Anyone Fished the Ekaluk River, Nunavut Territory, Canada for Char? - Spey Pages
 
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-12-2008, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone Fished the Ekaluk River, Nunavut Territory, Canada for Char?

Have looked at the B & J Flyfishing Adventures website http://arcticflyfishing.com but there is not much nitty gritty info provided such as price, actual season dates (other than August), etc.

Would appreciate any feedback from those who have fished there.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2008, 07:18 PM
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Ikaluk River

I have sir,

Before the Lyles started up a camp there I fished it several times for actic char. It is a fair river as far as fish go. There are many others that have bigger populations. There is a commercial fish camp at the mouth of the river that takes a fair number of fish each year. I worked for Adlair Aviation out of Cambridge Bay and we had several fish outs there. There is an out migration in July and an in migration in september. I was able tho fish the out portion and did well. If you want to be into fish go to Plumbers Tree River Camp and if you are into supporting the community go with the Lyles. They run a decent operation and the head guide is a respected double hander. I hope this helps. I love the arctic and its fishery and hope that conservation is the priority.

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Thanks Steve...

Appreciate the info. Would appreciate your thoughts on other rivers for Char as well.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-10-2008, 02:44 AM
 
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With respect to Chilkootspey his information is out of date.

There is no commercial fish camp at the mouth of the Ekaluk and there hasn't been for years. Fishing the out portion of the run is not done anymore and you are only fishing for the sea bright returning fish. The commercial exploitation (Inuit Net Fishery) that does take place is in Ferguson Lake above the rod fishery and it is tightly controlled. The run of fish into the river is around 80,000 huge char over 2-3 weeks and it is nothing for a competent wading flyfisher to catch and release well into double figures of fish in a day.

I have extensive experience of fishing around the world for sea-run fish and the Ekaluk is probably the best fishing of it's type on the planet. The fishing costs $3900USD a week however the chances of getting a rod are pretty slim as it is only open for two weeks each August and you need to well positioned for the very odd vacancy that comes up. I will be there again this season and would not miss it for the world!

The big char ( I have caught them to 19lbs and they can go another 10+lbs bigger) are every bit as tough as the strongest salmon or steelhead and in a big river like the Ekaluk will run out hundreds of yards of line if given half a chance.

There is comprehensive information on the website which gives you a very good overview of what to expect and if you really want to fish it I would get in touch with Jack Elofsson and see if they can shoehorn you in for 2009 or 2010 as it is one of the hottest tickets in flyfishing.

Above all else the camp is run as a catch and release fly fishery with some fish killed for camp consumption, the scenery and wildlife are stunning and Bill Lyall and Jack Elofsson are about two of the nicest people you could meet beside the water.

Gordon Sim

P.S Check the spelling for the website it's Arctic Flyfishing as opposed to Artic Flyfishing!

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Thanks for the updated info...

Appreciate the new information Gordon. Very helpful.

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