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

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report September 12th to 18th, 2016

 

Our season is slowly winding down and you can defiantly smell fall in the air. The leaves are beginning to change color and mornings and evenings are a little cooler. Fishing is holding up pretty well, especially on the Grand , the Bonaventure and the Petite Cascapedia were a little more challenging this past week. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Aaron Kennon with a beauty, Congratulations Aaron! 

Camp Bonaventure regular Aaron Kennon with a beauty, Congratulations Aaron! 

The weather's been warmer than usual and water temperatures remain above the 50 degree range.  The rain we receive bumped our rivers up to June levels, higher than normal for this time of the season. I think after a few days of sunny weather is all it will take to get fishing back to normal. Fishing was tougher this week but certainly not impossible, we did catch a number of fine salmon.

Tim McDonald Landed this fine one on the Petite Cascapedia, Nice salmon Tim!

Tim McDonald Landed this fine one on the Petite Cascapedia, Nice salmon Tim!

 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 are holding fresh fish. The Petite is also receiving a nice late run.

Tom Harkness has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for  many years, Nice one Tom, Congratulations!

Tom Harkness has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for  many years, Nice one Tom, Congratulations!

Camp Bonaventure regular Gianni Marostica with an nice salmon from the Bonaventure, Good fishing Gianni! see you next year.

Camp Bonaventure regular Gianni Marostica with an nice salmon from the Bonaventure, Good fishing Gianni! see you next year.

 Warmer water temperatures are allowing us to keep using dry's as they continue to be big producers. 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.

Robert Roy landed this nice on on The Bonaventure, Congratulations Robert!

Robert Roy landed this nice on on The Bonaventure, Congratulations Robert!

Philippe Duval took this fine fish on his last day, nice one Philippe!

Philippe Duval took this fine fish on his last day, nice one Philippe!

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, September 5th to 11th, 2016

It's hard to believe that we're starting the second week of Septeber, time sure passes quickly. The first week of the month gave us a mixed bag of conditions and fishing success. Hot and sunny with temperatures in the 30's during the first part of the week and heavy rains and cooler conditions towards the end.  

Mac Fox shows off a beautiful September salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mac! see you next year. 

Mac Fox shows off a beautiful September salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mac! see you next year. 

Jeffrey Johnston with a nice silver fall run salmon, congratulations Jeff!

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 levels. Some years the rain comes in late August while others in September. Our pools are always loaded with salmon at this time of the season and the fall run of bright fish are coming in strong.

Guy Trudeau brings this nice salmon to the boat on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Guy!

Gaetan Joly lands yet  another fine salmon, nice one Gaetan! 

Gaetan Joly lands yet  another fine salmon, nice one Gaetan! 

River conditions during the first portion of the week were a bit low but remained nice and cool. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well, and we just had a great week, especially for big fish. The Petite Cascapedia is in great shape and the fishing has been good with a good number of fish taken. The Bonaventure is on fire with plenty of fish in all our pools. The fall run has been one of the best I've seen in years and we have a camp full of very happy anglers! For those lucky anglers coming to camp next week, hang on!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest and good  friend Julian Stoudemiere (Left) landed this nice grilse on Poirier pool of the Bonaventure, Julian was high rod for the week! Good Job Julian, see you next season!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest and good  friend Julian Stoudemiere (Left) landed this nice grilse on Poirier pool of the Bonaventure, Julian was high rod for the week! Good Job Julian, see you next season!

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's dry fly's are working very well. Other hot fly's were the Blue Charm, John Olin, Picasse and Crosby Special. As always, Green, Brown and Blue bombers were the ones to have.

Pierre Desjardins lands the fresh run fall fish on the Bonaventure, nice salmon Pierre!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report Aug 29th to sept 4th, 2016

August has come and gone, It's hard to believe that September is here and our season is into its last month for 2016. August fishing was very good,  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 is one of the best times of year for dry fly action. This year was no different, August gave us some of the best dry fly fishing of the season, water temperatures were perfect and our  pools were producing very well. The last week of August we host one of favorite groups of the year, Michael McMenemin's Irish ladd's. Always a lot of fun with our friends from Ireland! Even if the weather is hot and warm, its never a "dry" week" at camp! lol

Brian Anderson lands a nice one on the Petite Cascapedia, this was just one of many for Brian last week!

Brian Anderson lands a nice one on the Petite Cascapedia, this was just one of many for Brian last week!

