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Island Cabin Fishing Adventure Non-Guided - 6 Nights

PRICE: $5,990.00
DEPOSIT: $1,900.00

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

For the real outdoors person - experience world-class Arctic fishing on the pristine 84 km long Ennadai Lake for Arctic grayling, northern pike and lake trout. Parts of the lake have never seen a fishing line. You and your party would stay alone in an island cabin in the middle of a wildlife corridor with access to bays, other islands, and try fishing the South Kazan River 35 km by boat. The island has a gorgeous protected sandy beach right in front of the cabin. Ancient stone implements have been found (and remain) on the island. There will be two 18’ fishing boats with 40 HP motors and kayaks at your disposal. Keep in daily communication with the main lodge via radio. Mid-week a fresh supply of food and gas will be dropped off. This adventure is anything you want it to be as you decide what kind of species to catch and the method. It’s an authentically Canadian experience in the heart of the unspoiled wilderness. To discover more about what to expect, we recommend reading some of our blogs. All of this and more is possible at 60° North at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge.

Species of Arctic fish at Ennadai:

Grayling - A winged, active & aggressive fish, they are a member of the salmon family and found in the rapids of the Kazan River and in the left arm of Ennadai. The world record is 5 lbs 15 oz, and a 5+ lb fish has been caught in the Kazan River. They are best caught on a fly using a 4-5 weight rod with sinking or floating flies. Many different small to medium flies are good, including wooly bugger with/and without bead heads, black gnats, elk hair caddis, muddler minnows, bead head pheasant tails, bead head hares ears. Grayling can also be caught on gold and red Mepps spinners size #0 to #3. Or small 1/2” spoons.

Northern Pike - Found in the circumpolar northern hemisphere, these are long, think aggressive fish popular for sport fishing. The record caught in North America is 46 lbs. The largest caught in Ennadai is just over 30 lbs. Pike can be caught on big flies and popper flies, particularly in the Spring. They also hide in rapids behind big rocks, then use streamer flies. The more traditional method is spin casting with various lures, such as Len Thompson spoons in red, silver, blue, and Rappela jointed in orange. In the Spring they are in shallow waters, so lightweight spoons or floating lures work well.

“Lake Trout - This prized freshwater game fish is from the char family and native to North America. The record trout caught on Ennadai is 51 lbs. Note: They make a delicious meal. Lake trout can be caught by trolling, jigging and/or on a fly. When trolling for lake trout, the preferred rods are medium heavy, with a fast action. Most anglers have 60-80 braid on, tipped with an 80 lb mono leader. The best lures trolled are Len Thompson spoons (Red, Silver, Blue, Yellow), Rappla jointed orange, and Eppinger Husky lures. There’s an overlooked method of targeting lake trout and that is: fly fishing. Most fly fishermen do not have lake trout on their radar as a target species, as they are normally found in the deepest, coldest parts of southern lakes. Fishing for lake trout up north is a different ballgame, as the preferred “cold water” temperature for the lake trout is actually what we call “warm water”, so the fish are at the top of the water column. Rod: 10-12 weight if targeting large lake trout and 8-9 weight for average sized fish.

Line: Heavy sinking line, or high-density tips (20’)

Flies: Sizes 2/0-4/0, Game Changers, Deliveryman, large articulated pike/musky streamers in orange/chartreuse/black, orange, chartreuse, white, pink, all with lots of flash.”

ABOUT THE LOCATION

Situated on the shores of Ennadai Lake, Nunavut in the Barren Grounds treeline environment is Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Fly-in 700 km from the nearest city, Yellowknife, NWT, to Nunavut’s only green-energy powered lodge. At 60° North the weather can change quickly - as much at 10°C in an hour. Normal daytime temperatures range from 5° to 18°C, and on warm days go as high as 25°C.

ACTIVITIES

Fishing; Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing; Hiking & Walking; Water Sports

ACCOMODATION/DINING

Arctic Haven’s comfortable Island Cabin is located 20 km from the main lodge and offers accommodations for up to 4 people, a woodstove, propane cookstove, propane fridge, outhouse. Stay in touch with the main lodge with a radio and satellite communications. Mid-week fresh supplies will be dropped off. Guests to the Island Cabin will be responsible for cooking the majority of their meals. A delicious selection of food: charcuterie, cheeses, breads, granola, yogurt and more will be part of the supplies brought to the island upon arrival for your enjoyment. A fresh supply of edibles will be dropped off mid-week. Of course, fish fry meals caught and prepared by you will be a big part of the experience.

