Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 9th to 15th, 2018

Despite last weeks heat wave where temperatures climbed into the high 90's, we managed to hook and land a number of fine salmon.  The weather's been hot and very humid across the Gaspe Peninsula and all our rivers are experiencing low water conditions. Despite lower water conditions we did however land a good number of salmon and grilse but we're working a little harder for them.

  Nicole Armstrong landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure with salmon Lodge guide Alex Mallais, needless to say she was a very happy angler, congratulations Nicole!

Nicole Armstrong landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure with salmon Lodge guide Alex Mallais, needless to say she was a very happy angler, congratulations Nicole!

  I think Nicole gets nominated for the happiest angler of the year award!

I think Nicole gets nominated for the happiest angler of the year award!

The Bonaventure is low but still cool and holding at 12 cubic meters per second , very low for this time of the season. The Petite Cascapedia is seeing a nice run of fresh fish but the water is low at 9 Cubic meters per second. The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some nice fish but it's also getting very low and flowing at 14.

  Brian Townsend doest it again on the Bonaventure, high rod for the week, congratulations Brian!

Brian Townsend doest it again on the Bonaventure, high rod for the week, congratulations Brian!

  Francois Bolduc sure know how to catch them, nice one Francois!

Francois Bolduc sure know how to catch them, nice one Francois!

We could really use some rain, all the rivers on the Peninsula are low at the moment but certainly still fishable. We are fortunate that our rivers run cold from the Chic-Choc mountains and remain cool even when the weather warms up. The weather man is calling for showers on Monday and Tuesday, lets hope he's accurate for once!

  Brian puts yet another in the net on his last day. Guided by our Master guide Alex Mallais, good work guys.

Brian puts yet another in the net on his last day. Guided by our Master guide Alex Mallais, good work guys.

  Salmon Lodge regular Steve Pelletier with his wife Jeannie on the Bonaventure, Nice one guys!

Salmon Lodge regular Steve Pelletier with his wife Jeannie on the Bonaventure, Nice one guys!

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green, Dark Brown and especially Blue Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly department, the John Olin, Green Butt and Black Ghost did the job, the Green Machine is also catching up pretty quickly as one of the best fly's.  The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing Report, July 2nd to 8th, 2018

Overall we've had another good week at camp with fish in the book every day. Not the numbers we're used to at this time of the season but fishing is improving with each passing day.

  This is Arnaud Duport's  (Left) second time at Salmon Lodge, He was coached by master guide Jean Marc Clermont ,Congratulations  Arnaud!

This is Arnaud Duport's  (Left) second time at Salmon Lodge, He was coached by master guide Jean Marc Clermont ,Congratulations  Arnaud!

  Eric Vigny with his first one of the season, nice one Eric, Congratulations!

Eric Vigny with his first one of the season, nice one Eric, Congratulations!

The weather warmed up considerably by mid week and the last few days have been hot and sunny with temperatures in the 90 degree range.  Mornings and evenings are the time to fish when it gets this hot.

  Long time Salmon Lodge guest John Pearson, a great guy and angler, nice one John!

Long time Salmon Lodge guest John Pearson, a great guy and angler, nice one John!

  John Allman with his son Jack , they landed this one on the Grand guided by Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier. Nice one Jack!

John Allman with his son Jack , they landed this one on the Grand guided by Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier. Nice one Jack!

The Bonaventure continues to produce some nice salmon and our water temperatures are staying cool despite the hot weather. The rain we received late last week maintained our water levels and gave the bony a nice boost. Water flow on Saturday was 30 Cubic meters per second, perfect for this time of July..

  Michael Peluso landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure , nice one Michael, congratulations,

Michael Peluso landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure , nice one Michael, congratulations,

The Petite Cadcapedia is also producing some nice salmon and our guides are telling me there  are fresh salmon in most pools. Water flow on the Petite is at 15, she definatly could use some rain. The Grand is also fishing well but could use a couple of rain to bump water levels. Water flow on the Grand Cascapedia is at 22, below normal for this time of the season.

  Lara Mucelli broke her husbands rod, the day started off on the wrong foot

Lara Mucelli broke her husbands rod, the day started off on the wrong foot

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green, Dark Brown and Blue Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the best. The Picasse and Green Spey were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's and 10's 

  Luckily they had a spare, as you can see , the day ended on a happier tone, congratulations Lara!

Luckily they had a spare, as you can see , the day ended on a happier tone, congratulations Lara!

The weather man shows a bit a rain early next week and temperatures will be cooling down . Maybe this hot weather will produce a thunderstorm, we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing and River Report, June 25th to July 1st, 2018

So far this past week has been the best of our 2018 season . Water levels and temperatures are just perfect and combined with this weeks high tides and new moon, conditions were just right. Our lower pools, on the Bonaventure are fishing extremely well and giving up  salmon every day. 

  Dan Greenberg releases a huge one back to the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Dan!, well done.

Dan Greenberg releases a huge one back to the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Dan!, well done.

  Jim Lawley and Dan Greenberg team up and release a nice one back on there Grand, nice one guys.

Jim Lawley and Dan Greenberg team up and release a nice one back on there Grand, nice one guys.

The  Bonaventure is in  normal June flow for the end of June and dry fly fishing is picking up. The Petite Cascapedia, a later river than the Bony and Grand is also  fishing  well. The big run on the Petite Cascapedia usually takes place in late June and early July and this year seems to be the same. The Grand Cascapedia continues to produce well and we caught a number of fine salmon this past week .

  Salmon Lodge regular and ASF president Bill Taylor put one back on the  Bonaventure,nice salmon Bill, well done.

Salmon Lodge regular and ASF president Bill Taylor put one back on the  Bonaventure,nice salmon Bill, well done.

  Our long time friend and salmon Lodge guest Anthony Mellano with his first one of the new season, Congratulations Anthony!

Our long time friend and salmon Lodge guest Anthony Mellano with his first one of the new season, Congratulations Anthony!

  This was Greg Hult's first trip to Salmon Lodge, he had a great time and landed a few good fish. Well done Greg. 

This was Greg Hult's first trip to Salmon Lodge, he had a great time and landed a few good fish. Well done Greg. 

On the Petite and Grand this weeks favorites have been the Stone Ghost, Silver Rat and John Olin, in sizes 4, 6 and 8 . The Nagli was our big produce on the Bonaventure in sizes 6 and 8 . We also caught a few on tubes including some nice fish taken on micro-tubes as well . Bombers, especially those tied in Green and Dark Brown patterns are the favorites as usual.

  A fine salmon caught by Ken Dunston on the Grand Cascapedia, nicely done Ken!

