December Report - Salmon Lodge

It just seems like yesterday when we were casting dry fly's and sights
casting to silver salmon in crystal clear water. How time passes so quickly.
We had a normal autumn on the Gaspe peninsula with average precipitation and
above average temperatures, seemed like a long extension to  summer. The
water levels were perfect for spawning salmon and with the great season we
had there were plenty on the redds. I stopped on several occasions just to watch them spawn , the water was extremely clear this fall, it was like looking through a window. 
As I mentioned the temperatures have been above normal all fall, 10 to 15
degrees according to environment Canada.  I am sure winter is just around
the corner but at the moment our rivers are free of ice and still look like
the end of October. 

 Dec 8th, 2016 No Ice yet on the Bonaventure, hard to believe.

The guides have been making  regular visits to the lodge showing off their
hunting photos, looks like everyone was successful in their pursuit of moose
and deer.  Mario didn't get his moose or deer this year but there were
plenty of stories why he didn't! Not his fault of course it all had to do
with the warm  weather, lack of rainfall, the full moon etc....  lol

From the deck at Salmon Lodge, the Grand Cascapedia is just starting to show a bit of ice on tits banks.

At Camp Bonaventure we have completed our new addition to the rod room
building, we added a storage room, bathroom and changing room. It looks
great and will be very convenient for those who wish to shower before
leaving on their last day. 

Both lodges are almost fully booked 2016 and we are looking forward to
seeing you all again, hopefully 2016 will be as wonderful as last season.
We still have an opening here and there if anyone is still looking for
dates. From all of us at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge, please accept our
wishes for a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness in the New Year. 

Tight Lines ,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report, Sept 28th to 30th, 2015

Our 2015 season has now come to an end, and what a great season it was! 2015 stacks up there with some of the best years since I started on the river, that was 35 years ago. Combined,  Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge guests hooked over 1500 fish this season! 

Dan Greenberg closes the season with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Dan, a fine fish!

Dan Greenberg closes the season with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Dan, a fine fish!

Peter Bennett releases a nice one back to the Grand Cascapedia, nice fish Peter!

Peter Bennett releases a nice one back to the Grand Cascapedia, nice fish Peter!

The last few days have given us some of the best fishing if the season, all of our guests landed nice salmon and big ones! Its great to end the season a such a great note.  Bonaventure, Grand Cascapedia and Petite Cascapedia rivers experienced a wonderful season and returns were excellent. The weather man was predicting a warm dry summer, he couldn't have been more off the mark. From opening day until mid September we saw more rain than I can ever remember.

Martin Weaver manager and head guide of Tecks Lodge in Argentina with a nice Grand Cascapedia salmon, nice fish Martin!

Martin Weaver manager and head guide of Tecks Lodge in Argentina with a nice Grand Cascapedia salmon, nice fish Martin!

The river conditions were great throughout the entire season, 2015 was certainly a season to remember. Who knows what 2016 will bring, really there is no way to know. One indication we have always looked at is the return of grilse on a given year, historically a good grilse year  has always been followed by a good salmon year, 2015 was a great years for grilse returns. 

Laura Stewart and Salmon Lodge Guide Yvan Bernard, nice Grand Cascapedia salmon Laura! 

Laura Stewart and Salmon Lodge Guide Yvan Bernard, nice Grand Cascapedia salmon Laura! 

After running  salmon camp for so many years, our clients and guests have become friends. Every season is different but the great times, good laughs and wonderful memories that each and every year brings will last forever. Warm personal regards to each and every one of you that make Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge a yearly part of your lives. From all the guides, Lodge staff and myself, thank you for be part of our lives and sharing another GREAT! Season with us. We all look forward to seeing you again, when our bright silver salmon return. 

Martin Weaver doest it again!

Martin Weaver doest it again!

Check our reports page over the Fall, Winter and Spring, we’ll keep you up to date with news and happenings around the salmon world and let you know when we’ll be at the fly-fishing shows over the winter. 

A fine Fall selection to close a perfect season

A fine Fall selection to close a perfect season

Until next year,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report - Sept 21st to 27th, 2015

September is a great time to be fishing our rivers, it brings cooler water, some rain and defiantly a nice run of fall salmon.  The second half of September hasn't disappointed us in the least, we had some great fishing over the past week and managed to land a good number of nice salmon including a couple of big ones. 

Michael Blades with his first Grand Cascapedia Salmon of 2015, Nice one Michael!

Michael Blades with his first Grand Cascapedia Salmon of 2015, Nice one Michael!

Salmon Lodge regular Jim Peterson releases  one back to swim another day, Congratulations Jim!