AMENITIES

Accommodation for up to 4 Sandy beach in front of cabin 2 - 18’ Aluminum Crafts Kayaks Radio & satellite communications Propane stove & fridge Woodstove Outhouse

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

All travellers must purchase travel insurance - even Canadian guests. We recommend trip interruption, cancellation and health insurance that includes air ambulance. If an air ambulance is required to Yellowknife, Iqaluit or Ottawa, all non-Nunavut residents are responsible for the cost.

Baggage allowance on the charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Haven is 20 kg per person, including carry-on. If you have additional gear that will exceed the weight limit please let us know in advance.

Gear List

  • Fishing Gear - Please bring your own fishing gear. However, we do have spinning rods and reels to loan guests, and tackle at a very reasonable rate.
  • Neoprene Boots - It’s the update to the traditional rubber boot with neoprene uppers and a neoprene/polyurethane foot. The best brand is Muck Boots - muckbootcompany.com.
  • Waders - a good pair of waders if you are fishing.
  • Light Winter Jacket/Raincoat - In the cooler evenings, a warm jacket is a must.
  • Comfortable Hiking Pants - Pack a couple pairs of quick dry pants made from tightly woven, wind-resistant material. No cotton or silk content.
  • Long Underwear - A couple sets of long underwear made from synthetic or wool - no cotton or silk content.
  • Bug Gear - Protective insect clothing is necessary in the height of summer - mid-June thru end of July. Be sure your gear includes head nets and bug resistant clothing. RynoSkin comes highly recommened, and insect repellant is a must.
  • Day Pack - You’ll need a day pack to carry cameras and extra clothing on your excursions. We recommend Osprey Backpacks. Waterproof/resistant storage compartments are a must for water sports.
  • Personal Items - Toiletries, cameras, sunglasses, extra glasses/contacts or any other items you might require.
  • Raincoat and Rain Pants - These items are primarily for protection against the wind while on the ATVs, and the jackets are a necessity when hiking on cool days. Ensure your jacket is waterproof and seam-sealed.
  • Lodge Shoes - Light, comfortable shoes to wear in the lodge are useful.
  • Fleece Jacket - A fleece jacket is another necessity as an extra layer under your raincoat, for warmer days, or just to wear around the lodge.
  • Hat - A wool toque or fleece hat. Any cap really that is made from a material that dries easily.
  • Gloves and Mitts - Wind-resistant gloves for cold days or the ATV excursions. Mitts if you get cold easily.
  • Socks - Several pairs of good wool or wool-synthetic socks are a must. No cotton or silk content. Arctic Watch has Smartwool socks available for purchase if needed.
  • Sunscreen - The sun in the Arctic is extremely strong.
  • Binoculars - great for spotting wildlife! We recommend Swarovski Optiks
  • Arctic Haven has gear available for use on specific excursions: Snowmobile and ATV helmets, fishing gear, paddling dry jackets and pants, life jackets, and more.

ITINERARY

In the wild and unpredictable Arctic the weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. Therefore all of our itineraries are marked as ‘suggested’ - most excursions will be happen, just not necessarily on the days noted below.

Arrival Instructions When booking airline tickets to arrive in Yellowknife, NWT, we have scheduled a 2:00 pm departure for Arctic Haven so guests can arrive the same day if they choose. However, weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to give a little buffer if you are travelling a long way. There are many options for accommodations, restaurants and attractions in Yellowknife.

Day 1

Depart Yellowknife at 2 pm from the Air Tindi Hangar where you will board a private charter for the 2 hour flight to Arctic Haven. Upon arrival guests will meet the Arctic Haven team and be given a short introduction on wildlife and safety in the Arctic. Then you are off via boat 20 km to the Island cabin.

Day 2

What happens is all up to you. The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch, method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing) and location you would like to explore on the lake.

Day 3

What happens is all up to you. The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch, method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing) and location you would like to explore on the lake.

Day 4

Fresh supplies of food, gas and propane will arrive from Arctic Haven. The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch, method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing) and location on the lake.

Day 5

What happens is all up to you. The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch, method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing) and location you would like to explore on the lake.

Day 6

On the next to last day guests are familiar with the area, and can opt to do an activity that they missed - like hiking - or make a repeat visit to a now favourite spot.

Day 7

At approximately 10 am a guide from Arctic Haven will return to escort the party back to the main lodge for lunch. Then it’s an afternoon departure for Yellowknife and your return flight home.

ADD-ONS

there are no Add-On excursions for this adventure.

CANCELLATION POLICIES

Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.

As per Canadian Law, all quoted rates are GST applicable at 5%.

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