We are now into the first week of September and most of 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 salmon landed and many others lost and missed. 

Michael McMenamin with a nice one on Big Eddy Pool, congatulatiopns Mike!

Michael McMenamin with a nice one on Big Eddy Pool, congatulatiopns Mike!

Mike also caught the smallest fish ever landed at Camp Bonaventure! breaking the record held by none other than Stan Bogdan for many years. 

Mike also caught the smallest fish ever landed at Camp Bonaventure! breaking the record held by none other than Stan Bogdan for many years. 

The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are beginning to get their first run of fall salmon. The Grand Cascapedia is also in great shape and fishing has been well.  The weather man is calling for a bit of rain on Monday and Tuesday and the warming up for the rest of the week. Warn weather means we,ll not be putting our dry fly's away just yet.

Connor Wallace landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Connor!

Connor Wallace landed this nice salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Connor!

Kerry Hardy landed this one on Poirier Pool of the Bonaventure. Nice one Kerry!

Kerry Hardy landed this one on Poirier Pool of the Bonaventure. Nice one Kerry!

 September is by farmy favorite time of the season, water temperatures are usually 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. 

Fishing buddies Bill Corey (left) and Paul Wilson on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Bill!

Fishing buddies Bill Corey (left) and Paul Wilson on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Bill!

 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 favourites this time of year.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50's dry fly's work very well. As always, Green, Brown and Blue are the hot ones.

Gregory Cope landed a number of find salmon last week, here's a nice one from the Petite Cascapedia. nice salmon Gregory!

Gregory Cope landed a number of find salmon last week, here's a nice one from the Petite Cascapedia. nice salmon Gregory!

 2017 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.

Its hard to keep secrets on what's working in the dry fly department!

Its hard to keep secrets on what's working in the dry fly department!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report August 22nd to 28th, 2016

 

We finally received the rain we were hoping for,  probably the first time this season the weatherman got the forecast right. All our rivers have a fresh new flow of cool clear water. The Bonaventure,  Petite and Grand Cascapedia's were getting very low, but are now back to and above normal for this time of the season. 

Teo Panzer shows off his big salmon , he lost a huge fish last season but sure made up for it this year. Congratulations Teo, see you next year.

Teo Panzer shows off his big salmon , he lost a huge fish last season but sure made up for it this year. Congratulations Teo, see you next year.

When you're only four feet high, you need to know how to cast! Teo can sure get it out there.

When you're only four feet high, you need to know how to cast! Teo can sure get it out there.

The weather system passed a little more to the Northeast so the Grand Cascapedia did't receive the amount of rain the Bonaventure did. The Grand went from 10 cubic meters per second to 15 overnight, giving it a much need boost to get fish moving. The Petite Cascapedia went from 10 to almost 20 bringing the water level up a welcome 8 inches. The Bonaventure was the big winner bringing its flow from 12 cubic meters per second to 35 and giving us a 15 inch rise in water levels! 

Camp Bonaventure regular Levin O'Connor with his first one of 2016, congratulations Levin!

Camp Bonaventure regular Levin O'Connor with his first one of 2016, congratulations Levin!

 Sunny days and warm weather over the past two weeks have made fishing  more challenging, we have plenty of salmon in all our pools but they were a little harder to catch.  Last weeks full moon and high tides brought a good run of fresh salmon in our rivers as well. The weather man is calling for showers over the next few days as well, keeping our fingers crossed.

Raining hard but a very happy angler!

Raining hard but a very happy angler!

The rise of water this past week gave us some good fishing. Needless to say all our guides are sporting a big smile. Fishing was good by mid week and we did manage to land a good number of nice fish including a few big ones. The biggest fish of the week was hooked and landed by ten year old Teo Panzer, a nice 30 plus pound salmon on the Petite Cascapedia. Teo is no stranger to fly-fishing, his father Pancho owns and operates one of the best trout lodges in Patagonia, Carerileufu River Lodge . Congratulations Teo! 

 Don Grosset has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, here he is with his first one of the season. Nice one Don!

 Don Grosset has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, here he is with his first one of the season. Nice one Don!

Wright Palmer has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for many years, he sure knows how to catch them. Nice start Wright!

Wright Palmer has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for many years, he sure knows how to catch them. Nice start Wright!

