Plan your Adventure
While flying insects come with the territory, they are not as bad as you might imagine in the far north. Bug season only lasts about a month and cooler temperatures mean small bugs that really don’t pack much of a punch. Bug jackets and bug spray have their place but the prevalence of wind blowing across the open and rolling terrain means bugs are often not as bad as you would think.
With summer fishing opportunities as broad and vast as the land itself what you bring will depend on your adventure, here are some things to consider: measuring tape, scale, insulated chest waders, wading staff for navigating swift rivers, cotton glove for gentle handling of fish, landing net, fish cradle, haemostat pliers, map, GPS, tide chart, bear deterrents, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rain gear, hat and camera.
For a true northern experience, try visiting a community or outfitter to ice fish by snowmobile and traditional wooden sled known as a qamutik. Inuit regularly travel long distances to catch fish through the ice but in some communities you can catch fish within walking distance of town. Little fishing is done in the dead of winter but as the temperatures rise and days get longer in April and May, Inuit take to the sea ice for cod and the lakes for arctic char and lake trout. Getting through thick Nunavut ice requires a powered ice auger with extensions. Ice chisels are used to re-open old holes and slush is removed with sieve-like ice scoops. Waterproof neoprene gloves are great for handling wet fish in winter and layered Arctic winter clothing will protect against temperatures that still reach below zero, even in spring. Ice fishing can be combined with one-of-a-kind experiences such as floe-edge tours, dog sledding and snowmobiling expeditions.