Camp Bonaventure 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.

This was Sebastian Hylands first time salmon fishing, congratulations well done!

This was Sebastian Hylands first time salmon fishing, congratulations well done!

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. 

Randy Spencer is no stranger to Camp Bonaventure, here he is with a nice fresh fine grilse, nice one randy, see you next year.

Randy Spencer is no stranger to Camp Bonaventure, here he is with a nice fresh fine grilse, nice one randy, 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 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!

Craig Fowler landed this nice fresh salmon on our Poirier pool, congratulations Craig!

Craig Fowler landed this nice fresh salmon on our Poirier pool, congratulations Craig!

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.

James Fowler has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for a few years now , a great guy and awesome angler! nice one Jim, see you in 2018.

James Fowler has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for a few years now , a great guy and awesome angler! nice one Jim, see you in 2018.

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! 

Until next season!

Until next season!

Until next year,

Tight Lines

Glenn

 

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Camp Bonaventure Fishing and River Report, September 18th to 24th, 2017

Its officially Autumn but the weather this week felt mote like mid July. Thankfully we received some rain early in the week which kept our rivers in pretty good shape. It was a warm one as temperatures climbed to the mid 80's by mid week .

Allan Casson landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure, way to go Allan!

Allan Casson landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure, way to go Allan!

Fishing was challenging this week with rising water on Monday and Tuesday and hot and sunny for the rest of the week. We did however manage to land several nice salmon and a number of grilse. We are seeing a few fresh salmon coming in with our fall run but we'll need another good rain to get things really moving.

Anne Wood breaks the ice on her first day out on the Bonaventure for 2017 , congratulations Anne.

Anne Wood breaks the ice on her first day out on the Bonaventure for 2017 , congratulations Anne.

She shares her secrets, what a lady!

She shares her secrets, what a lady!

Both the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are low but we did get a small bump in water at the beginning of the week. The Bony rose from 10 Cubic meter per second to 12 and the Petite from 10 to 13. The Grand Cascapedia received more rain and jumped from 16 to 22 but fell quickly by mid week.

John Wood with his first of the season, congratulations John!

John Wood with his first of the season, congratulations John!

The warm weather is allowing us to keep fishing with drys and a good number of the fish we landed we on bombers. Wet fly's are producing well especially our regular fall patterns, the Red Francis, General Practitioner and Alley Shrimp were the big winners.

Here's why we like the Red Francis so much.

Here's why we like the Red Francis so much.

We are entering into our last week of the season, lets hope we end with a bang!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, September 11th to 17th, 2017

As our season is slowly winding down but our rivers are continuing to produce reasonable well The weather man gave us the rain we so desperately needed and our rivers are bac to where they should be at this time of the season and  temperatures are in the 50 degree range. The Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia are all at normal levels at the moment, we could use a little rain to maintain them until the end of the seson.

Steff Jones from the UK with his first Atlantic salmon from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Steff!

Steff Jones from the UK with his first Atlantic salmon from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Steff!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 14 Cubic meter per second, the Petite Cascapedia at 13 and the Grand at 20.

George Chang from Spain with a nice one on the Bonaventure, way to go George!

George Chang from Spain with a nice one on the Bonaventure, way to go George!

Patrick Levesque on his second trip to Camp Bonaventure this season, Nice one Pat!

Patrick Levesque on his second trip to Camp Bonaventure this season, Nice one Pat!

The Grand has been fishing very well over the past week and we've been catching good numbers of fresh salmon everyday. We're also seeing a good number of fresh salmon in the Bonaventure especially in our lower pools and catching has been good. The Petite is also seeing its fall run of fish and we're doing well on most of the pools.

David Hathaway with a nice one on the Bony, Congratulations David!

David Hathaway with a nice one on the Bony, Congratulations David!

This weeks flys' were a mixed bag of fall and summer patterns . The Red Francis, Purple Grape, and John Olin Spey produced the most along with the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and Black Bear. Drys continue to do well, Green, Brown and of course Blue.

This was Chris Williams first trip to Camp Bonaventure, he's coming back next year!

This was Chris Williams first trip to Camp Bonaventure, he's coming back next year!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Sept 4th to 10th, 2017

September is by far 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 the rain comes in late August while others in September. To be honest, this year I was wondering if it would come at all. Thanks to Hurricane Harvey we did get the rain we needed.  Our pools are loaded with salmon and the rain really turned on the fishing, especially towards the end of the week.

Jean Francois Routhier with his first Atlantic salmon, this was one of three, not bad for a beginner! Congratulations JF!

Jean Francois Routhier with his first Atlantic salmon, this was one of three, not bad for a beginner! Congratulations JF!

This was Claude Menard's first trip to the Bonaventure, but not his last! Way to go Claude!

This was Claude Menard's first trip to the Bonaventure, but not his last! Way to go Claude!

All our rivers have a fresh new flow of cool clear water. The Bonaventure went from 7 cubic Meters per second to 14.  The Petite Cascapedia from 8 to 15 and the Grand Cascapedia from 10 to over 100! The Grand rises quickly but falls at the same rate. 

