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Fishing

How do I fish for lake trout?
What is the best time to come fishing?
What is the average weight of a catch?
What is our record?
Are lake trout hard fighting fish?
Can I keep my catch?
Is my fishing license included in the package?
What do I need to Bring?

 

Photography
What is the best type of camera to bring?
What are the best lenses to bring for my DSLR camera?
Will I need a tripod?
What other photo-accessories do you recommend?
Do I need to bring a laptop?
What type of photography instruction is included?
Do I need to be a really good photographer to enjoy the adventure?
What fitness level is required?
How cold will it get on the tour?
I have other photo questions, who can I ask?

 

General

What do I need to bring?
When do I need to arrive in Yellowknife?
When can I book my return trip home?
Will you pick me up at the Yellowknife airport?
Is the water safe to drink?
Are there luggage restrictions?

 

Fishing


How do I fish for lake trout?
Our primary method is trolling however you can fly-fish, cast or jig the crystal clear waters of Point Lake to reel in the catch of a lifetime.

 

What is the best time to come fishing?
Although Point Lake is typically ice-free during the first week in July, we wait almost ten days to start our trips because of seasonal changes in the spring melt and because the trout appear to be more active when the temperature of the water warms up. You might wonder what week is the best week to come but any time is ideal for fishing monster lake trout during our month-long season. One opportunity provided by booking later in the season is the chance to see barren-ground caribou beginning their migration south toward the treeline.

 

What is the average weight of a catch?
The majority of lake trout caught weigh between 8 and 20 pounds. However, each season many of our anglers are rewarded with 30+ to 40+ pound fish.

 

What is our record?
58 lbs caught by Ray Lipkin, Minneapolis, MN.

 

Are lake trout hard fighting fish?
Lake trout are probably the hardest fighting of all fresh water fish. Please check out the lake trout page for more information.

 

Can I keep my catch?
To ensure the quality of fishing remains high for years to come we have implemented a “barbless hook” and “catch and release” program.  Of course, we make exceptions for those unforgettable shore lunches and northern dinners.  

 

Is my fishing license included in the package?

 No, it will however your license will be ready for you to sign upon your arrival at the lodge. 

 

What do I need to Bring?
It is very important that you pack carefully, and in particular, make sure that you have any required medications packed in your carry-on bag.  The climate along the can be highly variable and weather can change from one hour to the next, thereby we recommended that you dress in layers so that you can adjust your comfort during your excursions from the Lodge as required. We have prepared a detailed list of items that should be considered during your packing. To download this list, please click this link. What to Bring  (coming soon).

 

 

Photography


What is the best type of camera to bring?
Any type of camera will work for the tundra and for the many coloured berries, plants and landscape.
Ideally a DSLR with interchangeable lenses is recommended.

 

What are the best lenses to bring for my DSLR camera?
A wide, fast lens is recommended for aurora photography and a telephoto lens is best for wildlife shots. Need more detailed information? Ask our photo leader who is happy to speak with you about your existing equipment and how it can work for you.

 

Will I need a tripod?
A tripod is essential for long exposure. We have some available for rent $15/per day. Please inquire if you are interested.

 

What other photo-accessories do you recommend?
Memory Cards; Extra batteries; Battery chargers; Camera Manual

 

Do I need to bring a laptop?
Yes, if you would like to participate in the daily photo review and Lightroom tutorials you will need to be able to download your images. We encourage daily photo reviews to implement new techniques and learn new methods as we go.

 

What type of photography instruction is included?
There will be plenty of opportunity to learn and get ready for aurora photography and ongoing instruction while shooting it. We also will try to cover a number of different photo techniques – you can see more about this on the program outline.

 

Do I need to be a really good photographer to enjoy the adventure?

No, non-photographers are welcome and can participate in the daily boating and hiking excursions. Elston Hill, one of our 2018 Arctic Photography Adventures participants said "calling it a photo trip is too limiting as this is the most gorgeous fall scenery I have ever seen." That being said, you may want to sign up to simply enjoy the awe-inspiring barrens in its autumn splendour, jaw-dropping night skies and wildlife. We do recommend you bring some type of camera to take home some memories of your adventures and the great people you'll meet!

 

What fitness level is required?
To participate fully you should be able to get yourself in and out of a boat, walk while carrying your camera for 1 km or more on uneven ground. If you are unsure, there are ample opportunities to photograph the tundra, in all its beauty right around the Lodge. The aurora is visible in the night sky right outside your cabin, so you just need to be able to set up your tripod & camera. We do our best to accommodate all fitness levels.

 

How cold will it get on the tour?
Weather is unpredictable, however generally the days on the tundra in September can rise as high as 20-22°C (68-70°F) on warm days, but it can also drop to around 0°C with rain or snow. At night temperatures can drop below freezing, so bring a warm toque, winter coat and if you get cold easily some fleece or long underwear. There are special safety coats provided when we travel by boat that are always available at the lodge. The cabins are equipped with heaters so no worries there. It's best to dress in layers to accommodate changes in the weather.

 

I have other photo questions, who can I ask?
Feel free to contact our photo leader Cheryl Stewart – she will do her best to answer all your photo questions!

Email:livingskiesphotography@live.com

 

General

 

What do I need to Bring?
It is very important that you pack carefully, and in particular, make sure that you have any required medications packed in your carry-on bag.  The climate can be highly variable and weather can change from one hour to the next, thereby we recommended that you dress in layers so that you can adjust your comfort during your excursions from the Lodge as required. We have prepared a detailed list of items that should be considered during your packing. To download this list, please click this link. What to Bring (coming soon) General.

 

When do I need to arrive in Yellowknife?
The day before your scheduled trip.

 

When can I book my return trip home?
You can book your flight leaving Yellowknife on the evening of the last day of your scheduled trip. If you are flying further then Edmonton, AB you can overnight there and take a morning flight home. You also can stay in Yellowknife after you return from the lodge and then departing the following morning. Please refer to either our fishing or hunting trip itineraries for further details.

 

Will you pick me up at the Yellowknife airport?
Yes, we offer personalized ground transportation from the Yellowknife airport, hotel and float base.

 

Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, we are fortunate to live in an area where the water is pure, clean and clear. This is some of the freshest water in the world. You can dip your cup in the lake and take a drink.

 

Are there luggage restrictions?
Our plane limits baggage to 70 lbs, including luggage and carry-on bags. Should you need to downsize your luggage in Yellowknife we can safely hold your luggage until your return.

 


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