It’s that time! Our third show of the season, again in Detroit (Novi actually). The Outdoorama is one of Michigan’s oldest sport shows. Outdoorama is more than just a fishing and hunting show. Also combined in the same venue is the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show. There is something for everyone! The show runs today (Thursday) through Sunday, so stop by and visit us at booth 5506!
Outdoorama (Detroit/Novi) – Novi, MI
Thur, February 28th – 1:00pm – 9:00pm Fri, March 1st – 11:00am – 9:00pm Sat, March 2nd – 10:00am – 9:00pm Sun, March 3rd – 10:00am – 5:00pm
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!
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!
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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…
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…
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: email@example.com as we are getting a few in already, and would love to show the best ones here on the site…
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….