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Equipment

Fly Rods:

Brook Trout – Fishing the tributaries of the Albany river, a 5 weight or a 6 weight fly rod is recommended. If you choose to fish the main stem Albany, consider a 7 weight switch or a 7 weight spey as it is bigger water.

Northern Pike – Back country lakes, some which have never seen an angler are home to the apex predators in the system – Northern Pike.  Rods recommended for pike are 8 weight rods for streamers and smaller flies and 10 weight rods for big undulated flies and surface poppers.

Reels

Brook Trout – Mid arbor reels are recommended for brook trout. Some of our fish get quite large and have been known to take anglers into their backing – solid, smooth drags are a must for these aggressively large trout.

Northern Pike – Large arbor reels are recommended for our northern pike.  They are known for speedy runs at the end of your cast that could take you into your backing.  Effective and reliable drag systems are a must.

Line:

Brook Trout – 5 and 6 weight, weight forward floating lines are recommended for targeting brook trout at Miminiska.  It may also be beneficial to bring extra spools equipped with an intermediate sinking line and a spool with a full sinking line.  Some  pools are quite deep and if brookies aren’t taking dries, you may need to get down to their feeding zone. Conversely, consider tippets in the intermediate sinking and full sinking style, that is if you don’t want to bring extra spools along.

Northern Pike – 8 and 10 weight, weight forward floating lines are recommended when targeting northern pike.  Extra spools are also a good idea when targeting northern pike. Consider bringing in intermediate sinking lines as well as full sinking lines – conversely, if you don’t want to bring extra spools consider tippets in intermediate and sinking.

Leader

Brook Trout – 4X and 5X tippet are recommended as leader material for brook trout. Our tributaries are mostly clear with a slight tannic tinge of red in some. Also consider bringing along some 100% Fluorocarbon in the 4-6 lb test range as tippet.

Northern Pike – Bite wire is recommended when targeting northerns.  30 lb minimum knotable material is best, but you can also use 40 lb.

Flies

Brook Trout – Northern brook trout  are voracious feeders, often at all levels of the water column. Dry flies such as elk hair caddis, blue winged olive, mayflies are a great bet when hatches are going off.  More aggressive dry flies such as grasshoppers, golden stone flies and even mice can often be smashed by aggressive brook trout.  Sub surface flies such as streamers, egg sucking leeches, muddler minnows, Clouser minnows and wooly buggers all in a variety of colors and sizes can fool brooktrout as well.  If, on the odd occasion, the fish are negative, a variety of nymphs, stoneflies, and even beads can be fished under an indicator to take brookies.

Northern Pike – Pike are violent creatures often laying in wait for their next meal. Sub surface flies such as walleye pattern and perch streamers in a variety of sizes  are a great bet as are streamers in fire tiger or white and chartreuse or white and red.  Surface flies such as baby ducks, poppers and really, anything that will move water will fool wily pike to eat.