Come back to the past; fly fish wilderness waters as pure and unpeopled as they were more than 50 years ago. Wade in rivers you can drink, paddle through necks and narrows, up the mouths of brooks, portage beside rock-strewn streams to fabled honey holes. You will discover why our slogan is “The Way It Was Is How It is.”
Lee Wulff, the Alaskan-born writer-sportsman, was the first to discover the giant brookies of the Minipi. In the 1950s, he flew a float-equipped Piper Cub deep into Labrador’s wild interior to find fishing camp locations for the use of U.S. airmen stationed at the Strategic Air Command base in Goose Bay.
In 1967, Wulff and Ray Cooper put their own fishing camp on White Lake. A few years later, when Cooper took over, he renamed the lake after his daughter, Anne Marie. In 1979, Ray Cooper sold his Minipi camps to Jack and Lorraine Cooper (no relation).
Thanks to Jack and Lorraine’s conservation efforts and catch-and-release policy, the fishing is as good today as it was in the beginning. A guest may keep one trophy-sized brookie (over 3 pounds). But today most anglers release their catch after measuring its girth and length and taking a photograph – with these they get a “museum mount.”
At Coopers’, the average catch weighs 5.25 pounds (2.38 kilograms). If you look at IGFA world records, you’ll discover that most of the fly-rod records for Brook Trout —fish between 8 and 10 pounds—were caught in Minipi waters.