Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report September 9th to September 15th, 2019

The cool fall crisp weather is upon us and this September week has been one to remember! It was an absolute wonderful week in camp. Our guests were mostly all regulars whom we love to catch up with every year and create more memories with. Many of our guests were successful on the rivers this week and some were even fortunate enough to land their personal best!

Our good friend Thomas Mahnke beat his personal best twice during this one trip to Salmon Lodge! Here he is and he can’t take his eyes off this beauty he landed on the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Thomas! We are so happy for you!

Our good friend Thomas Mahnke beat his personal best twice during this one trip to Salmon Lodge! Here he is and he can’t take his eyes off this beauty he landed on the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Thomas! We are so happy for you!

Our hearts go out to all those who were found within Dorian’s path last week and over the course of last weekend. In our neck of the woods we were very fortunate to only receive the very tail end of her destructive path and she simply dropped on us the rain our rivers needed. 

Our first time guest John Graham landed his wonderful salmon on the Grand Cascapedia! Well done John! Can’t wait to see you back next year!

Our first time guest John Graham landed his wonderful salmon on the Grand Cascapedia! Well done John! Can’t wait to see you back next year!

The weather this week was in our favour. Our days are much cooler now and even when the sunshine is shining down on us, our temperatures hover in the 15 to 18 degrees Celsius range. Our evenings drop down to anywhere around the 8-degree Celsius range, which is keeping our rivers fresh and the salmon active. River temperatures this week have varied anywhere between 45 degrees to 55 degrees all depending on the time of day and the weather received. 

It’s always a joy to have the Gagnon-Czech group as our guests! Here is Eric Czech with his personal best landed and his brother Roland! Nicely done Eric!

It’s always a joy to have the Gagnon-Czech group as our guests! Here is Eric Czech with his personal best landed and his brother Roland! Nicely done Eric!

The Beautiful Bonaventure River has been very generous to our guests again this week! With the rain we received last Sunday and again on Wednesday the Bonaventure river slightly rose from 8 cubic meters per second to 14 over the span of a couple days. Nothing drastic but just what was needed to refresh the river and excite the salmon. 

Claus Hansen had a wonderful week at Salmon Lodge and also landed his personal best during his stay which you can see in the Photo Gallery for this week. I just had to post this action shot! It is truly wonderful! Nicely done Claus!

Claus Hansen had a wonderful week at Salmon Lodge and also landed his personal best during his stay which you can see in the Photo Gallery for this week. I just had to post this action shot! It is truly wonderful! Nicely done Claus!

The ever producing Grand Cascapedia had an interesting week. The rain received last Sunday brought the Grand up quite significantly. She peaked on Monday at 214 cubic meters per second. The rise in the water levels did not stop us from fishing but for a day or two, the Grand’s colour was very dark and muddy. In the span on 48 hours the Grand dropped in levels just ask quickly as she rose and got back to her nice tea colour. The Grand Cascapedia at the end of the week was sitting comfortably at 27 cubic meters per second. 

In the photo above is our guide Renaud who is posing with an absolute beauty landed by our new friend James Sutton! It is officially his personal best and we are so happy to welcome him to our family.

In the photo above is our guide Renaud who is posing with an absolute beauty landed by our new friend James Sutton! It is officially his personal best and we are so happy to welcome him to our family.

The classic Petite Cascapedia has delivered some wonderful salmon this week. She also took us all by surprise with her water level fluctuations. The charts for the Petite Cascapedia this week resembled a roller coaster. The Petite Cascapedia rose from 6 cubic meters per second to 12 then fell down to 9 and then made its way back up again to 13 cubic meters per second. The Petite is now sitting pretty at 11 cubic meters per second and the salmon seem to really be enjoying the ride. 

Francois Gagnon is a dear friend of ours and has been coming to Salmon Lodge with the Czech brothers for a few years now. Here he is with his salmon landed on the Petite Cascapedia! Congrats Francois! Nicely done!

Francois Gagnon is a dear friend of ours and has been coming to Salmon Lodge with the Czech brothers for a few years now. Here he is with his salmon landed on the Petite Cascapedia! Congrats Francois! Nicely done!

The flies of choice this week are shifting mostly back to wet flies. With the fall temperatures creeping up on us and the water levels being what they have been, the most successful flies this week have been John Olin, Ally Shrimp, Silver Rat and Out to Lunch. The sizes this week truly varied. Depending on the timing of the week you were fishing (beginning or end) and which river you were on, everything from sizes No. 4 to 10 were used. 

Brothers Roland Czech (on the right) and Jan Czech (on the left) had an outstanding day on the Grand Cascapedia. Here they are with Roland’s prize salmon! Great Job Roland!

Brothers Roland Czech (on the right) and Jan Czech (on the left) had an outstanding day on the Grand Cascapedia. Here they are with Roland’s prize salmon! Great Job Roland!

 All the best, 

Tight Lines, 

Julia

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report September 2nd to September 8th, 2019

This was a truly wonderful week to be in Camp! The weather conditions were almost all in our favour, the food was delicious as always, the company was amazing and the salmon were present, playful and taking our flies! For new or returning guests – the first week of September was good to everyone!

Our deer friend Wright Palmer landed this beauty on the Grand Cascapedia guided by our wonderful guide Clement! Nicely done Gentlemen!

Our deer friend Wright Palmer landed this beauty on the Grand Cascapedia guided by our wonderful guide Clement! Nicely done Gentlemen!

Our weather this week was a great combination of everything. We had nice casted over days, we had maybe one or two days with a little sunshine and we had a nice afternoon and overnight of rain mid-week. The wind remained at bay and our nights are now cold and refreshing. The cold nights help keep our river temperatures fresh for the salmon. The Grand, Petite and Bonaventure are all remaining close to 50 degrees give or take a couple degrees depending on the time of day. 

James Palmer landed his personal best on the Grand Cascapedia this week! Living the dream! Nicely done James!

James Palmer landed his personal best on the Grand Cascapedia this week! Living the dream! Nicely done James!

The ever-clear Bonaventure River continued to flow at approximately 8 cubic meters per second all week. The rain we received on Wednesday and Thursday did not have any effect on the Bonaventure River levels. The rain did however create some excitement and made the salmon more active. 

This was Kevin Taylor’s first visit to Salmon Lodge. He was an absolute joy to have in camp and the Petite Cascapedia made his dreams come true with his first Atlantic Salmon.

This was Kevin Taylor’s first visit to Salmon Lodge. He was an absolute joy to have in camp and the Petite Cascapedia made his dreams come true with his first Atlantic Salmon.

The Grand Cascapedia River had now, for the second week in a row, the most positive outcome from the rain received this week. The Grand levels shot up from 11 cubic meters per second to over 60 in the matter of a day. This rapid increase unfortunately turned the Grand a little muddy and dark tea in color. It took a day to settle but the ending of the week was very productive on the Grand!

Our new friend David Preston landed also landed his personal best this week on the Grand Cascapedia! What a beautiful dream come true! Glad we could be a part of it!