Mike and Loir Sullivan are regular s at Camp Bonaventure, nice one Mike, see you both next year!

Mike and Loir Sullivan are regular s at Camp Bonaventure, nice one Mike, see you both next year!

Mac and Dale Fox are really part of our Camp Bonaventure family, here's Mac with yet another fine salmon, See you next June guys!

Mac and Dale Fox are really part of our Camp Bonaventure family, here's Mac with yet another fine salmon, See you next June guys!

Looking ahead ,the weatherman is telling us that next week looks clear but by the weekend Irma should be on our doorstep.

This was Chris Williams first trip to Camp Bonaventure, he's already booked back for next year, congratulations Chris!

This was Chris Williams first trip to Camp Bonaventure, he's already booked back for next year, congratulations Chris!

September fly choices are different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year , this year's no different. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50 degree range, dry fly's will continue to produce. Other hot fly's were the Blue Charm, John Olin and Stone Ghost. As always, Green, Brown and Blue bombers were the hot ones.

Peter Collingsworth runs Sport Quest Fishing Vacations in the UK, here's Pete with his first salmon from our side of the pond, Nice one Peter, see you next year.

Peter Collingsworth runs Sport Quest Fishing Vacations in the UK, here's Pete with his first salmon from our side of the pond, Nice one Peter, see you next year.

John Watson from the UK with his first Bonaventure salmon, well done John!

John Watson from the UK with his first Bonaventure salmon, well done John!

Stuart Macoustra knows how to catch them, nice one Stuart!

Stuart Macoustra knows how to catch them, nice one Stuart!

 2018 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. Give me a call or send an e-mail.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, August 28th to Sept 3rd, 2017

It's hard to believe that August has already come and gone and we 're into September already.  August provided us with some fine fishing, we experienced a mixed bag of conditions but overall our fishing held up very well. The lack of precipitation this summer was the biggest factor and gave us low water,  the lowest I've ever seen im my 37 years on these rivers. We are fortunate however to have another wonderful run of salmon and our pools have plenty of fish.  

Denis Quinn from Ireland with his first one from this side of the pond, Congratulations Denis!

Denis Quinn from Ireland with his first one from this side of the pond, Congratulations Denis!

Sean Lucas Also from Ireland with a nice Bonaventure salmon, well done Sean!

Sean Lucas Also from Ireland with a nice Bonaventure salmon, well done Sean!

Bonaventure is low but has plenty of water for our fall run fish to enter. We are seeing a good number of bright silver fish in our pools and fishing has been pretty good. The water temperatures in the Bony are perfect in the 50 degree range. The Petite Cascapedia is also experiencing low water but like the Bony its running cool.  The Grand Cascapedia is also getting a nice fall run, the water is low but we're still catching some fine fish.

Brian Anderson who owns a fly shop in Ireland hss been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for a few years. Nice one Brian!

Brian Anderson who owns a fly shop in Ireland hss been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for a few years. Nice one Brian!

Gregory Cope,the fourth of the Irish group with a nice salmon for the Bonaventure!, nice one Gregory!

Gregory Cope,the fourth of the Irish group with a nice salmon for the Bonaventure!, nice one Gregory!

The weather man is calling for rain , Monday through Thursday is supposed to be wet, with a couple of inches on the way. I think they should hang the worst weather man once a year, give the others some incentive, lol

Harrison O,connor has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many many years, he only fishes dry flys, congratulations Harrison, see you next year! 

Harrison O,connor has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many many years, he only fishes dry flys, congratulations Harrison, see you next year! 

Wright Palmer with his first one from the Bony this year, Nice one Wright!

Wright Palmer with his first one from the Bony this year, Nice one Wright!

James Palmer, like his Dad Wright , knows how to catch them, nice one Jim! 

James Palmer, like his Dad Wright , knows how to catch them, nice one Jim! 

 We are beginning to use our fall patterns and colours , the Red Francis, Alley Shrimp, General Practitioner and Purple Grape,  Dry's continue to be responsible for most of the fish landed, Brown, Green and Blue Bombers.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report Aug 21st to 27th, 2017

The last week of August gave us a mixed bag, rain at the beginning, warm and sunny in the middle and cooler towards the end. Our fishing has been much the same, some days are great while others were a little slower. Overall we did have another great week which included including a few nice fresh silver bullets! Our rivers received a much needed bump in water but we certainly could use more. The Bonaventure is fishing well but we're having  to work a little harder. The Petite 's water is low but the temperature is perfect, we continued to do well on the Petite. The Grand Cascapedia needed some rain and we receive enough to bring it up a foot late this week.

Teo Panzer - He's 11 years old and was high rod for the week with 17 salmon to the net and  a few more lost. Teo and his Dad Pancho from Argentina are regulars at Camp Bonaventure, they have become good friends as well.  He' Teo with yet another salmon!, Well done young man! 

Teo Panzer - He's 11 years old and was high rod for the week with 17 salmon to the net and  a few more lost. Teo and his Dad Pancho from Argentina are regulars at Camp Bonaventure, they have become good friends as well.  He' Teo with yet another salmon!, Well done young man! 