A fine salmon caught by Ken Dunston on the Grand Cascapedia, nicely done Ken!

Thursdays heavy rain gave our rivers a much needed boost and hopefully entice more salmon to head up stream.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, June 18th to 24th, 2018

After a slow start to the season we are slowly seeing things get back to normal. This weeks high tides brought in a decent run of fish especially in  Bonaventure and Petite Cacsapedia. The Grand is an earlier river and we're used to seeing salmon by early June.  Really good news for the Petite as its usually later than most rivers, hopefully a sign of great things to come.

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Tim Bridge (right) and Salmon Lodge guide Renaud Demers, hard to tell who's happier! congratulations Tim.

I was speaking with ASF's president Bill Taylor this week. Bill was telling me that all the rivers are late this year but starting slowly to see some fish.

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Salmon Lodge regular Murdoch Lang with a fine Grand Cascapedia salmon, Congratulations Murdoch!

Mondays' rain gave us a need boost in water levels and moved the levels up a slight bit. We certainly don't have low water conditions but a nice rain always freshens things up. 

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Leo Johnson with his first Atlantic salmon, here's to many more! nice one Leo!

The Bonaventure river is flowing cold and clear at 43 cubic meters per second. The Grand Cascapedia at 50 and the Petite Cascapedia at 35. Our rivers are a little higher than normal for this time of the season but we’re not complaining, better higher than too low.  The higher water is allowing salmon to move quickly up stream,  all our rivers have fish throughout their entire systems, not in huge numbers but there none the less. 

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Greg Hult land his first Atlantic, Well done Greg, may it be the first of many.

The weather has also been cooperating, temperatures have not been too warn and we received just the right amount of rain to maintain the levels. The forecast is calling for rain and showers during the first part of next week and clear towards the end.

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Salmon Lodge regular Curt Hamilton lands his first one of the season, congratulations Curt!

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Tim Gray releases another act on the Grand, well done Tim.

The fly or the week was the Stone Ghost in sizes 4 and 6. The John Olin, Nagli, Green Highlander, Silver Rat and Langa Fancy also did a very good job. Dry flies have also started  produce, however the water is still a little too cool for great dry fly action. 

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report June 11th to 17th, 2018

After a late spring and challenging conditions during the first week, I am pleased to report that things are looking up and moving in the right directing. The Bonaventure is starting to produce and we’re seeing fresh salmon enter the river, our lower pools are now holding fish.  The Grand Cascapdia is also beginning to fish well and nice fish are being landed each day. The Petite opened on Friday, even though its still early for the Petite Cascapedia, our guides did see a few fish here and there. That’s great news as the Petite is usually a later river than the Bony and Grand.  

  Claude Berger with a fine Grand Cascapedia salmon, Congratulations Claude, well done.

Claude Berger with a fine Grand Cascapedia salmon, Congratulations Claude, well done.

Our rivers are in great condition and water levels are perfect for early season. The Bonaventure is flowing at 55 cubic meters a second so wading is not yet safe everywhere. Spey rods work well and certainly give you an advantage over single handed rods in higher water conditions.  Fishing from canoes is the best way to fish at the moment and probably will be for the next week or ten days.The Grand Cascapedia is running over 50 Cubic Meters per second, just perfect for this time of the season.  The Petite Cascapedia is in great condition flowing at 30 Cubic meters per second.

  Jenny Gray puts one back to swim another day on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Jenny!

Jenny Gray puts one back to swim another day on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Jenny!

We've been seeing fresh fish in the Bonaventure for the past week and Poirier pool was our biggest produce .  Our upper pools have also produce a few nice salmon and it should just keep getting better during the next week. The first couple of weeks are sometimes bit more of a challenging, some years are great while others are a bit slower. The good news is, we do have salmon in the river!

  Michael Fitzroy from the UK releases his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, congratulations Michael.

Michael Fitzroy from the UK releases his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, congratulations Michael.

The fly's of choice this time of the season are usually bigger, this week we had action on the Green Spey, Silver Rat and John Olin. Sizes from 4 and 6 were the best choice. It's still a bit early for dry's but as the water warms up there will be close by.

  Tim Bridge (Right)  with Salmon Lodge guide Jean Marc Clermont.  Nice one Tim!

Tim Bridge (Right)  with Salmon Lodge guide Jean Marc Clermont.  Nice one Tim!

That all to report for this week, If you are interested in fishing with us next season please contact me early. 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, June 3rd to 10th, 2018

Our 2018 salmon season is officially open, and as usual we`re getting anxious to see what this season will bring. Each year's different and we're always hopeful for of great season with plenty of salmon.  This winter was a cold one with plenty of snow that seemed to last forever. Spring was cool and wet,  putting us about two weeks behind schedule. Our rivers typically get their first Salmon between the last week of May and first week of June. With the later than normal spring the first fish are just beginning to show up this week.

  There's nothing like the first pass of the day on a new pool.

There's nothing like the first pass of the day on a new pool.

Water condition are perfect for this time of the season, clear and running cool. The weather man is calling for a few showers by mid week and cool whether which should maintain water levels. The Bonaventure is flowing at 75 cubic meters per second, The Grand Cascapedia at 95 which is perfect for the first week of June. and the Petite Cascapedia at 50.  The Bonaventure is just starting to see its first salmon over the past few days.  The Grand is beginning to produce and a number of nice fish have been landed, it will continue to  get better in the coming days.  You’ll have to wait until next week for the Petite, it opens on Friday the 15th. 

  Salmon Lodge regular Fiona Gilfillan working her way down the pool.

Salmon Lodge regular Fiona Gilfillan working her way down the pool.

The first week is always a bit exciting, everyone is looking for that first big fish of the season. This time of year, we are fishing our high-water pools from top to bottom, you just never know where a fresh salmon will be holding. 

  Tim and Jenny Gray have been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years, the first week of June is one of their favorite times. Ready for a float trip with Salmon Lodge guide JeanMarc Clermont.

Tim and Jenny Gray have been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years, the first week of June is one of their favorite times. Ready for a float trip with Salmon Lodge guide JeanMarc Clermont.

  Our good friend Dan Greenberg ready for another season, may the salmon Gods smile upon you!  

Our good friend Dan Greenberg ready for another season, may the salmon Gods smile upon you!  

Higher water levels call for bigger fly's like no. 2's and 4's and big tube fly's. Bright colours in clear water and darker fly's when the water's a bit stained. 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Article and Review

Atlantic Salmon fishing Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge, Canada - Steffan Jones trip report

In September 2017 Steffan travelled to Canada to visit both Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge in pursuit of Atlantic Salmon. He was faced with very low water conditions, but the experience made up for the tricky fishing…

An Atlantic salmon angler tends to be quite a specific type of person. I am not sure if I would categorise the character as patient, optimistic or just downright stubborn. Either way, if you fish for Atlantic salmon often enough and enjoy it, chances are you fall into the same category.