Our new friend David Preston landed also landed his personal best this week on the Grand Cascapedia! What a beautiful dream come true! Glad we could be a part of it!

The Petite Cascapedia River has been consistently flowing at 6 cubic meters per second this week. Unfortunately, the rain we received mid-week did not increase the river levels. But not to fear 6 cubic meters per second is the norm for the Petite at the beginning of September and once again this week she delivered some great salmon!

First time guest John Graham landed this beauty on the Petite Cascapedia! Nicely done John!

First time guest John Graham landed this beauty on the Petite Cascapedia! Nicely done John!

Our flies have been all over the map this week. Most salmon were landed on wet flies but the dry fly still produced some great salmon on sunnier/warmer days. The wet flies of choice for the salmon this week were the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm, Silver Rat and Green Machine. Now when it comes to sizes, the Grand has been working with No. 4, 6, 8 and 10 depending on the day and water level whereas the Bonaventure and Petite continue to use smaller flies No. 8 and 10. 

Malinda and Gregg Pike have been our guests now at Salmon Lodge for a couple years. They are absolute gems and the rivers treated them well this week! Here is Malinda releasing her salmon back into the Grand Cascapedia and below is Gregg Pike with his great catch! Safe travels home and we will see you next year!

Malinda and Gregg Pike have been our guests now at Salmon Lodge for a couple years. They are absolute gems and the rivers treated them well this week! Here is Malinda releasing her salmon back into the Grand Cascapedia and below is Gregg Pike with his great catch! Safe travels home and we will see you next year!

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The dry flies catching the salmon’s attention this week were the dark blue, dark green and dark brown bombers; due to water levels, these were used mostly on the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia.

The salmon absolutely loved Dominique Boubel this week! It didn’t matter what river he was on, he was the Salmon whisperer! Nicely done Dominique!

The salmon absolutely loved Dominique Boubel this week! It didn’t matter what river he was on, he was the Salmon whisperer! Nicely done Dominique!

 

All the best, 

 

Tight Lines, 

Julia

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report August 26th to September 1st, 2019

Another week has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Our guests enjoyed their time both on and off the river this week at Salmon Lodge. The fishing was a little more challenging due to our weather conditions but on the bright side – even though the weather was a little warmer than we’d all prefer; salmon were landed and great memories were made!

First time Salmon Lodge guest Pete Moynihan releases a beauty back into the Grand Cascapedia!

First time Salmon Lodge guest Pete Moynihan releases a beauty back into the Grand Cascapedia!

Once again, we had multiple days of rain promised this week that never came. Our days were filled with clear skies and sunshine, which is exactly what you want for a vacation but not so much a fishing trip. However, Thursday we were graced with some showers here and there that helped refresh the rivers and excite the salmon. 

Our new friend Allan Ingraham lands this beautiful female on the Grand Cascapedia!

Our new friend Allan Ingraham lands this beautiful female on the Grand Cascapedia!

The Beautiful Bonaventure River is currently flowing at approximately 8 cubic meters per second. These levels are the norm for the end of August and we are “told” that rain is on its way tomorrow! Our guests and guides are sighting many fish in the low water holding pools, which is always a good sign!

Tom Stoker’s streak of bad luck finally came to an end on the Bonaventure River! Congrats Tom!

Tom Stoker’s streak of bad luck finally came to an end on the Bonaventure River! Congrats Tom!

The Wonderful Grand Cascapedia River had the most positive outcome from the rain received on Thursday this week. It increased in levels from 10 to 15 cubic meters per second Thursday evening and into Friday morning. This generated for some great action and a couple more salmon landed by our determined guests.  

Our good friend Tom Ackerman released this great Cascapedia salmon back into the river!

Our good friend Tom Ackerman released this great Cascapedia salmon back into the river!

The Precious Petite Cascapedia River is consistently flowing at 6 cubic meters per second. This is the norm for the Petite at the end of August and the Petite continues to deliver some great salmon! 

We had the pleasure of welcome P.H. Fortier to Salmon Lodge for the first time this week as he and his two best friends celebrate their father’s 75th Birthday! Shout out to Gilles Belzile - Happy Birthday!

We had the pleasure of welcome P.H. Fortier to Salmon Lodge for the first time this week as he and his two best friends celebrate their father’s 75th Birthday! Shout out to Gilles Belzile - Happy Birthday!

The one environmental factor working in our favor at the moment is the cool evenings we’ve been having. Our temperatures can drop down to 8 degrees Celsius throughout the night which leaves our rivers in the range of 50 degrees, nice and fresh for our salmon. 

Barry Kutzen lands a beauty on the Branches of the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Barry!

Barry Kutzen lands a beauty on the Branches of the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Barry!

The most productive wet flies this week have been John Olin, Green Machine, Stone Ghost and Blue Charm in sizes 8 and 10. When it comes to bombers, the Blue and Dark Green are still getting the salmon’s attention!

 

All the best,

Tight Lines

Julia 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Aug 19th to 25th, 2019

This past week was one for the books! The fishing may not have always been on our side but we all had a wonderful week welcoming new friends to Salmon Lodge. Most of which we had the honour of teaching the skilled sport of fly fishing and a few guests who were already masters of the sport.

First time Salmon Lodge guest Peter Bowles releases a great salmon back into the Petite Cascapedia! Great job Peter!

First time Salmon Lodge guest Peter Bowles releases a great salmon back into the Petite Cascapedia! Great job Peter!

There seems to have been a miscommunication this week between mother nature and the weather man. One promised us a couple days of rain whereas the other delivered beautiful sunshine and a couple cast over days. Either way, a day on the river is a great day in itself!

Kris Heinrichs is new to the sport of Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing but here he is releasing a grilse on his first day on the Bonaventure River!

Kris Heinrichs is new to the sport of Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing but here he is releasing a grilse on his first day on the Bonaventure River!

The Bonaventure river is as beautiful as ever and still producing some great salmon this week. It was flowing anywhere between 8 and 9 cubic meters per second as the week progressed. We’ve had a couple very cool nights/mornings closer to the end of this week that helped maintain our water temperatures around the 50-55 degree range in all three rivers.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Jacqueline Bowles for the first time at Salmon Lodge this week! Here she is releasing a wonderful grilse back into the Petite Cascapedia!

We had the pleasure of welcoming Jacqueline Bowles for the first time at Salmon Lodge this week! Here she is releasing a wonderful grilse back into the Petite Cascapedia!

The Grand Cascapedia was flowing at a rate of approximately 12 cubic meters per second this week and the Petite Cascapedia was in the range of 7-8 cubic meters per second. Although our rivers are at a low point at the moment, we are seeing a nice number of salmon, especially in our low water holding pools. 

All his hard work and dedication has paid off! Here is Peter Jones releasing his overdue catch back into the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Peter! We are so happy for you!

All his hard work and dedication has paid off! Here is Peter Jones releasing his overdue catch back into the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Peter! We are so happy for you!

These water conditions call for small flies. The most productive wet flies this week have been the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm and Green Machine! As for the Bombers, the normal Green, Blue and Dark Brown are working very well, especially if there’s a little sparkle added to their tail end. The sizes that are working the best at the moment are No. 8 and 10. 

