(uplifting music) – [Colin] Welcome everyone
to The New Fly Fisher. In this special episode, we’re
joining Peter and Mari McCrum who are contest
winners of a trip to beautiful Esnagami Lake
Lodge in northern Ontario. Peter is new to fly fishing
and is quite excited to learn how to
do the basic cast in order to hook into
both large Northern Pike and wild Brook Trout. Eric Lund, owner of Esnagami
Lodge, will be there as his guide. It’s gonna be a great
adventure of learning, fishing, and excitement. Stay with us. (acoustic guitar music) – [Announcer] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to Algoma Country, GoFish in Ontario dot come, Orvis Sporting Traditions, RIO Products, Superfly, fly fishing made easy. – [Colin] Algoma country
in northern Ontario, a very special place
that is comprised of over 25,000 square miles
of pristine, arboreal forests and literally thousands of
rivers, streams and lakes. For those that love a totally
natural, wilderness experience then this is the place to come. Located in the heart of
this incredible setting is Esnagami Wilderness Lodge. Based on the shoreline of
25,000 acres of Esnagami Lake, this lodge is the ultimate
get-away for anglers, family, and anyone who loves
the Canadian wilderness. Featuring private log cabins;
a large, full-service lodge; and even hand-built cedar boats. This is one incredible
vacation destination which is why Peter and Mari
McCrum, who are the winners of the Algoma That Real,
contest chose Esnagami Lodge for their prize destination. In fact, the trip was more of
a fortunate Father’s Day gift as Mari explains. – I enter this contest so
that my husband could go to a fishing lodge. It was his dream. With luck, I won and
his dream has come true. I think that everyone
should go on a fishing trip just to say that
they’ve done it once because it is an
experience of a lifetime. – [Colin] After a short, 12
minute float plane flight, we all disembarked and got
set up for our first day on the water. It’s been several years since
I visited Esnagami Lodge and had spent time with
owner and friend, Eric Lund. My memories of the fishing
here are still very vivid in my mind. – My first cast. (laughing) – [Eric] Oh gee, that’s
a nice fish there, Colin. Wow, mid-40s. Alright, wonderfully done. Wow, beauty, well done. – [Colin] Big Pike,
crushing my flies, and big, beautiful brook
trout inhaling dry flies. So much great fishing,
such a beautiful place. So understandably, I was really
excited for Peter and Mari, but first, we had to do a
little fly-casting instruction on the dock. Peter is a competent angler
and a budding fly-fisher. This trip is the perfect
opportunity for him to learn the basics. We started by using
a nine weight rod and matching floating line
and it didn’t take Peter long to master the overhead cast. As we explained to Peter,
most fish are caught within 30 feet which is
not that difficult a range for a new caster. So armed with his newly
acquired casting skills, we went out in search
of big Northern Pike cruising the flats. It’s the middle of
June and the Pike are still cruising
shallow-water bays, hunting perch, small Walleye,
and schools of Minnows, perfect conditions
for a fly-fisher. Eric Lund is the master of
this type of visual fishing and it didn’t take him long
to spot some active Pike. The magic moment finally
arrived for Peter. – [Eric] Yeah, set the hook. Nice one! Okay, okay, just… Did you remember I
said get your finger and let the line go. Let the line go when
he wants to run. We’ll let it tire
out a little bit here and then I’m gonna… Actually, I might
just grab that fish. – [Peter] Hold then I just
let him go the other way, so he’s got all wrapped
around that, too. – He might take off. There, beauty. This fly’s gotta
come off real easy. There we go. That’s like a t-shirt fish. That’s about a 31, 32 inch fish. Very nice. – Perfect. Woop, look out, there he goes. – That’s call…
(anglers laughing) That’s called a professional
release, if I’ve ever seen one. – [Peter] Thank you. – Hey, listen, that
was a well-earned fish. Nice job, Pete. – [Peter] Thanks for
pointing it out to me. – Great job.
– Absolutely. – [Colin] Despite losing a few
fish and missing the odd hit, it didn’t take Peter long
to land another nice Pike. – [Eric] Got one? Okay, take your
time, take your time. Just let it go off
if he wants to go. Whoo, another nice fish. That’s a good one too. Try to bring him around on this
side of the boat over here. There you go. Nice size fish. I think we’ll take time
to cradle this one here. Now, turn this way. There we go. Okay. And there it goes. (melodic tone) (acoustic guitar music) – [Colin] Wild Brook
Trout, the crown jewels of northern Ontario. For anglers, catching these
wonderful fish on a fly is akin to nirvana which
is why Esnagami Lodge has so many repeat
customers who love casting for native Brook Trout. Thanks to Eric’s stringent
catch and release policy, the river has an abundant
and healthy population of Brook Trout that
go up to six pounds. Both Peter and Mari
were super excited to explore the Esnagami River and test their new
fly-casting skills and possible hook