Teo does it again, the guides were joking that Teo needs a commercial license!

Teo does it again, the guides were joking that Teo needs a commercial license!

The Bonaventure is low and flowing at 9 cubic meter per second, normal for the end of August is 15 to 20 . Fishing on the Bony has been pretty good up until now with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse. The Petite Cascapedia is also at 9 cubic meters per second, normal is in the 15 range. 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 20 cubic meters per second and was up over 30 on Thursday. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish and this rain should really improve the fishing.

Pancho Panzer (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Carol Barriault with a nice one from the Bonaventure, congratulations Pancho!

Pancho Panzer (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Carol Barriault with a nice one from the Bonaventure, congratulations Pancho!

Joel Castleman have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, Nice one Joel, well done!

Joel Castleman have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, Nice one Joel, well done!

Jeff Beatrice landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure, congratulation Jeff! see you next June.

Jeff Beatrice landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure, congratulation Jeff! see you next June.

Don Grosset has been a part of Camp Bonaventure since Day one, Done is great friend to us all and a heck of an angler, Congratulations Don. See you next Year Don!

Don Grosset has been a part of Camp Bonaventure since Day one, Done is great friend to us all and a heck of an angler, Congratulations Don. See you next Year Don!

As our water is low and a little cooler we are beginning to use our fall fly's. Even though our regulars such as the John Olin, Stone Ghost and Silver Rat have been working well, tubes and the Francis patterns are beginning to do very well. Dry's continue to take a good number of fish especially the Brown, Blue and Green Bombers. 

A sneak peek from below! 

A sneak peek from below! 

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report Aug 14th to 20th, 2017

Last week we hooked over 90 salmon, this week was much tougher to say the least. Warm and sunny days with hot temperatures made catching a challenge, combined with low water conditions, fishing was not easy. Water levels on the Bony, Petite and Grand are really low, we sure need some rain. Regardless of the tough conditions we did manage to land a good number of fish.

Tom Harkness has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, here he is with a nice one from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Tom!

Tom Harkness has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, here he is with a nice one from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Tom!

Jeff Beatrice lands another! This is Jeff's 2nd trip to Camp Bonaventure this year, congratulation Jeff! , see you next June. 

Jeff Beatrice lands another! This is Jeff's 2nd trip to Camp Bonaventure this year, congratulation Jeff! , see you next June. 

Now for the good news! Water temperatures are still cool and the weather man is calling for a few days of rain next week. Its actually raining as I'm writing this weeks report. I just looked and the gauges are showing an increased volume on all three rivers. The Bonaventure has a great run of fish this season. with excellent numbers of fish especially in our low water and holding pools. The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with good numbers of salmon in all the major pools. Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia are the lowest of our three rivers, the rain will give it a much needed boost. That being said, we're having a great run on the Grand this season.

Pancho Panzer from Argentina has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure, he gets out of the Patagonia snow this time of year. Pancho owns and operates Carrileufu River Lodge, a place every flyfisherman should go one day.

Pancho Panzer from Argentina has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure, he gets out of the Patagonia snow this time of year. Pancho owns and operates Carrileufu River Lodge, a place every flyfisherman should go one day.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 10 Cubic meter per second which is about half of where it should be at this time of the season, normal for the end of July should be in the 20 range. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 9 cubic meters per second, the norm for this time of year is 15.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 17 cubic meters, normal for mid August is around 20, we're not too far off. 

Ten year old Teo Panzer, Pancho' son has been fly fishing since he could walk, believe it or not, he tied his father for high rod for the week. he he is with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage.  A chip off the old block, congratulations Teo!

Ten year old Teo Panzer, Pancho' son has been fly fishing since he could walk, believe it or not, he tied his father for high rod for the week. he he is with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage.  A chip off the old block, congratulations Teo!

 Lower water conditions call for smaller fly's and especially dry's. We're catching most of our fish on the surface with free floating dry's.  The hot wet fly's this week have been the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm and Black. Drys, especially Dark Green, Dark Brown and Blue were doing the job.

Rumour has it that when "Glenn" puts a picture of a fly on the weekly report, it means the fishing is tough. Look closely at the fly in this shot, "Front Lip" lol

Rumour has it that when "Glenn" puts a picture of a fly on the weekly report, it means the fishing is tough. Look closely at the fly in this shot, "Front Lip" lol

Until Next Week

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, 7th to 13th , 2017

We had a great week at camp, thanks to a substantial rain fall early in the week which, freshened our rivers and gave them a much needed boost of new water. We didn't break any records but it was one of the best weeks of the season so far this year with a good number of fish in the book. The weather warmed up a bit during mid week but the temperatures stayed reasonably cool.

Michael French with his first Bonaventure salmon, needless to mention he was a happy angler! well done Michael!

Michael French with his first Bonaventure salmon, needless to mention he was a happy angler! well done Michael!

