Its hard to believe but were already half way through the season. We're having a good season overall, not a record year but we certainly can't complain. Despite low water conditions 2017 has given us an excellent run of salmon, both big salmon and grilse are spread throughout all our river systems. Last weeks fishing was controlled by the weather, some days were cloudy and cool while others were hot and sunny. I'll let you guess which ones were the best! The high tides associated with the full moon brought in a nice run of July salmon.
Water levels on the Bonaventure are low and flowing at 13 cubic meters per second, normal would be in the 18 to 20 range for this time the season. Cooler overall weather is keeping the the Bonaventure in the 50 to 55 degree range. Fishing on the Bony has been productive since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day.
The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 17 and fishing very well. The Petite received a nice run of fresh salmon during last weeks high tides . Most pools on the Petite are holding fish and water temperature are in the low to mid 50's.
Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia is beginning to slow down a bit due to low water conditions. Like the Bony and Petite there are plenty of salmon but we sure need a day or two of rain.
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 2, 4 and 6 are working the best. In the wet fly department, the Silver Rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm, Nagli and Green Machine have been doing very well. Wet fly sizes in 6.,8 and 10 are the best choice. Medium and small tubes in various patterns are also a good choice.
The weatherman is calling for a mixed bag for the upcoming week, with temperatures in the 70 degree range, rain towards the end of the week, lets hope!
Until next week,