into a few Brookies. After a short boat ride
and walk to the river, we quickly set up and Peter
was the first to wet a fly. With Eric’s assistance,
it didn’t take long before Peter was
into a huge trout. – [Eric] Nice pickup. Not sure what that one is. Hopefully that’s a trout. Could be a Walleye. We have Walleye in
the river as well. – [Peter] Just seen
a flash of brown. I’m not sure what.
– Flash of brown, okay. (Mari laughing) – [Eric] Reel in some
line up on your reel. Try to get the line up in your– Whoo! – [Peter] See him go? – Whoa, I think
that’s a nice Br– Oh, shoot. That’s a Brookie about that big. – I think the reason why I
lost that one Brook Trout is a lot of inexperience. They are such a strong swimmer. He decided to take off
in a different direction. I was trying to hold him, and I was trying to
pick up my spool. I ended up palming
the rod, or the reel, and snapped the line. – [Colin] We moved down
river and this time it was Mari’s turn to
cast for the Brook Trout. Eric provided some
great guidance on casting and presentation. – What we’re gonna try
to do here is I want you to cast this way. – Okay, so it goes towards them? – So turn around a little
bit so you’re face– there you go. When you cast this way,
you wanna go that way. So you wanna let it
go on your back cast. (tranquil music) So we’re gonna change
up a little bit here. We’ve used the zonker and you’ve
got a nice Walleye on that, but I did see a couple of
the Brook Trout come up and rise to the surface, take
something off the surface. There’s a lot of catice
hatching right now so we’re gonna switch
to a Cherynobyl Ant which is kind of
like a surface fly and we’re gonna have
a little dropper with a catice nymph on it and
see what we can do with that. – [Colin] As Mari’s
about to learn, hooking into a big Brook
Trout is one thing. Getting it to the
landing net is another. – Just reelin’ it in.
– Right. Little high? – Don’t pull it too
hard, just nice and easy. Nice and easy. Now if he wants to go out, you just let him have
line out that way. Like he’s running there,
let him go, let him go, yep. Oh, gorgeous fish! Gorgeous fish. – I don’t catch fish so I don’t know what to do.
– Oh you’re doing fine. – Oh my gosh it’s hu– Ah!
(clapping) (tranquil music) – So you don’t have
to hold the line. So remember this–
– Okay, it’s gone. – Is he gone? – [Colin] After a few
more minutes of fishing, Mari decided to head back
with one of the guides and relax at the lodge. Eric, Peter, and I
decided to head down river and do some walk and wade
fishing for the Brookies. Both Eric and I spent
time educating Peter about where the trout
would be holding. We had him cast a likely
structure such as fallen trees, boulders, and overhanging cedar bushes. A White Zonker or
similar streamer is the ideal searching pattern, especially since there were
no apparent hatches happening. – [Eric] Set hook,
there you go, beautiful. Wow, nicely done! Keep the line down. Keep your pole
down in the water. That way it won’t– You don’t want him to
come to the surface and kinda start
thrashing by the surface because that’s when
they can get off. Okay, come in like that there. There we go. Alright, Peter. Look at that.
– Beautiful color. Look at the colors
– Look at the purples on that fish.
– And pinks and oranges. That is really– It’s gotta be one of the
most beautiful fish around. Very nice. – [Peter] Gorgeous looking fish. – [Eric] There he goes. – [Peter] Wow. – That fish we caught, he
actually tore that fly up a little bit there. Fortunately, I have
another one just like that. – [Peter] (laughing)
Of course you do. – And we’re gonna take a few
minutes just to tie up again. Just to be safe
rather than sorry. And again, well
done on that fish. Awesome job.
– Ah, that’s great. Okay, there can’t be
a Brook Trout there. – [Peter] I’m gonna
get over there and see if I can land that. Oh that’s a nice one. There, beauty. – [Eric] Beautiful There we go. – Isn’t that a nice. See him skate away like that? Beautiful, nice work. – Good work. Way to keep at it, awesome. (tranquil music) (tranquil music) – [Colin] One of the
great culinary treats of visiting Esnagami Lodge
is their weekly shore lunch with all the guests. Led by master chef, Eric,
and assisted by his guides, and incredible feast of
fresh Walleye, potatoes, baked beans, and other
delights are served up fresh and enjoyed on the
side of the lake in the company of fellow
anglers and nature lovers. This is a true, northern
Canadian delight. – There’s a guy here that’s
got some kind of recipe that just is… He should be bottling it because when he cooks
up his Walleyes, they are fantastic. Fresh Walleye, you certainly
can’t beat it, right. There’s no such thing. Got a little secret
that he puts in and it takes it over the edge. To see it sitting there
gettin’ golden brown in those big ol’ fry pans. You know it’s comin’ soon. Get some O’ rings and some beans and get some of that Pickerel
and just start eatin’. – [Colin] Today, Eric has
taken Peter and Mari out for some more shallow
water Pike fishing. This should be exciting. Since arriving, we have
witnessed the progression of Peter’s casting. Today, thanks to good coaching,