 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 department, the John Olin, Black Bear Green Butt and Silver Rat did the job, the Green Machine is catching up pretty quickly as one of the best fly's. The John Olin and Green machine were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Aug 15th to 21st, 2016

The third week of August has been our toughest so far. Warmer then normal air temperatures and little to no rain has made fishing more of a challenge. Water levels on the Bonaventure are slightly below normal for this time of the year, however the temperatures are still favorable at about 58 degrees Fahrenheit . The Bony has a good number of fish especially in our low water pools. Fishing has been good considering the conditions.

This was Marc Andre Bourdon's first trip for Atlantic salmon, he caught a number if nice salmon including this fine specimen. See you next year Marc! 

This was Marc Andre Bourdon's first trip for Atlantic salmon, he caught a number if nice salmon including this fine specimen. See you next year Marc! 

Long time Camp Bonaventure guests and long time friends John Lowery (left) and Chris Davis. Nice salmon John!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guests and long time friends John Lowery (left) and Chris Davis. Nice salmon John!

 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 great on the Petite with plenty of action everyday.

David Castleman (Right) with Camp Bonaventure guide Marc poirier, congratulations David!

David Castleman (Right) with Camp Bonaventure guide Marc poirier, congratulations David!

Teo Panzer is only nine years old but this is his 3rd trip to Camp Bonaventure. Here he is with guide Mathew Flowers, and a Nice salmon, way to go Teo!

Teo Panzer is only nine years old but this is his 3rd trip to Camp Bonaventure. Here he is with guide Mathew Flowers, and a Nice salmon, way to go Teo!

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 really too low for good fishing. The main stem is producing and catching has been good granted we are working a little harder to catch them. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Ray Hart does it again on the Bonaventure. Ray is one of the best anglers we know, he is blind but it defiantly doesn't hold him back. Nice one Ray. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Ray Hart does it again on the Bonaventure. Ray is one of the best anglers we know, he is blind but it defiantly doesn't hold him back. Nice one Ray. 

The weather man is calling for a good amount of rain on Monday and a mix with showers for the rest of the week, we sure could use it. 

Mac Fox is a dry fly fisherman only! not hard to tell!

Mac Fox is a dry fly fisherman only! not hard to tell!

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 Silver Rat 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.

 

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

lenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Aug 8th to 14th, 2016

 

 

Fishing continues to be productive, in fact we just had one of our best weeks of the season with over 80 salmon to the net and many lost or missed especially on dry fly's.  Despite the hot and humid weather it was a great week to be at camp. All of our guests caught fish, needless to say we had a happy crew. Temperatures have been in the high 80's for most of the week, not the best for fishing, but the fish didn't seem to mind. Next weeks forecast is calling for several days of rain and showers, we're keeping our fingers crossed, we can use a few days of rain. 

Camp Bonaventure regulars Rick Koe (left) and Henrik Mortensen on the Bonaventure. Nice fish Rick!

Camp Bonaventure regulars Rick Koe (left) and Henrik Mortensen on the Bonaventure. Nice fish Rick!

Matthew Gordon (Left) and Camp Bonaventure guide Robert Benwell pose with a nice one from the Petite. Nice salmon Matt!

Matthew Gordon (Left) and Camp Bonaventure guide Robert Benwell pose with a nice one from the Petite. Nice salmon Matt!

The Bonaventure is beginning to get a bit low, its flowing at 17 cubic meters per second. Despite the lower water conditions the temperature is still in the 55 degree range and fishing has been superb! Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also getting a bit low but remains cool and fishing very well. The Petite has been giving us some big salmon. The Grand Cascapedia  has been producing some fine fish as well but like the Bony and Petite, its getting low and could really use some rain.  Lets hope our weatherman get it right this time.

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Stewart Seibens with his first one of 2016, Congratulations Stewart!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Stewart Seibens with his first one of 2016, Congratulations Stewart!

Tim Ingram has been coming to Camp Bonaventure and salmon Lodge for many years, A great angler as he shows off his Petite Cascapedia salmon!

Tim Ingram has been coming to Camp Bonaventure and salmon Lodge for many years, A great angler as he shows off his Petite Cascapedia salmon!

John Rocha with a nice from Big Eddy Pool on the Petite Cascapedia, Congratulations John, see you next year!

John Rocha with a nice from Big Eddy Pool on the Petite Cascapedia, Congratulations John, see you next year!