Salmon Lodge regular Jim Peterson releases  one back to swim another day, Congratulations Jim!

 The Bonaventure is low but still has plenty of water for our fall run fish to enter. We are seeing a good number of bright silver fish in our lower pools. The water temperatures in the Bony are perfect. The Petite Cascapedia is also experiencing lower water conditions and fish are stacked up in our big holding pools. We need some rain to move them around and stir thing up a bit. The Grand Cascapedia is also seeing a nice fall run, the lower pools especially have been producing well. 

Claude Lombardo with a nice on on the Grand Cascapedia, nice salmon Claude!

Claude Lombardo with a nice on on the Grand Cascapedia, nice salmon Claude!

Jeff McDonald and Salmon Lodge Guide Larry put one back on the Grand Cascapedia, nice salmon Jeff!

Jeff McDonald and Salmon Lodge Guide Larry put one back on the Grand Cascapedia, nice salmon Jeff!

 This week hot flies have been the Red Francis, Out to Lunch and medium to big tube fly’s. The Ally shrimp along with the Silver Rat were responsible for a few more. Dries are still working especially the Blue and Green bomber. As long as our water temperatures remain in the 50`s , dry's will continue to produce.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge River & Fishing report - Sept 14th to 20th, 2015

As our season is slowly winding down and you can defiantly smell fall in the air. Fishing however is holding up well and continues to be very  productive on all our rivers. The weather has been warmer than normal for this time of the year and water temperatures remain above the 50 degree range.  Our water levels are still higher than normal for this time of the season. This summer was a wet one and we’re still benefitting from al the rain. The Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia are all a little higher than normal for this time of the season.

Pat Devincenzo with his 44 pound ! Grand Cascapedia Salmon, way to go Pat!

Pat Devincenzo with his 44 pound ! Grand Cascapedia Salmon, way to go Pat!

Ron Dennis with a nice one from the Grand, Congratulations Ron!

Ron Dennis with a nice one from the Grand, Congratulations Ron!

 The Grand has been fishing exceptionally well and we've been catching good numbers of salmon every day, September is always a great time to be on the Grand Cascapedia, especially for big salmon, it’s one of our favorite times of the season. The Bonaventure is seeing a good number of fresh fall run salmon  and most of our lower pools have fresh fish. The Petite is also receiving a fall run and fishing has remained excellent.

Eric Czech with his first salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, a nice 30 pounder! 

Eric Czech with his first salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, a nice 30 pounder! 

Salmon Lodge Guide Yvan Bernard releases one back to swim again!

Salmon Lodge Guide Yvan Bernard releases one back to swim again!

 Warmer water temperatures are allowing us to keep our dry fly’s on and they continue to produce well. Tube flies are also working well along with some bigger streamers. The hot fly's this week are the Red Francis, John Olin and dry fly’s, in Brown, Green and Blue. Some bigger tunes such as the sun Ray Shadows are also producing some nice fish.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge - Fishing & river report Sept 7th to 13th, 2015

September is by far my favorite period of the season, water temperatures are perfect and we always receive just the right amount of rain the keep the rivers levels perfect.  Our pools are loaded with salmon at this time of the season and the fall run of bright fish are coming in on every tide.

Claude Lachance with Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard, nice one Claude!

Nova Scoitian Jim Dickson with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon of 2015, congratulations  Jim!

 Our rivers are in perfect condition, the Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well and flowing at 25 cubic meters per second, mid-July levels, we just had a simply wonderful week on the Grand, especially for big fish. The Petite Cascapedia is in great shape and flowing at 12 cubic meters, not high but certainly more volume than usual for this time of the season. Fishing on the Petite has been excellent, everybody we had on the Petite this week caught fish. The Bonaventure is fishing very well  and conditions are perfect. Water flow on the Bony is at 18 Cubic meters and the temperatures are in the 50 degree range. The fall run has been coming in strong and with the next weeks new moon and  high tides, we should have some happy anglers.

Jim Dickson know how to get it done!

Hilmar Hannson from Iceland with his first North American Atlantic salmon, nice one Hilli!, 

 The September fly choice is different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year.. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing very well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50'sdry fly's will continue to produce.

Howard Suziki is an inspiration to all anglers, at 87 he knows how its done, congratulations Howard!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Andre Paradis "King of the River" at our sister lodge, Camp Bonaventure

Camp Bonaventure has the honor of hosing Andre Paradis this  past week. Andre as many of you know is the host of the popular “King of the River” television show.

Glenn & Andre at camp Bonaventure.

Glenn & Andre at camp Bonaventure.