persistence, and practice, Peter’s cast has
really come a long way. – We are gonna work a little bit of this northern bay here. The bottom’s nice and
black in the back end so the water warms up
a little bit quicker. Tends to pull the bait fish in. See if we can turn a couple
of nice Pike in here. I’m gonna shorten up this
leader a little bit though. Couple things, they’re
difficult to cast because you’re carrying
a lot of leader there. Plus, at least 50% of time when Pike is following
the baits in, they hit right by
the side of the boat. So if your leader is
10 or 12 feet long, you tend to lift that
fly out of the water and you really lose
about almost half of the prime hitting. – Exactly, and that was
being explained to me to make sure you
drag it right in. If you’ve got that much
– Exactly. extra leader, it was
hard to do it without getting it all tangled up
in the end of the fly line. Learning how to
fly cast is amazing because it’s difficult,
then it becomes easy, and then it becomes
something you want to do as far as I’m concerned. Lots of people up
here are doing it. It’s a nice-looking
type of way of fish. Learning, it’s been tough. Lots of people here
though taking the time to teach me how to do it, and that’s the part that
I was really happy with. Lots of people encouraging you and very enjoyable. Very enjoyable when
it finally comes out. – [Colin] Large schools of
Minnows are magnets for Pike. Eric keeps spotting the
fish throughout the bay. – [Eric] Okay, you wanna
get it, if you can, about 10 feet in front. Right there. Nope, let her back out. Just leave it out
there and twitch. Always keep that
finger on there. See the green form where
the oar’s pointing? – [Peter] Okay, yep, yep, yep. Right here.
– Over here. – [Eric] When you’re
comfortable to cast, get about four feet
in front of it. Drop it there, drop it there. Okay, roll. Okay, just hang on. – [Colin] Everywhere around
the boat there are giant Pike. Get too close, and
you spook them. Peter keeps missing the fish, and Mari keeps catching Walleye. – That was another nice
Pike that we could see, but we’re gonna keep workin’
this trough over here, Peter. You’re getting some nice
length in your cast now. As much as it’s a lot
of fun to site fish, quite often you do get
into your better fish just knowing you’re
in a certain area where the structure’s
holding them. You can’t see them, that
means they can’t see you. Nice Peter, nice. Good job. Try to get up on
your reel if you can. – [Peter] That’s probably
that guy from before. – [Eric] That’s
a great hook-set. (fish splashing) Alright, I think I’m just
gonna hand land this one. – [Eric] Okay. – There we go. Hey, that is a nice fish. – [Eric] That’s nice fish. – Yeah, it’s not the biggest
one we’ve been chasin’, but definitely decided he
was gonna put some practice on your fly rod there.
– Absolutely. So that was a great job
all the way around, Peter. Really well done. Good hook-set, nice reeling, nice strip gettin’
that line back on. And just gotta rub’em
– There he goes. up bit and they’re off. Excellent fish. – [Peter] Nice work, thank you. – [Colin] Tensions mount as
Peter wants to finish his trip by catching a trophy Northern
Pike of at least 40 inches. Will it happen? (tranquil music) It’s our final
hours on the flats, and Peter is anxious to
catch one of the monster Pike that can be seen
everywhere around us. Can he do it? – You want to see your
client catch fish. I mean that’s the greatest. Aside from you
catching a big fish, when you can actually put
your client on a spot, have him do the right cast and the right presentation. All those things come together, and a fish attacks the fly. We had a lot of chances
at some big fish. We saw probably
anywhere over 10 to 12, 40 inch plus Northerns. I’ve been also done it
on a number of occasions. You see a Pike move,
you set the hook before they even grab onto it. But, after a few near-misses
and a lot of persistence, actually Peter did catch on
in the last couple days here. We’ve caught some really nice
fish and ended off the day with a beauty today. Oh yeah set it. Keep coming, keep it comin’. You might have a fish on there. Yep, you do, good job. – [Peter] It might
be that fish again. – [Eric] Oh, that’s a nice fish. That’s a nice fish. That’s a good fish. Hey, let tho– Yep, that’s how you do it. You don’t have to use your hand to control the drag. Just let the drag–
– Yep, I just let it go. Nice fish, that’s a good one. That is thick. – [Peter] That
looks like that guy we were tracin’ here the
other morning with Kyle. He just kept jumpin’
this whole reef here. – [Eric] Okay, whoa,
that is a good fish. Here we go. – Nice work.
– Good job, nice fish. – [Colin] What a fantastic trip
Peter and Mari have enjoyed. Our thanks to Algoma
Tourism for making this one of the best Father’s
Day gifts possible. – Yeah, he’s had
a fabulous time. It’s a Happy Father’s
Day present to him that he’ll never forget. – [Announcer] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to Algoma Country, GoFish in Ontario dot com, Orvis Sporting Traditions, RIO Products, Superfly, fly fishing made easy. (acoustic guitar music)