This weeks fly selection have been the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and Green Highlander. Dry's have continued to be the big winners especially Brown and Green bombers along with the Labatt Blue.  

UK native Stephen Horn with his first north American Atlantic salmon, Nice one Stephen!

UK native Stephen Horn with his first north American Atlantic salmon, Nice one Stephen!

Brian Jones is no stranger to atlantic salmon fishing or Camp Bonaventure, congratulations Brian, see you again soon.

Brian Jones is no stranger to atlantic salmon fishing or Camp Bonaventure, congratulations Brian, see you again soon.

If you are interested in joining us next season, I still have a couple of prime dates available at both Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge for the 2017 season. 

Until next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, August 1st to 7th, 2016

We had another good week of fishing at camp and decent numbers of fish in the book despite the very hot temperature. The weather warmed up considerably on Tuesday and the last few days have been hot and sunny with temperatures in the 30 degree range and very humid, not the best fishing conditions to say the least. Granted, we did manage to do very well, however more challenging on hot and sunny days. Mornings and evenings are the time to fish when it gets hot.

ASF President Bill Taylor puts one back to swim on the Petite Cascapedia, Nice one Bil!

ASF President Bill Taylor puts one back to swim on the Petite Cascapedia, Nice one Bil!

The Bonaventure continues to produce well and the water temperatures are still pretty cool despite the hot weather. The first week of August is ASF President's Bill Taylor week at Camp Bonaventure, Bill always seems to do well despite the conditions, he's a pretty good angler!  

Bill Blodget with a sliver Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Bill.

Bill Blodget with a sliver Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Bill.

The Bonaventure received a small bump in water and the flow is above normal for this time of the season at about 30 cubic meters per second. We had a good week on the Petite Cascapedia as well, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in almost all the pools and fishing is good. The Petite is a bit on the low side but holding its own. The Grand is also doing well but we could use a couple of rainy days to bump up the water levels.  Considering the weather we had another great week on the Grand Cascapedia. The conditions this past week have given us more of a challenge but we're still catching them!

Jay Grinney lands his first Atlantic Salmon of 2016, nice fish Jay!

Jay Grinney lands his first Atlantic Salmon of 2016, nice fish Jay!

 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 Butt and Silver Rat did the job, the Green Machine is catching up pretty quickly as one of the best fly's. The John Olin and Green machine were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Janet Carpenter with a nice Bonaventure girls, Congratulations Janet!

Janet Carpenter with a nice Bonaventure girls, Congratulations Janet!

The weather man shows a bit a rain early next week and temperatures will be cooling down . Maybe this hot weather will produce a thunder storm or two, we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Our new float boat is just was the doctor ordered for lower water conditions. Gets us where we need to be!

Our new float boat is just was the doctor ordered for lower water conditions. Gets us where we need to be!

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, July 25th to 31st, 2016

Its hard to believe but we're  half way through the season already. We're having a good season overall, not a record year but we certainly can't complaine. Higher than normal water conditions from the beginning of the season have allowed us to keep using our boats, making the guides very happy indeed. Having the option of using boats to travel the river, gets us to more places. Higher water means fish holding throughout our river systems. Our medium water pools are holding plenty of salmon and even a few high water ones as well. 

Camp Bonaventure guide Matthew Flowers  helps Delainy Simchuck release her first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Delainy!

Camp Bonaventure guide Matthew Flowers  helps Delainy Simchuck release her first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Delainy!

Water levels on the Bonaventure are excellent and flowing at 36 cubic meters per second, normal would be in the 18 to 20 range for this time the season. With  cooler weather and regular weekly rain fall, the Bonaventure water temperature are 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. This week’s high tides brought in a good run on every tide and our lower pools are still producing well on a daily basis.

Mitchell Bellman Puts a nice one back on the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Mitchell!

Mitchell Bellman Puts a nice one back on the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulations Mitchell!

The Petite Cascapedia is also doing very well with the water flow  slightly above normal  at about 19 Cubic Meters per second. The water temperature is also excellent  in the 50 degree range, just perfect for this time of year. Salmon runs on the  Petite have been great with plenty of fresh run salmon this past week.  

Camp Bonaventure guide Jean-Marc Poirier  (left) with angler Paul Bennett, Nice salmon Paul!

