Wild Brook Trout on a Fly

Remote outpost fishing on a wilderness lake is a Must-Do in Ontario

For many fly fishers, Brook trout are the ultimate species to catch on a fly. In Algoma Country, there are numerous fly-in locations that are both accessible and affordable, and where there is outstanding fly fishing for wild trout. One of our favourites is White River Air Service, which runs numerous remote outposts with outstanding wilderness fishing.

white river air service father-daughter trip

Remote outposts are essentially cottages located on wilderness lakes and are ideal for small to large groups of anglers. Fly fishers bring their own food, sleeping bags, and fishing gear—everything else is supplied. White River Air Service has over a dozen remote outposts that feature fantastic fishing for northern pike and walleye. One location, in particular, is of special interest to fly fishers: Pinei Lake. This lake and river system, located in Pukaskwa National Park, is blessed with an abundance of wild native brook trout. A brand new cabin was just built at this location, which can hold up to four anglers comfortably. Two small 14-foot boats with 6 HP motors come with the outpost and allow fly fishers to either fish the Pinei lake or travel to the Bremner River.

white river air pinei lake outpost

white river air pinei lake outpost

The brook trout here vary in length—from 10 to 20 inches. Surprisingly, the rivers and streams hold the larger trout, who aggressively take both dry flies and streamers. This is a place where you will catch double-digit numbers of wild trout every day. We recommend you bring 4- to 6-weight rods equipped with both floating and intermediate fly lines. There are numerous hatches happening throughout the period of May-to-early-July so anglers should bring a good variety of mayfly and caddis dry flies. Woolly buggers in black, maroon, and especially tan colours do exceptionally well here.

woolly bugger fly

Woolly Bugger fly
brown leech fly

Brown Leech fly

On the lake, we recommend you cast to rocky points, bays with weeds, and rock faces. In the river, it seems every bend or deep water spot is filled with hungry brookies. Virtually every cast is met with a hit! Pinei Lake is only a short 15- to 20-minute flight from White River, Ontario, yet it takes fly fishers to a wilderness location that is outstanding for wild brook trout—all on a budget! We strongly recommend you give Brandi or Danny a call to learn more!

wild brook trout

Contact Information

Phone: (807) 822-2222
Website: http://whiteriverair.com

(All photo credits: The New Fly Fisher)
About Colin McKeown

Colin McKeown is the producer of The New Fly Fisher Television Series, and several documentary series for the Outdoor Life Network, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. With a passion of fly fishing, Colin's goal is to help both novice and veteran fly fishers everywhere by giving them a top-quality fly fishing series that will make them better anglers. Known for his keen sense of humour, Colin has two wonderful children and is married to the most understanding and patient woman in the world. 

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