Fly-in Outpost Technology Advances

Shekak Lake outpost – White River Air

As electronics and communications technologies advance, it was only a matter of time until the fishing industry and then remote camps would be impacted. It has become not only necessary from a competitive point of view to adopt these new technologies, but some have enhanced safety and conveniences for both the outfitter and their client-anglers.

In Camp

Just as naptha-powered Coleman lanterns gave way to propane lighting, safer solar-powered electric lighting is now becoming the norm. The solar panels powering those lights also make other things possible - e.g.   charging stations for phones, hand-held games, ...

Satellite (SAT) phones and GPS transmission devices (e.g. SPOT) make communication to the airbase, home or emergency responders possible - providing a solution to the one thing that keeps many anglers from "going remote" - i.e.  being out of touch. Problem solved !

Portable gas generators make many conveniences possible, including pumps, battery chargers, a coffee maker, toaster, electric filleting knife, fans, micro space heater, ...

In the Boat

At the back of the boat, today’s quiet, fuel-efficient outboard motors start easily – some at the push of a button – and make trolling a joy. Filling up less often is beneficial for the outfitter, angler and the environment. Small electric trolling motors are now regularly flown in, even though their weight and that of the deep-cycle batteries that power them may incur a small overweight cargo cost. Charging up, however, may necessitate bringing in a gas generator and battery charger as well.

Nothing has added to the success of anglers plying an unknown lake more than “fish finders”. Today’s simplest portable sonars far outperform the electronics of a decade ago.

Portable sonars are great for exploring a lake, discovering its key structural elements and avoiding boating hazards, but marking fish is NOT their primary function - even if they do that well. Some units will also indicate water temperature, reveal bottom content information, define weedlines and break lines, plot courses, keep waypoints, and mark baitfish !