Camp Bonaventure guide Jean-Marc Poirier  (left) with angler Paul Bennett, Nice salmon Paul!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia remains excellent, like the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia the Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well this year. Water conditions and temperatures couldn’t be better.  The flow is slightly above normal for the end of July running at about 35 Cubic meters per second.

First time Atlantic salmon angler Jessica Vedeler landed this fine salmon under the guidance of guide Jean-Marc Poirier, Congratulations Jessica!

First time Atlantic salmon angler Jessica Vedeler landed this fine salmon under the guidance of guide Jean-Marc Poirier, Congratulations Jessica!

The flies of choice this past week have been a mixed bag, Camp Bonaventure Guides are catching most of our fish on Dry fly’s while Salmon Lodge guides tell me they were more successful on smaller  wets.  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, Black Ghost and Stone Ghost were responsible for most of the fish. Sizes 6, 8 and even 10.  Hitched tubes are doing very well, especially when a fish are being difficult.

Jessica shows off  her Favorite fly, We know why!

Jessica shows off  her Favorite fly, We know why!

I will be posting our available dates for 2017 next week, we have a couple of openings at Both Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge. If any of these dates interest you, give me a call.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

 

        

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River report, July 18th to 24th, 2016

This past weeks fishing was controlled by the weather, some days were rainy and cool while others were hot and sunny. I'll let you guess which ones were the best for fishing! The high tides associated with the full moon brought in a nice run of July salmon. It seems we're  running about two weeks behind schedule this season. Our lower pools are in great condition and holding fresh salmon, water conditions on all our rivers are better than normal for this time of the year. That being said rain is always a welcome to freshen thing up. 

Neil Holding puts a nice one back on the Bonaventure, congratulations Neil

Neil Holding puts a nice one back on the Bonaventure, congratulations Neil

The Bonaventure's flowing at 22 cubic meters per second, just right for this time of the season and water temperatures are excellent in the 50 degree range  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 18 and fishing very well. The Petite saw a nice run of fresh salmon during the high July tides . Most pools on the Petit are holding fish and  water temperature are perfect. Our guides have been floating the river and  seeing some huge salmon. The Petite Cascapedia is our smallest river but the fish are big!  Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia continues the been excellent, the flow rate is at 36 after a nice bump in water levels this past week.  Like the Bony and the Petite water temperatures are perfect on the Grand Cascapedia.

Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Bennett releases a fine Bonaventure salmon, nice one Peter!

Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Bennett releases a fine Bonaventure salmon, nice one Peter!

Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno (left) Lepage with angler David Guay, wow, nice one David!

Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno (left) Lepage with angler David Guay, wow, nice one David!

Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard ( left) with angler John Ouelette, nice salmon John!

Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard ( left) with angler John Ouelette, nice salmon John!

 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 secret weapon!!!

The secret weapon!!!

The weatherman is calling for a mixed bag for the upcoming week, with temperatures in the 70 degree range, nice for fishing!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 11th to 17th, 2016

Overall we've had a good week at camp with decent numbers of fish in the book. The weather warmed up considerably on this week and the last few days have been hot and sunny with temperatures in the high low 30'sand very humid, definatly not the best fishing conditions. We continue to have good fishing but the last few days have been more of a challange due to the sunny and hot days. 

John Bodner with is first Atlantic salmon, A great way to start John!!!!

John Bodner with is first Atlantic salmon, A great way to start John!!!!

The Bonaventure continues to produce well and water temperatures are still pretty cool, especially in the upper sections of the river. We are having a good season on the Petite Cascapedia as well, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in almost all the pools with new ones coming in on every tide.. The Grand is also doing well but we could use a couple of rainy days to bump the water levels.  Considering the weather we had another great week on the Grand. The conditions this past week have given us more of a challenge but we're still catching them!

Fred Benere has been coming  Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, he sure knows how to catch salmon!

Fred Benere has been coming  Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, he sure knows how to catch salmon!

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 Langa Fancy is catching up pretty quickly as one of the best fly's. The John Olin and Picasse were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's and 10's .

Luc Boudreau and his wife Sophie with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Luc!

Luc Boudreau and his wife Sophie with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Luc!

Camp Bonaventure regular Francis Gauthier with a fine one on the Bonaventure, nice salmon Francis!

Camp Bonaventure regular Francis Gauthier with a fine one on the Bonaventure, nice salmon Francis!

The weather man shows a bit a rain early next week and temperatures will be cooling down . Maybe this hot weather will produce a thunder storm, we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Jack Gustafson lands this one on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Jack!