Andre had a great week and landed a good number of fish each day. We’ll not show you his fish photos, you’ll see them on the next episodes. Below are a few shots of Andre and his crew in action.

Andre on the river, anyone recognize his hat!

Andre on the river, anyone recognize his hat!

Choosing the right fly is important.

Choosing the right fly is important.

Explaining the correct technique.

Explaining the correct technique.

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report Sept 7 to 13, 2015

September is by farmy favorite period of the season, water temperatures are perfect and we always receive just the right amount of rain the keep the rivers levels perfect.  Our pools are loaded with salmon at this time of the season and the fall run of bright fish are coming in on every tide. 

Claude Lachance and Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard with a nice Cascapedia salmon, Congratulations Claude.

Claude Lachance and Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard with a nice Cascapedia salmon, Congratulations Claude.

Nova Scotian Jim Dickson with his first  Grand Cascapedia salmon  of the season, nice one Jim!

Nova Scotian Jim Dickson with his first  Grand Cascapedia salmon  of the season, nice one Jim!

 Our rivers are in perfect condition, the Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well and flowing at 25 cubic meters per second, mid-July levels, we just had a simply wonderful week on the Grand, especially for big fish. The Petite Cascapedia is in great shape and flowing at 12 cubic meters, not high but certainly more volume than usual for this time of the season. Fishing on the Petite has been excellent, everybody we had on the Petite this week caught fish. The Bonaventure is fishing very well  and conditions are perfect. Water flow on the Bony is at 18 Cubic meters and the temperatures are in the 50 degree range. The fall run has been coming in strong and with the next weeks new moon and  high tides, we should have some happy anglers.

Jim Dickson knows how to get it done!

Jim Dickson knows how to get it done!

Hilmar Hannson from Iceland with his first North American Salmon, Nice on Hilli ! 

Hilmar Hannson from Iceland with his first North American Salmon, Nice on Hilli ! 

 The September fly choice is different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year.. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing very well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50'sdry fly's will continue to produce.

Howard Suzuki should be an inspiration to all anglers, at 87 he still wades and ansdcatches his salmon, Way to go Howard!!!

Howard Suzuki should be an inspiration to all anglers, at 87 he still wades and ansdcatches his salmon, Way to go Howard!!!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report August 31st to September 6th, 2015

It's hard to believe that August has already come and gone.  August fishing was excellent, a little warmer than June and July with mixed bag of conditions but overall it was a great month to be on the river. The last two weeks of August gave us some of the best dry fly fishing of the season, water temperatures were perfect and our pools were producing very well. We are now into the first week of September and our pools are full of salmon, both older ones and fresh fall run fish. We had an excellent week at both our lodges with plenty of big fish landed and many others lost and missed. The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are seeing an excellent run of late season salmon and river conditions are good. The Grand Cascapedia is also in great shape and fishing has been excellent.  The weather man is calling for a bit of rain on Monday and Tuesday, we could use a bit.

Francis Dhobb came all the way from Spain to catch his first Atlantic salmon, Congratulations Francis, see you next year, twice!

Francis Dhobb came all the way from Spain to catch his first Atlantic salmon, Congratulations Francis, see you next year, twice!

 September is by farmy favorite time of the season, water temperatures are perfect and we always receive just the right amount of rain the keep the rivers levels perfect.  Our pools are loaded with salmon at this time of the season and our bright fall run of bright fish are coming in. This has been a wonderful season, one of the best I've seen .We have a camp full of very happy anglers! 

Perry Munro is a professional guide from Nova Scotia and no stranger to the Atlantic Salmon, didn't take Perry too long to get it done!

Perry Munro is a professional guide from Nova Scotia and no stranger to the Atlantic Salmon, didn't take Perry too long to get it done!

 The September fly choice is different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year and this year's no different. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing very well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50'sdry flies are working very well. As always, Green, Brown and Blue are the hot ones.

Annie Iliffe and Salmon Lodge guide pat Trudel with a fine specimen from the Grand Cascapedia. Congratulations Annie!

Annie Iliffe and Salmon Lodge guide pat Trudel with a fine specimen from the Grand Cascapedia. Congratulations Annie!

Salmon Lodge and Camp Bonaventure Guide Carol Barrault releases a huge one back to the Grand, this one is as big as he is!

Salmon Lodge and Camp Bonaventure Guide Carol Barrault releases a huge one back to the Grand, this one is as big as he is!

 2016 is filling up very quickly, we still have a couple of opening here and there. If you would like to fish at Camp Bonaventure or Salmon Lodge next season, now is the time to contact us.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River report, August 24th to 30th, 2015

The last week of August brought us a mixed bag of weather, hot and humid at the beginning and a little cooler with some rain towards the end. Up until this week we’ve been experiencing one of the coolest and wettest seasons I can remember. The past ten days however have been the hottest of the season. The fishing was a little tougher this past week but overall we still did very well. If we counted fish missed on a dry fly and others that were lost we would have had a great week! Lol

Rene Wilhelm with a nice Grand Cascapedia fish, Congratulations Rene!

Rene Wilhelm with a nice Grand Cascapedia fish, Congratulations Rene!

Rene Wagner puts one back to swim on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Rene!

Rene Wagner puts one back to swim on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Rene!

 Our rivers are still in great shape, the Bonaventure is flowing at mid-July levels at 20 cubic meters per second. The Bony warmed up a bit to the 60 degree range which made fishing a little more challenging. By weeks end however it was back down to the 55 degree mark. The Petite Cascapedia is also running at mid-July flow and remains cool. Fishing on the Petite remains excellent. The Grand Cascapedia continues to be producing very well however our water levels were beginning to get a bit low. That all changed on Thursday when thunder storms brought the flow from 20 cubic meters per second to 90 in six hours. By Saturday it was down to the 60 range and clearing well, fishing should be hot nest week!

Nick Brock with his first salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, nice one Oscar!

Nick Brock with his first salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, nice one Oscar!

Heather Post with a fine salmon from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Heather!

Heather Post with a fine salmon from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Heather!

 A new moon on August 29th and higher tides associated with it should bring in our fall run of salmon, actually we’re already beginning to see a good number of fresh silver fish in our lower pools. With current water conditions we are looking forward to a productive September, always one of our favorite times of the season. 

Rolf Weiresmuller realeases a nice salmon back to the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Rolf!

Rolf Weiresmuller realeases a nice salmon back to the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Rolf!

 As our water levels fall and start to get a little cooler we are beginning to use our fall patterns. Even though our regulars such as the Stone Ghost, John Olin and Green Machine etc… have been working well, bigger tubes and the Francis patterns are beginning to produce. Dry's continue to take a good number of fish especially the 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 - Aug 17th to 23rd, 2015

Fishing continues to be productive but for the first time this season it's beginning to slow down a bit. Sunny days and warm weather over the past week made fishing a little more challenging, we have plenty of salmon in all our pools but they were a little harder to get to take. Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with all the fantastic fishing since opening day.

Yvonne Hoda from Switzerland with her first Salmon from The Petite Cascapedia, Congratulations Yvonne!

Yvonne Hoda from Switzerland with her first Salmon from The Petite Cascapedia, Congratulations Yvonne!

Daniel Hoda lands a nice on on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Daniel, see you in 2017.

Daniel Hoda lands a nice on on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Daniel, see you in 2017.

 The weather has been hot and humid with temperatures in the 30C degree range for most of the week. That being said, we did have a great week and landed a good number of nice salmon and grilse everyday. The weatherman is calling for rain and a considerable drop in temperatures are expected. The Bonaventure is in great shape at the moment and we're continuing to do very well. The Petite Cascapedia is seeing a nice run of fresh fish and the water remain cool, fishing has been great. The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some nice fish every day but it's getting a bit low, especially in the branches. 

Maurice Perret lands his first Grand Cascapedia salmon of the week, nice one Maurice! 

Maurice Perret lands his first Grand Cascapedia salmon of the week, nice one Maurice! 

Maurice's son Antoinne follows close in his fathers footsteps, Congratulations Antoinne

Maurice's son Antoinne follows close in his fathers footsteps, Congratulations Antoinne

 Last week’s full moon and high tides brought a good run of new salmon in our rivers.  With higher than normal water levels for this time of the season we are still using our boats for travelling from pool to pool. Needless to say all our guides are sporting a big smile. Fishing was a little tougher this past week but we did manage to land a good number of nice fish including a couple of big ones as well.

Julian Stoudemiere with Salmon Lodge guide Charles Binette on the Grand, Nice one Julian!!!

Julian Stoudemiere with Salmon Lodge guide Charles Binette on the Grand, Nice one Julian!!!

Bringing oner to the net on the Grand Cascapedia!

Bringing oner to the net on the Grand Cascapedia!

 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 flies of choice - Green, Brown and Blue bombers with brown hackle and white wings and a tail.  Wet's in sizes 8's and 10's, the Silver Rat, Stone Ghost and Davie McPhail's Piglets were the ones to have.  Seems like anything small with green and silver worked well.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report - August 10th to 16th, 2015

The 2nd week of August felt more like the 2nd week of June. The regular rainfall  has  maintained our rivers t perfect levels, we’ re still travelling with our boats like we do during the early season. Most of our pools are holding good numbers of salmon and a loads of fresh run fish are showing up on every tide. Its nice to be able to fish our high and medium water pools at this time of the season. 

Jeff Bright with his first salmon of 2015, it wasn't his last! Nice one Jeff.

Jeff Bright with his first salmon of 2015, it wasn't his last! Nice one Jeff.

The Bonaventure has been producing very well, the water temperatures are perfect and even with high water dry fly action is great ! The Petite Cascapedia continues to fish very well and also holding a good number of fresh run salmon.  We have been having some great fishing on the Grand Cascapedia as well, late summer  is one of the best times of the season on the Grand especially as the water begins to cool with colder nights in the hills.

Carri Wicklund with her first Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Caari, nice fish!

Carri Wicklund with her first Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Caari, nice fish!

 Water levels are considerably higher than normal for this time of the years. The Bonaventure should be at the 15 mark but is currently flowing at 33 Cubic meters per second. The Grand Cascapedia’s flow should be at 12 to 15 but its been hovering between 50 and 60 . Normal August flow on the Petite is in the 10 to 12 range but its been in the 20 to 30 range for most of the summer. 

Jim Wicklund releases one back to the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Jim!

Jim Wicklund releases one back to the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Jim!

 With higher water levels we are using bigger fly's. The ones to have are the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm, Undertaker and Green Butt. A host of patterns such as the Silver Doctor, Posh Tosh, Silver Wilkinson and Golden Highlander were also responsible for a good number of fish this past week, best sizes have been 6s, 8s. Wets worked very well last week  drys stoled the show. Again its been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers in sizes 2 to 8.

Needless to say, Soren Hjortgaard was a happy angler after landing this one from the Petite Cascapedia, Congratulations Soren, see you next year.

Needless to say, Soren Hjortgaard was a happy angler after landing this one from the Petite Cascapedia, Congratulations Soren, see you next year.

Nick Edwards with his first one of 2015, nice salmon Nick!

Nick Edwards with his first one of 2015, nice salmon Nick!

 It’s been a great year and with water conditions as they are, the fall season should be no different.

Until next week, 

Tight Lines,

Glenn

2016 available dates at Salmon Lodge & Camp Bonaventure

Are you planning an Atlantic salmon fishing trip in 2016? If so, below are our openings at Salmon Lodge & Camp Bonaventure for 2016. If any of these dates interest you, please  contact us.   

Camp Bonaventure 2016 - Available Dates -

June

June 1st to 5th for 8 rods, 5 days fishing. Spey Casting and Fishing school.

June 5th to 12th, for 6 rods, 7 days fishing.

 July

July 3rd to 6th for 2 rods, 3 days fishing. 

July 7th to 10th for 2 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 13th to 20th for 2 rods, 7 days fishing.

July 17th to 20th for 4 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 24th to 31st for 4 rods, 7 days fishing.

 August

Dates will be posted as they become available.

 September

Dates will be posted as they become available.

 

Salmon Lodge 2016 - Available Dates -  

June

June 1st to 5th for 8 rods, 5 days fishing. Women's Spey Casting and Fishing School.

June 5th to 12th for 6 rods, 7 days fishing.

June 30th to July 6th for 1 rod, 6 days fishing.

July

July 3rd to 6th for 2 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 17th to 24th for 2 rods, 7 days fishing.

July 20th to 24th for 6 rods, 4 days fishing.

August

July 31st to August 3rd for 4 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 31st to August 7th for 4 rods, 7 days fishing.

 

September

Dates will be posted as they become available.

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report August 3rd to 9th, 2015

Fishing continues to be excellent and we couldn’t ask for better river conditions.  Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with higher than normal water levels since the beginning of the season. The weather's been perfect for fishing, not too warm with regular weekly precipitation. Last week’s fishing was great with plenty of fine fish landed including loads of grilse. We’re seeing plenty of grilse this season, it’s been our best way to predict the following season. When our rivers receive a good grilse run the following year has always been a great salmon year. 

Colin Mahoney's first Atlantic salmon and his first trip to Salmon Lodge, Congratulations Colin! see you next year.

Colin Mahoney's first Atlantic salmon and his first trip to Salmon Lodge, Congratulations Colin! see you next year.

 Last week rainfall and frequent thunder storms gave the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia a considerable rise in water, just what we needed to keep conditions perfect. The Bony and Grand are flowing at mid-June levels. The Petite Cascapedia didn’t receive the same amount of rainfall but just enough to keep the water where we want it for this time of the season. The Petite is still at mid-June flow. Higher water means we’re still using our canoes which is making our guides very happy. The ability to travel with our boats allows us to locate fish outside the pools such as smaller runs and in-between pools. 

Zach Porcello releases his first Bonaventure salmon, nice fishing Zach and congratulations!

Zach Porcello releases his first Bonaventure salmon, nice fishing Zach and congratulations!

 The Bonaventure is flowing at 42 Cubic meter per second up from 30 last week. Fishing on the Bony has been excellent with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse landed each day. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 24 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season is 12 is the norm.  The Petite is fishing very well, with nice number of salmon in the river and cool water temperatures, we're doing very well on the Peitte.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 30 down from 90 at the beginning of the week, the normal flow for this time of year is in the 12 to 15 range. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish everyday including some to write home about!

Jake Porcello with his first Atlantic Salmon salmon, great fish Jake!

Jake Porcello with his first Atlantic Salmon salmon, great fish Jake!

Kelly Williams with her first salmon, Congratulations Kelly!

Kelly Williams with her first salmon, Congratulations Kelly!

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and  wets.  With higher water levels we are back to using no 4’s and 6’s and some bigger spey fly’s as well. In the wet fly department the Black Bear, John Olin, Green Highlander, Nagli and McPhail Piglets were the big producers. The Green Spey and Grey Heron were responsible for a few nice salmon as well. Dry fly’s continue to be the flies of choice with our regular line up of Green, Dark Brown and Blue. The sizes that are working best are number 2’s, 4’s and 6’s.

Each year Jeff Bright comes all the way from California to fish with us, this is his first, but not the last one for 2015. Nice fish, see you next year Jeff!

Each year Jeff Bright comes all the way from California to fish with us, this is his first, but not the last one for 2015. Nice fish, see you next year Jeff!

 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 or Salmon Lodge is in your plans for next season please feel free to contact me anytime. We are sold out this season but still have a couple of great slots open for 2016.

The Labatt Blue, always a winner!

The Labatt Blue, always a winner!

 Until next week,

 Tight Line ,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report - July 27 to Aug 2, 2015

Just another great week to be at camp! Our fishing keeps getting better and better. It’s just one of those year you dream about, perfect water levels, just the right amount of rain and loads of salmon. So far everything about 2015 has been great lets hope it continues. Along with last week’s rain the new moon gave us the high tides to bring another run of fresh salmon. Combined it was the recipe for a wonderful week of fishing! Everybody at camp landed salmon, needless to say we had a group of very happy anglers. 

Barbara Crook and Salmon Lodge guide Reg Cyr put a nice one back, congratulations Barbara!

Barbara Crook and Salmon Lodge guide Reg Cyr put a nice one back, congratulations Barbara!

 The rain last week maintained our rivers at perfect levels. The Bonaventure is at a great level and the water temperatures are perfect, especially for dry fly fishing. The bony literally has fish in ever pool and our lower pools continue to produce fish on a daily basis.  The Petite Cascapedia is fishing very well and we haven't missed in over a week. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding good numbers of fresh salmon. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well and the rain has maintained water levels and temperatures.. So far it's been a great season at both our lodges. We are looking forward to another great week on the river. With the nunber of salmon we have August and September should be excellent.

Mary Vandusen with Salmon Lodge guide Larry D on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Mary!

Mary Vandusen with Salmon Lodge guide Larry D on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice one Mary!

 First time salmon angler Dayl Walker with Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier, Congratulations Dayl ! 

 First time salmon angler Dayl Walker with Salmon Lodge guide Clement Bernier, Congratulations Dayl ! 

 The ammunition of choice this week were bombers, especially the Green and Dark Brown patterns. Wets also did very well and the top ones for the week were the Nagli, Silver Rat and blue charm Davie McPhail’s piglet patterns are out of tis world, not only do they look great the sure can catch fish.

Salmon Lodge was pleased to host the 2nd annual "Salmon Sisters"  fishing trip. The ladies had a wonderful time and caught their share of salmon as well ! Needless to say the guides also enjoyed the week!

Salmon Lodge was pleased to host the 2nd annual "Salmon Sisters"  fishing trip. The ladies had a wonderful time and caught their share of salmon as well ! Needless to say the guides also enjoyed the week!

 Our 2016 season is filling up very quickly and almost all our guests have re-booked their same dates. I will be posting the few availabilities I have both for Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge over the next few days. If you see anything that interest you, just give me a call.

So many fly's not enough time!

So many fly's not enough time!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 20th to 26th, 2015

Rain, rain and more rain, we couldn’t be happier! The weather man has been kind to salmon fishermen.  Normally at this time of the season we’re praying for rain and cooler temperatures, not this year. Regular precipitation and cooler weather is keeping our rivers in excellent condition.

Salmon Lodge regulars Pierre and Diane with their first Grand Cascapedia salmon of 2015, Congratulations !

Salmon Lodge regulars Pierre and Diane with their first Grand Cascapedia salmon of 2015, Congratulations !

The Bonaventure couldn’t be in better shape with a flow of 32 cubic meters per second. Last week’s rain brought the Bonaventure back up to early July levels. We are back to travelling with our canoes and the guides are loving it. Fishing continues to be excellent and everyone’s catching fish. We are seeing fresh salmon coming in on every tide and our lower pools are still producing fish on a daily basis.

Janice Pelletier with a beauty from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Janice! 

Janice Pelletier with a beauty from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Janice! 

The Petite Cascapedia needed a little rise in water levels and we received just the right amount or rain.   The Petite is flowing at 30 cubic meters per second, perfect for this time of the season. Fresh salmon are coming in on every tide and most of the pools are holding salmon, it’s been a great year on the Petite.

James Fong from Vancouver with his first Grand Cascapedia Salmon, way to go James.

James Fong from Vancouver with his first Grand Cascapedia Salmon, way to go James.

The Grand Cascapedia has had a fantastic season since opening day and nothing has changed. Last week’s rain moved the Grand from 17 cubic meters to 24  and conditions couldn’t be better, cool water and plenty of it. Like the Bony and the Petite the Grand Cascapedia is receiving a continuous run of fresh salmon and fishing is great. The water conditions at the moment should keep the Grand in perfect shape for next week’s anglers.

Salmon Lodge regular Gaetan Joly puts a nice one back on the Grand. Nice fish Gaetan!

Salmon Lodge regular Gaetan Joly puts a nice one back on the Grand. Nice fish Gaetan!

Many patterns have been working well and getting the job done. Before the rise in water we were using smaller fly’s and some hitched tubes as well, they were all producing. The patterns of choice have been the Undertaker, Night Hawk, silver Rat and the Black Bear Green Butt. Straight Tubes and hitched tubes are still doing well and were responsible for some nice fish this week. Dries are always The favorite at this time of the season, As always Green, Dark Brown and Blue are the best choices.

Just about to float over a 40 pounder!

Just about to float over a 40 pounder!

The next full moon is on July 30th and the bigger tides begin on the 29th, can’t wait to see what the salmon Gods have in store for us. 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River report July 13th to 19th, 2015

We’re half  way through July and our fishing continues to be awesome.  We are having a fantastic season with great conditions and fabulous fishing. When everyone’s are catching fish you don’t have far to look too far to see smiling faces.  

Salmon Lodge regular Martin  Lupien with his biggest fish to date, beautiful salmon Martin, congratulations!

Salmon Lodge regular Martin  Lupien with his biggest fish to date, beautiful salmon Martin, congratulations!

Water levels on the Bonaventure are exactly where they should be for this time of the season running at about 21 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. This week’s high tides brought in a good run on every tide and our lower pools are on fire where we’ve been releasing six to eight fish daily.  

Denmark angler Thomas Mahnke has been a regular at salmon lodge for many years, he sure knows his stuff!

Denmark angler Thomas Mahnke has been a regular at salmon lodge for many years, he sure knows his stuff!

The Petite Cascapedia is also doing very well, the water flow is slightly low at about 15 Cubic Meters. The water temperature is also excellent  in the 50 degree range, just perfect. Salmon runs on the  Petite have been great with plenty of fresh run salmon this past week. Along with salmon we have been catching a good number of big trout, some up in the 6 to 7 pound class.  

Dave Oxley with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon of 2015, it wasn't his last, Congratulations Dave!

Dave Oxley with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon of 2015, it wasn't his last, Congratulations Dave!

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 27 Cubic meters per second.

Salmon Lodge Guide Yvan Bernard puts a nice one back in the Grand Cascapedia. Yvan know where to find them and how to catch them!

Salmon Lodge Guide Yvan Bernard puts a nice one back in the Grand Cascapedia. Yvan know where to find them and how to catch them!

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. Mario, our head guide at Bonaventure  says “you can throw anything at them this year, they just want it”  Bombers in Green, Brown and Blue are always working, size 2, 4 and 6 have been doing the job. In the wet fly department, the Undertaker, John Olin and Black Ghost were responsible for most of the fish. Sizes 6, 8 and even 10 are the recommended hook size. Hitched tubes are doing very well, especially when a fish is being difficult.

Dry Fly time!

Dry Fly time!

We are fortunate to have had another great week of fishing. It seems that this year everything is working perfectly. The weather man is calling for five to six days or rain, showers and cloudy weather, couldn’t ask for better fishing conditions. Too bad for sun seeking tourists but its got to our turn sometime!

I will be posting our available dates for 2016 next week, there will be a couple of openings at both Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge worth looking at. If you see something you like give me a call.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn         

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report July 6th to 12th, 2016

What more can I say, great conditions and great fishing and very happy guests. This past week was a the perfect week to spend at a salmon camp. Our salmon are plentiful and our anglers are all happy, catching fish and having a wonderful time. 

Jim Sanfillipo and Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard, congratulations Jim, what a great fish! 

Jim Sanfillipo and Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard, congratulations Jim, what a great fish! 

 June was a very rainy month and our water conditions remained slightly above normal which was great for fishing. So far July weather is closer to what we are used to seeing and our rivers are beginning to flow at normal levels for this time of the season. Water temperatures have risen a bit over the past week and we're beginning to catch a good number on dry's, always a favorite especially in crystal clear water.  We have fish in all our high and medium water pools and the numbers are increasing daily. Every evening we’ve been seeing good numbers of fresh fish jumping in our pool in front of the lodge, fresh silver bullets on their way up river. The new moon on July 15th will give us the high tides and bring our next major run of fish.

Salmon Lodge regular Thomas Mahanke with his first of 2015, Congratulations Thomas! See you nest year.

Salmon Lodge regular Thomas Mahanke with his first of 2015, Congratulations Thomas! See you nest year.

 The Bonaventure is flowing at 23 cubic meters per second, perfect for this time of the season. The levels and water temperatures are excellent.  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 18 and fishing very well. The Petite saw a nice run of fresh salmon during the high June tides . Most pools on the pools are holding fish and the water temperature and levels are perfect. Our guides have been floating the upper sections and are seeing some huge salmon. The Petite Cascapedia is our smallest river but the fish are huge!  Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia continues the been excellent, the flow rate is at 33 after a bump in water levels this week.  Like the Bony and the Petite water levels and temperatures are great.

Ron Brenneman with a great fish from the Petite Cascapedia ,Nice fis Ron!

Ron Brenneman with a great fish from the Petite Cascapedia ,Nice fis Ron!

 Flies of choice are a mixed bag, wets, dry’s and tubes  are all working well. Quoting one of our guides “with all those fish, one of them is going to bite” 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. Some of Davie McPhail’s new piglet patterns are really working, these are new patterns we received this year and are big performers. Wet fly sizes in 4, 6 8 is the best choice. Medium and small tubes in various patterns are also a good choice. 

Bruce Campbell came all the way from Australia, Congratulations Bruce on your first Atlantic Salmon!

Bruce Campbell came all the way from Australia, Congratulations Bruce on your first Atlantic Salmon!

 So far this has been a great season and comparable to 2011 when our rivers were full of fish. One never knows what each year will bring. One thing is certain, every year we’ve experienced a good grilse run, the next year has always been a good one for salmon. We have plenty of grilse!

Choose your weapon!

Choose your weapon!

 Until next week.

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report June 29th to July 5th, 2015

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 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. 

Salmon Lodge Regular David Kent with his first fish of 2016, nice one David!

Salmon Lodge Regular David Kent with his first fish of 2016, nice one David!

The rain last week maintained our rivers and kept them perfect condition. The Bonaventure is at a great level flowing at 30 Cubic Meter per second, perfect for dry fly fishing. The water temperatures are in the low 50’s.  The Petite Cascapedia is fishing well and we haven't missed in over a week. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding fresh salmon, the petite is also running cool in the low 50’s as well. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well however we could use a little rain to keep the present levels. So far it's been a great season at both our lodges. We are looking forward to another great week on the river.

Blaine Labonte puts one back on the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Blaine!

Blaine Labonte puts one back on the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Blaine!

The ammunition of choice this week were bombers, especially the Green and Dark Brown patterns. Wets also did very well , the top wet fly's for the week were the Nagli and Silver Rat. We just received a number of Davie McPhail’s “Piglet “ patterns, the first few days on the river proved they are something to contend with. 

David Wood with his first Atlantic salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations David, see you next year.

David Wood with his first Atlantic salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations David, see you next year.

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.  

Reed Webster With fine Cascapedia Salmon, nice fish Reed!

Reed Webster With fine Cascapedia Salmon, nice fish Reed!

Too Many choices, Never!

Too Many choices, Never!

Until Next week....Tight Lines,

Glenn