Subscriber-Written Fishing Trip Report

WILLIAM T MCKAY fishing trip to Tukto Lodge
in Canada Northwest Territories



DATE AND PLACE OF FISHING TRIP
Report ID: 2482 How Trip Was Conducted: Guided
Date of Trip: August 26, 1999 to September 2, 1999
Place of Trip: Canada Northwest Territories - Water: MOSQUITO LAKE

OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or lodge): Tukto Lodge. Box 249. Nestor Falls, Ontario, P0X 1K0, Canada. Tel. 800-760-0924
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): PanAngling. 5348 West Vermont, Suite 300 A. Indianapolis, IN, 46224. Tel. 800-533-4353, 207-434-2220. E-mail: experts@panangling.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
ALL TRAVEL AND LAND ARRANGEMENTS WERE HANDLED BY PAN ANGLING
Local Fly Shop(s): N/A
N/A

DESCRIPTION OF FISHING
Species Sought/Availability: Trout, Lake - Availability: Abundant
Grayling - Availability: Abundant
Description of Catch Made: WE AVERAGED 30-50 LAKERS PER MAN PER DAY. FROM FIVE POUNDS TO 45 POUNDS. THE LARGEST FISH CAUGHT BY OUR GROUP.
Type of Fishing: CASTING PLUGS, FLY FISHING AND TROLLING FOR LAKE TROUT
Equipment Used: BAIT CASTING OUTFIT FOR LAKE TROUT, ULTRA LIGHT FOR GRAYLING
Flies Used:
Description of Hatches:
Water/Weather Conditions: COLD, RAINY. LAKE WAS CHOPPY MOST DAYS

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Condition of Equipment: Excellent Knowledge of Water: Excellent
Quality of Accommodation: Good General Fishing Knowledge: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Ability to Communicate: Excellent
Overall Service: Excellent Overall Personality: Excellent
Name of Airline: NORTHWEST Airline Service (1 to 10): 1.5
Airline Comments: IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FLY NORTHWEST THESE DAYS WITHOUT PROBLEMS. MECHANICAL TROUBLE CAUSED US TO BE RE-ROUTED FROM INDIANAPOLIS THROUGH TORONTO ARRIVING WINNIPEG SIX HOURS LATE

SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems on the Trip: WEATHER (LOST A DAY GOING IN DUE TO WEATHER AND TWO DAYS COMING OUT). WE LEFT TWO DAYS EARLY FOR FEAR OF GETTING LOCKED IN WITH A LOW PRESSURE MOVING SOUTH FROM THE ARCTIC
Highlights of the Trip: ABUANDANCE OF FISH. THIS IS A LAKE TROUT MOTHER LODE.
Cost of the Trip: $3,500
Would You Recommend This Trip to a Friend? Yes
Why? QUANTITY OF FISH CAUGHT AND QUALITY (SIZE) WAS OUTSTANDING
Are There Non-Fishing Activities? No
If So, What Are They?

SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION
Name: WILLIAM T MCKAY
Contact Information: Tel. 317-577-3086 - 5011 FAL CREEK ROAD, INDIANAPOLIS IN 46220

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I read with interest your article in the September issue of The Angling Report about Kasba Lake Lodge in the North West Territories. We spent an unscheduled day and night there on August 27th due to inclement weather on our way to Tukto Lodge. We were at Tukto (located on Mosquito Lake 250 miles northeast of Kasba Lake) from August 27-- September 2 with a party of six fishing for lake trout and grayling. Tukto is owned and operated by Bob Huitika who has been in the fishing business for years operating Wilderness Air out of Vermillion Bay, Ontario. Pan-Angling Outfitters made all the arrangements and Pan Angling's owner, Pat Galyan, was with us having been there 4 or five times since Bob purchased the lodge in 1995. Two of us, Jim Malarney and I, fished each day with Pat while Cub Davis and his two sons fished with Jeremy, a Tukto guide. The lake trout fishing was extraordinary with individual catches averaging 30 to 40 fish per person per day. We primarily trolled behind the camp's 16 -- 18 foot boats and Yamaha 4-stroke 25 h.p. engines using daredevils, little cleos, and bucktail jigs tipped with large sized slugos and sassy shad. The lakers were in 5-15 feet of water feeding very aggressively preparing to go on spawn. Our largest fish was a 45 pound female with 2-3 in the thirty-pound range and scores in the teens and twenties. At one point Pat Galyan and I had a double going with fish that were 20 to 25 pounds apiece. I brought my fly rod but didn't take them out of the rod tubes due to the fact that our boat was using mostly bait casters ~ windy. The Davis' were successful in catching nice sized lakers in the evening (after the wind had died down) at Mary's rapids, a nearby river where the lakers were feeding on grayling. The lake trout fishing was so good that we did not fish for grayling much but we were told that the two rivers running into Mosquito Lake were full of them. With the exception of one day when we went 10-- 15 miles north of the lodge, most of our fishing was within ten to 30 minutes from the dock. The weather was cold and rainy most days -- temperatures in the high 40's and north winds blowing to 25 m.p.h. Fishing at Tukto requires the proper clothing. All in all, it was a very successful trip, one that I would like to go on again. I would recommend it highly to your readers. Tukto has a web page at www.arcticfishing.com.