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10 thoughts on “Brook Trout & Pike – Esnagami Wilderness Lodge

  • March 3, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Brook Trout paradise. Wow. Great video thanks.

  • March 3, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Great one guys!

  • March 3, 2018 at 11:44 am

    great to see a new fly fisher on the show. As a newbie myself, fly fishing is a real challenge. So many things to learn, lines, tippets, leaders, rod and reels sizes, and then…. oh ya flys!! lmao

  • March 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hiring a good guide shaves YEARS off of the learning curve.

  • March 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    What a hookset! 6:20! Haha

  • March 3, 2018 at 7:48 pm


  • March 3, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Nice hook set at 6:19 🙂

  • March 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I remember my 1st steelhead and brown trout on a fly. You guy's rock

  • March 4, 2018 at 1:47 am

    ive been to Esnagami, was and still is the best fishing trip ive ever been on. eric and sue are very friendly people. i have recommended this lodge to anyone looking to do a epic trip.

  • September 11, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Can anyone answer please? : Hope these kind of far North "wildest" lodges have control measurements for invasive freshwater algae and other creatures, hope they ask anglers where they fish the last time and to rinse properly their equipment as needed, hope they do this because these places are so incredible and clean that they must remain that way forever, even more if these small business of wild fishing is expecting to last, … Can any one answer my questions??? Thank your


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