The much need rain really helped our rivers, the Bonaventure continued to produce a good number of fresh salmon daily. We also had a great week on the Petite Cascapedia, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in most of the pools with new ones coming in on every tide. What a big change on the Grand this past week, we really needed the rain. Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia really improved as water levels were back to normal levels.

Camp Bonaventure regular Rick Koe sure knows how to catch them, congratulations Rick, see you next year!

Camp Bonaventure regular Rick Koe sure knows how to catch them, congratulations Rick, see you next year!

The Bonaventure jumped from 9 Cubic meter per second to 18. The Petite Cascapedia was  also flowing at 9 cubic meters per second and went to 15. The Grand Cascapedia saw the biggest change going from 12 to 36 cubic meters. By weeks end our rivers are falling but rain is in the forecast for the next few days with cooler temperatures.

John Rocha is no stranger to Camp Bonaventure or salmon fishing, john is a great angler and gets it done everytime, nice one John!

John Rocha is no stranger to Camp Bonaventure or salmon fishing, john is a great angler and gets it done everytime, nice one John!

MarkMoorman with his first one of the year, congratulations Mark!

MarkMoorman with his first one of the year, congratulations Mark!

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.  The John Olin and. Picasse were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's and 10's.

Tim Ingram has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years,ne never fails to land a few big ones, Well done Tim! see you next year. 

Tim Ingram has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years,ne never fails to land a few big ones, Well done Tim! see you next year. 

This was Eric Roberts first trip to Camp Bonaventure, He landed this nice one on a dry fly, congratulations, Eric!

This was Eric Roberts first trip to Camp Bonaventure, He landed this nice one on a dry fly, congratulations, Eric!

 

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, July 31st to August 6th, 2017

The first week of August has been our warmest of the season but our fishing is holding up well regardless. Warmer then normal temperatures with little to no rain are making water conditions ugly. Water levels on the Bonaventure are low,  in the 10 cubic meter per second range, normal is twice that for this time of the year. Temperatures however are still favorable in the mid to high 50's. The Bony has a great run of salmon this season and  fishing has been very good considering the low water conditions.

ASF Presdent Bill Taylor and his lovely wife Suzanne put one back to swim on the Bonaventure. Congratulations Bill!  

ASF Presdent Bill Taylor and his lovely wife Suzanne put one back to swim on the Bonaventure. Congratulations Bill!

 

The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with lower than normal levels, water temperatures on the other hand are good, in the 55 degree range. Fishing has been good on the Petite with action everyday.

Keith  Williams (left) with Camp Bonaventure guide Matt Flowers, nice one Keith !

Keith  Williams (left) with Camp Bonaventure guide Matt Flowers, nice one Keith !

Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia are the lowest of our three rivers. The branches are low and not fishable at the moment. We have salmon in many of the pools but the water is really too low for good fishing. The main stem is producing a few fish but its just ok .

Trevor Prichett was a happy angler on his first trip to Camp Bonaventure and his first Atlantic Salmon, congratulations Trevor !

Trevor Prichett was a happy angler on his first trip to Camp Bonaventure and his first Atlantic Salmon, congratulations Trevor !

The weather man is calling for rain , lets hope he's right this time, we sure could use it. 

Reid Pritchett with his first Atlantic salmon, way to go Reid! May it be the first of many. 

Reid Pritchett with his first Atlantic salmon, way to go Reid! May it be the first of many. 

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 Machine and Stone Ghost did the job. The John Olin and Green machine were the hot ones on the Petite. Sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Glenn Prichett (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno LePage, Glenn landed his first salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Glenn !

Glenn Prichett (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno LePage, Glenn landed his first salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Glenn !

Until next week,

Tight Lines

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River July 24th to 30th, 2017

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. 

Martin Weaver does it again on his last dat, Nice one Martin!

Martin Weaver does it again on his last dat, Nice one Martin!

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.  

Steve Burns with a nice one from the gin clear Bonaventure, congratulations Steve!

Steve Burns with a nice one from the gin clear Bonaventure, congratulations Steve!

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. 

 This was Richard Poulin's first time Atlantic salmon fishing, a fish to remember! Congratulations Richard

 This was Richard Poulin's first time Atlantic salmon fishing, a fish to remember! Congratulations Richard

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.

Camp Bonaventure regular Jean Charbonneau with his first one of the season, nice salmon Jean, see you next year.

Camp Bonaventure regular Jean Charbonneau with his first one of the season, nice salmon Jean, see you next year.

 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. 

Our water may be  low, but the opportunities are there for the taking. A few big ones holding tight to the ledge.

Our water may be  low, but the opportunities are there for the taking. A few big ones holding tight to the ledge.

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,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 17th to 23rd, 2017

This past week has been our best so far this season. Low water conditions since the beginning of the season have slowed down our run of fresh salmon. There are plenty of fish in the estuary just waiting for a bump in water levels. Dont get me wrong, we have good numbers of salmon in our rivers but a little rain would certainly help and give us a much needed boost. That being said, we did see a good run of fresh salmon over the past week.

Martin Weaver from Argentina has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, this is his 21st salmon of the week! Need I say more.