It is difficult not to enjoy salmon fishing even if you’re not catching, because the environment in which you usually place your cast is wild and beautiful. Even the casting is fun and a day can be spent honing a particular cast or just playing with different permutations as you progress through a pool. However, the tug is most definitely the drug, and this is what keeps us coming back for more; even if that tug does only materialise one in every thousand casts!

I am very much an angler that fishes the seasons. I am not besotted with one given species and understand that better fishing may be found for different species at different times of the seasons, so will flit between them as the season dictates. I enjoy nothing more than chasing brown trout in the spring, sea trout in the summer and then salmon as the mood takes me. However, it is the autumn when the salmon get my full and undivided attention in earnest, as by this time the trout and sea trout have had their fair share of action.

Swinging a fly for salmon is always full of anticipation and expectation. You never know when the line will draw tight and all those fruitless casts fade into insignificance. It may have been hours or even days since it last happened, but that one fish resets the clock and optimism levels are boosted once more.

We lack the clarity in our waters to see the salmon, which adds an extra air of mysticism to proceedings. Experience or reading the river tells us where we should be placing our cast, what fly and what depth, but after that we’re very much in the lap of the gods. Indeed, our fishing and fishing methods have rather been honed to reflect this, with a searching style being apparent rather than targeting an individual fish.

I once saw an image taken on the Bonaventure River in Quebec, Canada, of water so clear that it looked like the angler fishing from a boat was floating in the air rather than being on the water. My mind instantly began dreaming of what it must be like to see and target individual salmon on such water; seeing their reaction. How they might be teased with different offerings, but also how often the same must occur closer to home. We don’t witness the visual aspect unless there is a boil or a close encounter.

When it comes to the great salmon rivers of the world, two Canadian rivers will always appear on the list; the Bonaventure and the Cascapedia. The Bonaventure because of its water clarity, which is difficult to fathom without witnessing it for yourself as it has over 150 ft of clarity – the third clearest river in the world, apparently. Then the Cascapedia for its large salmon, where 30 and even 40 lbs salmon are recorded each and every season.

We have represented two great lodges covering these rivers for many years, with Salmon Lodge mainly covering the Cascapedia and Camp Bonaventure covering the Bonaventure. Recently they added a third lodge to their portfolio; Salmon Club, which is perched overlooking the Bonaventure River. Due to this addition, a trip was needed to see this but to also reacquaint ourselves with the other operations too, as a lot can change in a very short space of time.

September can be a fantastic time to visit. There are some fresh fish running, but there is a great head of fish that have entered throughout the season too. With the colder weather drawing in and spawning time approaching, such fish will often become aggressive, which makes for great fishing, even if the fish have been sulking on the riverbed for weeks. The colours on the trees are worth the visit alone, as the autumnal hues begin to take hold, almost in correlation with the breeding colours of the salmon.

Accessing the lodges is very straightforward. A direct flight to Montreal with either Air Canada or British Airways (7hrs flight time) then a connecting flight through to Bathurst (90 minutes) in New Brunswick the same day. The return leg is the same too, with no overnights needed in Montreal. Perhaps not a bad thing as working off the airport prices in Montreal it is a painfully expensive place! The airport itself is easy to navigate, is of a high standard and is full of excellent places to eat, drink or just relax – a few hours are easily killed, especially given their free wi-fi service. Security is very straightforward too, as long as you have remembered to do your ETA! Do not travel without doing so and we would advise you to apply for it before booking your trip.

Do not expect the same when you arrive in Bathurst, well, except for the free wi-fi anyway. It’s a very small regional airport with just a couple of flights a day. On the plus side, it’s very straightforward; it would be a challenge to get lost. Depending on your arrival time you will either have a transfer awaiting to take you directly to the lodge or you will overnight in Bathurst; there is an ample supply of taxis outside the terminal waiting to take you to your chosen hotel.

During my stay I had a full day before transferring to the lodge. As such, I chose to overnight in central Bathurst at a Best Western establishment. For those with a short overnight there is the Atlantic Host Hotel, which is located less than five minutes from the airport and is a great choice; it has a decent restaurant so is self-sufficient – a bonus, as it is a further 10 minutes by car to the town itself.

Bathurst is ‘different’ and this is coming from someone that lives in the wilds of West Wales. As someone who has a degree in Town and Country Planning it left a lot to be desired and did give me palpitations at times. It is really disjointed and has no real heart. I was staying in what was meant to be the town centre, but there was nothing really built around it to indicate that this was the case. It is pretty enough, but a couple of hours would suffice and given a day you will start dragging your heels. The town was built around two large industries; a paper mill and a copper/lead/zinc mine. However, the former closed its doors in 2009 and the latter in 2013. Since then and the unemployment that followed the population of Bathurst has been declining, which perhaps explained why the town lost its heart – times cannot be easy.

If you are there for a day, night or just a few hours there are some saving graces and a walk around the town is nice enough, especially given its waterfront location. I did manage to find a fishing shop, which is owned by a lovely gent named Jack who is all too willing to share his time and knowledge with you. His shop and Jack as a person reminds of Jean Williams’ tackle shop in Usk – Sweets; those that have visited will know how unique this shop is, very much how fishing shops used to be. Anyway, do call in to see Jack if you’re in town, he will always have an open door for you; www.facebook.com/JacksFlyShop

Transfer time from Bathurst to the lodges takes around 2 ½ hours to Salmon Lodge and 3 hours to Camp Bonaventure. The drive passes quickly and you see some wonderful countryside; there are a lot of trees! You also travel over the Matapedia and Restigouche Rivers, which are notable salmon rivers. These form the boundary between New Brunswick and Quebec, with both lodges being located in Quebec. You will also note the time difference during your travels; Montreal is -5hrs GMT, Bathurst is -4hrs GMT and the lodges are -5hrs GMT. It gets confusing…

My fishing stay was to begin at Camp Bonaventure. As soon as you arrive at the lodge there is a hive of activity, all surrounding queen bee; Johnny. At the heart of every good lodge you will find someone like Johnny. They are what make the cogs turn. They are present from first light to last light and keep smiling no matter how big the challenges that day, how bad the fishing, or demanding the guests. They don’t see it themselves because it comes naturally to them; a lot of what they do is who they are and it cannot be taught.

