View Full Version : Canada June 17th thru the 26th

Look Out Below
07-01-2011, 04:20 PM
Day 1/2
My flight was suppose to be one hour prior to Brain and Mark from OIA but the PA system wouldnít work and after an hour of repair I was off, this was the start of a pure hell trip to Canada. We all met up at Minneapolis for our final fight into Regina Canada. There was a major storm over Regina with rain and hail like no other; even so Iíve landed in worse conditions before. With the landing gear down and on our approach to the runway right at the last minute we aborted the landing, the Pilot came on and said the weather was too bad and itís a safety factor that he couldnít land we are going to land at Bismarck North Dakota to re-fuel and see what the weather does.
After fuel we take off and the pilot comes on and says ďthe weather hasnít changed so we are going back to Minneapolis. Ugh, 5 Ĺ hours after takeoff we are right back to where we started. They said there would be a woman waiting for us once we got off the plane to make arraignments for us. Well, we are on concord A and no one in sight, after walking a bit we find a Delta employee and she has no idea what is going on but if we go to concord C there is customer service there. After we finally get things worked out and a seat on the next flight at 11:30pm we have a 4 hour wait. Thinking we have a 7 Ĺ hour drive to La Range from Regina and a sea plane fight at 8am we know we are going to have to drive all night now.

Well, time to board the plane but they have different ideas, they cancelled the flight. Come to find out it wasnít the weather that caused the landing abort it was the ILS (Instrument Landing System) at Regina that was out. We find out there is a flight being boarded to go to Saskatoon Canada which is 4 hours from Regina so we jump on it. Once we land of course our baggage never made it with all our fishing gear. Delta gave us rooms for the night and said our baggage will be on the next flight tomorrow at 11:30am. We now have been up for 25 Ĺ hours and tired as all get out. The next day our bags made it but we missed our morning flight to camp and that cost us another 1k for a flight that night out, all in all we lost 12 hours of fishing, I guess it could have been worse.
Day 3
Light breakfast and Walleye is the target today, after non-stop action we ended the day with 67 Walleye and 46 Northernís, Brian had the largest Walleye at 23.5 inches and I had the largest Northern at 34 inches. We kept only 20 for dinner and breakfast.
Day 4
Walleye, pancakes and eggs for breakfast (damn that is good!) this day was the target of the larger Lakers, total for the day was 18 Lakers and numerous Northernís Brian had the hot hand on these and the largest at 26.5 inches. This day was a 100% throw back day. On the run back to the camp we ran across a Moose and her Calf swimming from one island to another but we did have time to get close enough for a pix, still cool as all get out. Pork Chops, Walleye and Veggie for dinner.
Day 5

I woke this morning to having a sinus infection but I wasnít going to let that stop me, Walleye, Breakfast Sausage and Eggs then Walleye once again was the target. Ended the day with 82 Walleye and 28 Northernís, this day mark got his Walleye and Northern slam on Fly. Ribeye, Baked Tator, Salad and Corn for dinner.
Day 6
Walleye, Pancakeís and Eggs once again for breakfast. This day we were going to hit Lake Trout on a lake that holds an abundance of them nothing super large just right. After a short boat ride, then a mile Portage walk over the mountain we make it to the boats there. While cleaning them up and loading the boat a Black Bear is curious to what we were doing and walks up to 20 feet away from us. This thing is in the 300 lb + weight :EEK: Cool thing to see. Ended the day with 59 Lakers and 10 Northernís on the troll. Back where we saw the Bear he decided he took a liking to our plastic gas can and bit a couple of holes onto it after we left to fish. Chicken Legs, Blackened Trout and Salad for dinner.

Day 7
I think the guys are whipped, after 3 cups of coffee, left over Walleye, shower, tooled around outside feeding the squirrels and rabbit they are up. A Vodka and Rube Red Iím ready to go. Today was a slower day just messing around with the Northernís, total for the day was 41. Ham Steak, Pan Fried Walleye and Salad for dinner. Sinus infection still kicking my azz and now Brian has it.
Day 8
Last day of fishing so it was a light cereal breakfast and Walleye on our minds. Itís sunny as all get out and Mark decides to only bring his rain jacket. This was his first and last mistake as the weather in Canada changes minute by minute. A storm from hell came thru and it poured all day but it turn the fish on strong. Tally for the day, 95 Walleye from 4 inches to 24 inches, one Whitefish, and 38 Northernís all in 5 hours of fishing. Nice way to finish out the week!
Day 8/9
Driving back to Regina and flight to OIA making it home at 5:30pm Sunday just in time for work Monday tired as all get out.