Martin Weaver from Argentina has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, this is his 21st salmon of the week! Need I say more.

Water temperatures are still relatively cool for this time of year and the high tides this weekend and early next week should bring us another nice run.

Keith Lovelock with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Keith.

Keith Lovelock with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Keith.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 16 Cubic meter per second which is not too far from normal for the end of July. Fishing on the Bony has been very good with good numbers of salmon and grilse in the book each day. 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. 

Peter Bennet (Left) with and his dad, John Bennett, nice one guys!

Peter Bennet (Left) with and his dad, John Bennett, nice one guys!

 The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 24 cubic meters, normal for the end of July.  The Grand has been giving us some nice fish but it could use some rain. as well. 

Eric Forgie (Right) with Camp Bonaventure Guide Bruno LePage, this was Eric's first on a dry fly1, Nicely done !

Eric Forgie (Right) with Camp Bonaventure Guide Bruno LePage, this was Eric's first on a dry fly1, Nicely done !

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 depatment, the John Olin, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the job. The Out to Lunch and Green Spey also did well on the Grand and Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

John Ouelette (right) has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he and Camp  B guide Carol Barrault are indeed a very happy pair.

John Ouelette (right) has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he and Camp  B guide Carol Barrault are indeed a very happy pair.

And just how Happy!!!

And just how Happy!!!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure River & Fishing Report, July 10th to 16th, 2017

This past week has been the best so far this season. Despite last weeks warm weather and lower than normal water levels, we did do very well on all our rivers. 

Darrell Sanders has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for almost twenty years, He's become part of our camp family, Congratulations Darrell, see you next year!  

Darrell Sanders has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for almost twenty years, He's become part of our camp family, Congratulations Darrell, see you next year!

 

Our rivers are lower than normal for this time of the season but we still have plenty of water to allow fresh fish to run up. Water temperatures remain favourable in the low 50 degree range and the weatherman is not announcing for hot day in the bear future.

Fred Benere has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he sure knows how to catch them, Good start to the season Fred!

Fred Benere has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he sure knows how to catch them, Good start to the season Fred!

The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are getting a nice run of both salmon and grilse. Water conditions on the Bony got a bump from a day of rain and a couple of thunderstorms in  the hills.  Similar conditions on the Petite Cascapedia has kept the fishing productive as well.  The Grand Cascapedia has been one of the best rivers in 2017. Fishing has been great since day one and this past week has been no exception. Warm weather effects the Grand a little more that the Bony and Petite, by weeks end water conditions were beginning to warm up but the level are great.

Brian Townsend says he gets out of Texas at this time of year to  beat the heat, we really Know why he comes!

Brian Townsend says he gets out of Texas at this time of year to  beat the heat, we really Know why he comes!

2017 hasn't been the easiest but we are doing well despite the tougher than normal conditions. Next week's high tides will certainly bring in more fresh fish and the weather man is announcing some rain and thunderstorms. 

Mac Fox on his second trip of the year to Camp Bonaventure, Nice one Mac, see you in a few weeks!

Mac Fox on his second trip of the year to Camp Bonaventure, Nice one Mac, see you in a few weeks!

This weeks hot fly's were the Stone Ghost, John Olin and Silver Rat other patterns such as the Green Highlander, Blue Charm and Undertaker have also been very successful. Dry's are doing very well, especially Bombers, Green, Dark Brown, Blue and Yellow in sizes 2, 4 and 6.

Martin Weaver (right) comes all the way from Argentina each year, a professional guide at Tecka Lodge he's a great fisherman!, nice one Martin

Martin Weaver (right) comes all the way from Argentina each year, a professional guide at Tecka Lodge he's a great fisherman!, nice one Martin

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 3rd to 9th, 2017

The first month of our 2017 season has come and gone so quickly. We had some great days and of course some slower ones as well. Our biggest challenge  this season has been our low water levels due to the lack of rain. The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are very  low while the Grand Cascapedia seems to be holding its own. The weather's been dry but fortunately not hot, water conditions may be low but the temperatures are perfect, in the low 50's.

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Pierre Vezina with a nice fresh run salmon, Nice job Pierre!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Pierre Vezina with a nice fresh run salmon, Nice job Pierre!

 The Bonaventure is flowing at 16 m3/s , normal for early July is in the mid 20's. Despite the levels we did reasonable well this week landing a good number of fresh salmon. 

Gaetan Joly have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he sure knows how to catch them! Nice one Gaetan

Gaetan Joly have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he sure knows how to catch them! Nice one Gaetan

The Petite Cascapedia , like the Bonaventure received a nice run of fresh salmon and fishing's been productive over the past week, all our anglers did well on the Petite this past week. The Petite's flow is 12m3/s while normal for this time of the season is just over 20. 

Mike Buzas is no stranger to Camp Bonaventure or salmon fishing, Mike caught salmon every day, Good fishing Mike!

Mike Buzas is no stranger to Camp Bonaventure or salmon fishing, Mike caught salmon every day, Good fishing Mike!

