back it moves fast! A month ago it was dark at 4:30 and now the sun is up until after 5:30. 3 months and we will be back in the air!!!

 

Looking back at the Big Ones.

Here is a look back at some of the pictures from our 2013 season.  Thank you to our awesome guests who share their great vacation photos with us.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Amik Outposts.

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Time for a rest.

Kyle and I made our last tour of the north to close the last camps and rebuild the dock at Findlay lake.  The forecast was for one more week of nice warm days and sunshine.  After we brought out the last hunters, we repacked and went right back to the bush to take advantage of the good weather.  Everything went like clockwork.  Closing camps with 2 of us and Dustee was easy.  When we were done another camp, the weather wasn’t an issue and we just went to the next one.

 

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The dock at Findlay is a big job checked off the list.  We fixed the tops of the existing cribs, filled them with rocks and ran new stringers, raising it 6 inches.  This is a good solid dock now and should last for 15 years.  It was frosty every night, we would start out each day with our jackets and toques on.

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And then by the afternoon we were in our t-shirts.

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Kyle and I spent a month together in the bush.  He is continuing his pilot training and has plans of coming back next season to work for us.  He didi a great job this summer.

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It is time for a rest for the Otter!  The old girl did another great job of getting all of our guests moved this summer.  It feels weird not to have her tied to the dock.  After a rest and some winter maintenance, she will be ready to do it all over again!

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The Otter

As I was going through some old pictures, I came across a file from the Schultz party who had taken some great pictures of the Otter I had to post.

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Feels good to be back in the air!

Today was a beautiful day in the north, such a day should not be wasted on the ground. And after receiving a call from our mechanic that the ice was out on the small lake near the airport where the otter stays during the winter, I was off to get it! The biggest advantage of having a base on the river …No ice in the spring! Not that we can go anywhere else, we have the airplane and will be ready to go.

It felt great to be back in the air! A severe clear day! Sitting in the cockpit with 1000 hp in front of me, climbing up to 4500 feet. Smooth. Looking around on the way home most lakes still have ice but it is melting fast after the rain last weekend. Many of them will go if we get a big wind.  I took some pictures of Lac Seul on the way home and it will be awhile before it goes but the small ones are ready to go.

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