Jack Gustafson lands this one on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Jack!

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, July 4th to 10th, 2016

 

Great fishing continues! We just had another superb week of salmon fishing and our lodges are full of happy anglers. Water conditions are holding up very well, with the Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia in great condition, especially for this time of the season. Last weeks rain and cooler than normal temperatures are maintaining our rivers at mid June levels and temperatures.

Brooke Katzenbach lands her first Atlantic Salmon withCamp Bonaventure Guide Mario Poirier. Congratulations Brooke! this is your first of many!

Brooke Katzenbach lands her first Atlantic Salmon withCamp Bonaventure Guide Mario Poirier. Congratulations Brooke! this is your first of many!

Suzie Moore with a beautiful fresh salmon from the Bonaventure, nice fish Suzie!

Suzie Moore with a beautiful fresh salmon from the Bonaventure, nice fish Suzie!

 

The weather man was predicting a warmer than normal spring and summer with little precipitation for Eastern Canada. This time he missed his forecast completely. Who knows what the second half of the season will bring but for us cool and rainy is just perfect.

Camp Bonaventure regular Jeff Sullivan with his first salmon of the year, Good fish Jeff!

Camp Bonaventure regular Jeff Sullivan with his first salmon of the year, Good fish Jeff!

Ian Thorpe with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Ian!

Ian Thorpe with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Ian!

Higher water allows us to use our canoes, The guides love it as they can travel up and down the rivers as the wish.

Jim Staszewski with his first salmon of 2016, it certainly wasn't his last. Jim was high rod for the week! 

Jim Staszewski with his first salmon of 2016, it certainly wasn't his last. Jim was high rod for the week! 

With higher water levels we are still fishing with bigger than normal fly's. The Nagli has been the super hot fly this year followed by the Green Butt, Stone Ghost and Langa Fancy. Others that have been producing, the Silver Rat, John Olin and Picasse. Drys have been responsible for about half of the fish last week, Brown, Green and Blue bombers are the hot ones.  

Pierre Vachon (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide John Law with a fine salmon from the Petite Cascapedia. Congratulations Pierre!

Pierre Vachon (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide John Law with a fine salmon from the Petite Cascapedia. Congratulations Pierre!

 

Until next week,

Tight lines

Glenn

 

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 27th to July 3rd, 2016

 

Just another a great week to be at camp. Great water conditions combined with huge tides and good numbers of fresh salmon was the perfect recipe for bunch of 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. Everybody at camp landed salmon, needless to say we had a group of very happy fishermen.

Gordon Moore with his first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Gordon!

Gordon Moore with his first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Gordon!

Allen Moore and grandson Gordon, great fishing guys!

Allen Moore and grandson Gordon, great fishing guys!

Last weeks rain maintained our rivers and kept them great shape.perfect. The Bonaventure is at a perfect level flowing at 35 Cubic Meter per second, wonderful 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 cool in the low 50’s. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well, it was beginning to get low but rain in the hills on Friday brought it back to perfect levels . Rain over the weekend combined with big tides should give us another week to look forward to.

Jules Smith (Right) with long time fishing partner Taft Ring on The Bonaventure, nice salmon gents!

Jules Smith (Right) with long time fishing partner Taft Ring on The Bonaventure, nice salmon gents!

Camp Bonaventure regular Marc Turcotte and his wife Pascale with a fine Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations!

Camp Bonaventure regular Marc Turcotte and his wife Pascale with a fine Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations!

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, Silver Rat and Green Machine.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 20th to 26th, 2016

 

This past week has been the best of the season so far. Water levels, temperatures and conditions are slowly getting back to normal after two weeks of rainy weather. This weeks high tides brought  a nice rune of fresh salmon to all our rivers and fishing has been getting better with each passing day.  Our lower pools on the Bonaventure, Poirier and McGuire are fishing very well and giving up a few salmon each day. Billingsley Pool and Red Cliff are also holding good numbers of fresh fish. 

Sylvie LaLande plays a salmon under the watchful eye of Camp Bonaventure guide Jean Marc Poirier. 2016 is Jean Marc's 52nd year on the river! Congratulations Sylvie and of course Jean Marc.

Sylvie LaLande plays a salmon under the watchful eye of Camp Bonaventure guide Jean Marc Poirier. 2016 is Jean Marc's 52nd year on the river! Congratulations Sylvie and of course Jean Marc.

