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Delaney Lake CAN July 18-21 2020

Overview: This trip is a result of a number of years of experience traveling with the brothers Bruhn and Chris Cowlbeck.  We had an excellent time in 2019. Pics and videos here.  While there may be a few other ways to get there, for this group, the travel below reflects the most consistent mode to be sure we all arrive at the same time, which is also the most affordable.  Once you let us know you’re going, we’ll send an invoice for a non-refundable $750 deposit. After the trip we will send out another invoice for the bus and motel costs noted below. You will pay the resort for the balance of your trip, lodge tips and any incidentals you accrue on the trip, details below.  This trip is for 3 full days of fishing, with a BONUS first day afternoon planned the day of arrival. The trip is intended for IBO related folks first, then friends. The max at the lodge is 24.

The only thing you need to do is BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS AS SOON AS PRACTICAL!!!


Arrive MSP: Thursday July 16, 2020 afternoon or evening

  • Travel via airplane on your own to Minneapolis MN
  • Will try to get a group rate at an airport hotel, book that on your own
  • BOOK YOUR HOTEL SOON for Thursday night!!!

Hilton Airport Mall of America, 3800 American Bvld E, Bloomington MN 55425 (952) 854-2100
We have a block rate of $169 for this one Thursday night.

Bus Depart: Friday July 17, 2020  9am

  • Bus departs from hotel above, please arrive a bit early
  • Have your passport or passport card in hand on the bus
  • We will travel by charter bus through customs in International Falls
  • We will have refreshments as needed on the bus
  • We will stop across the border for adult beverages

Overnight: Friday July 17, 2020

  • We continue bus travel to Nestor Falls
  • We will have evening meal at Greene’s Restaurant
  • Clark Crombi Motel rooms have been secured for you in Nestor Falls

Air Travel: Sat 18, 2020  7-8 am

  • Luggage to the bus by 6:50 am
  • We will have a 2 minute transport from Clark Crombie motel to Float Plane service
  • Fly about an hour by Beaver and/or Otter float plane

Arrive Resort: Sat 18, 2020  8-9 am

  • Registration and fishing licenses are done upon arrival at the lodge
  • Breakfast will be served
  • We will have guides for a late morning, afternoon fish on Delaney Lake

Fish Days: Full Days on the English River Sun 19 through Tues 21 

  • The first afternoon will be on the lake for trout and smallies, some pike
  • Day 2,3 & 4 will be on the English river for pike, musky and walleye
  • Some may take an afternoon or morning and do a mile hike to fish at Musky Lake
  • We leave typically at 8am and back by 5pm
  • You can take some of the boats out after dinner on your own or have a guide if you wish
  • Evening time is splendid and a good time to spin cast for smallies.

Travel Home: Wed July 22  7am

  • We will float plan back to Nestor Falls to meet the charter bus (about 2 hours for all)
  • We will travel by charter bus through customs though International Falls (7 hours)
  • We will arrive about 5pm
  • DO NOT book flights out prior to 6pm, try as late as you can for contingency
  • Stay overnight in MSP if needed

Resort Info: Owners are Jill and Chris Manley with 2 year old son.  They are a great family!

Delaney Lake Lodge Inc
PO Box 39 Kenora, ON P9N 3X1 
Toll Free-800-401-9281 

Passport: The U.S Customs & Border Patrol now requires that all U.S. citizens returning to the United States by land or air are required to present a valid passport, passport cards or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. So bring your passport and another form of ID just in case. Do Note that if you have a DUI on your record, you will not be allowed into Canada.

Meals & Bevs: The meals and soft drinks are included in the pricing but does not include any adult beverages.  They have beer and I believe wine available for the boats and evening meal for a typical additional charge which would be added to your lodge invoice.   We will plan on at least one shore lunch, maybe two, as with a group this large will cut in to fish time. But they are the bomb! If you have any dietary needs, please let me know so I can share with Jill.

We will be stopping at the border for folks to buy beer and any alcohol they may desire.  Do note that there is a weight limit of 60 pounds per person in total gear other than body weight so the float planes can get off the ground.  In as much as we will be capturing the entire camp, they have agreed to allow us to have a cocktail hour each night out on the deck or lawn. It’s a great time to throw frisbee, toss washers and play bocce (our version) while debunking all the lies of the day.

Financial: We have coordinated all the details EXCEPT for your flight to and from MSP.  The resort will collect from you before we depart by check, and if by credit card, they will add 3%.  You should only need cash for incidentals along the way. We will include guide and staff tips on your lodge bill (Typically $400 is a good average for all per fisher).  IBO will invoice you a few months afterwards for your share of the charter bus (about $295 incl tip)and the Clark Crombie motel room on the 17th of about $50 each on average for a total of $350, give or take.  The fishing fee of $2255 will be reduced by the deposit you have already paid of $750.

In summary, the total should be $2255 resort, $295 bus, $175 hotels, $375 tips, plus your flight to MSP say about $400, plus adult beverages $0-??? for a grand total of $3300 to $3500 per person.

Rooms: We will be sharing cabins and room assignments are made at the resort with either a coin flip or friendly arrangement.  Bring foam ear plugs because no matter what your friends say, they snore. Most of the setups are either two, four or six to a cabin with a common bath in each, and heat!

Gear: Visit their website for all the stuff like rain gear, etc.  While you will not need fishing gear, you may bring a fly rod or you own.  Just let me know.

They typically don’t provide gear, many but not all, of the guides have their own preferred gear.  We will have the lodge provide gear as needed and we will have some group lures to share around as needed.  Most also have all the hooks and lures needed, but we always buy some at their little store to help them out.  You will break off a lot of the sinkers on ole Canada while catching walleye. The lures are somewhat subjective and the guides like to use what they feel works.  These can be big ole dudes, some approaching a foot long to catch the monsters. The afternoons are generally spent spin casting and targeting where they know the bigger fish have been or trolling in between casting to get shoulder relief.

The Fish: You should expect that you could be able to catch 5-6 varieties of fish.  Lake Trout, walley, northern pike, Muskellunge (musky), smallmouth bass or lake perch.  The fishery in the 50’s and 60’ almost was broken with overfishing, but Canadian wildlife folks rescued it.  Delaney supports a catch and release system except for the few smaller walleye we catch, keep and eat at shore lunch.  You may keep them, but it’s a real pain to get them back across the border and home still frozen. (ask me how we know later).  As a bonus, Delaney gives away a trip for two in a lottery for all those that participate, and one of my friends son won it just recently!

The camp is on a trophy size Muskie lake, Lake Trout and Smallies.

License: Your fishing license will need to be acquired at the lodge.  For those that fished last year, bring the Blue Card they sent you and you will save a few bucks.

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