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 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & Report August 13th to 19th, 2018

We Finally received a bit of rain, not the 25 to 30 mm they were announcing but just enough to freshen up our rivers and keep us going for another week. We're supposed to get more next week but not what we are hoping for. Temperatures are supposed to cool down in the coming days, it will nice to get a break from the heat.  2018 has been the hottest and driest summer for the past 60 years.

  Harold t'Kint with is biggest salmon ever 25 pounds!, congratulations Harold, well done.

Harold t'Kint with is biggest salmon ever 25 pounds!, congratulations Harold, well done.

The water levels are low on all our rivers but we still have plenty of salmon in our pools. The Bonaventure, Petite and Grand Cascapedia all have good runs of fish and there are plenty just waiting to enter the river on the next bump in water. All the rivers on the Peninsula are low at the moment but very fishable. We are fortunate that our rivers run cold from the Chic-Choc mountains and remain cool even when the weather warms up.

  Tim Ingram is no stranger to Salmon Lodge or salmon fishing, nice start to the week. Well done Tim.

Tim Ingram is no stranger to Salmon Lodge or salmon fishing, nice start to the week. Well done Tim.

  Salmon Lodge regular Michael Kendrick with a nice Bonaventure beauty, well done Michael!

Salmon Lodge regular Michael Kendrick with a nice Bonaventure beauty, well done Michael!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 7 Cubic meter per second, it should be in the 20 range at this time of the season.  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 6 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season 20 is the norm.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 12 cubic meters, normal for the mid August is 25.

  John Elsey landed this nice one on the Bonaventure, congratulations john!

John Elsey landed this nice one on the Bonaventure, congratulations john!

  Clint Malkmus with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Clint!

Clint Malkmus with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Clint!

  Paul Baek landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, well Done Paul !

Paul Baek landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, well Done Paul !

Small flys have been working the best, in particular the Undertaker, John Olin and Green machine in sizes 8,  10 and 12. We are still doing very well on bombers especially the Green, Dark Brown and Blue.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Aug 6th to 12th, 2018

The first week of August was our toughest so far this season . Warmer than normal temperatures combined with little to no rain has made fishing tough. Water levels on the Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia  and Grand Cascapedia are low and warmer than normal for this time of the season.  

  Henrik Mortensen releases his first Cascapedia salmon the season. Nice one Henrik!

Henrik Mortensen releases his first Cascapedia salmon the season. Nice one Henrik!

  Our long time guest and good friend Rick Koe lands his first on of the season. good one Rick!

Our long time guest and good friend Rick Koe lands his first on of the season. good one Rick!

That being said its certainly not gloom and doom. As I writing this report its raining hard and the Grand Cascapedia is already on the rise. The Bony and Petite move a little slower but the fresh water will make a big difference.

  This was Tony Garvey's first time Atlantic salmon fishing, didn't take him long to hook and land this beauty, congratulations Tony!

This was Tony Garvey's first time Atlantic salmon fishing, didn't take him long to hook and land this beauty, congratulations Tony!

The Bony has a good number of fish and fishing has been pretty good considering the conditions. The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with lower than normal levels, but we are having some good fishing. Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia were the lowest of our three rivers but the rain changed that in a hurry. 

  Barbara T'Kent with her first Atlantic salmon from this side of the Atlantic, well done!

Barbara T'Kent with her first Atlantic salmon from this side of the Atlantic, well done!

  Harold T'Kent landed this nice grilse on his first day on the river, congratulations Harold.

Harold T'Kent landed this nice grilse on his first day on the river, congratulations Harold.

  Antoine T'Kent with a fine salmon on the Bonaventure, nice one Antoine!

Antoine T'Kent with a fine salmon on the Bonaventure, nice one Antoine!

  Henreitte T'Kent made sure the entire family had great memories to bring home.

Henreitte T'Kent made sure the entire family had great memories to bring home.

Dry's continue on the top of the list for hot fly's, Green, Brown and Blue in sizes 2, 4 and 6. The wets doing the job are the John Olin and Stone Ghost along with the Green Machine and Undertaker.

  Even if they were more difficult to catch this week, it wasn't because they weren't there!

Even if they were more difficult to catch this week, it wasn't because they weren't there!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, July 30th to Aug 5th, 2018

Last weeks fishing was controlled by the weather, some days were rainy while others were hot and sunny. The high tides associated with the full moon brought in a nice run of July salmon and grilse. It seems we're running about two weeks behind schedule this season. Our lower pools are holding fresh salmon, however water conditions remain very low.

  Kjell Ingebrigsten from Norway landed his first one on the Petite Cascapedia guided by Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier, nice grilse Kjell.

Kjell Ingebrigsten from Norway landed his first one on the Petite Cascapedia guided by Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier, nice grilse Kjell.

The Bonaventure's flowing at 11 cubic meters per second, about half the volume for this time of the season and water temperatures are in the 60 degree range  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 8 , very low but still fishing well. The Petite saw a nice run of fresh salmon during the high July tides and most pools on the Petite are holding fish.

  Salmon Lodge regular Philip Sawyer with his first on e of 2018, good start Phillip!