Water levels on the Bonaventure are  high for the last week of June, that being said, it's exactly what we want. Thirty cubic meters per second is about normal for this time of the season, we are now at 55. The Bony is clearing well and the higher water levels are allowing us to use canoes most everywhere. The Petite Cascapedia, a later river than the Bony and Grand is also beginning to fish well. Water levels are also higher on the Petite for this time in June flowing 36 cubic meters per second rather than the normal 20.  The big run of salmon on the Petite Cascapedia usually takes place in late June and early July. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well and water conditions are near normal for this time of the season. The Grand could use a bit of rain to maintain its present levels. Salmon Branch and The Lake Branch are beginning to get low.

Bill Willson (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard with a nice Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations Bill.

Bill Willson (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard with a nice Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations Bill.

 Camp Bonaventure regular Doug Butcher with his first salmon of the year, nice one Doug!

 Camp Bonaventure regular Doug Butcher with his first salmon of the year, nice one Doug!

 

This weeks fly's of choice have been the Stone Ghost, Silver Rat and John Olin in sizes 4 and 6 . Spey fly's in sizes 3, 5 and 7 have also produced a number of nice fish.  Bombers are beginning to work, especially  Green, Dark Brown and Blue patterns.

Camp Bonaventure regular Mike Barnaby lands a beautiful salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mike!

Camp Bonaventure regular Mike Barnaby lands a beautiful salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mike!

Rick Ormstom with his first salmon of the year, way to go Rick!

Rick Ormstom with his first salmon of the year, way to go Rick!

 The weather man is caling for rain and showers on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday, nothing too drastic but just enough to keep fishermen happy.

 

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 13 to 19, 2016

 

The rain has finally stopped and the sun is shining! The first two weeks of the season have been challenging to say the least, plenty of rain, high water and miserable conditions plagued us for the past two weeks. I've been on these rivers for 36 years an have never seen an early season like this. If it takes another 36 years, I won't we around. LOL

Camp Bonaventure regular Bob Schoeller with his first one of 2016, Congratulations Bob!

Camp Bonaventure regular Bob Schoeller with his first one of 2016, Congratulations Bob!

The Rivers are clearing well and falling to fishable levels. With a good number of fresh salmon in the river and more coming on every tide, fishing's has been productive. 

Steve Brigger lands his first Atlantic salmon, Nice one Steve!

Steve Brigger lands his first Atlantic salmon, Nice one Steve!

The Bonaventure is still high but falling quickly, the level and clarity is improving every day. The Petite Cascapedia didn't receive all the rain and levels and conditions are perfect for this time of the season. June 15th was opening Day on the Petite, and again this year it didn't let us down! The Grand Cascapedia if fishing very well, all of our guests caught fresh silver salmon this week, needles to say we have a camp full of happy fishermen.

Allen Rowe came all the way from Israel , A great week for allan with four nice fish landed!

Allen Rowe came all the way from Israel , A great week for allan with four nice fish landed!

Next week's full moon will bring us some of the highest tides of the season and hopefully big a  run of fresh fish. I'm sure dry fly's will become very popular in a hurry! 

Camp Bonaventure guide Matt Flowers put one in the net!

Camp Bonaventure guide Matt Flowers put one in the net!

Fly's of choice have been the Nagli, Silver Rat, Stone Ghost and the Picasse in Sizes 2 and 4. Spey fly's have also been working well in sizes 1.5, 3 and 5. The Green Spey, Picasse and Jones Special have been worrking, fish have also been taken taken on the Magog Smelt and Willie Gunn. Sorry nothing to report on dry's yet, still too high and cold.

June fly's

June fly's

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 6th to 12th, 2016

In Last weeks report I mentioned the weather man was predicting " a considerable amount of rain" for our area. Rain is always welcome when you own a fishing lodge, especially an Atlantic salmon camp. Always welcome, well,  until now! 

The Bonaventure was beginning to clear on Monday.

The Bonaventure was beginning to clear on Monday.

