- THANK YOU ALL
When we meet the group from Week 1 at the airport in Cambridge
look on their faces said it all ‹ the 2015 run will
be one to remember.
Return guest Don Byers from Kamloops, BC, summed it up
in saying, "We
experienced some of the best runs ever." After a couple
of less than
hospitable days and a brief lull in the run, the Week 2 group eventually
cracked the code and picked up where the first group left off. The Ekaluk
was running on the high side, pushing the char to the margins of the
river, and making them plainly visible and somewhat less inclined to bite.
After tuning our fly presentation to the current breaks and travel lanes
along the edge, by mid-week we were hooking big char at a regular clip. By
week's end, after a three-day string of stellar weather, all anglers were
sun burned and smitten with the Ekaluk's charms! As always it was hard to
say good bye to the river, the camp, and the magic Arctic landscape. Thank
you to Bill, Jessie, Robbie and Matt for the hospitality. Thank
you to a great group of anglers and friends for the camaraderie. Thank you
to the magnificent Ekaluktuuk for the generosity.
Hosted Travel, Writing, Photography
Ekaluk river August 2015.
If you love wild places and wild fish, then the Ekaluk
River was created just for you. I’ve traveled a lot
of the world in search of wild anadromous fish, and I’ve
found no place that is even remotely comparable to the
Once you leave Cambridge Bay for camp, you’ll soon
realize that there’s not many places more remote,
or wild than Nunavut’s Victoria Island. The river
is given life by Ferguson Lake, and is well accessible
to anglers, by walking from camp.
I’ve always loved to swing flies for anadromous fish,
and most of the time I’m not even sure there is a
fish within 100 miles of me, but there is something magical
about the “Swing” for me. While swinging flies
on the Ekaluk, you know there are fish in the river, and
in fact you are fairly confident there are fish within
50 feet of you.
The fish! It’s not often that I get surprised by
fish these days, but these sea running arctic char surprise
me almost every time I hook one. To say that they fight
hard is not really a fair statement, as they not only fight
hard, but also fight you as they continue upstream, and
often run towards the opposite bank of the river. Once
they realize that they can’t continue up river, they
may decide to head down river. All I can say is be very
prepared to “RUN”, or face an empty spool,
and the telling of great fish stories, that only your fellow
Ekaluk river anglers will believe.
I simply can’t say enough great things about this
fishery, and the people that host us. It’s truly
a lifetime experience, and one that every adventurous angler
NEW AGREEMENT REACHED,
NO COMMERCIAL NET FISHING DOWNSTREAM OF CAMP EKALUK IN
At Kitikmeot Foods’ (the commercial operator) board
meeting on February 15th 2012 in Cambridge Bay it was once
again agreed upon to move the commercial fishing
operation back to Lake Ferguson, now with solid backing
from Nunavut Development Corporation.
Agenda issue #10 on the board meeting dealt with the situation;
“Plans for the Ekaluk river commercial fishery
in terms of location were discussed.
The President of Nunavut Development Corporation, Rankin
Inlet, indicated that the results at the bottom of the
river had been poor last year and that there were conflicts
with a private sport fishing operation (Camp Ekaluk)....
In 2012 the commercial fishing operation will move back
to the top of the Ekaluk river, fishing at the mouth where
it drains from Lake ferguson.”
No objection was voiced by Kitikmeot Foods’(the
commercial operator) General Manager.
With this new agreement in hand and with the support of
Nunavut Development Corporation, Nunavut Tourism and others,
B & J Flyfishing Adventures confidently welcomes anglers
(repeat and new) to Camp Ekaluk for an exciting 2012 sport
THANK YOU ALL.
WITH YOUR FELLOW ANGLERS IN CAMP EKALUK, YOU HAVE SAMPLED
A TRULY UNIQUE
AND VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN SPORT FISHERY. YOU HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED BY THE SEARUN
ONE OF THE MOST FORMIDABLE , AND LITTLE KNOWN,
FRESH WATER GAME FISHES OF THIS WORLD.
HAVE HAD A BRIEF GLANCE OF THE STARK AND RUGGED BEAUTY
OF OUR LAND - NUNAVUT.
IS OUR SINCERE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE ALSO GAINED SOME INSIGHT
INTO THE LIFE, HISTORY, CULTURE AND TRADITIONAL HERITAGE
OF OUR PEOPLE.
HAS BEEN OUR PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU AS GUESTS
IN CAMP EKALUK DURING THE 2008 TO 2015 FISHING SEASON.
YOU ARE NOW PART OF AN EVER EXTENDING EKALUK RIVER CLAN/FAMILY.
ON BEHALF OF OURSELVES AND OUR STAFF;
THANK YOU FOR COMING.
FOR GENEROUS GRATUITIES SHARED WITH OUR STAFF,
A SINCERE THANK YOU.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON AGAIN.
BILL & JESSIE