Our dear new friend Raffaele DelliColli released a great grilse back into the Bonaventure during his first stay at Salmon Lodge! See you again next year Raffaele!

Our dear new friend Raffaele DelliColli released a great grilse back into the Bonaventure during his first stay at Salmon Lodge! See you again next year Raffaele!

All the Best,

Tight Lines,

Julia

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Aug 12th to 18th, 2019

It was yet another wonderful week to be in camp and on the river! The salmon were excited and active, the food was mouth-watering, the rivers were in great condition and we were all in superb company. Our guests are leaving here with great stories, beautiful memories, full bellies and a couple more salmon releases to add to their records. 

Our great friend Henrik Mortensen has been our guest at Salmon Lodge for many years. This is his second hosted week of the 2019 season at Salmon Lodge - and what a great week it was!

Our great friend Henrik Mortensen has been our guest at Salmon Lodge for many years. This is his second hosted week of the 2019 season at Salmon Lodge - and what a great week it was!

The weather this past week was a mix of everything. We mostly started off with fresh (almost) fall like mornings. Some afternoons were sunny, some were casted over and others produced a fine wind and a couple drops of rain depending on your location. The evenings are now cool and breezy. Overall, it’s the perfect combination. 

Mette Mortensen releases a beautiful Cascapedia female back into the Grand with the help of our wonderful guide Clement Bernier! Congrats Mette!

Mette Mortensen releases a beautiful Cascapedia female back into the Grand with the help of our wonderful guide Clement Bernier! Congrats Mette!

The Bonaventure River is as clear as ever and continues to deliver! The cooler evenings are maintaining our water temperatures in the 50-degree range, which the salmon are loving. The Bonaventure River was flowing anywhere from 12 to 10 cubic meters per second this past week which is completely within our norms for mid-August. 

Yasmeen Moorman lands her first ever Atlantic Salmon! Congratulations Yasmeen!

Yasmeen Moorman lands her first ever Atlantic Salmon! Congratulations Yasmeen!

The Grand Cascapedia is in great condition this week. The rain fall we had last week more than tripled its flowing rate from 12 to almost 46 cubic meters per second. This got the salmon moving and excited! As the week progressed, the Grand Cascapedia has settled back to its norm at 14 cubic meters per second – a very comfortable level for this time of year!

It’s always a pleasure to have our dear friend Michael Kendrick at Salmon Lodge! Here he is on his first day releasing a great catch back into the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Michael!

It’s always a pleasure to have our dear friend Michael Kendrick at Salmon Lodge! Here he is on his first day releasing a great catch back into the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Michael!

The Petite Cascapedia is currently flowing at 8 cubic meters per second. Although this may seem a little low in comparison to the Boni and the Grand, it is completely normal for the Petite. We’ve actually released some really great salmon back into the Petite this week and our guides are seeing plenty of salmon in their holding pools. 

Precious Memories Made - Mark Moorman with his daughter Yasmeen on the Petite Cascapedia! Nice one Yasmeen!

Precious Memories Made - Mark Moorman with his daughter Yasmeen on the Petite Cascapedia! Nice one Yasmeen!

The most productive wet flies this week have been the Stone Ghost, Green Machine, Blue Charm and Green Highlander in sizes 8, 10 and 12. The Bombers in colours Blue, Green and Brown in sizes 4 and 6 are always a hit as well! 

Mark Moorman with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia! Great job Mark!

Mark Moorman with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia! Great job Mark!

 

All the best, 

 

Tight Lines, 

 Julia

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Aug 5th to 11th, 2019

Even with last weeks  warm weather our fishing continues to be productive, in fact we just had one of our best weeks of the season with  good numbers of salmon released and many lost or missed,  especially on dry fly's. Despite the very  hot and humid weather it was a great week to be at camp.

David Ingerbrigsten in Action!

David Ingerbrigsten in Action!

Picture of a thousand words and maybe some emotions!

Picture of a thousand words and maybe some emotions!

All of our guests caught fish, needless to say we had a very content group of anglers! Temperatures have been in the high 80's for most of the week, not the best for fishing, but the fish didn't seem to mind. Next weeks forecast is calling for several days of rain and showers, we're keeping our fingers crossed, we could sure use a few days of rain.

Catch of a lifetime for David Ingerbrigsten - A Beautiful Grand Cascapedia Atlantic Salmon! Welcome to the 30+ Club!

Catch of a lifetime for David Ingerbrigsten - A Beautiful Grand Cascapedia Atlantic Salmon! Welcome to the 30+ Club!

The Bonaventure is beginning to get a bit low, its flowing at 13 cubic meters per second. Despite the lower water conditions the temperature is still in the mid 50 degree range and fishing has been great.

It was so great to have you back in camp this year Peter Norby! Looks like the Salmon missed you too!

It was so great to have you back in camp this year Peter Norby! Looks like the Salmon missed you too!

Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also getting a bit low but remains cool for this time of the season. The Petite has been giving us some big salmon and the early August run has started. 

Our good friend Marcel Prouxl releases his first grilse back into the Petite Cascapedia!

Our good friend Marcel Prouxl releases his first grilse back into the Petite Cascapedia!

The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some fine fish this past week  but like the Bony and Petite, its beginning to get a bit low. As I'm writing this report the Grand is on the rise from 12 cubic meters per second to 24 over night.  Lets  hope the weatherman gets it right for next week. 

Andre St-Denis releases his first Atlantic Salmon of the week back into the Grand Cascapedia guided by one of our best guides Clement Bernier!

Andre St-Denis releases his first Atlantic Salmon of the week back into the Grand Cascapedia guided by one of our best guides Clement Bernier!

Fly choice this past week have been a mixed bag, Camp Bonaventure Guides are catching most of our fish on Dry fly’s while Salmon Lodge guides tell me they were more successful on smaller wets. Bombers in Green, Brown and Blue are always working, size 2, 4 and 6 have been doing the job.

Taking great notes from his father - Olivier St-Denis releases his salmon back into the Grand Cascapedia!

Taking great notes from his father - Olivier St-Denis releases his salmon back into the Grand Cascapedia!

In the wet fly department, the Undertaker, John Olin, Black Ghost and Stone Ghost were responsible for most of the fish. Sizes  8, 10 and even 12 . Hitched tubes are doing very well, especially when a fish are being difficult.

First time Salmon Lodge Guest Charles Rivest lands a beautiful Cascapedia salmon!

First time Salmon Lodge Guest Charles Rivest lands a beautiful Cascapedia salmon!

I have been doing the river reports for Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge for the past 8 years and for the Club since we took ownership in 2017.  You may have noticed Julia Coull our assistante manager at Salmon Lodge began writing the Club reports this season,  and she is doing a great job.  I am passing the torch over  to Julia for the Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge reports. I'll still be in the background helping her and lending my fishing experience.  Julia will be working with me over the next few years,  you'll be hearing more from her around our  three lodges.