The week started off well with a few fish hooked in our lower pools on Monday and Tuesday . Just as we were getting geared up for a great week, the sky's opened and dumped enough rain for the rest of the month. The Bonaventure was flowing at 90 cubic meters per second, a slight bit high but very fishable for this time of the season. Three days of heavy rain on Wednesday, Thursdau and Friday dumbed over 90 mm or 3 inches on us. The Bony rose to 260, The Petite Cascapedia to 220 and the Grand Cascapedia to 225.  As I'm writing this report its warm and sunny, just what we need. That's the good news, the bad is that we are supposed to get another 20 mm tomorrow, not as much however as they were predicting. We just have to deal with high water for another few days but the long range is showing sunny and warmer from mid week on. 

McGuire Pool in high water

McGuire Pool in high water

Despite the high water we did manage a few hook up and landed a nice one on the Bony.

Stefano from Italy plays his first Atlantic salmon in the rain on Wednesday.

Stefano from Italy plays his first Atlantic salmon in the rain on Wednesday.

As the expression goes "short term pain for long term gain" Hopefully next weeks report will have a few pics of big fish and most importantly lower water.

The Bonaventure is beginning to clear on Sunday.

The Bonaventure is beginning to clear on Sunday.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

 

The 2016 season is officially open!

It seems just like yesterday that I was writing the final fishing report of the 2015. The leaves were in fall colours and the air was cool.  Time passes quickly and here we are, all ready for our 2016 season to begin. We’ve been very busy preparing the lodges for opening day. The ladies have been working in the lodges while the guides have been putting the canoes in the river. Troy's  been doing his magic and getting the grounds at both lodges “just perfect” as he always does.

The boats are ready for opening day.

The boats are ready for opening day.

Water condition are perfect for this time of the season, a little on the high side but running cool and a but stained. The weather man is calling for a considerable amount of rain next week, always good to maintain water levels, but lets save a bit for later this summer. The Bonaventure is flowing at 75 cubic meters per second, The Grand Cascapedia at  95 and the Petite Cascapedia at 60. Between 50 to 70 millimetres of rain are expected between today and Friday. The high tides between June 4th and 11th combined with plenty of rain should be great for the first fish of the season.

Looking for the first salmon of the season, they could be anywhere.

Looking for the first salmon of the season, they could be anywhere.

The first week is always a exciting, everyone is looking for that first big fish of the season. This time of year we are fishing our high water pools from top to bottom, you just never know where a fresh salmon will be holding. This was true on opening day, where John Wemekamp from Ottawa hooked into a nice fish on the lower end of Camille pool, just above the lodge. A flash and a tight line and he was gone. 

Early season fly's, big and bright!

Early season fly's, big and bright!

Again this season I will be posting river and fishing reports every Sunday, check them out.

The best fly's for early season are big and bright, sorry but not time for  dry fly's yet.

Tight lines,

Glenn

April River Report Camp Bonaventure

Every spring we keep a close eye on the river and the ice conditions. This year was a milder winter than normal and the ice wasn't as thick. When we have thicker ice,a small rise in temperature doesn't have much of an effect. Last Wednesday we has a considerable amount of rain followed by a day of 10 degree weather, just enough to get things moving!

At 2pm the in front of the lodge river was frozen, in fact I saw two deer crossing on the ice. The photos below were taken at 2:15pm, amazing how fast things can happen.

The ice jam below the lodge caused the water to back up on the lawn.

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The next morning, Ice deposited on the lawn after the rise. We'll have plenty for our drinks in June!

 

 

February Report Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge

Eastern Canada has been experiencing a mild winter with less snow than normal. We have had a good number of storms but the snow has been changing to rain, keeping our accumulations down, certainly around the bay and coastline. The same is not true in the mountains where most of the precipitation has fallen as snow. The temperatures have been above normal but as for snow, nothing's has changed, its a normal year.  Last Sunday after a fresh snowfall I took my snowmobile for a tour to the upper stretches of the Bonaventure river. Once you get into the hills the snow pack is at least four feet, great sledding in all that powder! Below are a few photos, I hope you enjoy them. Rest assured there will be less snow once the season is open!

Tight lines, (Frozen Lines)

Glenn

The Bridge over the Big West branch, sector E

The Bridge over the Big West branch, sector E

1st East Pool from ,still a crack of water showing. Not the best dry fly conditions!

1st East Pool from ,still a crack of water showing. Not the best dry fly conditions!

The Bonaventure, looking down  from the Big West bridge.

The Bonaventure, looking down  from the Big West bridge.

A great lunch, lobster sandwiches! The flies were no bother at all!

A great lunch, lobster sandwiches! The flies were no bother at all!