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2024 dates TBA
Ekaluk River Sea-run Arctic Char
Lyall's Flyfishing Camp, NU
Program hosts Jeff Bright & Steffen Juhl

 

THE ARCTIC CHAR IS FOUND in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters across the northern hemisphere. It grows to an exceptionally large size and is especially abundant in northern Canada and in the clear and unpolluted waters of the Canadian Arctic. Nowhere is the abundance of this much sought after game and food fish greater, and nowhere does it grow to a larger size, than in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region of the Canadian Central Arctic. Superb fishing for Arctic char can be found throughout this vast region, but truly special among hundreds and hundreds of rivers and lakes is the little known Ekaluk River in the Cambridge Bay area of Victoria Island. The Ekaluk is perhaps the most prolific fishery available to the traveling speyfisher today. The overall experience is rare and remarkable; so much more than a fishing trip; an adventure every serious fly-swinger should put on their must-do list.

Target river: Ekaluk River

Group size: 12 anglers per week

2024 rate: TBA

Accommodations: 3-person sleeping huts

Includes: 6+ days semi-guided fishing, 7 nights accommodation, all meals, round trip floatplane charter between Cambridge Bay and camp

Not included: Round trip airfare to Edmonton AB, Edmonton hotel, round trip airfare between Edmonton and Cambridge Bay NU, licensing, gratuities, alcoholic beverages. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Week 1 availability: inquire

Week 2 availability: inquire

Experimental Week availability: inquire

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Lyall's Flyfishing Camp

 

Thirty minutes by float plane from Cambridge Bay, located on a bluff overlooking the Ekaluk River estuary, Lyall's Camp is a true wilderness outpost consisting of four 12 x 12 guest sleeping huts plus staff/guide quarters, a separate mess hall/kitchen, hot shower, and outhouse/pit toilet. The camp location offers a stunning view of the surrounding landscape and beyond to the fabled Northwest Passage. From camp, guests are within walking distance of all river right fishing beats in the five miles between Ferguson Lake and the estuary. The camp generates electricity and cabins are all wired with an overhead light and 110V outlet. For warmth, cabins are equipped with propane heaters. (Propane supply limits use to evening prior to sleeping and morning after waking.) Each cabin features three sleeping platforms with pads — guests bring their own sleeping bags. Water for drinking and washing comes from the river and each cabin includes a water jug and washing dish. The mess hall/kitchen accommodates all guests and staff/guides and serves as a social gathering place in between meals. Satellite internet provides reliable communication to the outside world, if needed. In all, Lyall's Camp is a spartan but efficient base for a remark angling adventure.

Additional Information & Resources

Ekaluk on My Mind (video)
Lords of the North (book)

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