Italo,I love your shows and the obvious enthusiasm you have for fishing and the outdoors. I am taking my 14 year old son on a fly-in trip to NW Ontario this summer (COVID permitting). I fished a small lake near Sioux Narrows, ON from childhood through college with my dad, but it has been twenty years since my last Canadian fishing trip. I would love to hear your thoughts on what tackle a couple relatively amateur anglers should take on their first Ontario fly-in trip. We will be targeting Walleye and Pike.Thank you for your time and consideration.

Posted on February 1st, 2021

Hi Christopher, thank you for your kind words and glad you are planning on taking your 14-yr old son on a wilderness fishing adventure. You don’t need to take a lot of different tackle. Here are my suggestions:


-good assortment of 1/8 and 3/8 oz jigs and assorted soft-plastics in the 3-4″ length (twister-tails, paddle-tail and streight minnows like the Italo’s Minnow from Fishing Complete)

-some Vibrax spinners in sized #2-#5 that will cover both small walleye and larger pike

-a few casting spoons in the 4″ length for Pike

-a few crankbaits that dive to 10′ (Rapala Dives To Flat #7, Rapala Tail Dancer #9, Original & Joined #11 Rapala for casting & trolling

-a few 3/8 oz white spinnerbaits for pike.


That ought to do it. Make sure to take some wire leaders and spool up with 30 lb. braid. Hope you have a great trip…God bless you.

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