Fishing continues to be productive but for the first time this season our water levels are getting a bit low and beginning to warm up. Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with higher than normal water levels since the beginning of the season. The weather's been hot and dry with temperatures in the 30C degree range for most of the week. We did manage to land a good number of nice salmon and grilse but having to work a little harder for them. The weatherman is calling for rain and showers for the beginning of the week and perhaps even a thunder storm, lets hope. We are still using our boats to travel between the pools but another few days of hot weather will have us wading.
Montreal native Francois Tremblay releases a nice salmon back to the Bonaventure, congratulations Francois
The Bonaventure is flowing at 25 Cubic meter per second which is normal for the end of July. Fishing on the Bony has been pretty good up until now with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 13 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season is 20 is the norm. The Petite is low at the moment however with a nice number of salmon in the river and cool water temperatures, we're doing very well. The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 17 cubic meters, normal for the end of July is 30. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish but it's getting low and could really use some rain. Lets hope the weather man is accurate this time.
Bill Adams and David Stanley with Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard, Nice fish guys!
This was Diane Ranno's first trip to Salmon Lodge, but not her last!
The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green and Dark Brown Bombers were responsible for most of the catches. In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the best. The Picasse and Green Spey were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.
Don Piktalkis with his first Bonaventure salmon, nice fish Don.
Until next week....Tight lines,