- Arctic Char Fishing
The Arctic Char is the fish of the North
- a dark green back which shades to silvery sides and belly, with
pinkish spots on the sides. At spawning time, the breeding males develop
a protruding and hooked lower jaw and their belly and sides may turn
vivid orange-red. Take a deep breath when an Arctic char takes
the lure. You are in for a battle of skill against pure instinct.
can be found from Baffin Island west to the Yukon. Some are land-locked
and live in fresh water year-round. Others spend the summer in the
ocean, but spawn and overwinter in fresh waters flowing into the Arctic
Ocean or Hudson Bay. Char weighing 6.8 kg (15 lbs) are common in some
rivers, but their average is usually only 2.3 to 3.2 Kg (5-7 lbs).
Char belongs to the salmon family and are considered to be a delicacy
by avid anglers.
Your guides will lead you to some great fishing spots and show you
how to catch 10 to 20 lbs. Arctic char on fly or casting rods.
held World Record: 32 lbs. 9 ounces.
ARCTIC CHAR fishing adventures are available through the resorts and
Bay - Nunavut
camp, a true wilderness camp on the shores of the Ekaluk
river, accommodates a maximum of twelve anglers per week.
Access in is by float plane from Cambridge Bay. Our objective
is for our guests to share in the experience of our beautiful
land, its people and its history, while enjoying some of
the finest char fishing anywhere to be found.
This river has only recently opened up to a very limited
sport fishery and the catch results in numbers and weight
have been truly astonishing. A quote from our Master guide,
Jack Elofsson; " I've led an enchanted life, I've "roamed
the world" with my fly rod and my flies during the
past thirty years. I've guided flyfishermen in Argentina,
in Alaska and Canada, as well as in my native Scandinavia.
Over all these years, I've enjoyed remarkable and outstanding
fishing but nowhere, absolutely nowhere, have I encountered
fishing that can remotely challenge the fantastic fishing
on the Ekaluk river."
Air Travel to/from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut - Canadian North
through its gateway cities, Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta
provides scheduled flights into Cambridge Bay.
Calgary and Edmonton (Alberta) are easily reached from points
in North America as well as in Europe.
Region - Nunavut
Travel Expediting Northwest Territories and Nunavut: Over
32 years of operating a naturalist's lodge on the arctic
coast, of living in the North, and of operating a canoe
outfitting service on arctic rivers, we havean impressive
inventory of camps and gear and the skills to deploy these
At many of our camps, the fishing is pristine.....superb,
and an incredible experience. At Tundra Camp/Burnside Lodge,
for example, there are unforgettable fly-fishing opportunities
for surface-feeding lake trout, arctic char, and large arctic
We can not only arrange your transportation and lodging
in Yellowknife, but also can provide a turn-key rental camp
with cabins or tentframes for your use, as well as air transport
to that camp. We can also provide canoes (or sea-kayaks)
and accessories, airport services, radios, fishing licenses,
fuel, bear scare devices, river reports, and anything else
you need. We can even package your trip from Edmonton if
We can also provide any amount of instruction or guidance
you need, from a one-day seminar before you leave Yellowknife
to an Inuit guide/boat operator/instructor at the camp.
The Arctic char will hit a wide variety of foods and is one of the
easiest salmonids to catch on hook and line. Sea-run char are formidable
fish, reaching weights of 25 pounds and waging a powerful fight catapulting
from the water several times before they "lose steam" after
a lengthy fight in the stream.