Fly fishing has become more and more popular in the arctic.
The arctic char has proven to be an exciting fish to catch
on a fly. We have found that Silver with red or chartreuse streamers are the best
flies for arctic char. Some of our rivers and streams are the best you can
possibly get for fly fishing and hold many of the current line class records. You will have many opportunities to try your luck at catching the hard fighting Arctic Char. Imagine the thrill of having a big red Char take your line out to the end of your backing, not just once but two or three times. Each week we try to arrange for the opportunity for you, our guest to fly-fish a different lake, stream or river each day. Some days you will have fished three or four different hotspots. Our pilots are very good at following the Arctic Char as they move from area to area as the season progresses and will make sure you are always in the best possible spot.
Over the past few years we have found that the most
popular fly rods have been 7 to 10 weight. Floating or shooting tip
lines with mono leaders adjusted to length depending on the depth
of the fish. Usually Char are found in shallow water or streams and
rivers. Depth ranges from 5 inches to 6 or 7 feet. Lake Trout are
found in only inches of water early in our season and move into deeper
water(20 to 30 feet) in August after spawning.
Fairly large hooks
should be used for both Arctic Char and Lake Trout with a variety
of streamer patterns being successful. Bright colors mainly reds and
yellows or chartreuse work the best, but silvers, blues and whites
or silver holographic patterns are also popular. When the Char are
feeding on the surface black gnats, woolly buggers and mosquito like
flies are the answer. Remember that most of your fishing on our lakes
and rivers is sight fishing setting the scene for some very exciting
Canada's premier "Catch & Release" Arctic Char & Lake Trout Fly-Fishing Adventure.
The growth rate of arctic char and lake trout is extremely
slow in the frigid waters of the Arctic. For over 30 years High Arctic Lodge has been one of the
pioneers in the practice of catch & release. Our guides are trained
and instructed to release if at all possible all fish caught. Lake Trout on Victoria Island usually spawn in early August and the Arctic Char spawn in late September early October once the ice has formed on the lakes.
Whether you are an avid fly-fisherman or a spincasting angler, this is an experience that you will remember forever.