Tight Line,

Until next week,

Glenn  

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, July 29th to Aug 4th, 2019

Fishing continues to be productive, despite the very hot and dry weather we had a pretty good week on our rivers with half decent numbers of fish hooked a number lost . Despite the hot and humid weather it was a great week to be at camp. All of our guests were into fish and we had a group of happy anglers. Temperatures have been in the high 80's and 90’s for most of the week, not the best for fishermen or the salmon. Next weeks forecast is calling for several days of rain and showers, we're keeping our fingers crossed, we can certainly use a few days of rain.

Leigh Walker with a real beauty from the Grand Cascapedia, Way to go Leigh! see you next year.

Leigh Walker with a real beauty from the Grand Cascapedia, Way to go Leigh! see you next year.

The Bonaventure is beginning to get a bit low, its flowing at 17 cubic meters per second. Despite the lower water conditions the temperature is still in the 55 degree range and fishing has been productive.

Leigh showing off her prize.

Leigh showing off her prize.

Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also getting a bit low but still remains cool and fishing very well. The Petite has been giving us some big salmon this season.

Henrik Mortensen puts one back on the Bonaventure, well done Henrik.

Henrik Mortensen puts one back on the Bonaventure, well done Henrik.

The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some fine fish as well but like the Bony and Petite, its getting low and could really use some rain. Lets hope our weatherman get it right this time.

Philip Sawyer showing his sons how its done, way to go Philip, congratulations !

Philip Sawyer showing his sons how its done, way to go Philip, congratulations !

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 department, the John Olin, Green machine and Silver Rat 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.

Kjell Ingerbrigsten with a nice on on the Grand, congratulations Kjell

Kjell Ingerbrigsten with a nice on on the Grand, congratulations Kjell

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

David Ingerbristen releases this fine salmon back on the Grand Cascapedia, well done David!

David Ingerbristen releases this fine salmon back on the Grand Cascapedia, well done David!

Don't forget to check out our photo album each week. Along with my weekly river report I post a number of the week’s salmon shots on our Photo gallery page. If a trip to Camp Bonaventure, Salmon Lodge or the Club are in your plans for next season please feel free to contact us anytime. We are sold out this season but still have a couple of great slots open for 2020.

Until next week,

 Tight Lines ,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge fishing & River Report July 22nd to 28th, 2019

Overall we've had a good week at camp with good numbers of fish in the book. The weather warmed up considerably on Tuesday and the last few days have been hot and sunny with temperatures in the high 20's and very humid, not the best fishing conditions.  We continue to have great fishing but the last few days have been more of a challenge due to the sunny and hot days. Mornings and evenings are the time to fish when it gets hot.

Congratulations to Dayl Walker for landing the biggest one of the week, well done Dayl

Congratulations to Dayl Walker for landing the biggest one of the week, well done Dayl

 The Bonaventure continues to produce very well and the water temperatures are still pretty cool for this time of the season, especially in the upper sections of the river. Water levels on the Bonaventure are exactly where they should be for this time of the season running at about 20 Cubic meters per second. The cooler than normal weather is great for fishing and its maintaining our water temperatures in the 50 degree range, a little cooler than normal which is great. Fishing on the Bony has been great since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day.

Leigh Walker with a nice Bonaventure grilse, congratulations Leigh

Leigh Walker with a nice Bonaventure grilse, congratulations Leigh

 We are also having a good season on the Petite Cascapedia, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in almost all the pools. The Petite Cascapedia is also doing very well, the water flow is slightly low at about 15 Cubic Meters per second. The temperature is also excellent  in the 50 degree range, just like the bony perfect for the end of July. Salmon runs on the  Petite have been great with plenty of fresh run salmon this past week.

Bev Anderson and Salmon Lodge master guide Clement Bernier, nice one Bev !

Bev Anderson and Salmon Lodge master guide Clement Bernier, nice one Bev !

 The Grand is also doing well but we could use a couple of rainy days to bump the water levels a bit.  Considering the weather, we had another great week on the Grand. The conditions this past week have given us more of a challenge but we're still catching them everyday. Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia remains excellent, like the Bonaventure we are having a great run of salmon on the Grand Cascapedia. Water conditions and temperatures couldn’t be better.  The flow is normal for mid to end July running at about 20 Cubic meters per second.

The Petite Cascapedia holds some big salmon, just need to get them to take.

The Petite Cascapedia holds some big salmon, just need to get them to take.

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Free floating Dry's continue to be the big producer, our anglers are fishing more with dry fly's than anything else, there's nothing like sight fishing for big salmon in clear water. Small wets have also been responsible for a good number of fish as well.

The crystal Bonaventure , a sight casters paradise !

The crystal Bonaventure , a sight casters paradise !

The fly's of choice - Green, Brown and Blue bombers with brown hackle and white wings and tail.  In the wet fly department, the John Olin, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the job, the Green Machine is catching up pretty quickly as one of the best fly's. The John Olin and Green machine were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 15 to 21st, 2019

Fishing continues to be productive but for the first time this season our water levels are beginning to get low and warm up. Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with higher than normal water levels since the beginning of the season.

Jerome Letourneau is quickly becoming a great salmon angler, this is his second season at Salmon Lodge and he keeps getting better and better, congratulations Jerome!

Jerome Letourneau is quickly becoming a great salmon angler, this is his second season at Salmon Lodge and he keeps getting better and better, congratulations Jerome!

A kiss good bye!

A kiss good bye!

The weather's been particularly hot for the first time this season, temperatures climbed to 30 C or close to 90 F on Wednesday and Thursday. We did manage to land a number of nice salmon and grilse but we’re having to work a little harder for them.

Gilles Chiasson puts a nice one back to swim again, nicely done Gilles!

Gilles Chiasson puts a nice one back to swim again, nicely done Gilles!

The weatherman is calling for rain and showers and perhaps even a thunder storm. We are still using our boats to travel between the pools but another few days of hot weather will have us mostly wading.

This summer Jerome graduated from high school and will be going to Quebec University in the Fall! Here he is with his Kit Kat Take a Break Graduation Cake! And yes he shared with the family!

This summer Jerome graduated from high school and will be going to Quebec University in the Fall! Here he is with his Kit Kat Take a Break Graduation Cake! And yes he shared with the family!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 20 Cubic meter per second which is normal for the end of July. Fishing on the Bony has been pretty good up until now with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse.

Jim Perz with his first one of the trip, congratulations Jim!

Jim Perz with his first one of the trip, congratulations Jim!

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 18 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.

Bill McAlpin (right) and Salmon Lodge master guide Clement Bernier with Bill’s first one from the Grand! Cascapedia

Bill McAlpin (right) and Salmon Lodge master guide Clement Bernier with Bill’s first one from the Grand! Cascapedia

It did take long for Carole McAlpin to hook up as well, Here she is fighting her big salmon !

It did take long for Carole McAlpin to hook up as well, Here she is fighting her big salmon !

The Grand Cascapedia got a nice bump of water at the beginning of the week and the flow is at 20 cubic meters, normal for the end of July is 15. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish but it's beginning to get low as well getting and could use some rain.

Jim Perz shows off his winters work, very nice work Jim.