The lodge is homely and you are instantly made to feel part of the family; another sign of a well-run lodge. The location is fantastic; you can venture out onto the decking and view the Bonaventure a stone’s throw away. The lounge has a bar area, which is stocked with soft drinks that are free of charge. There is also wine included with dinner, but for those wanting something a little more upmarket, a beer or even a whisky, then you are more than welcome to bring your own or they will stop at a local store on the way to the lodge, which has a fantastic selection. The lodge does not charge corkage.

The wader room is bigger than most flats I have visited! They designate little sections of the room for you upon arrival, so that you know where to hang your waders for the week ahead. They also have great rod storage facilities, whereby you can leave your rods erect for the entire stay rather than disassembling each day; the guide vehicles have rod carriers for transport to/from the water. Next door is a very well-equipped fishing shop, stocked with virtually every salmon fly under the sun. They have clothing, reels, leader material and more, so anything you forget can be quickly covered. Truth be known you could turn up without waders, boots and rods/reels and the lodge would fully cater for this to a high standard. Something to consider for those looking to travel light; let us know far enough in advance though to enable us to arrange and reserve this for you.

Nothing can prepare you for the clarity of the Bonaventure. I often hear the term ‘gin clear’ coined, but you understand that is misused or overused when you witness the clarity of the Bonaventure. You can literally count every pebble on the riverbed. With 150ft or so of clarity they would take some counting…

Needless to say with such clarity spotting fish is not really an issue, certainly not in calmer areas anyway if you have an elevated position. This is the attraction; seeing a fish react to your fly is an amazing experience. The other added attraction is that there are very few grilse; most fish are 10 lbs and above, with some of over 20 lbs being clearly visible; the Bonaventure is not renowned for huge salmon, but more big fish are turning up over recent years.

Bomber / dry fly fishing is what makes this area truly unique. Indeed, seeing the salmon first and the style of fishing whereby you target individual fish is more akin to trout fishing than classic salmon fishing. However, the flies are very different and quite specialised. When you first see them you do question their effectiveness as they are totally alien and unlike anything you would have seen or cast to a salmon before. They have, however, been refined over decades so you do well to put your trust in them. These are fished dead-drift too, rather than skated. Indeed, if they do begin to skate more often than not they lose their effectiveness.

I have no doubt that you could catch more salmon during your stay if you pulled sunrays, red frances or other wets, but you can do that virtually anywhere else in the world. Also, such flies are definitely not as much fun as targeting individual fish with a dry and seeing their reaction; perhaps on the fourth colour change – it amazed me how they would totally ignore the first three bomber colour changes then attack the fourth like a ravenous wolf. The guides will also carry what you need and some will be adamant about using theirs or having a particular tying style; let them indulge in such fine tuning, as they know best.

Seeing is believing. To be honest I was really sceptical about a large salmon lifting off the bottom to take a dry, until one did. Its head emerged like a gigantic trout, neatly intercepting and drawing away with the offering. They reject the fly fairly quickly, so as soon as the head begins to go down you must strike immediately. It was fun to then watch the salmon battling in the crystal-clear water, using every rock, stick and obstacle to its advantage; again, not something you can do at home. You learn a lot in a very short space of time and I’m sure lessons are learnt that are applied on home rivers.

The river was dreadfully low; the lowest levels in 40-50 years in fact. This made the fishing tricky, very tricky. However, there was no doubting that the fish were there as you could see good numbers in most pools. It was not about numbers given the fishing style and good sport was had with very few hook-ups. You could ‘work’ the same fish for half an hour with an array of bombers, some getting a reaction, others not even deserving a flick of the tail. Sometimes the salmon would lift 2-3ft to begin the interception, only to then sink back down to its resting spot. Truly heart in the mouth moments.

There is a lot of casting! The drifts are short, so it’s pick up, couple of false casts then back again. Single handers are best for this and a #7 or #8 is perfect. It is also definitely worth bringing a switch or short double handed rod to swing flies with as they do have a place. They can be easily transported then left in the boat or on the bank when not in use.

The fish don’t really spook, not like I was expecting them too anyway. They sulk and hug the bottom, but don’t really scatter around the pool in distress, unlike what I have witnessed in crystal-clear Icelandic rivers. This was a bonus as then they did not raise awareness of our presence to the next fish in a domino fashion. As such, you may spend half a day on one pool – the pools are long – as you work each fish individually and methodically.

Between the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia you have the Petite Cascapedia. It’s not actually that petite and was probably my favourite river of them all during my stay; the size and character just suited me. It’s a clear river, clearer than the Grand but not as clear the Bonaventure. The run size is not huge, but it does produce some very big fish; I certainly saw fish in the high 20s if not low 30s during my visit.

The great thing about staying at either lodge is that given advance warning you should be able to fish all three rivers during your stay, regardless of which lodge you are staying at. I would recommend this as the character of all three are very different. On a return visit you may choose to refine your choices to just one or two, of course.

I lifted three fish on the dries on the Petite in the same pool, but none connected, unfortunately. As such, I resorted to the wet fly and managed to land a beautiful fish of around 16 lbs on a sunray, losing another shortly after. Great sport in anyone’s book, and this was under incredibly poor conditions; it did make me wonder what the sport would be like given favourable conditions. A good reason to return…

Glenn LeGrand is the person that oversees both lodges. He is a gent and someone that has always been a joy to work with, even before meeting in person. He has been in the business for a very long time and knows what it takes to bring a first-class operation to the table. No stone is left unturned. He has an incredible eye for detail but is also still willing to listen; you usually get one but not necessarily with the other. Glenn was keen for me to see Salmon Lodge during my stay, which he kindly facilitated for my final day and evening.

Salmon Lodge is totally different to Camp Bonaventure. Both are run to the same exacting standard, but both appeal in different ways and to different people. If you are a small intact party then I would definitely recommend Salmon Lodge, whereas an individual could still blend in very easily at Camp Bonaventure. There is also a lot of history surrounding Salmon Lodge and it is probably the place to go for those looking to hunt out a monster on the Grand Cascapedia, with a bend of the river opening up to a stunning vista immediately below the lodge; the setting is dreamlike and one that will get you salivating upon arrival. Not a bad place to enjoy a glass of choice following a day on the river either…

The rooms are very well appointed and I can’t say that I have visited a lodge with a finer view from a bedroom window. I totally understand why the lodge (both lodges in fact) have an 80% repeat booking rate.

The Grand Cascapedia is clear, but not as clear as the Petite or the Bonaventure. It carries a light peat stain, which has tainted the riverbed, so even when the river is running clear is still looks a little murky; this is deceptive, as it will always draw you into fish a much larger fly than is actually needed. The fish are looking up through clear water, whereas you are looking down towards a darkly stained riverbed.

