Playing in the Snow! …And Trains, Brookies and Sport Shows!

It’s the dead of winter and most of us are sick and tired of it! Sometimes though, you just have to go with the flow and have a little fun. April probably does not seem like winter to most of you, but up here, April is one of the best times to work around the lake while the ice is still good to travel and the temperatures are mild. Up here the ice typically breaks up the first week of May and you can travel on it up to the last week or so before that. It’s that last month, when we get a lot done around the lake. Two years ago, we tried something a little different during our early April trek to the lake.

Fat Tire Bikes. They are everywhere now. A few years ago we picked up a pair to keep at Camp Lochalsh. Not many guests chose to use them at the time, but the staff really enjoyed riding them around Camp Lochalsh and the adjacent “two tracks.” While we were up working in April of 2017, it was someone’s harebrained idea to get the bikes out and ride them on the lightly crusted ice of Wabatongushi Lake. What we thought may be quite dangerous turned out to be a hoot!

The crust on the ice gave us just enough traction. You could ride anywhere on the lake and it was perfectly flat, just like a paved street. We rode those bikes all the way from Camp Lochalsh to the narrows and back! We even stopped at Loch Island on the way back! That’s 22 miles round trip for those of you not yet familiar with the lake. The narrows is the half way portion and during the winter, part of it does not freeze due to fast current.

This April, we have to go in again and do some work to prepare for the season. There will be no doubt that the fat tire bikes will come out again for another boot around the lake!

– Check out the video and photos below…

Trains and Brook Trout!

Also wanted to mention that Mark Melnyk just let us know about a newly available article online, talking about his trip catching brook trout last June in some of our outpost lakes, getting to us by train from White River. Not the only way to reach us, but certainly worth the trip for the views and experience. Our Location Page has info on the train and other travel options.  Our guide Ryan made the article cover too!

Fat Tire Photos and Video:

Loch Island, not ready for guests (Ice!) in April 2017
Loch Island, not quite ready for guests in April 2017
Otter Island by Fat Tire Bike, April 2017
Otter Island by Fat Tire Bike, April 2017

We’ll be at the following shows soon:

Outdoorama (Detroit/Novi)
– Novi, MI

Thur, February 28th — Sun, March 3rd
See us in Booth: 5506

Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids
– Grand Rapids, MI

Thur, March 14th — Sun, March 17th
See us in Booth: 1255

If you make it to the shows, come by the booths…  we’d love to see you!
– Andy

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Water Bomber Filling Up – May 2018

While running down the lake in late May last year, I noticed a hazy smoke off to the west of Camp Lochalsh. While rounding Bear Point, off to the north I noticed a large yellow airplane banking my way. It was an MNR water bomber! After stopping the boat to make sure I was not in his path, I got some pretty close footage of the crew working their magic scooping water out of the lake to drop on the small fire down the CPR tracks west of Lochalsh. These pilots are the first line of defense for extinguishing remote fires in the bush. Without them and the incredible flying they do, much of the north would succumb to wildfires that would devastate everything in their path.

The Canadair CL-415, also known as a “super scooper”, grabs 1621 gallons of water in this short pass….  they were working for about an hour…

We’ll all be up on the lake fishing again soon enough! And come by the booth at the two sport shows still coming up in a few weeks (Novi, MI starting Feb 28th and Grand Rapids, MI starting Mar 14th)…  We’d love to see you!
– Andy

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New Loch Island Lodge Tour Video

Jan 2019 – See below for a new tour video of our main Loch Island Lodge location (filmed June 2018). It’s a quick highlight of the docks, our cedar strip boats, the inside of Cabin #1, walking to the lodge with the big decks outside, and then the inside views and the dining room. Not to mention the bald eagle calls, and early morning light and still water. Signs of a great day ahead, for sure…

This past summer and fall, we’ve added or improved decks for all cabins on the island, and completed the boardwalks and added railings. More pictures of all 6 cabins are on the Loch Island page. The island’s now full network of boardwalks, with railings in several places, make it more accessible and you can use the ramp down to the docks instead of the stairs. There is also a 2nd set of stairs that goes directly up to the lodge.

We have other accommodations at Camp Lochalsh and our Outpost Cabins up and down the lake. Something for everyone, and groups of all sizes!  And several travel options for you as well.

A big thank you to Mark Melnyk for putting this video together during his stay with crew last June, filming The New Fly Fisher TV episode that we highlighted last week.

Great to see many of you at the fishing show last week. Today through Saturday we will be at the Northeastern Ohio Sportsman Show. Then our next shows are starting the last day of February (Outdoorama, Detroit / Novi, MI) and in mid-March (Ultimate Sport Show, Grand Rapids, MI). Get more details here.  Stop in and see us at the booth!

— Enjoy Mark’s tour video below, and we hope to see you all again this year on the lake!  The eagles, loons, pike and walleye await…
Andy and Amy

PS – On our old site, you were welcomed with a loon call, that you hear ALL over the lake… you can still listen to a call here! (opens in new window)

– Feel free to leave any comments below or Contact Us with any questions…


The New Fly Fisher Episode is Live & 2018 Season Photos / Contest

You can now view the new episode of The New Fly Fisher TV show, when last June Mark Melnyk and crew came by rail to visit our lodge and some of our portage lakes for some great Brook Trout fishing with our guide Ryan.  They experienced our unique shore lunch offering walleye-wings, with Taylor at the fire.  You don’t have to head to the portage lakes to get some great, solitary fishing – as our big lake is full of prized Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Perch and more.  Other travel options available to get to us.  The video shows the wilderness adventure that awaits you…

Best Catch Contest & Send Us Your 2018 Photos

Algoma Country and The New Fly Fisher are still accepting Best Catch photos for their contest open to all fish. You can enter on their contest website here for fish caught in the last two years. They have monthly drawings and a grand prize drawing coming up.

— Be sure to also send us your 2018 best fish photos from your visit to Andy at: as we are getting a few in already, and would love to show the best ones here on the site…

Here are a few new ones… (click on an image to view the bigger sizes):


— Keep the photos coming to us at:

Yesterday we wrapped up our first sport show of the season in Novi, MI at the Ultimate Fishing Show.  We head to Ohio this week.  View Our Full 2019 Sport Show Schedule   — Come by and see us if you are able and we can answer any questions you may have.  Or Contact Us anytime.

Let us know what you think of The New Fly Fisher episode below in the comments….
– Andy


Airing This Week: The New Fly Fisher Full Episode

We had the pleasure of having Mark Melnyk and crew from The New Fly Fisher join us last year for some great speckled trout fishing.  Just got word that you can view the full episode this week starting this afternoon…

— Watch “Back Country Brook Trout” NOW at this link on: The New Flyer Fisher’s YouTube Channel


WFN Cable Channel (World Fishing Network)

Tuesday, Jan 8th at 4:30 pm EST
Friday, Jan 11th at 8:00 pm EST
Saturday, Jan 12th at 2:00 am EST
Sunday, Jan 13th 4:00 pm EST

Cable Channel listings for most providers at the bottom of this page at: The New Fly Fisher website


Starting Saturday Jan 12th at 9:00 am EST
— Click here for: The New Fly Fisher YouTube Episode

Here is a short preview of the full episode:

Mark with our guide Ryan catching some Brook Trout and more, on our outpost lakes and Wabatongushi.  Towards the end is a highlight of Taylor cooking up fresh fish at our unique shore lunch offering. You’ll also see Taylor on the docks! You can reach us by train, float plane or drive “as far as you can” for your wilderness vacation.

Let us know what you think of the show in the comments below!
– Andy