Fly In Fishing
Ontario Fly In Fishing – The Ultimate Experience
The province of Ontario in Canada is world renowned for its amazing and beautiful fly in fishing destinations. Operators and flight services stretch across the vast north regions allowing anglers a chance to fish lakes and rivers that are virtually unspoiled. Fly In fishing represents a chance to escape from it all and seek out some genuine Ontario trophy fishing. With more freshwater lakes than any other area in North America you will be stunned by the opportunities offered to the serious angler who is seeking out the game fish adventure of a lifetime.
Outpost and Fly In base camps vary across the province with many operators offering departures from numerous locations. Most are drive accessible and from there your fishing adventure really starts. Depending on the fly in operator your aircraft might be a deHavilland Otter, Twin Otter, Beaver, Turbo Beaver, Beech, or Cessna single engine aircraft. You really haven’t experienced true Ontario sport fishing until you’ve taken a flight up into the vast northern forests with some of the most experienced bush pilots in North America.
Blessed with countless remote fishing holes Ontario Canada beckons the angling enthusiast with numerous fly in lakes with little or no fishing pressure such as:
Did we say Large Fish?
Catch pickerel until your arms fall off and enjoy a traditional shore lunch with your group or have everything prepared for you by your outfitter or guides. Fly anglers can enjoy endless Speckled Trout on many of these lakes. Other fish species popular in many fly in lakes are Splake, Sauger, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish, Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Aurora Trout, Ling and Herring.
Popular fishing techniques in many of these lakes are jigging for walleye with live bait (regulations permitting) or soft plastic grubs. Casting large spoons and bucktail spinners for huge Northern Pike, trolling for Lake Trout and fly fishing small streams and rivers for Brook Trout can net you your trophy fish.
On a tight budget?
Many remote Ontario lakes and lodges operate strict catch and release policies to ensure the safe handling of our provinces fish and such locations sport single barbless hook policies that promote the safe release of fish which reduce the mortality rate after release. So why should I go to a lake with these kinds of policies you ask? Let’s think about it for a minute. The fishing in many of these lakes is so good that you only need one hook to catch them and barbless hooks reduce the stress on the fish. Did we mention that it is remarkably easy to pull barbless hooks out from a fish? Because there are so many trophy sized fish we feel it important that they go back to the depths unharmed to reproduce in greater numbers and keep the gene pool strong. This policy works and any angler who has travelled to a remote Ontario fly in lake will testify that when you are catching so many trophy fish on a daily basis there really is no need to keep them. By doing this we make sure that every angler who visits will experience a trip of a lifetime and leave more fish for the next person.
So what should I bring?
Check with your operator for their recommended things of items to bring and what is already supplied at the outpost. The bottom line when going on a fly in is to keep the weight to a minimum. You’re not travelling on an Air Canada Boeing 777 with all of the amenities. These light aircraft are exactly that…light. With room for 4-5 people it is imperative to keep the loads light (usually 60-90lbs of gear per person) as many of these planes shuttle much needed supplies to outposts so anything extra or deemed non essential is left at the dock.
Once in a lifetime
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