Dry flies are fished here as the fish can be spotted clearly enough. Indeed, salmon of over 30 lbs have been caught on dries. Standard wets are also fished and the styles are fairly similar to that of Camp Bonaventure. Again, the lodge is well equipped with everything you are likely to need.

The Grand Cascapedia is a big river. A lot of it can be fished from the bank, but boats are also frequently used to cover the wider sections of the river. These are also beneficial if a large fish is hooked and decides to try and return to sea! There are two major rivers that form to create the Grand and both these tributaries can be fished too during your stay. Indeed, they offer fantastic fishing, especially for those that prefer a slightly smaller and more intimate system. Needless to say, there is a lot of variety on offer and you should get to fish different water on each day of your stay.

Such trips seem to end far too quickly; time flies when you’re having fun. The week was incredibly tough, but this did not detract from the experience after all you knew you were covering fish and everything beyond that is always a gamble when it comes to salmon fishing.

Would I recommend a visit? Most definitely and I would welcome the opportunity to advise you on where and when as there is something for everyone on offer. I cannot compare it to anywhere, as it really does pluck the best from many other experiences; the size of the fish found in Norway or Russia, the clarity of the water to be found in Iceland and then the quality of the lodges that you would do well to find fault with.

Looking at something new for 2018? Definitely put this on that list.

Christmas Greetings from Salmon Lodge

Your satisfaction is our priority, and it makes us happy that throughout the years you remained as one of our loyal clients. Our business would not have made it this far without your trust. We are truly blessed and honored. Wishing you a prosperous New Year and hoping that the spirit of Christmas be with you this holiday season.

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From all of us at Salmon Lodge , Camp Bonaventure and the Club.

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report Sept 25th to 30th ,2017

Its official, our 2017 season has come to a close. We are fortunate to have experienced another great season on our rivers. While many salmon rivers around the world are seeing smaller returns, our rivers are doing very well. We had an early start on the Bonaventure with Dan Greenberg  landing the first fish of the season in the upper stretches of the river. The Bonaventure started early and despite low water conditions our pools had plenty of salmon all season long. The Grand Cascapedia also did well, similar to the Bony it started early. The Petite Cascapedia fared well this season and returns were on time and in good numbers.

  Salmon Lodge regular Manuel Tavares from the Dominican Republic sure know how to catch them, Congratulations Manuel, see you nest year.

Salmon Lodge regular Manuel Tavares from the Dominican Republic sure know how to catch them, Congratulations Manuel, see you nest year.

For the most part water conditions remained very low throughout the season which made fishing challenging at times. We didn't really have a hot summer so our water temperatures remained nice and cool. We finally received the much need rain in early September, no great amounts but just enough to maintain keep our water levels and help with the fishing. September was our best month by far with a good number of fresh salmon and better water conditions. 

  Raoul Tarvares landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, like father like son! Nice one Raoul! see you next September.

Raoul Tarvares landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, like father like son! Nice one Raoul! see you next September.

The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river . By mid season we had already surpassed our spawning requirements.  The same was true for the Grand Cascapedia where spawning numbers were also met by mid season.  The Petite Cascapedia also did well this summer, by the end of the season we had good numbers of salmon in the river.  2017 was defiantly a good grilse year, a good grilse year has always been followed by a good salmon year so 2018 should be a good one!

  Peter Bennet with a nice fresh Bonaventure salmon, Nice one Peter!

Peter Bennet with a nice fresh Bonaventure salmon, Nice one Peter!

As we close the camps down it not hard to remember all the good times we have each season. Seeing all our repeat guests each year makes what we do very special. The relationships we've  formed over the years are close to our hearts and mean a lot to me, the lodge staff and guides. I wish you all a very pleasant fall and winter. Thank you for your loyalty to Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge  and we look forward to seeing you again next season.

  Joe Coletta has been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years, a great guy and angler as well. congratulations Joe!

Joe Coletta has been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years, a great guy and angler as well. congratulations Joe!

Stay tuned and check in with us over the fall and winter, we will bring you up to date with happenings at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge and news around the. Atlantic salmon world. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you would like to fish with us or you have any questions. Its always nice to chat about fishing during the cold winter months! 

  John Wemekemp (left) and salmon Lodge guide Larry Dee with a beautiful 30 plus pounder from the Grand Cascapedia, well done John, what a way to end the season!

John Wemekemp (left) and salmon Lodge guide Larry Dee with a beautiful 30 plus pounder from the Grand Cascapedia, well done John, what a way to end the season!

Until next year,

Tight Lines

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Sept 18 to 24th, 2017

Its officially Autumn but the weather this week felt mote like mid July. Thankfully we received some rain early in the week which kept our rivers in pretty good shape. It was a warm one as temperatures climbed to the mid 80's by mid week .

  Thomas Mahanke has been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years, he' not only a great guy but also a wonderful angler! nice one Thomas!

Thomas Mahanke has been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years, he' not only a great guy but also a wonderful angler! nice one Thomas!

Fishing was challenging this week with rising water on Monday and Tuesday and hot and sunny for the rest of the week. We did however manage to land several nice salmon and a number of grilse. We are seeing a few fresh salmon coming in with our fall run but we'll need another good rain to get things really moving.

  It didn't take Roland Czech too long for to catch his first one of the season, nice salmon Roland!

It didn't take Roland Czech too long for to catch his first one of the season, nice salmon Roland!

Both the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are low but we did get a small bump in water at the beginning of the week. The Bony rose from 10 Cubic meter per second to 12 and the Petite from 10 to 13. The Grand Cascapedia received more rain and jumped from 16 to 22 but fell quickly by mid week.

  Eric Czech landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Eric!

Eric Czech landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Eric!

The warm weather is allowing us to keep fishing with drys and a good number of the fish we landed we on bombers. Wet fly's are producing well especially our regular fall patterns, the Red Francis, General Practitioner and Alley Shrimp were the big winners.

  Alma Yates with her first salmon of the trip, well done Alma!

Alma Yates with her first salmon of the trip, well done Alma!

  John Robertson has been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years ,John knows how to get it done, Good start John!

John Robertson has been coming to Salmon Lodge for many years ,John knows how to get it done, Good start John!

We are entering into our last week of the season, lets hope we end with a bang!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, September 11th to 17th, 2017

As our season is slowly winding down but our rivers are continuing to produce reasonable well The weather man gave us the rain we so desperately needed and our rivers are bac to where they should be at this time of the season and  temperatures are in the 50 degree range. The Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia are all at normal levels at the moment, we could use a little rain to maintain them until the end of the seson.

  Gerard Pichot from France with another fine salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Gerard!