Jim Perz shows off his winters work, very nice work Jim.

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 department, 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 10's and 12's.

Until next week

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 8th to 14th, 2019

Gaspe Peninsula. We were getting a little spoiled with all the fantastic fishing and fishing weather since opening day. The weather's been warmer and dryer over the past week with temperatures in the mid 20’s celsius ,are here to stay for a while I think.

Hubert Bolduc and Salmon Lodge’s master guide Jean Marc Clermont. What a beauty! congratulations Hubert, see you next year.

Hubert Bolduc and Salmon Lodge’s master guide Jean Marc Clermont. What a beauty! congratulations Hubert, see you next year.

Long time Salmon Lodge friend and angler Francois Bolduc with his first on the 2019 season, nice one Francois.

Long time Salmon Lodge friend and angler Francois Bolduc with his first on the 2019 season, nice one Francois.

We did hook and land a good number of nice fresh run salmon this week and unfortunately lost a few as well. The weatherman is calling for rain later int the week and perhaps a thunder storm. Our water conditions are in great shape at the moment on all three rivers. We could of course use a little rain just to maintain them.

Gerry Savoie has been a part of Salmon Lodge for many years, well done Gerry, always great when you’re at camp.

Gerry Savoie has been a part of Salmon Lodge for many years, well done Gerry, always great when you’re at camp.

Nicole Armstrong has become a good friend and accomplished angler . here she is with a find Cascapedia salmon, nicely done Nicole

Nicole Armstrong has become a good friend and accomplished angler . here she is with a find Cascapedia salmon, nicely done Nicole

The Bonaventure is perfect at the moment and we're doing very well. Water levels on the Bonaventure are exactly where they should be for this time of the season running at about 20 Cubic meters per second. The cooler than normal weather was great for maintaining our water temperatures in the 50 degree range, a little cooler than normal which is great. Fishing on the Bony has been great since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day.

Jeannie Pelletier and our Master guide Clement Bernier make a fine team. well done Jeannie!

Jeannie Pelletier and our Master guide Clement Bernier make a fine team. well done Jeannie!

The Petite Cascapedia is seeing a nice run of fresh fish, the water's in great condition and remains cool. The Petite has been producing some nice fish every day keeping our fishermen happy. The water temperature is also excellent in the 50 degree range and flowing in the 20 cubic meters per second range, just perfect for this time of the season.

Steve Pelletier with a nice start to the season, congratulations Steve, we won’t tell Jeannie hers was bigger, lol

Steve Pelletier with a nice start to the season, congratulations Steve, we won’t tell Jeannie hers was bigger, lol

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia remains excellent, like the Bonaventure we are having a simply fantastic run of salmon on the Grand. Water conditions and temperatures couldn’t be better. The flow is slightly above normal for mid-July running at about 22 Cubic meters per second and the temperatures in the low 50’s.

Dry fly anyone?

Dry fly anyone?

The flies of choice this past week have been a mixed bag, The guides at Camp Bonaventure told me they were catching most of the fish on Dry fly’s while Salmon Lodge guides tell me they were more successful on smaller lightly tied wets. Free floating dry’s have taken the most, Forest Green, Dark Brown and Blue Bombers in sizes 2, 4 and 6. In the wet fly department, the Silver rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm and Green Highlander have been doing very well.

Until next week.

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 1st to 7th, 2019

What a great week to be at camp! Our fishing keeps getting better and better. Last week’s high tides combined with regular rainfall was the perfect recipe for a wonderful week to be on the river. Everyone at camp had action and the opportunity to land fish .Last week’s rain fall maintained our rivers at perfect levels and temperatures for this time of the season.

Christopher Williams sure knows how to catch them, what a beauty! well done Christopher!

Christopher Williams sure knows how to catch them, what a beauty! well done Christopher!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 35 cubic meters per second which is a little higher than normal for late June, but we’re certainly not complaining , normal for early July is in the 20 range. Higher water allows us easy travel with canoes and it makes the guides job a lot easier.

Maria Walsh is Christopher’s better half, know we know where he get his good luck from, Great fish Maria, congratulations!

Maria Walsh is Christopher’s better half, know we know where he get his good luck from, Great fish Maria, congratulations!

Higher water also means that salmon can hold just about anywhere and not necessarily in the pools. The guides are finding fish in runs and smaller pockets throughout the river.

J ohn Allman has been a regular at Salmon Lodge for many years he’s a great angler and good friend. Well done John, see you next year.

John Allman has been a regular at Salmon Lodge for many years he’s a great angler and good friend. Well done John, see you next year.

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing in the mid 20’s and has been great. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding salmon, the Petite is also running in the 50 degree range, just perfect. The Grand Cascapedia is also fishing very well and flowing at 30 Cubic Meter per second, great for this time of the season. We could use a little rain just to keep water levels where they are.

Salmon Lodge regular Curt Hamilton with yet another for the books, great fishing Kurt, well done!

Salmon Lodge regular Curt Hamilton with yet another for the books, great fishing Kurt, well done!

John Pearson with a nice one, congratulations John

John Pearson with a nice one, congratulations John

Last weeks full moon gave us some of the highest tides of the summer. Between June 29th and July 7th our tides were 3 to 4 feet above normal, just what salmon need to start up our rivers.

Salmon Lodge regular Ron Brenneman plays a fine salmon on the Bonaventure, well don Ron!

Salmon Lodge regular Ron Brenneman plays a fine salmon on the Bonaventure, well don Ron!

With all the rain and cooler days our water is still cool, we are however getting some good dry fly action. The hot dry’s have been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers. Wets are still the big producers, the Stone Ghost is still the hot fly this season. Other patterns working well is the John Olin, Picasse, Silver Rat and Green Highlander. The Nagli, Langa Fancy and Undertaker are also doing well. Old regulars like the Black Bear Green Butt, Blue Charm, and Green Machine always have their place in our fly box .

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report June 24th to 30th, 2019

Another a great week to be at camp, perfect water conditions combined with big tides and plenty of fish is the recipe for happy anglers! Water condition on all our rivers couldn’t be better, temperatures are still cool, levels are a little higher than normal for this time of the season and there are plenty of fish to go around.

This was John Dugan’s first trip to Salmon Lodge. Here he is with our master guide Jean Marc Clermont on the Bonaventure. Well done John!

This was John Dugan’s first trip to Salmon Lodge. Here he is with our master guide Jean Marc Clermont on the Bonaventure. Well done John!

The weather man continues to be good to us with a couple of rainy days each week and a couple of cloudy ones thrown for good measure. Not the best weather for tourists but hey, they got the hot and sunny last year. Everybody at camp landed salmon, needless to say we had a group of very happy fishermen.

Frid Gudmundsson came all the way from Iceland to fish with us, needless to say he wasn’t disappointed. congratulations Frid.

Frid Gudmundsson came all the way from Iceland to fish with us, needless to say he wasn’t disappointed. congratulations Frid.

A Grand Cascapedia shower for Frid.

A Grand Cascapedia shower for Frid.

