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Five reasons why fishing in the South Slave is off the hook

The South Slave region is the gateway to the Northwest Territories, tucked between the 60th Parallel, famous Great Slave Lake and the legendary Barrenlands. This is an angler’s paradise, teeming with the biggest, wildest, purest, hardest-fighting fish in the world.

Getting to the South Slave is easy and it’s best done by road. Drive up through Northern Alberta and head out on a tour with a commercial fisher in Hay River. Grab your fly-rod and hit the Kakisa River, just off Highway 1, for the spring run of Arctic grayling. Cast a line in any lake or river and experience what fishing can truly be like.

1. Big fish

Forty-pound Pike slithering in the reeds, snapping at whatever moves. Legendary Lake Trout, nearly as old and big as you are, gliding through the shadowy depths. Grayling, feisty and flamboyant, leaping in the river’s spray. The South Slave is home to the most sought-after fish on Earth. Come cast a line and you’ll see.

2. ...and more of them

Anywhere else, fishing is a tradeoff – you can go for size, or for quantity. Up here, you don’t have to choose. Angling in the South Slave is remarkable not just for our supersized fish but for the rate at which you’ll catch them. It’s not unusual for an angler to have a 100-fish day. And of course, since we practice catch-and-release, all those fish go back in the water, ready to be caught again.

3. Incredible lodges

There’s Brabant Lodge at the head of the Mackenzie River. There’s Kasba Lake Lodge way out on the edge of Nunavut. And in between there’s a whole bunch of other wilderness resorts, rustic fish-camps, and lakeside fishing cabins. Whatever your taste in lodges, the South Slave has a place for you.

4. Wild lakes and rivers

The South Slave is home to Canada’s deepest lake, Great Slave. To Canada’s longest river, the mighty Mackenzie. To tens of thousands of Barrenlands lakes, many of which have likely never seen a fisherman. To pristine brooks, rushing with snowmelt. To reedy marshes, rich with organic life. We’ve got every fishing landscape you can imagine, and just a handful of anglers every year who are lucky enough to experience it all.

5. and memories that will last a lifetime

What is it about those days out on the water that draws people together – grandparents and children, old school chums, co-workers, siblings? Maybe it’s the lack of distractions – no cell phones, no deadlines, no worries. Maybe it’s the transcendent experience, battling big fish in a pristine place way up at the top of the globe. Whatever it is, it’s the best way possible to reconnect, with yourself, with the natural world, and with those who truly matter to you.

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