Gerard Pichot from France with another fine salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Gerard!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 14 Cubic meter per second, the Petite Cascapedia at 13 and the Grand at 20.

  Luc Chamberland with his first of the season, nice one Luc!

Luc Chamberland with his first of the season, nice one Luc!

The Grand has been fishing very well over the past week and we've been catching good numbers of fresh salmon everyday. We're also seeing a good number of fresh salmon in the Bonaventure especially in our lower pools and catching has been good. The Petite is also seeing its fall run of fish and we're doing well on most of the pools.

  Peter Hollingsworth from the UK with his first salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Peter, see you next year!

Peter Hollingsworth from the UK with his first salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Peter, see you next year!

  John Martin from the UK releases this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, nice one John.

John Martin from the UK releases this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, nice one John.

This weeks flys' were a mixed bag of fall and summer patterns . The Red Francis, Purple Grape, and John Olin Spey produced the most along with the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and Black Bear. Drys continue to do well, Green, Brown and of course Blue.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Sept 4th to 10th, 2017

September is by far my favorite time of the season, water temperatures are perfect and we always receive just the right amount of rain the keep our rivers at perfect shape. Some years the rain comes in late August while others in September. To be honest, this year I was wondering if it would come at all. Thanks to Hurricane Harvey we did get the rain we needed.  Our pools are loaded with salmon and the rain really turned on the fishing, especially towards the end of the week.

  Wright Palmer lands another on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Wright!

Wright Palmer lands another on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Wright!

  Jim Palmer, like his father, know how to catch them, nice one Jim!

Jim Palmer, like his father, know how to catch them, nice one Jim!

All our rivers have a fresh new flow of cool clear water. The Bonaventure went from 7 cubic Meters per second to 14.  The Petite Cascapedia from 8 to 15 and the Grand Cascapedia from 10 to over 100! The Grand rises quickly but falls at the same rate. 

  Salmon Lodge regular Gerard Pichot with his first of the season, nice one Gerard!

Salmon Lodge regular Gerard Pichot with his first of the season, nice one Gerard!

  Philippe Condette with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, congratulations Phillip!

Philippe Condette with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, congratulations Phillip!

Looking ahead ,the weatherman is telling us that next week looks clear but by the weekend Irma should be on our doorstep.

  Eddie DiBaggio puts one back to swim on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Eddie

Eddie DiBaggio puts one back to swim on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Eddie

September fly choices are different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year , this year's no different. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50 degree range, dry fly's will continue to produce. Other hot fly's were the Blue Charm, John Olin and Stone Ghost. As always, Green, Brown and Blue bombers were the hot ones.

  Bringing one to the net on the Bonaventure, guided by Clement "Hawk-eye"Bernier

Bringing one to the net on the Bonaventure, guided by Clement "Hawk-eye"Bernier

 2018 is filling up very quickly, we still have a couple of opening here and there. If you would like to fish at Camp Bonaventure or Salmon Lodge next season, now is the time to contact us. Give me a call or send an e-mail.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, August 28th to Sept 3rd, 2017

It's hard to believe that August has already come and gone and we 're into September already.  August provided us with some fine fishing, we experienced a mixed bag of conditions but overall our fishing held up very well. The lack of precipitation this summer was the biggest factor and gave us low water,  the lowest I've ever seen im my 37 years on these rivers. We are fortunate however to have another wonderful run of salmon and our pools have plenty of fish.  

  Louis Esposito with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Louis, hopefully the first of many.

Louis Esposito with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Louis, hopefully the first of many.

  Daniel Esposito, also with his first salmon, way to go Daniel!

Daniel Esposito, also with his first salmon, way to go Daniel!

Bonaventure is low but has plenty of water for our fall run fish to enter. We are seeing a good number of bright silver fish in our pools and fishing has been pretty good. The water temperatures in the Bony are perfect in the 50 degree range. The Petite Cascapedia is also experiencing low water but like the Bony its running cool.  The Grand Cascapedia is also getting a nice fall run, the water is low but we're still catching some fine fish.

  Francis Dhobb is no stranger to Salmon Lodge or salmon fishing, nice one Francis see you next year.

Francis Dhobb is no stranger to Salmon Lodge or salmon fishing, nice one Francis see you next year.

  Florence Dhobb with her first from the Grand Cascapedia this year, she had two more that day!

Florence Dhobb with her first from the Grand Cascapedia this year, she had two more that day!

The weather man is calling for rain , Monday through Thursday is supposed to be wet, with a couple of inches on the way. I think they should hang the worst weather man once a year, give the others some incentive, lol

  Will Johnson with a nice grilse from the Bonaventure, what to go Will!

Will Johnson with a nice grilse from the Bonaventure, what to go Will!

 We are beginning to use our fall patterns and colours , the Red Francis, Alley Shrimp, General Practitioner and Purple Grape,  Dry's continue to be responsible for most of the fish landed, Brown, Green and Blue Bombers.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report Aug 21st to 27th, 2017

The last week of August gave us a mixed bag, rain at the beginning, warm and sunny in the middle and cooler towards the end. Our fishing has been much the same, some days are great while others were a little slower. Overall we did have another great week which included icluding a few nice fresh silver bullets! Our rivers received a much needed bump in water but we certainly could use more. The Bonaventure is fishing well but we're having  to work a little harder. The Petite 's water is low but the temperature is perfect, we continued to do well on the Petite. The Grand Cascapedia needed some rain and we receive enough to bring it up a foot late this week.

  Salmon Lodge regular Daniel Hoda  with his first of 2017, congratulations Daniel!

Salmon Lodge regular Daniel Hoda  with his first of 2017, congratulations Daniel!

  Yvonne Hoda with her first Atlantic salmon, Well done Yvonne! hope this is the first of many more.

Yvonne Hoda with her first Atlantic salmon, Well done Yvonne! hope this is the first of many more.

The Bonaventure is low and flowing at 9 cubic meter per second, normal for the end of August is 15 to 20 . Fishing on the Bony has been pretty good up until now with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse. The Petite Cascapedia is also at 9 cubic meters per second, normal is in the 15 range. The Petite is low at the moment however with a nice number of salmon in the river and cool water temperatures, we're doing very well.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 20 cubic meters per second and was up over 30 on Thursday. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish and this rain should really improve the fishing.

  Joannes Campbell with his first one of the season, congratulations Joannes!

Joannes Campbell with his first one of the season, congratulations Joannes!

  Francisco Viegener with a nice grilse  from the Bonaventure, well done Francisco!

Francisco Viegener with a nice grilse  from the Bonaventure, well done Francisco!