The rain last week maintained our rivers and kept them perfect condition. The Bonaventure is at a great level flowing at 40 Cubic Meter per second, just perfect . The water temperatures are in the 50 degree range.

ASF president Bill Taylor has been a part of Salmon Lodge for many years, a good friend and a great angler. well done Bill.

ASF president Bill Taylor has been a part of Salmon Lodge for many years, a good friend and a great angler. well done Bill.

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing in the mid 30’s and beginning to fish well and we’re seeing and catching fish on a regular basis. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding fresh salmon, the Petite is also running cool in the low 50’s like the Bony.

Dan Greenberg with his all time record, 37 pounds! Congratulations Dan, you deserve it!!!

Dan Greenberg with his all time record, 37 pounds! Congratulations Dan, you deserve it!!!

The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well however we could use a little rain to keep the present levels. The Grand Cascapedia rises and falls quickly but is flowing at 50 Cubic meters per second ,its great for this time of year. So far it's been a great season at both our lodges and we’re looking forward to another great week on the river.

Eric Thompson , better known to us as ET with a fine Grand Cascapedia salmon, well done Eric.

Eric Thompson , better known to us as ET with a fine Grand Cascapedia salmon, well done Eric.

The full moon on July 1st will be producing some of the highest tides of the summer. Anytime between June 29th and July 5th our tides will be at least 2 to 3 feet above average. If everything stays the same we should be in for a good one!

T his was Steve Osbourne’s first trip to Salmon Lodge, he already booked for next year! Well done Steve.

This was Steve Osbourne’s first trip to Salmon Lodge, he already booked for next year! Well done Steve.

Claude Dagenais (right) has been a regular at Salmon Lodge for many years . Here he is with Salmon Lodge Master guide Alex and fine salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, nice job Claude.

Claude Dagenais (right) has been a regular at Salmon Lodge for many years . Here he is with Salmon Lodge Master guide Alex and fine salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, nice job Claude.

The hot dry’s have been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers. Wets are still the big producers, the Stone Ghost, John Olin, Picasse, Silver Rat and Green Highlander were the big hitters this week.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report June 17th to 23rd, 2019

This past week has been the best of the season so far. Water conditions are slowly getting back to normal after a couple of weeks of higher than normal water levels. Last weeks high tides brought a nice rune of fresh salmon to all our rivers and fishing has been getting better with each passing day.

Congratulations to Alastair Pearson for landing this Grand Cascapedia beauty, well done Alastair!

Congratulations to Alastair Pearson for landing this Grand Cascapedia beauty, well done Alastair!

Our lower pools on the Bonaventure, Poirier and McGuire are fishing very well and giving up a few salmon each day. Billingsley Pool and Red Cliff are also holding good numbers of fresh salmon.

Filippo Battino came all the way from Italy to catch his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, way to go Filippo !

Filippo Battino came all the way from Italy to catch his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, way to go Filippo !

Water levels on the Bonaventure were high for the third week of June, that being said, it's exactly what we want. Thirty cubic meters per second is about normal for this time of the season, we are now in the mid 40’. The Bony is clearing up well and the higher water levels are allowing us to use canoes everywhere.

Orazio Gatti does it again, this time on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Orazio, see you next year my good friend.

Orazio Gatti does it again, this time on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Orazio, see you next year my good friend.

The Petite Cascapedia, a later river than the Bony and Grand is also beginning to fish well. Water levels are also higher on the Petite for this time in June flowing 45 cubic meters per second rather than the normal 25. The big run of salmon on the Petite Cascapedia usually takes place in late June and early July but we are beginning to see a number of big fish everyday.

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Gianstefano Maspoli with his first Grand cascapedia salmon, congratulations Gianstefano, hopefully we’ll see you again next year.

The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well and water conditions are improving from record high in early June. The Grand is now flowing at 70 where 30 is the norm this time of the season. We are beginning to catch some fine salmon on the Grand.

Salmon Lodge regular and good friend Brian Spence with his first one of 2019, congratulations Brian!

Salmon Lodge regular and good friend Brian Spence with his first one of 2019, congratulations Brian!

This weeks fly's of choice have been the Stone Ghost, Silver Rat and John Olin in sizes 4 and 6 . Spey fly's in sizes 3, 5 and 7 have also produced a number of nice fish. Bombers are beginning to work, especially Green, Dark Brown and Blue patterns. we had a few up to the dry;s this week!

Anthony Milano has been coming to Salmon Lodge for 10 years, a good friend and a great angler, well done Anthony

Anthony Milano has been coming to Salmon Lodge for 10 years, a good friend and a great angler, well done Anthony

The weather man is calling for rain and showers on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday, nothing too drastic but just enough to keep us fishermen happy.

 Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report June 10th to 16th, 2019

Welcome back to our weekly river and fishing reports . Time passes so quickly, it seems like just yesterday i was writing the last report for the 2018 season. Maybe it has something to do with getting older, that’s what they tell me, lol.

Our fine group of guides ready for the new season, from Left to right, Renaud, Alex, Frank, Jean-Marc, Pat and last but certainly not least Clement.

Our fine group of guides ready for the new season, from Left to right, Renaud, Alex, Frank, Jean-Marc, Pat and last but certainly not least Clement.

I have no idea of what the rest of the season will bring but we have sure started with plenty of water! All our rivers are running high and stained. Winter was long with more snow than I can remember and the spring has been cool with no major heat to speak of. Our snow is melting slowly in the hills and maintaining our water levels above normal for this time of the season. The Grand Cascapedia levels fall during the day and rises night due to snow melt. non stable water levels make catching difficult, salmon take better in stable or falling water levels.

The Grand is running high and stained. This shot was taken Wednesday, its come down a lot and looking much better and fishable.

The Grand is running high and stained. This shot was taken Wednesday, its come down a lot and looking much better and fishable.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 80 cubic meters per second, normal for this time of the year is 40 to 50 range. The Petite Cascapedia only opens on June 15th but is flowing at 75 cubic meters per second, normal is 40. The Grand Cascapedia is at 150 where it should be in the 50 range. The Grand was in the 300 on June 4th, its falling quickly.

Thankfully we can fall back on the Bonaventure when the Grand Cascapedia is not fishing well. The bony is high but getting clear.

Thankfully we can fall back on the Bonaventure when the Grand Cascapedia is not fishing well. The bony is high but getting clear.

Enough about the weather and water flow, we’ll soon be praying for rain. The first week is always a 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. This was true for Fiona Gillfillan from Ottawa who hooked into a nice fish on the lower end of Grassy pool on the Bonaventure. . Unfortunately after five minutes on the line and a couple of big head shakes it was gone. She redeemed herself the next day with a nice 12 pounder at Kelly pool on the Bony

Fiona Gilfillan plays a nice fish on the Bonaventure, way to go girl!

Fiona Gilfillan plays a nice fish on the Bonaventure, way to go girl!

The high tides of June began on Friday and will continue through next week, this should bring in our first run of big salmon. salmon are entering the Grand Cascapedia on every tide, catching has been a challenge.

Big Water and a the pull of a big salmon, unfortunately thats the way the story ended.

