Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

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!!!!!

An experience never forgotten.

Going on a flyin fishing trip to a remote lake is something that you will cherish forever.  Once you have made the decision to fish with Amik Outposts and you and your party have waited for what seems like forever, planned your menu, your route, packed your gear(usually done months beforehand), made multiple trips to the tackle store, and then going through the final checklist making sure you don’t forget your passport.  Your vehicle is loaded and headed out the driveway on your adventure, seeking a monster.

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Crossing the Border at International Falls/Fort Frances, you immediately realize you are in another country.  Endless amounts of forest, seemingly another lake over every hill and a scenic curvy ride through the southern part of the Canadian Shield.  Your destination, Red Lake Ontario.  The end of the road.

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Once you get near the small gold mining town of Red Lake and you turn east on Hwy 125 towards Balmertown, just a few minutes down the road you will see the yellow and black  Otter parked at the dock on the Chukuni River.  Your ride to paradise.

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As you pull into Amik Outposts you will be greeted by John or Rena to get your party ready to go on your fishing adventure.  After unloading your gear and weighing it, you head up to the office.  Walking into the waiting area your eyes widen when you see the walls covered in pictures of Trophy Fish.  Every step you take on this journey the anticipation builds.  Rena will give you an orientation on how things work around the outposts. This includes filling out your fishing licenses, instructions for using the satellite phone for emergencies and other information to make your vacation go smoothly.  John who has been operating on these pristine lakes since the very first days they opened will mark you a map of the lake you are fishing, showing you the spots relevant to the time of year you are fishing and the areas to be careful of rocks and reefs.

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If you are on the first flight in the morning, your gear will be stored in our garage overnight and already be loaded onto the Otter by the time you get there in the morning.  As you walk down to the dock to board the Otter you can hear the Loons calling right off the end of the dock as dawn approaches.  The rumble of the 1000 horsepower radial engine effortlessly lifts the Otter in the air.  As you lift above the tree line you can see just a sliver of the sun peeking above the horizon.  You are on your way!

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As you leave the area around Red Lake, you see any activity below you cease within the first 20 miles.  The scenery turns to an endless sea of trees sparkled with sheets of granite with rushing rivers and lakes cutting their way through as they have since the beginning of time.

After a glassy smooth landing at your destination, you are greeted by the departing fishermen who are telling big fish stories even before John has the Otter tied to the dock.  You have your map handy as Rena told you to and you ask them for a few good spots.  Everyone chips in to help off load your gear and help the departing guys get their stuff loaded.  John checks everything he needs to at camp and runs through a few last minute details before shaking your hand and telling you to enjoy yourself.  Leaving you to enjoy the peace and serenity of your own private oasis.

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What you do now is entirely up to you.  Thats the great thing about going to an outpost for your vacation, you are in control.  You can fish for 18 hours a day and catch 100+ fish or fish for 2 hours and just enjoy the silence on the deck reading, stay up all night around a camp fire and wait for the Northern Lights to come out or have a shorelunch with the fresh fish you caught in the morning and then have a snooze in the afternoon sun on a well formed rock.  Whatever comes next in this story is up to you.

Rest assured, we will do our best to ensure you have all the information and tools you need to have the best vacation of your life.

Fishing with Amik Outposts. An experience never forgotten, easily repeated.

 

 

 

 

The Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets returned home 3 years ago.  My brother in law, Mark is an equipment manager for the team.  They recently did their first annual “Mens Guest Road Trip”.  And since Mark’s Dad was too far away to attend, I was able to go!  A 5 day, 2 game road trip to Anaheim and San Jose.  A break from the COLD!!!  Perfect timing thats for sure.

This is as close as a lifetime hockey guy like me will ever get to the NHL.  It was the dream of mine and many kids growing up to play in the show.  I can attest that it is not an easy life  but would be awesome.  It was great to travel on the charter with the team and get the real experience of the road in the NHL.   I however was with the equipment guys and they work looong hours.  I was the perfect candidate for the trip.  Game day, these guys work from 7am until 3am if the team travels after the game.  A little hard work never scared me.

I would also like to thank the Jets organization and particularly the Chipman Brothers for their hospitality and first class experience of being on the road with an NHL team.  It was greatly appreciated and I look forward to doing it again.

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Mark and I get along like brothers.  It drives Rena crazy sometimes.

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It didn’t take me long to learn the routine and just how perfect everything is in the dressing room of an NHL team.  The Jets had never been to Anaheim since they returned to the league.  I was the one to put the Jets sticker on the skate sharpener with all the other NHL team who used it before us.

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Center ice in Anaheim.  Ready for a fight.  Teemu and the Ducks had not lost in regulation all season at home before the Winnipeg Jets showed up. When ever the Jets play, listen to O’Canada and when “True North” is shouted from the Jets fans in the crowd in recognition to the company named True North who brought the Jets back to Winnipeg.  There was lots of Jets fans in Anaheim and it pushed the Jets on to Victory!!!  Minnesota sings it in french to deter the Winnipeg faithful but it does them no good!

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I was in the suites before anyone else since I was at the rink all day.  2 private suites, food and fridges full of beer all to myself… for an hour anyways.

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We did find time to go out to some nice restaurants, drink a few yards of beer and do some golfing at Boulder Ridge on the day off.  It was great to spend some time in the sun with my Brother in law and the team.

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It doesn’t matter which arena I am in.  I always take the time to be out there by myself.  Silent, just waiting for the game to begin.  It was no different in an NHL arena than it is at home.   It is a feeling I have cherished since I started hockey.  The Shark Tank was was not as kind to us.  The Jets lost 1-0 to the Sharks in a well played game.  The Dads were funny after the game.  Typical, critical of their sons.  Just like I would be. 🙂

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It was a great experience to be able to spend a week with an NHL team, helping with every aspect of the gear and preparation for practices and games. Interacting with the players before and after practices you realize they are on a different level but still regular guys who come from working class families and farms from around the world but absolutely first class and professional in every way.

 

Camps are ready to go and the big ones are active!!!.

 

It was a stretch of great weather to help get the camps open this last couple weeks.  We were able to work long days and battle the high water on our western most camps but they are all ready to go!!!  We are steadily filling all of the camps and a few groups of fishermen have returned from their fishing vacation and reported having great fishing.  The walleyes are post spawn and the northerns would be also since they spawn before the walleyes.  The feeding frenzy will get better everyday!

Darkwater lake had the Christensen Party fish it right out of the gate.  They caught lots of fish including many nice pike.  The biggest for their trip was a 38 incher.

Cobham River -The  Heichert party.  Guests who had been with us back when we were still flying out of Ear Falls.  They caught Big Pike in every spot on the map where I marked that there would be fish!!  🙂  That doesn’t always happen.  They had countless fish up to 39 inches and had 1 over 40 inches.  TONS of action!

Cherrington had the Krapac Party fish it for their 3rd time.  Simply put, I heard some of their nicknames for spots on the lake and it kind of sums up the fishing they experienced….Chaos falls, Insanity Bay and so on.  They explored the whole lake walking up many sets of rapids and streams, seeing suckers spawning and many fish scales on the shores.  The bears had been feeding at these locations.  They had no problems until one day at the end of walleye alley.  Walking along noticing the scales once again they heard a number of Whoofs from the bush ahead.  Back to the boat!!!  They started the week of on their first full day…a 41 inch Pike!  And another big girl sighted.  They hit that spot everyday.  Persistence pays off….the last full day yielded a 42 inch fat trophy pike!!!  A great trip, beginning to end.

 

 

Here are some pics I took during the camp opening.

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Dustee was in heaven while we were up north. So much to do and see.

 

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Don't forget your water rudders down!! I caught someone today with their rudders down as they flew by and as the tradition goes... they owe you a case of beer. My favorite color!

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Operation Hammerhandle headed to the Cobham River today. They had awesome tee shirts again this year. I hope the big ones cooperate for them.

 

 

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We are ready for another great season and looking forward to it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Deep Freeze might be over!

The days are getting longer but the cold is still present in the North!  The weatherman says we are past the bitter cold.   We have had quite a bit of snow so far and we have not gotten to the snowy part of winter.  The water was fairly low last fall, I expect the water levels in the spring will be normal to high depending on how quick the snow melts.

I have been working out on Lake Manitoba chasing the Perch around.  Fishing has not been as good as last year and it has been cloudy and stormy a lot recently.  After days on end of not seeing the horizon, shoreline or anything further than a quarter mile from you, you feel like you are in a bubble all day.  Operating with a Bombardier built in 1954 out on the lake 13 miles or more there are many dangers.  Breaking down in the cold really sucks, especially since there are less and less commercial fishermen out there.  We have GPS and good cell service but in a storm it can be hard for someone to find you, and you are not walking home thats for sure!  Crossing the ice crack, a normal part of being out on the ice was just too dangerous this year.  We pulled out our nets that were on the other side of the crack.  The last crossing we made, the crack broke off on both sides and looked like it was 15 to 16 feet wide!  Luckily the momentum and the long track spread out our weight enough to carry the 5000 pound machine across.  Nothing but blackness below.  Too much even for us.  There is just as much fish to be caught closer to home.

Here are a few pictures from my time out on the ice so far.

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This summer you will see me with a new side-kick. Dusty is a pure bred Husky. I think she will be a great partner in the bush for me! She has been on the lake with me everyday and is right at home.

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A stormy day is a little better when the sun is shining. There was a sundog on top of the lower one. It blew for almost a week after that day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dusty has it bred into her to get out of the wind. A boat cushion on the ground gives her a good seat to watch the fish come out of the hole, when she is not sleeping.

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After a ton of snow and lots of wind, the lake looks like a desert. Traveling is slow due to the sharp snow banks.

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On the calm days, Dusty is under foot most of the day attacking the Pike as they come out of the hole, she doesn't like them at all!

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When you catch thousands of fish some of them are bound to look different. This perch must have been the smartest one in the lake. He had a huge brain and big eyes! Not so smart now though. He is on his way to the East coast or the Midwest to be enjoyed by someone.

Remember that we are continuing to book people for 2013, don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a vacation with us in the pristine north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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