As our water is low and a little cooler we are beginning to use our fall fly's. Even though our regulars such as the John Olin, Stone Ghost and Silver Rat have been working well, tubes and the Francis patterns are beginning to do very well. Dry's continue to take a good number of fish especially the Brown, Blue and Green Bombers. 

  A look from down under, wow!

A look from down under, wow!

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report Aug 14th to 20th, 2017

Last week we hooked over 90 salmon, this week was much tougher to say the least. Warm and sunny days with hot temperatures made catching a challenge, combined with low water conditions, fishing was not easy. Water levels on the Bony, Petite and Grand are really low, we sure need some rain. Regardless of the tough conditions we did manage to land a good number of fish.

  Henrik Mortensen has bee a regular at Salmon Lodge for many years, he sure knows how to get the job done, Congratulations Henrik!

Henrik Mortensen has bee a regular at Salmon Lodge for many years, he sure knows how to get the job done, Congratulations Henrik!

Now for the good news! Water temperatures are still cool and the weather man is calling for a few days of rain next week. Its actually raining as I'm writing this weeks report. I just looked and the gauges are showing an increased volume on all three rivers. The Bonaventure has a great run of fish this season. with excellent numbers of fish especially in our low water and holding pools. The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with good numbers of salmon in all the major pools. Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia are the lowest of our three rivers, the rain will give it a much needed boost. That being said, we're having a great run on the Grand this season.

  Salmon Lodge regular Peter Norby puts one back on the Bonaventure, Nice one Peter!

Salmon Lodge regular Peter Norby puts one back on the Bonaventure, Nice one Peter!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 10 Cubic meter per second which is about half of where it should be at this time of the season, normal for the end of July should be in the 20 range. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 9 cubic meters per second, the norm for this time of year is 15.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 17 cubic meters, normal for mid August is around 20, we're not too far off. 

  Soren Hjortgaard with yet another fine salmon from the Bonaventure, congratulations Soren, see you next year!

Soren Hjortgaard with yet another fine salmon from the Bonaventure, congratulations Soren, see you next year!

 Lower water conditions call for smaller fly's and especially dry's. We're catching most of our fish on the surface with free floating dry's.  The hot wet fly's this week have been the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm and Black. Drys, especially Dark Green, Dark Brown and Blue were doing the job.

  Nick Edwards is no stranger to Salmon Lodge of salmon fishing, nice one Nick!

Nick Edwards is no stranger to Salmon Lodge of salmon fishing, nice one Nick!

Until Next Week

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report 7th to 13th , 2017

We had a great week at camp, thanks to a substantial rain fall early in the week which, freshened our rivers and gave them a much needed boost of new water. We didn't break any records but it was one of the best weeks of the season so far this year with a good number of fish in the book. The weather warmed up a bit during mid week but the temperatures stayed reasonably cool.

  Pascale Poulin and Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier. This was Pascale's first Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Pascale!

Pascale Poulin and Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier. This was Pascale's first Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Pascale!

  Louis Armand Bombardier releases a nice salmon back to swim again, Congratulations Louis Armand! Well done.

Louis Armand Bombardier releases a nice salmon back to swim again, Congratulations Louis Armand! Well done.

The much need rain really helped our rivers, the Bonaventure continued to produce a good number of fresh salmon daily. We also had a great week on the Petite Cascapedia, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in most of the pools with new ones coming in on every tide. What a big change on the Grand this past week, we really needed the rain. Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia really improved as water levels were back to normal levels.

  Andre Bombardier releases a fresh run grilse on Baker pool, nice one Andre, congratulations!

Andre Bombardier releases a fresh run grilse on Baker pool, nice one Andre, congratulations!

The Bonaventure jumped from 9 Cubic meter per second to 18. The Petite Cascapedia was  also flowing at 9 cubic meters per second and went to 15. The Grand Cascapedia saw the biggest change going from 12 to 36 cubic meters. By weeks end our rivers are falling but rain is in the forecast for the next few days with cooler temperatures.

  Peter Fraser (right) and our new Salmon Lodge guide Alex Mallais put one back on the Grand Cascapedia, Well done Peter!

Peter Fraser (right) and our new Salmon Lodge guide Alex Mallais put one back on the Grand Cascapedia, Well done Peter!

  Patrice Vezina with his first of the season on Bonaventure, way to go Pat! see you again  in a couple of weeks.

Patrice Vezina with his first of the season on Bonaventure, way to go Pat! see you again  in a couple of weeks.

The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green, Blue and Dark Brown Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly department, the John Olin, Green Machine and Stone Ghost came out in front for the week.  The John Olin and. Picasse were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's and 10's 

  Jane Adley and Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard with a nice fresh salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Jane see you next year!

Jane Adley and Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard with a nice fresh salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Jane see you next year!

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, July 31st to August 6th, 2017

The first week of August has been our warmest of the season but our fishing is holding up well regardless. Warmer then normal temperatures with little to no rain are making water conditions ugly. Water levels on the Bonaventure are low,  in the 10 cubic meter per second range, normal is twice that for this time of the year. Temperatures however are still favorable in the mid to high 50's. The Bony has a great run of salmon this season and  fishing has been very good considering the low water conditions.

  Marc Andre Bourdon landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure, Nice one Marc, Congratulations!

Marc Andre Bourdon landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure, Nice one Marc, Congratulations!

 The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with lower than normal levels, water temperatures on the other hand are good, in the 55 degree range. Fishing has been good on the Petite with action everyday.

  Benoit Laurin with his first salmon of the season, Nice on Benoit!

Benoit Laurin with his first salmon of the season, Nice on Benoit!

Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia are the lowest of our three rivers. The branches are low and not fishable at the moment. We have salmon in many of the pools but the water is really too low for good fishing. The main stem is producing a few fish but its just ok .

  Marie Pascale Lalonde put one back on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Marie!

Marie Pascale Lalonde put one back on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Marie!

The weather man is calling for rain , lets hope he's right this time, we sure could use it. 

  Manuel Tavares came all the way from the Dominican Republic to get away from the heat and catch salmon! congratulations Manuel, see you again in September.

Manuel Tavares came all the way from the Dominican Republic to get away from the heat and catch salmon! congratulations Manuel, see you again in September.

The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green and Dark Brown Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green Machine and Stone Ghost did the job. The John Olin and Green machine were the hot ones on the Petite. Sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Until next week,

Tight Lines

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River July 24th to 30th, 2017

Its hard to believe but were already half way through the season. We're having a good season overall, not a record year but we certainly can't complain. Despite low water conditions 2017 has given us an excellent run of salmon, both big salmon and grilse are spread throughout all our river systems. Last weeks fishing was controlled by the weather, some days were cloudy and cool while others were hot and sunny. I'll let you guess which ones were the best!  The high tides associated with the full moon brought in a nice run of July salmon. 

