Canadian Fly In Fishing
Canadian Fly In Fishing

The New Brochure

A project we have been working on for awhile now is complete!  We have made a new brochure for this season and will have a PDF version of it on our website soon for our guests to download.  Here is the front page.

 

This year we will be attending the Northwest Sportshow at the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 21-24.

In the past 8 years we have not been attending any of the Sportshows.  Our faithful guests, good word of mouth and our website have kept our numbers great over this period of time.  We can always use more and new guests but this is more of a working vacation.  A time to get away from home, see what is happening in the industry, visit some of our guests and competitors, and have the opportunity to talk fishing with some new people.  It will be good to be back.

If you would like to get your hands on the new brochure come down to the show, Booth 1111.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Looking at the long term forecast it looks like it is going to start warming up.  We have lots of snow and when it melts it will take the ice out pretty quick.  Hopefully we have a nice slow warm up. I can feel the longer days giving me more energy already ūüôā

Time with Dad.

Whether you are a grown adult fishing with your Dad who lives on the other side of the country or a father with a number of kids, spending time totally alone in the wilderness, fishing on your own private lake is time well spent.  Being totally out of reach from all the distractions of the world is where you can really connect.

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If you are sick of running the rat race and can’t remember the last time you were not caught ¬†in the web of the digital age, a trip to the bush is what you need.

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And of course there are times when Grandpa gets to fish with his grandkids.  Out on the lake you are able to hand down knowledge and wisdom to the next generation when the only thing in their hand is a fishing rod, not a cell phone.   It feels great for us to see a new generation being exposed to the North.  There are not many places left in the world like it!

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Eventually after showing your kids how to fish…. ¬†They will out fish you!

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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.

 

 

 

 

Monster Pike!

We have many types of fishermen.  Some are true walleye fishermen that like to jig and be near the bottom.  This type of fisherman will catch hundreds upon hundreds of fish and quite often will hook and land a Trophy Pike!  This can happen at almost any time of year.  But a True Northern Pike fisherman will cast all day, working the bays and windswept shorelines.  It takes a lot out of you but is worth the effort when you catch Tons of Trophies!!

People always ask, “When is the best time to catch Big Pike?” ¬†If you want to catch lots of Big Fish, you need to come at the end of May. ¬†Closer to ice out the better. ¬†Post spawn Pike occupy every warm weedy bay, basking in the sun, feeding like alligators, hungry after the long winter under 4 feet of ice. ¬†We have a few dates still available for the 2013 season.

Dark Water Lake May 26-June 2

Loree Lake May 24-30

Vee Lake May 24-31

Cobham Daniel May 26-June 1

Cherrington Bay June 1-8

Click here to inquire about these dates or any other time frame.

 

 

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John and Rena will be at the Northwest Sportshow March 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Come on down to say hi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best meal on the Planet!!

A shorelunch is the best meal on the Planet! ¬†A meal that can be duplicated at home or in the cabin but doesn’t taste near as good as it does out on the lake. ¬†Freshly caught walleye, 1 inch cubed potatoes with diced onions, Heinz beans, Natural Rye Bread and a tasty beverage made by Labatt! ¬† Some of our guests have shorelunch everyday, no matter what the weather! ¬†And some of them fish early in the year when the weather is unpredictable. ¬†If you are new at it, just keep an eye on the weather and do it on the sunny days with little to no wind. ¬†Pictures supplied by our fantastic guests, some new and some of these guys have been fishing with us since the beginning. ¬†Here is what you need to do to enjoy the best meal out there…..

Step 1

Assemble a group of your best friends and family.

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Step 2

Meet up with your buddies at The Spot. ¬†It doesn’t take long to catch lunch!

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The best ones to eat are the 14-16 inch walleye.  They cook quick and melt in your mouth!!!

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Step 3

Find a location with a view preferably in the sun!  Also when picking your spot please make sure that the wind is carrying your smoke and ashes across the lake not back into the bush behind you.  Take advantage of the calm days.

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 Also look for a spot where it is easy to get out of the boat.  Smooth wet rocks make for graceful falls into the lake and skinned elbows!

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Get to work.  Somebody needs to fillet the fish, cut the potatoes-dice the onion, get the fire started, hand out the beverages.  If everyone picks a duty there is plenty of time to relax.  Remember that your fire needs to only be a medium fire that can be maintained, too big of a fire will only start your oil on fire and you will be eating bread for lunch!!   Have some small wood nearby to keep stuffing it.

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Step 5

Heat up the pans on the fire and wipe them out with paper towel, then heat up the oil.  You can get away with one pan and cook your potatoes first.  Remeber, before you cook your fish, add a tablespoon of margarine to your oil, this helps your fish brown nicely.

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There is usually one guy in the group who can do the fish the best.

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Step 6

Enjoy the best meal around!  Enjoy the silence.

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Step 7

A perfectly angled rock in the sun put use.  A well picked Shoerlunch spot!

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Remember John and Rena will be attending the Northwest Sportshow Mar 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Come on down to book a trip, ask questions about your upcoming trip or just say hi.

 

 

 

 

 

You can start to feel it.

 

I can feel the sun gaining more power everyday!  Our days have gotten much longer and it is begining to warm up.  Temperatures are normal,  -15 to 20 at night but almost melting during the day.  Spring is not far away.  We also have lots of snow, around 3 feet and we have not gotten through the snowiest part of the winter yet.  Water up north last fall was low so I hope to see perfect levels in the spring. The sun is becomes higher in the sky quickly in the North during February.  Here is picture at 5pm, a month ago it was dark out at 5.  Dusty continues to be out on the lake everyday that I am.  She loves it out there.  More on the nice days,  just like us!!

 

 

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Dusty has grown a lot.  Eating frozen fish heads gives her plenty of protein.

 

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The longer days also means we are getting closer to next fishing season!  The Trophy Fish have been resting and eating, getting bigger and bigger for you to catch again.  Thats the beauty of having a pristine fishery that has an unharmed gene pool.  Many of these monsters have never been caught before and many have been caught and released to get bigger to give someone else the experience of a lifetime.

 

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Amik Outposts will be attending the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis March 21 to 24.  Come on down to see John and Rena, to say hi or book a trip for the 2013 season.  They are always happy to see a familiar face and to make new friends.

 

 

Northwest Sportshow

Starting on Wednesday, March 28th, Rena and I will be attending the Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis and be there until Sunday April 1st. ¬†Come on down to say hi. ¬†It is always good to see past, present, and the new guests! ¬†Whether you are an experienced outpost fisherman or a rookie, we can help you by answering any questions you may have and help you plan the details of your trip. ¬†We take great pride in seeing our groups of fisherman and families come back from our deluxe outpost cabins telling stories of the huge numbers they caught and released, the trophies they caught and of course…the one that got away!!!

If you have not been fortunate enough to fish with Amik Outposts,  you are missing out.  Amik Outposts began operating on Virgin Lakes  in 1992.  In 1994 John and Rena began their journey to becoming the qualified outfitters they are today.  Come down, meet them and book a trip.   Or simply fill out our Info Request Form to inquire about dates for the 2012 season.

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