Big Water and a the pull of a big salmon, unfortunately thats the way the story ended.

Toby Gray with his first salmon from this side of the Atlantic, congratulations Toby, well done!

Toby Gray with his first salmon from this side of the Atlantic, congratulations Toby, well done!

Fly's of choice have been the Nagli, Silver Rat, Stone Ghost and the Picasse in Sizes 2 and 4. Spey fly's also work well at this tim of the season in sizes 1.5, 3 and 5. The Green Spey, Picasse and Jones Special are always good choices.. Sorry nothing to report on dry's yet, water’s still too high and cold.

Hugh Smith came all the way from Australia, with water levels are slowly returning to normal, Hugh managed to land this nice one on the Grand Cascapedia. great job Hugh!

Hugh Smith came all the way from Australia, with water levels are slowly returning to normal, Hugh managed to land this nice one on the Grand Cascapedia. great job Hugh!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing and River Report Sept 23 to 30th, 2018

It seems like yesterday, we were hauling our canoes to the various pools and looking forward to a new season. The summer passes so quickly, I guess because we are all so busy seven days week for almost five months straight, we dont see the time pass.

This was Carole McAlpin’s first Atlantic salmon, congratulation Carole, see you in next year.

This was Carole McAlpin’s first Atlantic salmon, congratulation Carole, see you in next year.

We are fortunate to have had another great season despite the driest and warmest summer on record. Water levels on the Bonaventure Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia reached all time lows. Despite all of this water temperatures remained cool considering the weather.

Salmon Lodge regular Manuel Tavares loves September fishing, and he’s very good at it! Nice one Manuel see you next year.

Salmon Lodge regular Manuel Tavares loves September fishing, and he’s very good at it! Nice one Manuel see you next year.

The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river. By mid July the Bonaventure had surpassed its spawning requirements. The same story on the Grand Cascapedia where we had good numbers of fish by mid season and again in September. The Petite Cascapedia completes their fish count in October however our guides reported seeing a good number in the Petite this year. The fall run is running late this year due to low water but there are plenty of salmon still waiting to come in, not so great for anglers but certainly good for the river.

This was Steve Bujold’s first trip to Salmon Lodge, not his last, see you next year Steve, congratulations !

This was Steve Bujold’s first trip to Salmon Lodge, not his last, see you next year Steve, congratulations !

I must commend all our guides on a job well done. This year was particularly tough due to difficult conditions, more specifically hot weather and low water. Day in and day out they came to work with a smile and gave our guests a memorable day on the river. Fishing was tougher this season but we did have plenty of salmon in our pools and plenty of opportunities . Granted the challenge our guides managed to get our clients into fish almost every day. Great Job Guys!

John Wemekamp finished off the season with a fine grilse, Nice one John!

John Wemekamp finished off the season with a fine grilse, Nice one John!

Its now October and most of the guides at Salmon Lodge, Camp Bonaventure and the Club are out in search of Moose and Deer. Yours truly will be out there with them enjoying the great outdoors.

The fall colours of the Grand Cascapedia .

The fall colours of the Grand Cascapedia .

As we look towards the fall and winter its nice 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 formed over the years are very special to me, the staff and guides. I wish all of you that have spent time with us a very pleasant fall and winter. Thank you for your loyalty to Camp Bonaventure ,Salmon Lodge and the Club. Its because of you , we get to do what we love! 

Another season comes to an end, until next year.

Another season comes to an end, until next year.

We look forward to seeing you again next season. Keep checking in from time to time over the off season. I will be posting and keeping you up to date with any news and events.

Until next time,

Tight lines,

Glenn & The Staff & Guides at our three lodges.

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report September 17th to 23rd, 2018

September is 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 rain comes in August while others in September.

Roland Czech with a fine Bonaventure salmon, well done Roland, congratulations, see you next year.

Roland Czech with a fine Bonaventure salmon, well done Roland, congratulations, see you next year.

This year more than ever we needed rain, I’ve been around these rivers for almost 40 years and have never seem them so low. To be honest, this year I was wondering if rain would come at all. Thanks to Hurricane Florence we finally got the rain we needed. I’m not running out to by a bottle of 18 year old to celebrate, but just happy to get some new water.

Michael Strijek with a nice one on the Bonaventure, congratulations Michael, well done.

Michael Strijek with a nice one on the Bonaventure, congratulations Michael, well done.

Our rivers are in the best condition since July, The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well and flowing at 10 cubic meters per second. The Petite Cascapedia is also in better shape and flowing at 6 cubic meters, up from 4 . The Bonaventure is fishing better and conditions are good, water flow on the Bony is at 7 Cubic meters and the temperatures are in the 50 degree range, not bad considering all the hot weather we had.

Ed Burlingame is no stranger to salmon fishing, didn’t take him long to get this one, nice one Ed, congratulations!

Ed Burlingame is no stranger to salmon fishing, didn’t take him long to get this one, nice one Ed, congratulations!

The fall run has been coming in slowly, but with this latest bump in water, things should turn on. Higher and cooler water volume combined with high tides should translate to happy anglers next week.

Barbara Griffin hooked up to her first Atlantic salmon, what a smile!

Barbara Griffin hooked up to her first Atlantic salmon, what a smile!

Great Job Barbara, well done!

Great Job Barbara, well done!

She does it again! took her three days to become a pro!

She does it again! took her three days to become a pro!

September fly choices are different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice as well as the Alley Shrimp and GP . Sun Ray Tubes also work well in September. As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50 degree range, dry fly's will continue to produce. As always the Green, Brown and Blue bombers will get the job done.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report Sept 10th to 16th, 2018

The weather man was kind to us this past week giving us the rain we needed. We received  a good rain fall on Tuesday and Wednesday giving our rivers a much needed boost. After being exceptionally low for most of the season our water conditions were much better this week. 

Malinda Pike with her first Atlantic Salmon, congratulations Malinda, way to go! Nice Bonaventure fish.

Malinda Pike with her first Atlantic Salmon, congratulations Malinda, way to go! Nice Bonaventure fish.

The Bonaventure  went 5 cubic meters per second to 7 and Petite Cascapedia from 4 to 6 . The Grand Cascapedia received a good amount of rain as well , water levels are good with temperatures is in the 50 to 55 degree range and flowing at 11 per second from 7. Some beats fished well  while others weren't as productive. 

Donald Dillport with a nice one from the Bonaventure, well done Don.

Donald Dillport with a nice one from the Bonaventure, well done Don.

A good number of nice salmon were landed along with a good number of grilse.  Cooler water conditions combined with big tides should be bringing a run of fish in this weekend and next week.

Michael Strijek landed this nice 15 lbs salmon on the Bonaventure guided by Salmon Lodge master guide Charles Binnet! nice one Michael!

Michael Strijek landed this nice 15 lbs salmon on the Bonaventure guided by Salmon Lodge master guide Charles Binnet! nice one Michael!

This week hot fly's have been the Red Francis, Sun Ray Shadow and Silver Rat . The Ally shrimp along with the John Olin were responsible for a few more.