The Grand Cascapedia continues to be one of the best rivers this year and we're doing very well every day.  The Grand benefited from a few thunderstorms and the flow is at 45 m3/s , right where it should be at this time of the year. 

Dave Hatheway landed this nice grilse on the Bonaventure, a good start to the 2017 season. Congratulations David! 

Dave Hatheway landed this nice grilse on the Bonaventure, a good start to the 2017 season. Congratulations David! 

The next few days are going to be hot and humid with temperatures in the 30 degree Celisus range, maybe the hot weather will spark a few thunderstorms for the Bony and Petite, let hope.

Todd Morrison has been a regular at Camp for many years, a nice grilse starts the season well. Nice one Todd!

Todd Morrison has been a regular at Camp for many years, a nice grilse starts the season well. Nice one Todd!

Hot fly's this week were the Nagli, Stone Ghost, John olin and Silvre Rat, the Green Machine and Blue Charm also counted for a few as well . Sizes 6, 8 and 10 are the best choice. Dry's are always on the top of the list, with Blue, Green and Dark Brown in sizes  6, 8 and 10. 

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 26th to July 2nd 2017

Last weeks fishing was controlled by the weather, some days were rainy and cool while others were warmer and sunny. The high tides associated with the full moon at the end of last week brought in a nice run of salmon. It seems the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are about two weeks behind schedule this season but the Grand seem to right on schedule.

Frederic Beauchemin lands his first salmon of the season, Congratulations Frederic!

Frederic Beauchemin lands his first salmon of the season, Congratulations Frederic!

Our lower pools are in good condition and holding fresh salmon, water conditions on the Bonaventure and Petite all our rivers are a little lower than normal for this time of the year. We'd like to see a couple of rainy days to freshen thing up a bit.

Marc Turcotte (right) has beenjoining us at camp Bonaventure for years, He and guide Mario Poirier landed this nice one after loosing 5 in a row! Finally one in the net !

Marc Turcotte (right) has beenjoining us at camp Bonaventure for years, He and guide Mario Poirier landed this nice one after loosing 5 in a row! Finally one in the net !

The Bonaventure's flowing at 20 cubic meters per second with water temperatures in the 50 degree range. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 18 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 50's. 

Raphael Vezina (right) and guide John Law with a fine Petite Cascapedua salmon, Nice one Raphael!

Raphael Vezina (right) and guide John Law with a fine Petite Cascapedua salmon, Nice one Raphael!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia continues the been excellent, the flow rate is at 33, right where it should be at this time of year.  Like the Bony and the Petite water temperatures are perfect on the Grand Cascapedia.

Suzie Moore has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one! here she is again with another fins salmon. Welcome home Suzie!

Suzie Moore has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one! here she is again with another fins salmon. Welcome home Suzie!

Tim Johnston lands this fine salmon on Billingsley pool just above the camp, Nice one Tim!

Tim Johnston lands this fine salmon on Billingsley pool just above the camp, Nice one Tim!

The ammunition of choice this week were bombers, especially the Green , Blue and Dark Brown patterns. Wets also did very well , the top wet fly's for the week were the John Olin, Silver Rat and Green Machine.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 19th to 25th, 2017

I am pleased to report that fishing has improve considerably over the past week, the high tides combined with some much needed rain was what we needed. Thunderstorms gave a much need boost to the Grand Cascapedia and water levels are perfect for this time of year. The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are still low but the rain did give them a much needed refresher.

Maitland Mclean has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for years, he know how to get it done!

Maitland Mclean has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for years, he know how to get it done!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 21 m3/s , normal for this time of the season is 33, The Grand Cascapedia is at 60 m3/s, while as normal is also 40 for this time of year. The Petite Cascapedia really needs water. It flow is at 15 m3/s, it should be in the 30 range. 

Camp Bonaventure regularJonathan Director  (left) and master guide John Law  with a beautiful fresh run salmon, congratulations Jon!

Camp Bonaventure regularJonathan Director  (left) and master guide John Law  with a beautiful fresh run salmon, congratulations Jon!

Bill Willson has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he and our guide Bruno LePage make a fine team!

Bill Willson has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he and our guide Bruno LePage make a fine team!

Bill Willson's son Douglas with his first Atlantic salmon, a chip of the old block! Well done Douglas.

Bill Willson's son Douglas with his first Atlantic salmon, a chip of the old block! Well done Douglas.

The Grand Caccapedia continues to give us some great fishing with good numbers of nice salmon being landed, The Bony improved greatly this past week and we are now seeing and catching salmon everyday. The Petite got off to a slow start but its certainly getting better with each passing day. The new moon brought the higher tides and we did see a good number of new fish entering our rivers. Conditions should improve over the next week as rain is expected over our region.

Julian Smith with his first salmon on a free floating dry!, great job Jules

Julian Smith with his first salmon on a free floating dry!, great job Jules

The "must have" fly's for this past were the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and Green Highlander in Sizes 6, 8 and 10. Tube fly's continue to produce every day, especially the smaller ones and hitch tubes. Dry's were responsible for about half the salmon caught, Brown , green and Blue bombers in sizes 2, 4 and 6.

