This page is dedicated to the series "The Fisherbabe's Guide To Gettin' Away"!!! You see...everyday I get correspondence and comments on how LUCKY I am to experience all of my wonderful and amazing Canadian Fishing Adventures. People tell me, "Oh my gosh...that is something I have always dreamed of doing," or "Wow...that looks like a trip of a lifetime!!" Well...let me tell ya...it is!! If you love to pull in monster fish as much as I do, fishing in Canada is something you should definitely experience!!
More often than not, when I ask why these folks do not go on a Dream Canadian Fishing Trip, they all reply with the same answer..."It is just too expensive for me and my buddies to pull off." So...I reply to them, "PSHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTT. That is a lame excuse."
There is a common misconception that fishing in Canada has to be expensive to be good, and this is just not true. Granted...there are A LOT of lodges and camps that ARE quite expensive AND offer great fishing opportunities. BUT...there are also MANY, MANY less expensive alternatives that also offer great chances at catching that fish of a lifetime. I mean...honestly...just by wetting your line in one of Canada's many lakes, rivers, or streams you up your chance of catching a monster by 1000%!!!
So...in honor of all you folks out there that want that dream vacation and just do not know quite how to get it, this series is for YOU!!! Every Friday, I will feature a new camp that offers great fishing and great lodging for under $1000.00 per person. Now...I know that $1000.00 is still pretty high...but no worries. There will be camps featured at all price ranges under that $1000.00 mark with most falling in the mid-range!!
I want you to see that that dream vacation is well within your reach. All it takes is a little bit of research and a Fisherbabe that totally Rocks Out for leading you all in the right direction!!!
POSTED FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2009:
SHOWALTERS FLY-IN FISHING...
To Canadian Wilderness Outposts!!!
Showalters Fly-In Fishing is the camp I chose to feature first in this series for a reason. A couple of years back, the fisherhubby, myself, the fisherdaddy, and fishersister were frozen off of the camp we had booked for our yearly May pike fishing trip. With only 2 days to plan another trip...were we FREAKING OUT!!! I was calling every camp I had written in my fishin' notebook trying to find a spot for us to fish. Every camp had the same response...a resounding NO!!! Most...even if they had the space...would not allow us to come because they just did not want to deal with the trouble of a last minute booking.
Showalters was totally different. Eddie, the owner of the camp, was extremely gracious and really worked to try and find us a spot! We did not end up going on a trip at that time, but the kindness that I received from them really stuck out in my mind!!! So here they are now...featured as the first lodge of choice for The Fisherbabe's Guide To Gettin' Away!!
Showalters offers a fly-in fishing experience to 11 different lakes in Northwestern Ontario. Booking a trip with them gives you a choice between Action Lake, Apps Lake, Carroll Lake, Cochrane Lake, Crooked Lake, Hammerhead Lake, Irwin Lake, Pine Needle Lake, Sand Point Lake, Severn Lake, and South Shore Rapids. Having your choice between this many bodies of water can really prove to be beneficial for an angler. The types of fish that you can catch at Showalters are Walleye, Northern Pike, and they also offer 3 Lake Trout Lakes.
Showalters provides such great, reasonable prices that I could hardly believe it when I clicked on their rates page!! I had to call the camp to confirm that they were correct!! The rates are as follows and are all in USD:
3 day trip - $720.00 per person
4 day trip - $820.00 per person
5 day trip - $920.00 per person
These prices include your cabin, a full sized gas range, refrigerator, freezers, cooking utensils, and kitchen utensils. PLUS...and you all know how GREAT I think THIS is...they have running water WITH SHOWERS in all their cabins.
Also included in the price are boats with swivel seats and 8-9 horse powered motors, fishing licenses, and life jackets. ALSO...and this is VERY IMPORTANT...they provide UNLIMITED FUEL...which is a rare luxury from camps these days!!!!!
Before starting this post, I called up to the Showalters Offices to confirm my information and chat a little with the owner, Eddie Showalter. Eddie has been the owner of the camp for 3 years now, but he purchased the camp from his father who had owned and operated the camp since 1958. That's right...this is a family camp and has been for many years. Eddie, himself, has 35 years experience working this camp under his belt, and believe me...its great to have that kind of knowledge and experience on your side!
You know...camp owners and managers can really make or break a fishing trip. Getting a great one can make even a small trip feel like the time of your life...and getting a bad one can make the biggest dream trip quickly turn into a nightmare. Two years ago, Eddie was a helpful and super nice guy to deal with, and he has not changed a bit!!! It was great to talk to him on the phone again this time, and he even remembered meeting me at the All Canada Show in Omaha, Nebraska last year. That is a great memory, right there, and even though I am certain he is a super busy guy, he answered all my questions without hesitation. That is definitely the kind of person that makes me wanna fish their camp!!
AND IT GETS EVEN BETTER...Eddie informed me that they are starting up a new branch of their business called Fly-In Camping!!! He and "his people" are working on getting the website up and running right now. It should be ready to view by mid-November!! The rates for these "fly-in camping" trips are considerably lower than the rates for the cabins and will most likely be in the $550.00 a person range FOR A WEEK!!!! PLUS, there will be FIVE different lakes to choose from!
For this type of trip, Showalters will provide boats, motors, and gas along with an emergency radio to keep you as safe and secure as possible. The camper/angler will be responsible for providing his/her fishing and camping gear. WHAT AN EXCITING ADVENTURE!!!!
To contact Showalters Fly-In Fishing Outposts you can use one of the following methods:
Call (807)484-2412 (winter) OR (807)222-2332 (summer)
Go to http://www.fly-incanada.com/
I encourage you to check out this SUPER camp, and give 'em a call if you have any questions!!! I am certain that Eddie will be happy to answer any question or address any concern you might have!!!
Happy Planning ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe
**Photo courtesy of Eddie Showalter and taken from www.fly-incanada.com
***Disclaimer - Please Note that the Fisherbabe does not nor does any person affiliated with the Fisherbabe guarantee any prices, amenities, or services listed in the above posting. Also, The Fisherbabe cannot nor can any person affiliated with the Fisherbabe be held responsible for any dissatisfaction that comes from visiting this camp or any other camp reviewed on this site upon our recommendation. The Fisherbabe recommends that any person booking any trip be very thorough in their own research and investigation of any camp that he or she may choose to visit.