  The annual "Salmon Sisters" group are back again!

The annual "Salmon Sisters" group are back again!

  The ladies "Looking Good" and relaxing before  a big day on the river.

The ladies "Looking Good" and relaxing before  a big day on the river.

Water levels on the Bonaventure are low and flowing at 13 cubic meters per second, normal would be in the 18 to 20 range for this time the season. Cooler overall weather is keeping the the Bonaventure in the 50 to 55 degree range. Fishing on the Bony has been productive since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day.  

  Phillip Hasson from France with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Phillip!

Phillip Hasson from France with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Phillip!

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 17 and fishing very well. The Petite received a nice run of fresh salmon during last weeks high tides . Most pools on the Petite are holding fish and  water temperature are in the low to mid 50's. 

  Serge Le Moeligou from The Island of Jersey, The Grand Cascapedia was kind to him on his first day out!h Nice one Serge!

Serge Le Moeligou from The Island of Jersey, The Grand Cascapedia was kind to him on his first day out!h Nice one Serge!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia is beginning to slow down a bit due to low water conditions. Like the Bony and Petite there are plenty of salmon but we sure need a day or two of rain.

  Jean Nicolas , also from France with his first salmon, Congratulations Jean!

Jean Nicolas , also from France with his first salmon, Congratulations Jean!

 Flies of choice are a mixed bag, wets, dry’s and small tubes are all working well.  Free floating dry’s have been responsible for most of the catches this week.  Forest Green, Dark Brown and Blue Bombers  in sizes 2, 4 and 6 are working the best. In the wet fly department, the Silver Rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm, Nagli and Green Machine have been doing very well. Wet fly sizes in 6.,8 and 10 are the best choice. Medium and small tubes in various patterns are also a good choice. 

 This is what the guides call ("a real Hog")

This is what the guides call ("a real Hog")

The weatherman is calling for a mixed bag for the upcoming week, with temperatures in the 70 degree range, rain towards the end of the week, lets hope!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 17th to 23rd, 2017

This past week has been our best so far this season. Low water conditions since the beginning of the season have slowed down our run of fresh salmon. There are plenty of fish in the estuary just waiting for a bump in water levels. Dont get me wrong, we have good numbers of salmon in our rivers but a little rain would certainly help and give us a much needed boost. That being said, we did see a good run of fresh salmon over the past week.

  Long time Salmon Lodge guest, Claude Dagenais (left) releases a fine salmon on the Petite Cascapedia with Alex Mallais, the newest addition to our fine team of guides!

Long time Salmon Lodge guest, Claude Dagenais (left) releases a fine salmon on the Petite Cascapedia with Alex Mallais, the newest addition to our fine team of guides!

Water temperatures are still relatively cool for this time of year and the high tides this weekend and early next week should bring us another nice run.

  Claude Lachance has been coning to Salmon Lodge for many years, he really know how to catch them!, nice one Claude

Claude Lachance has been coning to Salmon Lodge for many years, he really know how to catch them!, nice one Claude

The Bonaventure is flowing at 16 Cubic meter per second which is not too far from normal for the end of July. Fishing on the Bony has been very good with good numbers of salmon and grilse in the book each day. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 13 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season is 20 is the norm.  The Petite is low at the moment however with a nice number of salmon in the river and cool water temperatures, we're doing very well. 

  Jerome Letourneau AKA “KING OF THE RIVER”  This was Jerome's first time Atlantic salmon fishing, three days three salmon! way to go Jerome!

Jerome Letourneau AKA “KING OF THE RIVER”  This was Jerome's first time Atlantic salmon fishing, three days three salmon! way to go Jerome!

 The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 24 cubic meters, normal for the end of July.  The Grand has been giving us some nice fish but it could use some rain. as well. 

  Long time Salmon Lodge guest Luc Chabot with nice one on the Petite, congratulations Luc!

Long time Salmon Lodge guest Luc Chabot with nice one on the Petite, congratulations Luc!

The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green, Blue and Dark Brown Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the job. The Out to Lunch and Green Spey also did well on the Grand and Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

  Patricia Lepage and Salmon Lodge Larry Dee, this was Patricia's first salmon, congratulations! well done.

Patricia Lepage and Salmon Lodge Larry Dee, this was Patricia's first salmon, congratulations! well done.

Until nest week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge River & Fishing Report, July 10th to 16th, 2017

This past week has been the best so far this season. Despite last weeks warm weather and lower than normal water levels, we did do very well on all our rivers. 

  Gerry Savoie with his first fish of the season, Congratulations Gerry, see you next year!

Gerry Savoie with his first fish of the season, Congratulations Gerry, see you next year!

Our rivers are lower than normal for this time of the season but we still have plenty of water to allow fresh fish to run up. Water temperatures remain favourable in the low 50 degree range and the weatherman is not announcing for hot day in the bear future.

  Jeannie  Pelletier with Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard, nice Bonaventure salmon Janice!

Jeannie  Pelletier with Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard, nice Bonaventure salmon Janice!

The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are getting a nice run of both salmon and grilse. Water conditions on the Bony got a bump from a day of rain and a couple of thunderstorms in  the hills.  Similar conditions on the Petite Cascapedia has kept the fishing productive as well.  The Grand Cascapedia has been one of the best rivers in 2017. Fishing has been great since day one and this past week has been no exception. Warm weather effects the Grand a little more that the Bony and Petite, by weeks end water conditions were beginning to warm up but the level are great.

  Salmon Lodge regular Eddy Bulley with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon for 2017, Congratulations Eddy! see you next year.

Salmon Lodge regular Eddy Bulley with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon for 2017, Congratulations Eddy! see you next year.

2017 hasn't been the easiest but we are doing well despite the tougher than normal conditions. Next week's high tides will certainly bring in more fresh fish and the weather man is announcing some rain and thunderstorms. 

  Evan Henderson with a big smile after landing this one on the Grand Cascapedia, nice one Evan, see you in 2018.

Evan Henderson with a big smile after landing this one on the Grand Cascapedia, nice one Evan, see you in 2018.

This weeks hot fly's were the Stone Ghost, John Olin and Silver Rat other patterns such as the Green Highlander, Blue Charm and Undertaker have also been very successful. Dry's are doing very well, especially Bombers, Green, Dark Brown, Blue and Yellow in sizes 2, 4 and 6.

 Brian Townsend doest it again, this time on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Brian, congratulations! 

Brian Townsend doest it again, this time on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Brian, congratulations! 

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn