Salmon Lodge Fishing & River Report September 16th to September 22nd, 2019

It’s very hard for me to believe that mid-September has already arrived. Our favorite season – the Atlantic Salmon Fishing Season that is – is quickly coming to an end. There are less than 10 fishing days left and I can only imagine what they will have in store for us. This season has been truly amazing! Our three rivers continue to deliver consistently and I believe it’s safe to say that our wonderful guests from this week are heading back home with amazing memories and new fishing stories. 

We had the pleasure of having Laurence Callcut as our guest for the first time this year at Salmon Lodge! Laurence landed this beauty on the Grand Cascapedia! What an amazing catch! Congrats Laurence!

We had the pleasure of having Laurence Callcut as our guest for the first time this year at Salmon Lodge! Laurence landed this beauty on the Grand Cascapedia! What an amazing catch! Congrats Laurence!

Just when we thought summer was a thing of the past and fall was upon us, Mother Nature threw us for a loop. For the most part of this week the weather was cool and refreshing. Sweater weather was in the air and the fall colours were beginning to show face as the leaves on the trees began to turn yellow, orange and red. As the weekend got closer, the weather got warmer. Our days were back into the 20 plus degree range and the sun was once again warming up our afternoons and rivers. 

We welcomed Ludwig Lin as our guest at Salmon Lodge for the first time this year and he landed this beauty on the Bonaventure River! Nicely done Ludwig!

We welcomed Ludwig Lin as our guest at Salmon Lodge for the first time this year and he landed this beauty on the Bonaventure River! Nicely done Ludwig!

The Bonaventure River has been sitting pretty all week in the 10 to 11 cubic meters per second range. These are very normal levels for the Bonaventure River during the month of September. We are expected to receive some rain this upcoming week so hopefully the weather man’s predictions hold up. The Petite Cascapedia remained at 9 cubic meters per second this week. This is exactly along the lines of what we expect from the Petite Cascapedia during this time of year as opposed to last week’s fluctuations.  

Kieron Leslie landed this beauty on the Bonaventure River! It was an absolute joy having you as our guest and we hope to see you back again next year! Congrats Kieron!

Kieron Leslie landed this beauty on the Bonaventure River! It was an absolute joy having you as our guest and we hope to see you back again next year! Congrats Kieron!

The water levels of the Grand Cascapedia have been slowly decreasing as the week progressed. We started off at 28 cubic meters per second and found ourselves at 17 cubic meters per second at the end of the week. These are very comfortable levels for the Grand Cascapedia at this time of year. Our salmon are holding nicely in their pools and the river conditions (level and temperature) are keeping them happy campers. 

Our first time guest Phil Taylor landed his personal best this week on the Grand Cascapedia! We are so happy for you Phil! Congrats!

Our first time guest Phil Taylor landed his personal best this week on the Grand Cascapedia! We are so happy for you Phil! Congrats!

The flies that caught the attention of the salmon this week were the Red Francis, Alley Shrimp, Silver Rat and John Olin. The sizes that were used varied according to the river fished and its levels but since the Grand, Petite and Boni are all lower at the moment No. 6, 8 and 10 were mostly used. The dry fly action has seemed to come to an end like our warmer weather but it never hurts to try a dry fly in the middle of the afternoon when the river temperatures increase. 

There is no better place to be than on the river.

There is no better place to be than on the river.

 All the best, 

Tight Lines, 

Julia