Crooks Lake Lodge
 

TRIP PLANNER

Communications

The lodge has high speed internet and WIFI available for guests. In addition, long distance phone calls are included in your package price.

If you are in need of assistance, please call Donelda Pardy at 709-938-7048. Donelda is in charge of our Bunkhouse and ground transportation in Goose Bay. She will also know the best way to contact the camp or find Mike if you need him for any reason.

Should you wish to contact Mike directly, his cell phone number is 902-830-1643. However, for most of the summer, he will be in Labrador, in areas where there is no cell coverage. Email is usually available and his email address is mikercrosby@gmail.com.

 
 
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Beverage/Snack Orders

The lodge provides fruit juices with breakfast, and water, tea and coffee all day. Alcoholic beverages and mix are not provided. We have provided a downloadable form that you can use to place and pay for your order with the local liquor store or you can bring your own liquor with you as part of your 50 pounds of baggage. Please fill out the separate order form for mix and snacks and return it to us at least 3 weeks prior to your trip.

We will have the order picked up and delivered to the lodge before your arrival. To avoid any issues with your orders, it is recommended that you follow the instructions on the order forms in detail.

Please note that emails and phone calls will not work for liquor orders, there is too much room for error. The form is the only acceptable order format.

The camp will supply evening snacks during your stay, however, if you would like additional snacks, please provide details on the downloadable form and we will get them for you, based on availability in Goose Bay, and will charge you accordingly.

 
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Fishing Licenses

Fishing licenses are provided as part of your package and are available at the Lodge. The Newfoundland Government requires that we ask for ID when issuing licenses so please make sure that you have it available.

 
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Gratuities

Tipping is a personal matter, however it is one of the first questions people ask when looking for details on their trip. These comments are then given only as a matter of direction which you can choose to follow or not. It’s also important to remember that tipping should be based on service and that only you can be the judge of that.

We will provide envelopes in camp, which should be given directly to the staff member.

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Getting Here

There are scheduled flights to and from Goose Bay from most major Canadian and U.S. cities. Air Canada has direct flights from Halifax, Nova Scotia and there are connector flights through Montreal, Deer Lake and St. John’s.

Air Canada http://www.aircanada.com/ 1-888-247-2262
Provincial Airlines https://www.provincialairlines.ca/ 1-800-563-2800

You will need to arrive in Goose Bay the day before your departure to the lodge. We will have a representative from the lodge meet you at the airport, take you to The Bunkhouse and then to the float plane the next morning. We will do the same on your departure date . Ground transfers are included in your package price, however the Bunkhouse room and meals in Goose Bay are not.


Baggage

It is important to note that we ask our guests to try to keep their baggage to approximately 50 pounds per person. This is due to the fact that the charter equipment used is designed to carry a certain payload for maximum safety, and safety is our major concern.


Weather

Labrador weather is unpredictable, to say the least, and can sometimes be challenging. We suggest that you pack a set of warm clothes should the weather drop to the low end of the range, which would be about 5 degrees Celsius. At the same time that we tell you to pack a set of warm clothes, please remember that it’s not uncommon to see the temperature reach 30 degrees Celsius.


Weather Delays

With unpredictable and challenging weather can come the dreaded weather delays. Unfortunately, these delays can happen and it’s very important to understand that we will do our very best to get you in and out of the Lodge on time, but we can’t guarantee or be responsible for it.

Our policy is as follows: If you get delayed in Goose Bay, any additional meals or accommodations will be at your own expense. Our representative will be in hourly contact with the lodge and plane operator and will keep you apprised of conditions. We will again do our best to get you safely to the camp, but we will not be responsible for additional costs or lost fishing time.

If you are at the camp and cannot get out, we will continue to provide food and accommodations. Because Labrador weather can change quickly, and because some of the fishing areas are a fair distance from the Lodge, any additional fishing will be at the sole discretion of the camp manager.

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What to bring

Things you will need during your stay at Crooks Lake

Fly Rods: We generally recommend not to go smaller than a 9ft 5wt graphite fly rod, especially in spring flows. If you are coming during the month of June be sure to bring a 9-10ft 6 or 7wt. For the month of July, you can get away with a 9ft 5wt rod but as flows decrease, a 9ft 6wt is preferable. If possible be sure to take a 9ft 9wt or 10 weight for fishing pike in the evenings, especially in the month of July! Remember it is much easier to travel with 4 piece rods rather than 2 piece. 

Fly Reels: Larger Arbor Fly Reels matching your rod and line weight are recommended as the season progresses as well as a minimum of 100 yards of backing.

Fly Lines: We recommend 5wt to 8wt Floating Lines and for the early season, slow to medium fast Sink Tip or Poly Leaders ranging from 2 to 5 IPS.

Tippets and Leaders: A selection of tippets and leaders from 1X to 5X (We recommend Maxima Chameleon 4-10 LBS) and 20 lb Wire Bite tippet.

What else? 

A general selection of dry flies, streamers, nymphs, and pike flies.

Fly Floatant 

Clippers

Split shot

Thermal Base layers

Heavy Sweaters

Waterproof Wading Jacket

Wading Staff

Winter Hat

Gloves

Wide-brimmed and Ball Hats

Stocking Foot Breathable Chest-waders

Felt Sole Wading Boots

Insect repellent

Sun screen

Camera

Polarized sunglasses

Medications

Travel documents

Reading material