David Mann from Nova Scotia has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for years, he knows how to catch fish, nice one David!

David Mann from Nova Scotia has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for years, he knows how to catch fish, nice one David!

Lets hope mother nature smiles upon us this week with a good downpour. 

Geared up and ready to go!!!

Geared up and ready to go!!!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 12 to 18th, 2017

I spent a lot of time checking the weather forecast last week, looking, hoping and praying for rain. Our rivers are very low for this time of the season. Strange as it may seem, last month at this time the Bony, Grand and Petite were experiencing the highest spring run off in recorded history. As I am writing this weeks report its beginning to rain. The forecast shows showers and a day of rain next week, we sure need it.

Camp Bonaventure regular Mac Fox (right) and Guide Mario Poirier with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Nice one guys!

Camp Bonaventure regular Mac Fox (right) and Guide Mario Poirier with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Nice one guys!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 24 m3/s , normal for this time of the season is 40, The Grand Cascapedia is at 30 m3/s, not too bad as normal is also 40 for this time of year. the Petite Cascapedia really needs water. It flow is at 16 m3/s, it should be in the 35 range. 

Briar Bredenbrucher with a nice salmon, Congratulations Birgar, see you next year!

Briar Bredenbrucher with a nice salmon, Congratulations Birgar, see you next year!

Fishing on the Bonaventure has been challenging but we did manage to land some fine salmon.   Low water conditions effect the fish making them harder to catch. We've been seeing fresh salmon everyday, but getting them to bite has been a challenge. We've  been doing very well on the Grand Cascapedia and have taken a good number of fine salmon this past week. The Petite Cascapedia opened on June 15th and we have yet to take a fish. Our guides floated the river last week and saw a number of fresh salmon , we defiantly need rain to bring our first  run in. Hopefully this upcoming week.

Camp Bonaventure regular Maitland McLean with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia, Way to go Maitland!

Camp Bonaventure regular Maitland McLean with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia, Way to go Maitland!

The "must have" fly's for this past were the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and John Olin in Sizes 6, 8 and 10. Tube fly's continue to produce every day, especially the smaller ones and hitch tubes. Dry's were responsible for about half the salmon caught, Brown , green and Blue bombers in sizes 2, 4 and 6.

Camp Bonaventure master guide Bruno LePage sure knows where the fish hold.

Camp Bonaventure master guide Bruno LePage sure knows where the fish hold.

Water conditions are perfect for our float trips.

Water conditions are perfect for our float trips.

Lets hope mother nature smiles upon us this week with a good downpour. 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 5th to 11th, 2017

The second week of the season has come and gone and fishing continues to be good. Fresh Salmon are entering our rivers on every tide and this weeks full moon our tides have been very high. With lower than normal water levels for this time of the season some fish are heading straight up river to the upper sections. We have been doing very well on every stretch of the river from our lower pools to the top of the river.  

David Wood with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations David!

David Wood with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations David!

Water levels on the Bonaventure are excellent and flowing at 30 cubic meters per second, normal would be in the 40 to 50 range for this time the season. The cool weather has maintained the water in the 50 degree range. Fishing on the Bony has been productive 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 producing daily.

John Frost land a fresh run salmon on the Bony, Nice on John!

John Frost land a fresh run salmon on the Bony, Nice on John!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia is  excellent, like the Bonaventure the Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well but we could use a good rain fall the keep the levels up. Water temperatures couldn’t be better and remain in the 50 degree range as well.  The flow is slightly below normal for mid June at 40 Cubic meters per second, It should be above 50 at this time of the season.

Brian Snow from Fredericton with his first Grand Cascapedia Salmon, Good start Brian.

Brian Snow from Fredericton with his first Grand Cascapedia Salmon, Good start Brian.

The Petite Cascapedia opens on June 15th and the guides are anxious to cast the first fly of the season. The Petite's water flow is at 20 cubic meters per second , low for mid June, it should be double that in the 40 to 45 range,

The Stone Ghost does it again!

The Stone Ghost does it again!

The flies of choice this past week have been a mixed bag, Camp Bonaventure Guides are catching most of our fish on Smaller wets and Spey fly's while Salmon Lodge guides tell me they were more successful on larger sizes.  The  Undertaker, John Olin, Black Ghost and Stone Ghost were responsible for most of the fish this week in  Sizes 4, 6, and 8. Nothing on drys yet but I imagine this coming week will be different.

The Bonaventure is getting a bit low for this time of the season, we could use some rain.

The Bonaventure is getting a bit low for this time of the season, we could use some rain.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn  

 

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - June 1 to 4, 2017

The first few days of the 2017 have been great and we're very encouraged with the beginning of our new season.  After last year’s average returns we are all waiting to see what this year will bring. Salmon typically begin entering our rivers in late May and early June with the peak runs beginning any time after June 10th. The first fish are usually big females that run straight through to the top of the river. 

Camp Bonaventure guide Jean Marc Poirier nets the first one of the season for Dan Greenberg

Camp Bonaventure guide Jean Marc Poirier nets the first one of the season for Dan Greenberg

Water condition are great on all there rivers. With the high water of mid May we didn't expect the rivers to be in such great shape this early. Last week’s rain maintained our rivers at perfect early June levels. The Bonaventure is running at 52 cubic meters a second which is a little higher than normal for this time of the season but great for the first run salmon. The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 58 and the Petite Cascapedia at 32 cubic meters per second. the Petite is actually low for this time of the year.  

Joe Colette with a nie early season salmon, congratulations Joe!

Joe Colette with a nie early season salmon, congratulations Joe!

Our 2017 season started off in fine form with Dan Greenberg landing the first one of the season on June 1st, a nice 24 pounder! caught on a Jean Marc Poirier tube fly. We are seeing fish and catching fish in our lower pools on the Bony on a regular basis. A couple if the 15 pound range were released by Joe Colette and Fiona Gilfilian . The middle and upper sections are also beginning to hold fresh salmon. Water temperatures are still cold in the 45 to 48 degree range  and fishing from a canoe is the best approach at the moment. The Grand Cascapedia has fish throughout the whole river system, the pools are not loaded with fish yet but they are there. The Grand is in the 48 to 50 degree range.

Fiona Gilfilian plays a nice salmon in front of Camp Bonaventure on June 2nd, Way to go Fiona!

Fiona Gilfilian plays a nice salmon in front of Camp Bonaventure on June 2nd, Way to go Fiona!

Higher water levels call for a bigger fly's choice. We have been catching our fish on no. 2's and 4's, patterns working the best this week have been the John Olin Spey, Magog Smelt and Picasse , all on tubes and spey patterns.  It's still a little too early for dry's as the water is sit a little cold.

Fishing buddies John Wemekamp and Jack Gustafson enjoy a nice lunch and a short break from he cold water.

Fishing buddies John Wemekamp and Jack Gustafson enjoy a nice lunch and a short break from he cold water.

A good start to a new season, let hope it continues in fine form.

Until next week.

Tight lines,

Glenn 

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, September 26th to 30th, 2016

As I write the last River Report for the season its hard to believe how fast time pasees. It seems like yesterday we were putting our boats in the river for the beginning of a new season.We are fortunate to have had another good season. The Bonaventure started on time but our water levels were high for the first two weeks. High-water made us work a little harder but we managed to do well, thanks to the our guides they found the fish. The Grand Cascapedia also did well, similar to the Bonaventure high water effected us in the beginning. The Petite Cascapedia fared well this season and returns were on time and in good numbers.

Dan Davala from Orvis Travel lands' this big male fish on the Bonaventure, wow, nice on Dan!

Dan Davala from Orvis Travel lands' this big male fish on the Bonaventure, wow, nice on Dan!

For the most part water conditions remained favorable throughout the season. A couple of weeks of low water in late July and August made fishing a bit more challenging, overall we received the rain we needed and fishing remained pretty consistent. September held its own and we did very well especially during the last week.

Dan Davala does it again!

Dan Davala does it again!

The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river, fewer than a normal year but we did surpass spawning requirements.  The same was true for the Grand Cascapedia where spawning numbers were also surpassed. The Petite Cscapedia did well and surpassed the required numbers of salmon. The high water after the spawn in 2010 effected the run this year. 2011 was a banner season so 2017 should be fantastic. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Randy Spencer with a fresh run September salmon on the Bonaventure. Congratulations Randy!

Camp Bonaventure regular Randy Spencer with a fresh run September salmon on the Bonaventure. Congratulations Randy!

As we look towards the fall and winter it's 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've  formed over the years are special to me, the staff and our 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 over the years. We look forward to seeing you again next season.

Anne Woods with her first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Anne!

Anne Woods with her first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Anne!

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! 

 Michael Reilly landed this find fish on the Bonaventure, nice one Michael!

 Michael Reilly landed this find fish on the Bonaventure, nice one Michael!

Until next time,

Tight Lines

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - September 19th to 25th, 2016

 

September fishing has been excellent and this past week was no different. We had a wonderful week especially on the  Grand Cascapedia, the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia were a little more of a challenge.  Our fall run is coming in strong and most our pools are loaded with salmon . The warm weather has kept our water temperatures just perfect and dry fly's continue to work well. The Bony, Grand and Peite all received a good amounts of rain and water conditions are at June levels. Next weeks forecast is calling for more of the same, warm temperatures and a little rain, should be Great fishing.

 

Glenn Davis lands his first Atlantic salmon, Congratulations, Glenn

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 fly's are working very well. As always, Green, Brown and Blue are the hot ones.

 

Michael Sullivan with a fine Bonaventure salmon take in our upper stretch of the river, Nice one Michael.

Michael does it again !

Wear entering the last week of the 2016 season. If you are interested in booking a trip for next season, now is the time to do it. We are filling up very quickly and space is getting hard to find. Give me a call or send me an e-mail, I still have a couple of great slots .

Eric Czech with his first salmon one of the season, nice salmon Eric.

Letting the cat out of the bag, The "Nagli" was the fly of choice last week! 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn