Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report September 9th to September 15th, 2019

The cool fall crisp weather is upon us and this September week has been one to remember! It was an absolute wonderful week in camp. Our guests were mostly all regulars whom we love to catch up with every year and create more memories with. Many of our guests were successful on the rivers this week and some were even fortunate enough to land their personal best!

Tony Black in Action!

Tony Black in Action!

Tony with the Win! Beautiful Female to release back into the Petite Cascapedia!

Tony with the Win! Beautiful Female to release back into the Petite Cascapedia!

Our hearts go out to all those who were found within Dorian’s path last week and over the course of last weekend. In our neck of the woods we were very fortunate to only receive the very tail end of her destructive path and she simply dropped on us the rain our rivers needed. 

Michael McMenamin lands this beauty on the Bonaventure! What a great catch! Nicely done Michael!

Michael McMenamin lands this beauty on the Bonaventure! What a great catch! Nicely done Michael!

The weather this week was in our favour. Our days are much cooler now and even when the sunshine is shining down on us, our temperatures hover in the 15 to 18 degrees Celsius range. Our evenings drop down to anywhere around the 8-degree Celsius range, which is keeping our rivers fresh and the salmon active. River temperatures this week have varied anywhere between 45 degrees to 55 degrees all depending on the time of day and the weather received. 

The Petite Cascapedia was good to Stephen Flanagan this week! Here he is releasing this beautiful salmon back to her home! Absolutely Stunning Salmon! Congrats Stephen!

The Petite Cascapedia was good to Stephen Flanagan this week! Here he is releasing this beautiful salmon back to her home! Absolutely Stunning Salmon! Congrats Stephen!

The Beautiful Bonaventure River has been very generous to our guests at Camp Bonaventure this week! With the rain we received last Sunday and again on Wednesday the Bonaventure river slightly rose from 8 cubic meters per second to 14 over the span of a couple days. Nothing drastic but just what was needed to refresh the river and excite the salmon. 

Julian Charbonneau landed this great salmon on the Bonaventure River earlier this week! Amazing Job Julian!

Julian Charbonneau landed this great salmon on the Bonaventure River earlier this week! Amazing Job Julian!

The ever producing Grand Cascapedia had an interesting week. The rain received last Sunday brought the Grand up quite significantly. She peaked on Monday at 214 cubic meters per second. The rise in the water levels did not stop us from fishing but for a day or two, the Grand’s colour was very dark and muddy. In the span on 48 hours the Grand dropped in levels just ask quickly as she rose and got back to her nice tea colour. The Grand Cascapedia at the end of the week was sitting comfortably at 27 cubic meters per second. 

Connor Wallace landed this wonderful salmon on the Bonaventure River! Great Job Connor!

Connor Wallace landed this wonderful salmon on the Bonaventure River! Great Job Connor!

The classic Petite Cascapedia has delivered some wonderful salmon this week. She also took us all by surprise with her water level fluctuations. The charts for the Petite Cascapedia this week resembled a roller coaster. The Petite Cascapedia rose from 6 cubic meters per second to 12 then fell down to 9 and then made its way back up again to 13 cubic meters per second. The Petite is now sitting pretty at 11 cubic meters per second and the salmon seem to really be enjoying the ride. 

We welcomed Marc Danforth for the first time this year at Camp Bonaventure! Here he is releasing this great catch back into the Bonaventure River!

We welcomed Marc Danforth for the first time this year at Camp Bonaventure! Here he is releasing this great catch back into the Bonaventure River!

The flies of choice this week are shifting mostly back to wet flies. With the fall temperatures creeping up on us and the water levels being what they have been, the most successful flies this week have been John Olin, Ally Shrimp, Silver Rat and Out to Lunch. The sizes this week truly varied. Depending on the timing of the week you were fishing (beginning or end) and which river you were on, everything from sizes No. 4 to 10 were used. 

We had the pleasure of welcoming Father-Son duo Scott Brown and Michael Brown to Camp Bonaventure this week! Here is Michael releasing his beautiful catch back into the Bonaventure River! Nicely done!

We had the pleasure of welcoming Father-Son duo Scott Brown and Michael Brown to Camp Bonaventure this week! Here is Michael releasing his beautiful catch back into the Bonaventure River! Nicely done!

Shout-out to Keith Lovelock who landed this wonderful salmon during his all too short stay with us at Camp Bonaventure! In the picture we have guide Jacques Bernard releasing Keith’s salmon back home!

Shout-out to Keith Lovelock who landed this wonderful salmon during his all too short stay with us at Camp Bonaventure! In the picture we have guide Jacques Bernard releasing Keith’s salmon back home!

All the best, 

Tight Lines, 

Julia

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report September 2nd to September 8th, 2019

This was a truly wonderful week to be in Camp! The weather conditions were almost all in our favour, the food was delicious as always, the company was amazing and the salmon were present, playful and taking our flies! For new or returning guests – the first week of September was good to everyone!

Keith Campbell landed and released a salmon of a lifetime on the Bonaventure River guided by Robert Benwell! Amazing job gentlemen!

Keith Campbell landed and released a salmon of a lifetime on the Bonaventure River guided by Robert Benwell! Amazing job gentlemen!

Our weather this week was a great combination of everything. We had nice casted over days, we had maybe one or two days with a little sunshine and we had a nice afternoon and overnight of rain mid-week. The wind remained at bay and our nights are now cold and refreshing. The cold nights help keep our river temperatures fresh for the salmon. The Grand, Petite and Bonaventure are all remaining close to 50 degrees give or take a couple degrees depending on the time of day. 

Philip Baker landed this beauty at Double Crossing on the Bonaventure! Nicely done Philip!

Philip Baker landed this beauty at Double Crossing on the Bonaventure! Nicely done Philip!

The ever-clear Bonaventure River continued to flow at approximately 8 cubic meters per second all week. The rain we received on Wednesday and Thursday did not have any effect on the Bonaventure River levels. The rain did however create some excitement and made the salmon more active. 

We were pleased to welcome back this year Don Merrithew to Camp Bonaventure! Looks like the salmon missed him too! Nice catch Don!

We were pleased to welcome back this year Don Merrithew to Camp Bonaventure! Looks like the salmon missed him too! Nice catch Don!

The Grand Cascapedia River had now, for the second week in a row, the most positive outcome from the rain received this week. The Grand levels shot up from 11 cubic meters per second to over 60 in the matter of a day. This rapid increase unfortunately turned the Grand a little muddy and dark tea in color. It took a day to settle but the ending of the week was very productive on the Grand!

Wayne Merrithew had a wonderful day with our guide Marc on the Bonaventure and released this great salmon back into the Boni!

Wayne Merrithew had a wonderful day with our guide Marc on the Bonaventure and released this great salmon back into the Boni!

The Petite Cascapedia River has been consistently flowing at 6 cubic meters per second this week. Unfortunately, the rain we received mid-week did not increase the river levels. But not to fear 6 cubic meters per second is the norm for the Petite at the beginning of September and once again this week she delivered some great salmon!

The Grand Cascapedia was good to Ross Wheeler! Here he is releasing his catch back into the Grand! Great Job Ross!

The Grand Cascapedia was good to Ross Wheeler! Here he is releasing his catch back into the Grand! Great Job Ross!

Our flies have been all over the map this week. Most salmon were landed on wet flies but the dry fly still produced some great salmon on sunnier/warmer days. The wet flies of choice for the salmon this week were the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm, Silver Rat and Green Machine. Now when it comes to sizes, the Grand has been working with No. 4, 6, 8 and 10 depending on the day and water level whereas the Bonaventure and Petite continue to use smaller flies No. 8 and 10. 

Dion Grinbergs landed this great male on the Bonaventure! Wonderful catch Dion! Nicely done!

Dion Grinbergs landed this great male on the Bonaventure! Wonderful catch Dion! Nicely done!

The dry flies catching the salmon’s attention this week were the dark blue, dark green and dark brown bombers; due to water levels, these were used mostly on the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia.

 

All the best, 

 

Tight Lines, 

Julia

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report August 26th to September 1st, 2019

Another week has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Our guests enjoyed their time both on and off the river this week at Camp Bonaventure. The fishing was a little more challenging due to our weather conditions but on the bright side – even though the weather was a little warmer than we’d all prefer; salmon were landed and great memories were made!

Our dear friend Sonja Meisner landed this beauty on the Bonaventure River with our wonderful guide Robert!

Our dear friend Sonja Meisner landed this beauty on the Bonaventure River with our wonderful guide Robert!

Once again, we had multiple days of rain promised this week that never came. Our days were filled with clear skies and sunshine, which is exactly what you want for a vacation but not so much a fishing trip. However, Thursday we were graced with some showers here and there that helped refresh the rivers and excite the salmon. 

The great Gaetan Joly kisses his grilse goodbye before releasing him back into the Bonaventure River! Until we meet again my friend! Bon Voyage!

The great Gaetan Joly kisses his grilse goodbye before releasing him back into the Bonaventure River! Until we meet again my friend! Bon Voyage!

The Beautiful Bonaventure River is currently flowing at approximately 8 cubic meters per second. These levels are the norm for the end of August and we are “told” that rain is on its way tomorrow!

Wright Palmer has been a delightful guest of ours for many years - both at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge. Here he is admiring his great catch before releasing it back into the Bonaventure River!

Wright Palmer has been a delightful guest of ours for many years - both at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge. Here he is admiring his great catch before releasing it back into the Bonaventure River!

The Wonderful Grand Cascapedia River had the most positive outcome from the rain received on Thursday this week. It increased in levels from 10 to 15 cubic meters per second Thursday evening and into Friday morning. This generated for some great action and a couple more salmon landed by our determined guests.  

James Palmer is always a joy to have in camp! Here he is - like father like son - releasing a great catch back into the Bonaventure River!

James Palmer is always a joy to have in camp! Here he is - like father like son - releasing a great catch back into the Bonaventure River!

The Precious Petite Cascapedia River is consistently flowing at 6 cubic meters per second. This is the norm for the Petite at the end of August and the Petite continues to deliver some great salmon! 

We had the pleasure of having Claude Paquette as our guest at Camp Bonaventure for the first time this year! Here she is releasing a beautiful salmon back into the Petite Cascapedia!

We had the pleasure of having Claude Paquette as our guest at Camp Bonaventure for the first time this year! Here she is releasing a beautiful salmon back into the Petite Cascapedia!

The one environmental factor working in our favor at the moment is the cool evenings we’ve been having. Our temperatures can drop down to 8 degrees Celsius throughout the night which leaves our rivers in the range of 50 degrees, nice and fresh for our salmon. 

Peter Griffin releases a great salmon back into the Bonaventure! Congrats Peter!

Peter Griffin releases a great salmon back into the Bonaventure! Congrats Peter!

The most productive wet flies this week have been John Olin, Green Machine, Stone Ghost and Blue Charm in sizes 8 and 10. When it comes to bombers, the Blue and Dark Green are still getting the salmon’s attention!

All the best,

Tight Lines,

Julia

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Aug 19th to 25th, 2019

This past week was one for the books! The fishing may not have always been on our side but we all had a wonderful week welcoming back great friends who have been our guests at Camp Bonaventure since the very beginning!

The Castleman Crew! There hasn’t been season that we haven’t shared with these great gentlemen! Can’t wait to see you all again next year!

The Castleman Crew! There hasn’t been season that we haven’t shared with these great gentlemen! Can’t wait to see you all again next year!

There seems to have been a miscommunication this week between mother nature and the weather man. One promised us a couple days of rain whereas the other delivered beautiful sunshine and a couple cast over days. Either way, a day on the river is a great day in itself!

We had the please of welcoming Christopher Crum for the first time this year at Camp Bonaventure! Here he is releasing a beautiful salmon back into the Petite Cascapedia.

We had the please of welcoming Christopher Crum for the first time this year at Camp Bonaventure! Here he is releasing a beautiful salmon back into the Petite Cascapedia.

The Bonaventure river is as beautiful as ever and still producing some great salmon this week. It was flowing anywhere between 8 and 9 cubic meters per second as the week progressed. We’ve had a couple very cool nights/mornings closer to the end of this week that helped maintain our water temperatures around the 50-55 degree range in all three rivers.

James Palmer releases yet another beautiful salmon into the Bonaventure River! What a nice way to start your vacation! Way to go James!

James Palmer releases yet another beautiful salmon into the Bonaventure River! What a nice way to start your vacation! Way to go James!

The Grand Cascapedia was flowing at a rate of approximately 12 cubic meters per second this week and the Petite Cascapedia was in the range of 7-8 cubic meters per second. Although our rivers are at a low point at the moment, we are seeing a nice number of salmon, especially in our low water holding pools. 

Michael Herfs visits Camp Bonaventure for the first time! What a great salmon he got to release back into the Petite!

Michael Herfs visits Camp Bonaventure for the first time! What a great salmon he got to release back into the Petite!

These water conditions call for small flies. The most productive wet flies this week have been the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm and Green Machine! As for the Bombers, the normal Green, Blue and Dark Brown are working very well, especially if there’s a little sparkle added to their tail end. The sizes that are working the best at the moment are No. 8 and 10. 

Michael Barnaby lands a great grilse on the Petite Cascapedia! Great Job Michael!

Michael Barnaby lands a great grilse on the Petite Cascapedia! Great Job Michael!

All the Best,

Tight Lines,

Julia

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Aug 12th to 18th, 2019

It was yet another wonderful week to be in camp and on the river! The salmon were excited and active, the food was mouth-watering, the rivers were in great condition and we were all in superb company. Our guests are leaving here with great stories, beautiful memories, full bellies and a couple more salmon releases to add to their records. 

Christopher Davis releases a beauty back into the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Chris!

Christopher Davis releases a beauty back into the Grand Cascapedia! Congrats Chris!

The weather this past week was a mix of everything. We mostly started off with fresh (almost) fall like mornings. Some afternoons were sunny, some were casted over and others produced a fine wind and a couple drops of rain depending on your location. The evenings are now cool and breezy. Overall, it’s the perfect combination. 

Harrisson & Levin O’Connor have been Camp Bonaventure regulars for many many years! Nice one Levin! See you next year gentlemen!

Harrisson & Levin O’Connor have been Camp Bonaventure regulars for many many years! Nice one Levin! See you next year gentlemen!

The Bonaventure River is as clear as ever and continues to deliver! The cooler evenings are maintaining our water temperatures in the 50-degree range, which the salmon are loving. The Bonaventure River was flowing anywhere from 12 to 10 cubic meters per second this past week which is completely within our norms for mid-August. 

Mac & Dale Fox release another one on the Bonaventure! Nicely done!

Mac & Dale Fox release another one on the Bonaventure! Nicely done!

The Grand Cascapedia is in great condition this week. The rain fall we had last week more than tripled its flowing rate from 12 to almost 46 cubic meters per second. This got the salmon moving and excited! As the week progressed, the Grand Cascapedia has settled back to its norm at 14 cubic meters per second – a very comfortable level for this time of year!

This is the first time we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Kathy Benton to Camp Bonaventure and she is an absolute Gem! Here she is with her guide Nick releasing a beauty back into the Grand Cascapedia!

This is the first time we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Kathy Benton to Camp Bonaventure and she is an absolute Gem! Here she is with her guide Nick releasing a beauty back into the Grand Cascapedia!

The Petite Cascapedia is currently flowing at 8 cubic meters per second. Although this may seem a little low in comparison to the Boni and the Grand, it is completely normal for the Petite. We’ve actually released some really great salmon back into the Petite this week and our guides are seeing plenty of salmon in their holding pools. 

Joseph Anscher releases a great grilse back into the Petite Cascapedia! Nice job Joe!

Joseph Anscher releases a great grilse back into the Petite Cascapedia! Nice job Joe!

The most productive wet flies this week have been the Stone Ghost, Green Machine, Blue Charm and Green Highlander in sizes 8, 10 and 12. The Bombers in colours Blue, Green and Brown in sizes 4 and 6 are always a hit as well! 

Shawn Kennedy releases a great salmon back into the Bonaventure! Nice one Shawn!

Shawn Kennedy releases a great salmon back into the Bonaventure! Nice one Shawn!

 

All the best, 

 

Tight Lines, 

 Julia

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Aug 5th to 11th, 2019

Even with last weeks  warm weather our fishing continues to be productive, in fact we just had one of our best weeks of the season with  good numbers of salmon released and many lost or missed,  especially on dry fly's. Despite the very  hot and humid weather it was a great week to be at camp.

Stewart Seibens has been a guest at Camp Bonaventure for many years! Here he is with his first salmon of 2019! Congratulations Stewart

Stewart Seibens has been a guest at Camp Bonaventure for many years! Here he is with his first salmon of 2019! Congratulations Stewart

All of our guests caught fish, needless to say we had a very content group of anglers! 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 could sure use a few days of rain.

John Rocha is a great fisherman and has become a Camp Bonaventure regular and good friend! Nicely done John!

John Rocha is a great fisherman and has become a Camp Bonaventure regular and good friend! Nicely done John!

The Bonaventure is beginning to get a bit low, its flowing at 13 cubic meters per second. Despite the lower water conditions the temperature is still in the mid 50 degree range and fishing has been great.

Jeremy Beamall with his first one landed on the Bonaventure this week! Congrats Jeremy!

Jeremy Beamall with his first one landed on the Bonaventure this week! Congrats Jeremy!

 Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also getting a bit low but remains cool for this time of the season. The Petite has been giving us some big salmon and the early August run has started.

Michael Illies lands a Grand Cascapedia beauty! Great Job Michael!

Michael Illies lands a Grand Cascapedia beauty! Great Job Michael!

The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some fine fish this past week  but like the Bony and Petite, its beginning to get a bit low. As I'm writing this report the Grand is on the rise from 12 cubic meters per second to 24 over night.  Lets  hope the weatherman gets it right for next week. 

David Moeller puts another one back into the Grand! Nicely done David!

David Moeller puts another one back into the Grand! Nicely done David!

Fly 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.

Mark Moorman with a beautiful fresh August salmon landed! Congratulation Mark!

Mark Moorman with a beautiful fresh August salmon landed! Congratulation Mark!

In the wet fly department, the Undertaker, John Olin, Black Ghost and Stone Ghost were responsible for most of the fish. Sizes  8, 10 and even 12 . Hitched tubes are doing very well, especially when a fish are being difficult.

This is Cathal Morgan’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, I think it’s safe to say he had a wonderful experience and may become a regular! Nicely done Cathal!

This is Cathal Morgan’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, I think it’s safe to say he had a wonderful experience and may become a regular! Nicely done Cathal!

I have been doing the river reports for Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge for the past 8 years and for the Club since we took ownership in 2017.  You may have noticed Julia Coull our assistante manager at Salmon Lodge began writing the Club reports this season,  and she is doing a great job.  I am passing the torch over  to Julia for the Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge reports. I'll still be in the background helping her and lending my fishing experience.  Julia will be working with me over the next few years,  you'll be hearing more from her around our  three lodges.

Tight Line,

Until next week,

Glenn  

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, July 29th to Aug 4th, 2019

Fishing continues to be productive, despite the very hot and dry weather we had a pretty good week on our rivers with half decent numbers of fish hooked a number lost . Despite the hot and humid weather it was a great week to be at camp. All of our guests were into fish and we had a group of happy anglers.

Justin Vezina with a nice Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Justin.

Justin Vezina with a nice Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Justin.

Temperatures have been in the high 80's and 90’s for most of the week, not the best for fishermen or the salmon. Next weeks forecast is calling for several days of rain and showers, we're keeping our fingers crossed, we can certainly use a few days of rain.

David Miller and Maude Vezina show off their fine salmon caught on the Bonaventure. Well done guys!

David Miller and Maude Vezina show off their fine salmon caught on the Bonaventure. Well done guys!

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 productive.

Diane Ranno with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Diane!

Diane Ranno with a nice one from the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Diane!

Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also getting a bit low but still remains cool and fishing very well. The Petite has been giving us some big salmon this season.

Jeanne Marcil with Camp Bonaventure master guide Carole Barriault, congratulations Jeanne

Jeanne Marcil with Camp Bonaventure master guide Carole Barriault, congratulations Jeanne

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.

Joel Bélanger (right) and our master Guide Marc Poirier get it done on the Bonaventure. Well done Joel.

Joel Bélanger (right) and our master Guide Marc Poirier get it done on the Bonaventure. Well done Joel.

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, 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.

This was  Michel Desjardins first trip to Camp Bonaventure, it didn't take him long to get a taste fof the Bonaventure River.

This was  Michel Desjardins first trip to Camp Bonaventure, it didn't take him long to get a taste fof the Bonaventure River.

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.

Rita Godbout landed this beauty on the Petite Cascapedia, nice job Rita! 

Rita Godbout landed this beauty on the Petite Cascapedia, nice job Rita! 

Don't forget to check out our photo album each week. Along with my weekly river report I post a number of the week’s salmon shots on our Photo gallery page. If a trip to Camp Bonaventure, Salmon Lodge or the Club are in your plans for next season please feel free to contact us anytime. We are sold out this season but still have a couple of great slots open for 2020.



Father Lucien Levesque with his first Bonaventure salmon,, nicely done Lucien but! we know you have help from above!

Father Lucien Levesque with his first Bonaventure salmon,, nicely done Lucien but! we know you have help from above!

Until next week,

 Tight Lines ,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure fishing & River Report July 22nd to 28th, 2019

Overall we've had a good week at camp with good numbers of fish in the book. The weather warmed up considerably on Tuesday and the last few days have been hot and sunny with temperatures in the high 20's and very humid, not the best fishing conditions.  We continue to have great fishing but the last few days have been more of a challenge due to the sunny and hot days. Mornings and evenings are the time to fish when it gets hot.

This was Kevin Cinq-Mars first trip to Camp Bonaventure, but not his last, well done Kevin!

This was Kevin Cinq-Mars first trip to Camp Bonaventure, but not his last, well done Kevin!

 The Bonaventure continues to produce very well and the water temperatures are still pretty cool for this time of the season, especially in the upper sections of the river. Water levels on the Bonaventure are exactly where they should be for this time of the season running at about 20 Cubic meters per second.

Heonku Lee landed this fine salmon on his first day out, congratulations Heonku well done.

Heonku Lee landed this fine salmon on his first day out, congratulations Heonku well done.

The cooler than normal weather is great for fishing and its maintaining our water temperatures in the 50 degree range, a little cooler than normal which is great. Fishing on the Bony has been great since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day.

Camp Bonaventure regular Paul Bennett with is first of 2019, nice one Paul, congratulations.

Camp Bonaventure regular Paul Bennett with is first of 2019, nice one Paul, congratulations.

 We are also having a good season on the Petite Cascapedia, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in almost all the pools. The Petite Cascapedia is also doing very well, the water flow is slightly low at about 15 Cubic Meters per second.

This was Cynthia Griffin’s first time Atlantic salmon fishing, I think she’s hooked! well done Cynthia

This was Cynthia Griffin’s first time Atlantic salmon fishing, I think she’s hooked! well done Cynthia

The temperature is also excellent  in the 50 degree range, just like the bony perfect for the end of July. Salmon runs on the  Petite have been great with plenty of fresh run salmon this past week.

David Capen first trip to Camp Bonaventure was a success, nice going David, See you next year!

David Capen first trip to Camp Bonaventure was a success, nice going David, See you next year!

 The Grand is also doing well but we could use a couple of rainy days to bump the water levels a bit.  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 everyday.

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia remains excellent, like the Bonaventure we are having a great run of salmon on the Grand Cascapedia. Water conditions and temperatures couldn’t be better.  The flow is normal for mid to end July running at about 20 Cubic meters per second.

Edward Burlingame has become a good friend over the years, here he is with his first of the season, Ed was high rod for the week as well. Nice fishing Ed, see you in 2020

Edward Burlingame has become a good friend over the years, here he is with his first of the season, Ed was high rod for the week as well. Nice fishing Ed, see you in 2020

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Free floating Dry's continue to be the big producer, our anglers are fishing more with dry fly's than anything else, there's nothing like sight fishing for big salmon in clear water. Small wets have also been responsible for a good number of fish as well.

The fly's of choice - Green, Brown and Blue bombers with brown hackle and white wings and tail.  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.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 15 to 21st, 2019

Fishing continues to be productive but for the first time this season our water levels are beginning to get low and warm up. Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with higher than normal water levels since the beginning of the season.

Our good friend Grant Stonehouse with his first Bonaventure salmon of the season, well done Grant!

Our good friend Grant Stonehouse with his first Bonaventure salmon of the season, well done Grant!

The weather's been particularly hot for the first time this season, temperatures climbed to 30 C or close to 90 F on Wednesday and Thursday. We did manage to land a number of nice salmon and grilse but we’re having to work a little harder for them. The weatherman is calling for rain and showers and perhaps even a thunder storm. We are still using our boats to travel between the pools but another few days of hot weather will have us mostly wading.

Fred Fountain with a nice grilse to break the ice, congratulations Fred, see you in next year.

Fred Fountain with a nice grilse to break the ice, congratulations Fred, see you in next year.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 20 Cubic meter per second which is normal for the end of July. Fishing on the Bony has been pretty good up until now with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse.

Our good friend Paul Scott with yet another one, Paul was high rod with five landed in three days. Welldon Paul !

Our good friend Paul Scott with yet another one, Paul was high rod with five landed in three days. Welldon Paul !

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 18 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.

David Hebb has been a part of Camp Bonaventure for many years. Congratulations David, great to see you again.

David Hebb has been a part of Camp Bonaventure for many years. Congratulations David, great to see you again.

The Grand Cascapedia got a nice bump of water at the beginning of the week and the flow is at 20 cubic meters, normal for the end of July is 15. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish but it's beginning to get low as well getting and could use some rain.

Camp Bonaventure John Ouellette with a very nice salmon, great Job John!

Camp Bonaventure John Ouellette with a very nice salmon, great Job John!

Our good friend Joe Colletta does it again, well done Joe!

Our good friend Joe Colletta does it again, well done Joe!

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, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the best. The Picasse and Green Spey were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

No one can ever forget our good friends Eric and Scott from the other side of the pond, lol The fish never stood a chance. See you in September guys, cant wait.

No one can ever forget our good friends Eric and Scott from the other side of the pond, lol The fish never stood a chance. See you in September guys, cant wait.

Until next week

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 8th to 14th, 2019

Fishing continues to be great but for the first time this season we’re beginning to realize its summer on the Gaspe Peninsula. We were getting a little spoiled with all the fantastic fishing and fishing weather since opening day. The weather's been warmer and dryer over the past week with temperatures in the mid 20’s celsius ,are here to stay for a while I think.

Our good friend Darrell Sanders has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. Darrell broke the ice with this fine grilse . Congratulations Darrell, cant wait to see you next year.

Our good friend Darrell Sanders has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. Darrell broke the ice with this fine grilse . Congratulations Darrell, cant wait to see you next year.

Fred Benere has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for 25 years, a great angler and good friend, congratulations Fred!

Fred Benere has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for 25 years, a great angler and good friend, congratulations Fred!

We did hook and land a good number of nice fresh run salmon this week and unfortunately lost a few as well. The weatherman is calling for rain later int the week and perhaps a thunder storm. Our water conditions are in great shape at the moment on all three rivers. We could of course use a little rain just to maintain them.

Serge gagne put one in the books for 2019, way to go Serge!

Serge gagne put one in the books for 2019, way to go Serge!

Pascale Simon with a nice one from Poirier Pool, well done Pascale see you next year.

Pascale Simon with a nice one from Poirier Pool, well done Pascale see you next year.

The Bonaventure is perfect at the moment and we're doing very well. Water levels on the Bonaventure are exactly where they should be for this time of the season running at about 20 Cubic meters per second. The cooler than normal weather was great for maintaining our water temperatures in the 50 degree range, a little cooler than normal which is great. Fishing on the Bony has been great since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day.

Jeff Sullivan has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a good friend and superb angler. nice one Jeff

Jeff Sullivan has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a good friend and superb angler. nice one Jeff

Out old friend Pat Benere with a nice one from the Bonaventure,well done Pat!

Out old friend Pat Benere with a nice one from the Bonaventure,well done Pat!

The Petite Cascapedia is seeing a nice run of fresh fish, the water's in great condition and remains cool. The Petite has been producing some nice fish every day keeping our fishermen happy. The water temperature is also excellent in the 50 degree range and flowing in the 20 cubic meters per second range, just perfect for this time of the season.

Jacqueline O’Kelley and Master Guide John Law make a combination for success. Congratulations Jacqueline!

Jacqueline O’Kelley and Master Guide John Law make a combination for success. Congratulations Jacqueline!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia remains excellent, like the Bonaventure we are having a simply fantastic run of salmon on the Grand. Water conditions and temperatures couldn’t be better. The flow is slightly above normal for mid-July running at about 22 Cubic meters per second and the temperatures in the low 50’s.

Mac Fox (Left) has become a part of our family at Camp Bonaventure, here he is with his grandson Hunter Gartley and this is Hunters first Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations !

Mac Fox (Left) has become a part of our family at Camp Bonaventure, here he is with his grandson Hunter Gartley and this is Hunters first Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations !

The flies of choice this past week have been a mixed bag, The guides at Camp Bonaventure told me they were catching most of the fish on Dry fly’s while Salmon Lodge guides tell me they were more successful on smaller lightly tied wets.

Frederic Boucher (left) picked up a fly for the first time this week, didn’t take him long to learn how to cast and catch salmon, congratulations Frederic !

Frederic Boucher (left) picked up a fly for the first time this week, didn’t take him long to learn how to cast and catch salmon, congratulations Frederic !

Free floating dry’s have taken the most, Forest Green, Dark Brown and Blue Bombers in sizes 2, 4 and 6. In the wet fly department, the Silver rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm and Green Highlander have been doing very well.

This week’s Menu !

This week’s Menu !

Until next week.

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 1st to 7th, 2019


What a great week to be at camp! Our fishing keeps getting better and better. Last week’s high tides combined with regular rainfall was the perfect recipe for a wonderful week to be on the river. Everyone at camp had action and the opportunity to land fish .Last week’s rain fall maintained our rivers at perfect levels and temperatures for this time of the season.

Camp Bonaventure faithful and good friend Patrice Vezina with his first of the season, Congratulations Pat! see you again n a few weeks.

Camp Bonaventure faithful and good friend Patrice Vezina with his first of the season, Congratulations Pat! see you again n a few weeks.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 35 cubic meters per second which is a little higher than normal for late June, but we’re certainly not complaining , normal for early July is in the 20 range. Higher water allows us easy travel with canoes and it makes the guides job a lot easier. Higher water also means that salmon can hold just about anywhere and not necessarily in the pools. The guides are finding fish in runs and smaller pockets throughout the river.

Guy Trudeau breaks the ice and put one in the books for 2019, well done Guy, see you in September!

Guy Trudeau breaks the ice and put one in the books for 2019, well done Guy, see you in September!

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing in the mid 20’s and has been great. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding salmon, the Petite is also running in the 50 degree range, just perfect.

Congratulations to Patricia LePage who caught this fine salmon under the watchful eye of our head guide Mario Poirier. nice one Patricia.

Congratulations to Patricia LePage who caught this fine salmon under the watchful eye of our head guide Mario Poirier. nice one Patricia.

The Grand Cascapedia is also fishing very well and flowing at 30 Cubic Meter per second, great for this time of the season. We could use a little rain just to keep water levels where they are.

It did take long for Patrice Giroux to hook and land this one. Congratulations Patrice!

It did take long for Patrice Giroux to hook and land this one. Congratulations Patrice!

Last weeks full moon gave us some of the highest tides of the summer. Between June 29th and July 7th our tides were 3 to 4 feet above normal, just what salmon need to start up our rivers.

David Hatheway is a good friend and great angler, well done David, see you in September!

David Hatheway is a good friend and great angler, well done David, see you in September!

With all the rain and cooler days our water is still cool, we are however getting some good dry fly action. The hot dry’s have been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers. Wets are still the big producers, the Stone Ghost is still the hot fly this season.

Our very own Poirier Pool produces some fine salmon, but most importantly you have to know how to catch them. Pat Levesque knows how to get it done, well done Pat!

Our very own Poirier Pool produces some fine salmon, but most importantly you have to know how to catch them. Pat Levesque knows how to get it done, well done Pat!

Other patterns working well is the John Olin, Picasse, Silver Rat and Green Highlander. The Nagli, Langa Fancy and Undertaker are also doing well. Old regulars like the Black Bear Green Butt, Blue Charm, and Green Machine always have their place in our fly box .

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 24th to 30th, 2019

Another a great week to be at camp, perfect water conditions combined with big tides and plenty of fish is the recipe for 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 .

Allen and Suzie Moore have been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. They both are excellent anglers but most of all great friends. Nice start to the season Allen, congratulations!

Allen and Suzie Moore have been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. They both are excellent anglers but most of all great friends. Nice start to the season Allen, congratulations!

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. Not the best weather for tourists but hey, they got the hot and sunny last year. Everybody at camp landed salmon, needless to say we had a group of very happy fishermen.

Suzie Moore with her first of the season, way to go Suzie

Suzie Moore with her first of the season, way to go Suzie

The rain last week maintained our rivers and kept them perfect condition. The Bonaventure is at a great level flowing at 40 Cubic Meter per second, just perfect . The water temperatures are in the 50 degree range.

Don Grosset has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for almost 25 years, he`s part of the family. It just wouldn’t be the same without him, see you again in August Don!

Don Grosset has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for almost 25 years, he`s part of the family. It just wouldn’t be the same without him, see you again in August Don!

The Petite Cascapedia is flowing in the mid 30’s and beginning to fish well and we’re seeing and catching fish on a regular basis. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding fresh salmon, the Petite is also running cool in the low 50’s like the Bony.

Jonathan Director with his first of many for the week, he`s a great angler. Congratulations Jon, see you next June.

Jonathan Director with his first of many for the week, he`s a great angler. Congratulations Jon, see you next June.

The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well however we could use a little rain to keep the present levels. The Grand Cascapedia rises and falls quickly but is flowing at 50 Cubic meters per second ,its great for this time of year. So far it's been a great season at both our lodges and we’re looking forward to another great week on the river.

Camp Bonaventure regular Gianni Marostica has bragging rights for this weeks biggest fish, Congratulations Gianni

Camp Bonaventure regular Gianni Marostica has bragging rights for this weeks biggest fish, Congratulations Gianni

Our good friend and long time Camp Bonaventure angler Tom Harkness with a nice one from the Bony, Well done Tom we knew you could catch one, lol

Our good friend and long time Camp Bonaventure angler Tom Harkness with a nice one from the Bony, Well done Tom we knew you could catch one, lol

The full moon on July 1st will be producing some of the highest tides of the summer. Anytime between June 29th and July 5th our tides will be at least 2 to 3 feet above average. If everything stays the same we should be in for a good one!

Jeff Beatrice (left) has been fishing with us for many years. This year he was joined by his son Nicholas. A great father -son team ,well done guys!

Jeff Beatrice (left) has been fishing with us for many years. This year he was joined by his son Nicholas. A great father -son team ,well done guys!

This was Robert Fisher’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, didn’t take him long to put one in the books. Congratulations Bob.

This was Robert Fisher’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, didn’t take him long to put one in the books. Congratulations Bob.

The hot dry’s have been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers. Wets are still the big producers, the Stone Ghost, John Olin, Picasse, Silver Rat and Green Highlander were the big hitters this week.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 17th to 23rd, 2019

This past week has been the best of the season so far. Water conditions are slowly getting back to normal after a couple of weeks of higher than normal water levels. Last 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 salmon.

The Bonaventure, water conditions are perfect!

The Bonaventure, water conditions are perfect!

Ward Sprouse fromSouth Carolina with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Ward, may this be the first of many!

Ward Sprouse fromSouth Carolina with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Ward, may this be the first of many!

Ward, he did it again the very next day!!!

Ward, he did it again the very next day!!!

Water levels on the Bonaventure were high for the third 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 in the mid 40’. The Bony is clearing up well and the higher water levels are allowing us to use canoes everywhere.

Camp Bonaventure regular Sonja Meisner plays her first one of the new season.

Camp Bonaventure regular Sonja Meisner plays her first one of the new season.

Sonja won the battle, Congratulations, see you in August for some dry fly action!

Sonja won the battle, Congratulations, see you in August for some dry fly action!

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 45 cubic meters per second rather than the normal 25. The big run of salmon on the Petite Cascapedia usually takes place in late June and early July but we are beginning to see a number of big fish everyday.

Michael Barnaby have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a great angler and a dear friend. Way to go Mike!

Michael Barnaby have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a great angler and a dear friend. Way to go Mike!

The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well and water conditions are improving from record high in early June. The Grand is now flowing at 70 where 30 is the norm this time of the season. We are beginning to catch some fine salmon on the Grand.

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest David Johnston with a nice fresh run salmon, congratulations David!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest David Johnston with a nice fresh run salmon, congratulations David!

Arve Gustafson came all the way from Norway to enjoy our fishing and hospitality, a great angler, Arve way high rod for the week. Congratulations!

Arve Gustafson came all the way from Norway to enjoy our fishing and hospitality, a great angler, Arve way high rod for the week. Congratulations!

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. we had a few up to the dry;s this week!

Bill Willson has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a good friend and superb angler. Bill tied for high rod last week , congratulations Bill well done!

Bill Willson has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a good friend and superb angler. Bill tied for high rod last week , congratulations Bill well done!

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

 Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 10th to 16th, 2019

Welcome back to our weekly river and fishing reports . Time passes so quickly, it seems like just yesterday i was writing the last report for the 2018 season. Maybe it has something to do with getting older, that’s what they tell me, lol.

The excitement of the first morning of the season!

The excitement of the first morning of the season!

I have no idea of what the rest of the season will bring but we have sure started with plenty of water! All our rivers are running high and stained. Winter was long with more snow than I can remember and the spring has been cool with no major heat to speak of. Our snow is melting slowly in the hills and maintaining our water levels above normal for this time of the season.

Camp Bonaventure regular Fiona Gilfillan hooks the first one of the new season, Congratulations Fiona !

Camp Bonaventure regular Fiona Gilfillan hooks the first one of the new season, Congratulations Fiona !

The Bonaventure is flowing at 80 cubic meters per second, normal for this time of the year is 40 to 50 range. The Petite Cascapedia only opens on June 15th but is flowing at 75 cubic meters per second, normal is 40. The Grand Cascapedia is at 150 where it should be in the 50 range. The Grand was in the 300 on June 4th, its falling quickly.

Camp Bonaventure guide Robert Benwell with a nice salmon landed by angler Marcel Caissie, nice one Marcel.

Camp Bonaventure guide Robert Benwell with a nice salmon landed by angler Marcel Caissie, nice one Marcel.

Enough about the weather and water flow, we’ll soon be praying for rain. 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 for Fiona Gilfillan from Ottawa who hooked into a nice fish on the lower end of Grassy pool on the Bonaventure, Unfortunately after five minutes on the line and a couple of big head shakes it was gone. She redeemed herself the next day with a nice 12 pounder at Kelly pool.

Francisco Citelli from Italy with Camp Bonaventure master guide Jean Marc Poirier, congratulations Francisco, nice start to the season!

Francisco Citelli from Italy with Camp Bonaventure master guide Jean Marc Poirier, congratulations Francisco, nice start to the season!

The high tides of June began on Friday and will continue through next week, this brought in some nice first run salmon.

Orazio Gatti plays a nice salmon on the Bonaventure .

Orazio Gatti plays a nice salmon on the Bonaventure .

And the fight went well, congratulations Orazio!

And the fight went well, congratulations Orazio!

Fly's of choice have been the Nagli, Silver Rat, Stone Ghost and the Picasse in Sizes 2 and 4. Spey fly's also work well at this tim of the season in sizes 1.5, 3 and 5. The Green Spey, Picasse and Jones Special are always good choices.. Sorry nothing to report on dry's yet, water’s still too high and cold.

Looking good Nick!

Looking good Nick!

We are pleased to introduce Nick Castilloux to our guide team at Camp Bonaventure. Nick is our new apprentice guide and will be out with the boys this year learning the art of guiding for Atlantic Salmon, welcome aboard Nick!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn







Camp Bonaventure Fishing and River Report Sept 23 to 30th, 2018

It seems like yesterday, we were hauling our canoes to the various pools and looking forward to a new season. The summer passes so quickly, I guess because we are all so busy seven days week for almost five months straight, we dont see the time pass.

Jim Thomas with his first Bonaventure Salmon, congratulations Jim, well done!

Jim Thomas with his first Bonaventure Salmon, congratulations Jim, well done!

We are fortunate to have had another great season despite the driest and warmest summer on record. Water levels on the Bonaventure Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia reached all time lows. Despite all of this water temperatures remained cool considering the weather.

Michael Norris landed this beautiful fall run salmon on the Bonaventure, nice one Michael congratulations !

Michael Norris landed this beautiful fall run salmon on the Bonaventure, nice one Michael congratulations !

The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river. By mid July the Bonaventure had surpassed its spawning requirements. The same story on the Grand Cascapedia where we had good numbers of fish by mid season and again in September. The Petite Cascapedia completes their fish count in October however our guides reported seeing a good number in the Petite this year. The fall run is running late this year due to low water but there are plenty of salmon still waiting to come in, not so great for anglers but certainly good for the river.

Joseph Keivett has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for a number of years, He’ really catching on how things are done! nice one Joseph!

Joseph Keivett has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for a number of years, He’ really catching on how things are done! nice one Joseph!

I must commend all our guides on a job well done. This year was particularly tough due to difficult conditions, more specifically hot weather and low water. Day in and day out they came to work with a smile and gave our guests a memorable day on the river. Fishing was tougher this season but we did have plenty of salmon in our pools and plenty of opportunities . Granted the challenge our guides managed to get our clients into fish almost every day. Great Job Guys!

Jim Fowler with his first salmon of the season, nice one Jim!

Jim Fowler with his first salmon of the season, nice one Jim!

Its now October and most of the guides at Salmon Lodge, Camp Bonaventure and the Club are out in search of Moose and Deer. Yours truly will be out there with them enjoying the great outdoors.

Douglas Andrews landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure, congratulations Doug ,well done !

Douglas Andrews landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure, congratulations Doug ,well done !

As we look towards the fall and winter its 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 formed over the years are very special to me, the staff and 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 and the Club. Its because of you , we get to do what we love! 

A special late season dry fly.

A special late season dry fly.

We look forward to seeing you again next season. Keep checking in from time to time over the off season. I will be posting and keeping you up to date with any news and events.

Another season has come to an end, until next year!

Another season has come to an end, until next year!

Until next time,

Tight lines,

Glenn & The Staff & Guides at our three lodges.

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report September 17th to 23rd, 2018

September is 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 rain comes in August while others in September.

Camp Bonaventure regular Stephane Lavoie with his first one of the season, Congratulations Stephane.

Camp Bonaventure regular Stephane Lavoie with his first one of the season, Congratulations Stephane.

John Allman with a fine Bonaventure salmon, well done John!

John Allman with a fine Bonaventure salmon, well done John!

This year more than ever we needed rain, I’ve been around these rivers for almost 40 years and have never seem them so low. To be honest, this year I was wondering if rain would come at all. Thanks to Hurricane Florence we finally got the rain we needed. I’m not running out to by a bottle of 18 year old to celebrate, but just happy to get some new water.

Michael McMinamin leads our annual Irish group each year, a great bunch of guys and superb anglers, Nice one Mike.

Michael McMinamin leads our annual Irish group each year, a great bunch of guys and superb anglers, Nice one Mike.

The was Stephan Flanagan’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, not his last! nice one Stephan!

The was Stephan Flanagan’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, not his last! nice one Stephan!

Tony Black is a Scottish salmon fishing gillie, now he knows how to catch them on both side of the pond Congratulations Tony!

Tony Black is a Scottish salmon fishing gillie, now he knows how to catch them on both side of the pond Congratulations Tony!

Our rivers are in the best condition since July, The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well and flowing at 10 cubic meters per second. The Petite Cascapedia is also in better shape and flowing at 6 cubic meters, up from 4 . The Bonaventure is fishing better and conditions are good, water flow on the Bony is at 7 Cubic meters and the temperatures are in the 50 degree range, not bad considering all the hot weather we had.

Camp Bonaventure friend and long time guests Chris Williams, A good one Chris, Congratulations!

Camp Bonaventure friend and long time guests Chris Williams, A good one Chris, Congratulations!

Sharon Dombrowski is a regular September visitor to the lodge, she’s a great lady and angler, well done Sharon, see you next year!

Sharon Dombrowski is a regular September visitor to the lodge, she’s a great lady and angler, well done Sharon, see you next year!

Orvis fishing travel expert, Dan Davala with his first one of the season, nice one Dan, congratulations !

Orvis fishing travel expert, Dan Davala with his first one of the season, nice one Dan, congratulations !

James and Lindsy Meyer with their first Atlantic salmon, nice start to the trip, congratulations

James and Lindsy Meyer with their first Atlantic salmon, nice start to the trip, congratulations

The fall run has been coming in slowly, but with this latest bump in water, things should turn on. Higher and cooler water volume combined with high tides should translate to happy anglers next week.

Chet Warner with his first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Chet! may it be the first of many more to come.

Chet Warner with his first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations Chet! may it be the first of many more to come.

September fly choices are different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice as well as the Alley Shrimp and GP . Sun Ray Tubes also work well in September. As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50 degree range, dry fly's will continue to produce. As always the Green, Brown and Blue bombers will get the job done.

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report Sept 10th to 16th, 2018

The weather man was kind to us this past week giving us the rain we needed. We received  a good rain fall on Tuesday and Wednesday giving our rivers a much needed boost. After being exceptionally low for most of the season our water conditions were much better this week. 

Congratulations to long time Camp Bonaventure friend Lori Sullivan, here she is with a nice Petite Cascapedia Salmon. Nice one Lori!

Congratulations to long time Camp Bonaventure friend Lori Sullivan, here she is with a nice Petite Cascapedia Salmon. Nice one Lori!

The Bonaventure  went 5 cubic meters per second to 7 and Petite Cascapedia from 4 to 6 . The Grand Cascapedia received a good amount of rain as well , water levels are good with temperatures is in the 50 to 55 degree range and flowing at 11 per second from 7.

This was John McGonagle’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, but not his last, see you next year John! Nice salmon!

This was John McGonagle’s first trip to Camp Bonaventure, but not his last, see you next year John! Nice salmon!

Some beats fished well  while others weren't as productive.  A good number of nice salmon were landed along with a good number of grilse.  Cooler water conditions combined with big tides should be bringing a run of fish in this weekend and next week.

Jean Charbonneau has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a good friend and great angler. Congratulations Jean!

Jean Charbonneau has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, he’s a good friend and great angler. Congratulations Jean!

This week hot fly's have been the Red Francis, Sun Ray Shadow and Silver Rat . The Ally shrimp along with the John Olin were responsible for a few more.

Jean Claude Rouiller came all the way from Switzerland to see us, he had a great trip and landed a good number of salmon. Well done Jean Claude, see you in 2019

Jean Claude Rouiller came all the way from Switzerland to see us, he had a great trip and landed a good number of salmon. Well done Jean Claude, see you in 2019

Dry's are still working well, especially the Blue and Dark Brown Bomber. As long as our water temperatures remain in the 50 plus degree range, dry's will continue to be productive.

Simon Davies from the UK with his first salmon from this side of the pond, well done Simon!

Simon Davies from the UK with his first salmon from this side of the pond, well done Simon!

Until next week

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report September 3rd to 9th, 2018

The weather man was kind to us this past week giving us a day of rain, nothing to write home about but a welcome change of pace. Showers on Monday and rain on Wednesday gave our rivers a small but much needed boost. Some beats fished well while others weren't as productive, its not a normal season, we`re having to  adjust and change our game. I must say our guides are working hard and doing a great job.  Cooler water temperatures combined with big tides by weeks end should help get our fall run going.

Joseph Anscher with his first Bonaventure salmon, well done Joe, see you in 2019.

Joseph Anscher with his first Bonaventure salmon, well done Joe, see you in 2019.

The Bonaventure remains low at 6 cubic meters per second . Despite the lower water conditions the water temperature is still in the 55 degree range, great for dry fly fishing.  Like the Bonaventure the Petite Cascapedia is also low, 4.5 cubic meters per second. Staying cool like the Bony, the Petite has been giving up some big salmon despite the low water. The Grand Cascapedia  has been producing but with water conditions flowing at 6.5 its very low.

Serge Desrochers with a fine Bonaventure salmon , congratulations Serge!

Serge Desrochers with a fine Bonaventure salmon , congratulations Serge!

Cooler water temperatures combined with big tides by weeks end should help get our fall run going. It doest`t take much to turn things around. If we get a good rain it will be a different game that’s for sure.

William Cox rom the UK with his first Canadian salmon, nicely done Will.

William Cox rom the UK with his first Canadian salmon, nicely done Will.

As we approach mid September and cooler water we're  beginning to use our fall patterns.  Low water conditions are keeping our fly choice small with sizes in 10, 12 and 14.  Dry’s continue to be the big producer with Dark Brown, Forest Green and Blue Bombers.

Camp Bonaventure good friend and regular Michael Sullivan with his first of 2018, congratulations Michael ! see you next year.

Camp Bonaventure good friend and regular Michael Sullivan with his first of 2018, congratulations Michael ! see you next year.

Until next week,

Tight lines

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing and River Report, Aug 27th to Sept 2nd, 2018

It's hard to believe that August has already come and gone. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Fraser with his first one of trip, well done Peter, congratulations!

Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Fraser with his first one of trip, well done Peter, congratulations!

Joanna Fraser with a fine Bonaventure salmon, nice one Joanna, well done!

Joanna Fraser with a fine Bonaventure salmon, nice one Joanna, well done!

The last week of August brought us a mixed bag of weather, hot and humid at the beginning and a little cooler with rain towards the end. Up until this week we’ve been experiencing one of the hottest and driest summers on record .  The fishing was a little tougher early in the week but picked up after the rain,  overall we still did OK.

James Palmer has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, even in tough conditions Jim knows how to get it done. congradulations Jim!

James Palmer has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, even in tough conditions Jim knows how to get it done. congradulations Jim!

The Bonaventure is flowing  at 8 cubic meters per second but still relatively cool in the 60 degrees range and even cooler in the upper sections. The Petite Cascapedia is also low and running at 7 cubic meters per second, like the Bonaventure its still cool.  The Grand Cascapedia was down to 9 cubic meters per second but the rain bumped it up to 12 .

This was Andre Lavoie's first trip to Camp Bonaventure, nice one Andre!

This was Andre Lavoie's first trip to Camp Bonaventure, nice one Andre!

A new moon on August 26th and higher tides brought in a number of fresh salmon and grilse. The much need rain will hopefully entice our fall run of salmon,  we’re already beginning to see a few fresh silver fish in our lower pools.

Joseph Anscher with his first Bonaventure salmon , nicely done Joseph, see you next year!

Joseph Anscher with his first Bonaventure salmon , nicely done Joseph, see you next year!

As our water levels fall and start to get a little cooler we`re  beginning to use our fall patterns. Even though regulars such as the Stone Ghost, John Olin and Green Machines  working well, bigger tubes and  Francis patterns are beginning to produce. Dry's continue to take most of fish especially the Dark Brown, Blue and Green Bombers. As long as our water stays above 50 degrees there’s no reason to put the bombers away.

Until next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, August 20th to 26th

Periodically this season and once again this week, I received an e-mail from a  client wondering how bad the conditions really were. This person also asked "if the conditions are not great and the fishing is tough, where was I  getting the photos for my weekly report ? My answer is simple, first and foremost I'm always honest in my reports and tell it like it is. Are condition ideal?, no , are our water levels low, Yes.  Do we have a good run of salmon ?, Yes but most importantly we have excellent guides who know how to get our clients into fish.

Don Grossett has been part of Camp Bonaventure since the beginning, he's not only one of our best friends he 'sa part of our family. It didn't take him long to catch his first one of the season, congratulations Don!

Don Grossett has been part of Camp Bonaventure since the beginning, he's not only one of our best friends he 'sa part of our family. It didn't take him long to catch his first one of the season, congratulations Don!

Don with a nice fresh run grilse, well done Don!

Don with a nice fresh run grilse, well done Don!

That's what we have photos of happy clients each week. We cant guarantee  salmon every day but we can guarantee that  you'll be casting to plenty of salmon and having a great experience both on the river and back at the lodge. That all being said, a good rainfall will change everything!

P ancho Panzer from Argentina with a nice Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Pancho, see you next year

Pancho Panzer from Argentina with a nice Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Pancho, see you next year

Teo Panzer, with a beauty from the Bony, well done little man! Like his father Pancho, Teo is a great angler.

Teo Panzer, with a beauty from the Bony, well done little man! Like his father Pancho, Teo is a great angler.

Granted we have low water conditions we did manage to have another respectable weeks fishing  on our rivers. We landed a good number of salmon and grilse including some fresh from the sea. Our saving grace is our water remains cool even when low. This time of the  season our nights are considerable cooler keeping the temperature down.. 

Our dear friend Phil Cattleman at 90 years young! Phil landed an nice fish but we didn't get a photo. He's booked back next year and we'll the camera ready!. Congratulations Phil, see you in 2019.

Our dear friend Phil Cattleman at 90 years young! Phil landed an nice fish but we didn't get a photo. He's booked back next year and we'll the camera ready!. Congratulations Phil, see you in 2019.

Joel Castleman like his father Phill and brother David are some of our best friends at Camp. Nice on Joel!

Joel Castleman like his father Phill and brother David are some of our best friends at Camp. Nice on Joel!

It Didn't take David long to get on the board, nice start David, well done!

It Didn't take David long to get on the board, nice start David, well done!

This weeks fly selection,  the Blue Charm, Stone Ghost and green Machine. Dry's have continued to be the big winners especially Dark  Brown , Blue and Forest Green bombers. Small hitched tubes are also producing a good number of fish as well.

Albert Smith with his first Bonaventure salmon, nicely done Albert, congratulations.

Albert Smith with his first Bonaventure salmon, nicely done Albert, congratulations.

Until Next Week,

Tight lines,

Glenn