Long time Salmon Lodge friend and guest, Gerard Pichot with his first of 2018, good start Gerard!

Long time Salmon Lodge friend and guest, Gerard Pichot with his first of 2018, good start Gerard!

Dry's are still working well, especially the Blue and Dark Brown Bomber. As long as our water temperatures remain in the 50 plus degree range, dry's will continue to be productive.

Dominique Larde with his first Atlantic salmon from Canadian waters , congratulations Dominique!

Dominique Larde with his first Atlantic salmon from Canadian waters , congratulations Dominique!

Until next week

Tight lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report September 3 to 9th, 2018

The weather man was kind to us this past week giving us a day of rain, nothing to write home about but a welcome change of pace. Showers on Monday and on Wednesday gave our rivers a small but much needed boost. Some beats fished well while others weren't as productive, its not a normal season, we`re having to  adjust and change our game. I must say our guides are working hard and doing a great job.  Cooler water temperatures combined with big tides by weeks end should help get our fall run going.

This was Greg Pike's first Atlantic Salmon, congratulations Greg, Well done.!

This was Greg Pike's first Atlantic Salmon, congratulations Greg, Well done.!

The Bonaventure remains low at 6 cubic meters per second . Despite the lower water conditions the water temperature is still in the 55 degree range, great for dry fly fishing.  Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also low, 4.5 cubic meters per second. Staying cool like the Bony, the Petite has been giving up some big salmon despite the low water. The Grand Cascapedia  has been producing but with water conditions flowing at 6.5 its very low.

This was Nico Bogaert's first trip to Canada and his first salmon, nicel one Nico, see you in 2019

This was Nico Bogaert's first trip to Canada and his first salmon, nicel one Nico, see you in 2019

Cooler water temperatures combined with big tides by weeks end should help get our fall run going. It doest`t take much to turn things around. If we get a good rain it will be a different game that’s for sure.

Don Michel landed this nice grilse on the Bonaventure, congratulations Don!

Don Michel landed this nice grilse on the Bonaventure, congratulations Don!

As we approach mid September and cooler water we're  beginning to use our fall patterns.  Low water conditions are keeping our fly choice small with sizes in 10, 12 and 14.  Dry’s continue to be the big producer with Dark Brown, Forest Green and Blue Bombers.

Jim Palmer with a nice one on the Grand Cascapedia, well done Jim, see you next year!

Jim Palmer with a nice one on the Grand Cascapedia, well done Jim, see you next year!

Until next week,

Tight lines

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing and River Report, Aug 27th to Sept 2nd, 2018

It's hard to believe that August has already come and gone. 

This was John Carroll's first trip to Salmon Lodge, Not the best water conditions this year John, next year will be better. Congratulations on your first salmon from Canadian waters.

This was John Carroll's first trip to Salmon Lodge, Not the best water conditions this year John, next year will be better. Congratulations on your first salmon from Canadian waters.

The last week of August brought us a mixed bag of weather, hot and humid at the beginning and a little cooler with rain towards the end. Up until this week we’ve been experiencing one of the hottest and driest summers on record .  The fishing was a little tougher early in the week but picked up after the rain,  overall we still did OK.

Congratulations to Willburt Packard on his first Atlantic salmon ever, and on a dry fly. Nice Job Will and with your grandfathers Bogdan reel.

Congratulations to Willburt Packard on his first Atlantic salmon ever, and on a dry fly. Nice Job Will and with your grandfathers Bogdan reel.

The Bonaventure is flowing  at 8 cubic meters per second but still relatively cool in the 60 degrees range and even cooler in the upper sections. The Petite Cascapedia is also low and running at 7 cubic meters per second, like the Bonaventure its still cool.  The Grand Cascapedia was down to 9 cubic meters per second but the rain bumped it up to 12 .

Harvey Wheeler with his first Cascapedia salmon, nice one Harvey!

Harvey Wheeler with his first Cascapedia salmon, nice one Harvey!

A new moon on August 26th and higher tides brought in a number of fresh salmon and grilse. The much need rain will hopefully entice our fall run of salmon,  we’re already beginning to see a few fresh silver fish in our lower pools.

David Richens (right) with a nice Grand Cascpedia grilse.  The water  was low but David  certainly did a fine job. 

David Richens (right) with a nice Grand Cascpedia grilse.  The water  was low but David  certainly did a fine job. 

As our water levels fall and start to get a little cooler we`re  beginning to use our fall patterns. Even though regulars such as the Stone Ghost, John Olin and Green Machines  working well, bigger tubes and  Francis patterns are beginning to produce. Dry's continue to take most of fish especially the Dark Brown, Blue and Green Bombers. As long as our water stays above 50 degrees there’s no reason to put the bombers away.

Until next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, August 20th to 26th

Periodically this season and  once again this week, I received an e-mail from a  client wondering how bad the conditions really were. This person also asked "if the conditions are not great and the fishing is tough, where was I  getting the photos for my weekly report ? My answer is simple, first and foremost I'm always honest in my reports and tell it like it is. Are condition ideal?, no , are our water levels low, Yes.  Do we have a good run of salmon ?, Yes but most importantly we have excellent guides who know how to get our clients into fish.

Poul Erik Christensen with a nice one from the crystal clear Bonaventure, well done  Poul !

Poul Erik Christensen with a nice one from the crystal clear Bonaventure, well done  Poul !

Henrik Mortensen does it again, on the Bonaventure, nice one Henrik!

Henrik Mortensen does it again, on the Bonaventure, nice one Henrik!

That's what we have photos of happy clients each week. We cant guarantee  salmon every day but we can guarantee that  you'll be casting to plenty of salmon and having a great experience both on the river and back at the lodge. That all being said, a good rainfall will change everything!

Michael Kendrick with a fie Grand Cascapedia salmon, nice on Michael!

Michael Kendrick with a fie Grand Cascapedia salmon, nice on Michael!

Philippe Laberge and Pierre Brown enjpoyed their trip to Salmon Lodge to say the least. Nice shot guys!

Philippe Laberge and Pierre Brown enjpoyed their trip to Salmon Lodge to say the least. Nice shot guys!

Philippe Laberge landed this beauty on the Petite, well done Philippe, congradulations!

Philippe Laberge landed this beauty on the Petite, well done Philippe, congradulations!

Pierre Brown with a fine grilse, nicely done Pierre

Pierre Brown with a fine grilse, nicely done Pierre

Granted we have low water conditions we did manage to have another respectable weeks fishing  on our rivers. We landed a good number of salmon and grilse including some fresh from the sea. Our saving grace is our water remains cool even when low. This time of the  season our nights are considerable cooler keeping the temperature down.. 

John Anthony Carroll from Ireland lands his first salmon from Canada, congratulations John!

John Anthony Carroll from Ireland lands his first salmon from Canada, congratulations John!

This weeks fly selection,  the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and green Machine. Dry's have continued to be the big winners especially Dark  Brown , Blue and Forest Green bombers. Small hitched tubes are also producing a good number of fish as well.

Until Next Week,

Tight lines,

Glenn