Salmon Lodge regular Philip Sawyer with his first on e of 2018, good start Phillip!

 Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia continues the been just OK. The flow rate is at 13 about half of what it should be at this time of the season. We did receive a nice rise in water this past Wednesday but with temperatures in the 80's if fell quickly.

  Under the watchful eye of Salmon Lodge master guide Pat Trusdl,twelve year old Max Sawyer hooked up to his first salmon ever, pretty exciting stuff!!!

Under the watchful eye of Salmon Lodge master guide Pat Trusdl,twelve year old Max Sawyer hooked up to his first salmon ever, pretty exciting stuff!!!

  Almost at the net! max was a happy angler to say the least, congratulations young man!

Almost at the net! max was a happy angler to say the least, congratulations young man!

 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  4 and 6 are working the best. In the wet fly department, the Silver Rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm andGreen Machine have been doing very well. Wet fly sizes in 8, 10  and 12 are the best choice.

  Luc Bruneau (right) with Salmon Lodge guide Alex Mallais , this was Luc's first catch of 2018, congratulations Luc!

Luc Bruneau (right) with Salmon Lodge guide Alex Mallais , this was Luc's first catch of 2018, congratulations Luc!

The weatherman is calling for a mixed bag for the upcoming week, with temperatures in the 75 degree range. no major rain in the forecast.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, July 23rd to 29th, 2018

We finally received a bit of rain, not what we were hoping for but rain none the less. The Bonaventure,  Petite and Grand Cascapedia's are getting very low, the rain helped a bit but we sure could use a good couple of rainy days.

  The Salmon Sisters are Back!!!  It was wonderful to see you all again!

The Salmon Sisters are Back!!!  It was wonderful to see you all again!

  Lynda shields landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure on her first day out,  well done Lynda!

Lynda shields landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure on her first day out,  well done Lynda!

The weather system passed a little more to the Northeast so the Grand Cascapedia received more rain than the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia.  The Grand went from 10 cubic meters per second to 20 overnight, giving it a small but much needed boost. The Petite Cascapedia went from 7 to 11 and the Bonaventure from 9 to 15  not much but new water is nice.

  And she does it again on the Petite, Cascapedia, congratulations Lynda!

And she does it again on the Petite, Cascapedia, congratulations Lynda!

 Sunny days and warm weather over the past two weeks have made fishing  more challenging, we have plenty of salmon in all our pools but they were a little harder to catch.  Last weeks full moon and high tides brought a good run of fresh salmon in our rivers as well. The weather man is calling for showers over the next few days as well, keeping our fingers crossed.

  Vyvyan Burns with her first Atlantic salmon, Congradulations Vyvyan, well done!

Vyvyan Burns with her first Atlantic salmon, Congradulations Vyvyan, well done!

  Vyvyan with yet another fine grilse, nicely done.

Vyvyan with yet another fine grilse, nicely done.

 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, Black Bear 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.

  Julie Jacobson landed her first salmon on the Petite Cascapedia, nicely done Julie!

Julie Jacobson landed her first salmon on the Petite Cascapedia, nicely done Julie!

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, July 16th to 22nd, 2018

We had a good week at camp with decent numbers of fish hooked and landed, in fact the best week of the season so far. Despite the dry conditions and low water we did very well .The weather has continued to be hot and sunny with temperatures in the high 20's and very humid, defiantly not the best fishing conditions. 

  Jerome Letourneau with his first salmon of the 2018 season, congratulations Jerome! see you next year.

Jerome Letourneau with his first salmon of the 2018 season, congratulations Jerome! see you next year.

  This was Marie France Langlois's first time salmon fishing, the first day she landed three!!! here she is with Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier. Way to go Marie France and Clement!

This was Marie France Langlois's first time salmon fishing, the first day she landed three!!! here she is with Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier. Way to go Marie France and Clement!

The Bonaventure produced well this week especially in our lower pools. we never missed in Poirier pool all week long.  Last weeks full moon gave us some of the highest tides of the season along with a nice run of fresh salmon, despite low water fishing was great.

  Andre Lavoie landed his nice fresh grilse on the Petite Cascapedia, nice one Andre!

Andre Lavoie landed his nice fresh grilse on the Petite Cascapedia, nice one Andre!

The Bonaventure is still running cool but very low at 11 Cubic Meters per second.  We are having a good season on the Petite Cascapedia but like the Bony its very low. This week the Petite Cascapedia was flowing at 9 cubis meters per second,  a new record low for mid July. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well despite the very low water. The Grand was at 13 on Sunday, matching historical lows for mid July. 

  Pierre Vachon did a nice job landing this one, congratulations Pierre well done !

Pierre Vachon did a nice job landing this one, congratulations Pierre well done !

 Considering the conditions we are still catching fish every day. We need rain, the weather man is calling for rain and showers this week, but we all know how accurate they can be. Lets hope they are right for once!

  Jerome sure knows how to keep them in the water, lol nice shot Jerome!

Jerome sure knows how to keep them in the water, lol nice shot Jerome!

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,

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

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