Weather up there was 60ís during the day and 40ís at night, rain here and there. Excellent time with great friends and I swear I didnít make those guys drink it was all up to them to try and keep up with me lol

Here is a video with pix mixed in, it's just under 14 minutes long.


07-01-2011, 04:31 PM
sounds like a great time and hell get to and from
just LOVE fresh walleye, one of best eatin fish anywhere!

Look Out Below
07-01-2011, 04:31 PM
Oh yea, I forgot Mark is our one and only Docked Wages ;) and Brain is one of the camp owners.:beer

Ramblin' Reck
07-01-2011, 05:05 PM
Good one, Russ. Nice!!!

Sayin... Reck

07-01-2011, 05:18 PM
Great vid. Beautiful place.

07-01-2011, 05:49 PM
Thanks for posting. Really enjoyed the North woods fly in trips myself years ago and it brought back some great memories. Glad you had a good trip after a rocky start. How were the bugs? Black flies? Skeeters as big as mockingbirds?

Look Out Below
07-01-2011, 05:56 PM
One Black Fly all week and th eonly place the skeeters were around was the portages.

07-01-2011, 10:31 PM
SuWEET ride. Tubine Moose. I don't think I could fish after that. I'd be all jacked up.

07-01-2011, 11:55 PM
That's completely sick! I've always wanted to do that. One of these days. Glad y'all ended up having a good trip

Mackeral Snatcher
07-02-2011, 09:44 AM
Very nice Russ, I'd really like to do that sort of trip someday.

Look Out Below
07-02-2011, 10:00 AM
You won't be disappointed this is my thrid year.

Docked Wages
07-02-2011, 11:11 AM
SuWEET ride. Tubine Moose. I don't think I could fish after that. I'd be all jacked up.

Here is a video of the the Seaplane dock while we where loading with with all the planes.

(click on pic below for video)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/seaphantom/th_Airbase.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v640/seaphantom/?action=view&current=Airbase.mp4)


Here is our crew and the pilot:


We where scheduled to take the Otter but we missed our slot and had to take the little plane. This plane was fully overloaded, a storm in the background and a nervous young pilot.

This is landscape layout of the 8 lakes for 3 guys and 11 boats


The Camp landing

The Cabin


Moose dung

Lepp Lake Portage

Solo Fishing


Fly fishing


The return Seaplane Arrival

(click on pic below for video)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/seaphantom/th_seaplane2_campdept_landing.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v640/seaphantom/?action=view&current=seaplane2_campdept_landing.mp4)

Seaplane Dockage

(click on pic below for video)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/seaphantom/th_Seaplane2_docking.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v640/seaphantom/?action=view&current=Seaplane2_docking.mp4)



07-02-2011, 11:39 PM
you mentioned dinner and bfast. what was for lunch ?
and bait used ?

Look Out Below
07-03-2011, 08:59 AM
We made wraps and beer for lunch, occasional Tunip ;) and all artificle, mostly twin curly tails for Walleye and Spoons for Lafters and Northerns.

Big Tuna
07-03-2011, 07:52 PM
Russ, where da pix?

Big Tuna
07-03-2011, 07:54 PM
Oh now they came up. Nice catches guys looks like you had a great time.

Triple Threat 33T
07-03-2011, 09:28 PM
<-------Jealous! Trip of a lifetime! I'd love to a trip like that. Maybe next year Russ.

07-24-2011, 06:17 PM
Great video Russ but too bad about the rough start but all the fish and good times surely made up for it. Oh and btw what good reading did you have for the outhouse...ROTFLMFAO. !!

Docked Wages
06-20-2012, 11:42 AM
Its that time of the year again.

LOB and I are leaving for Canada Friday to do this trip again.

We are returning early July and will post up a new updated report!

Triple Threat 33T
06-21-2012, 07:10 AM
Mark if I see one more pic of you with a fly rod in your mouth you're in big trouble dude. Don't ever do that again. :grin

Hope you and Russ have a great trip. Looking forward to the report!


Look Out Below
06-21-2012, 04:12 PM
I'm all packed and ready for the alarm in the am. :driver:

Docked Wages
06-21-2012, 10:24 PM
oh I hate that early morning alarm......see ya at 5:00 am........and two days later we will be there....

06-26-2012, 09:54 AM
Enjoyed your video and recounting of your trip. Four of us are headed up to Northern Ontario late August/early Sep. for a week long flyin to an outpost. Great to have a lake all to yourself for a week. Hoping this year's trip is as great as our last trip. Am really looking forward to some great walleye and pike fishing. This will be our fourth trip and it is a great change from our local fishing. Thanks again for sharing.