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 

 

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & Report August 13th to 19th, 2018

We Finally received a bit of rain, not the 25 to 30 mm they were announcing but just enough to freshen up our rivers and keep us going for another week. We're supposed to get more next week but not what we are hoping for. Temperatures are supposed to cool down in the coming days, it will nice to get a break from the heat.  2018 has been the hottest and driest summer for the past 60 years.

  John Rocha, is a Camp Bonaventure regular and good friend. Nice one John, congratulations!

John Rocha, is a Camp Bonaventure regular and good friend. Nice one John, congratulations!

  This was James French's second trip to Camp Bonaventure, we know why he keeps coming back, well done James

This was James French's second trip to Camp Bonaventure, we know why he keeps coming back, well done James

The water levels are low on all our rivers but we still have plenty of salmon in our pools. The Bonaventure, Petite and Grand Cascapedia all have good runs of fish and there are plenty just waiting to enter the river on the next bump in water. All the rivers on the Peninsula are low at the moment but very fishable. We are fortunate that our rivers run cold from the Chic-Choc mountains and remain cool even when the weather warms up.

  Tim Ingram has become a good friend to us over the years, a fine gentleman and wonderful angler, nice one Tim!

Tim Ingram has become a good friend to us over the years, a fine gentleman and wonderful angler, nice one Tim!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 7 Cubic meter per second, it should be in the 20 range at this time of the season.  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 6 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season 20 is the norm.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 12 cubic meters, normal for the mid August is 25.

  Don Grosset has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. here is is playing salmon no. 3 in as many days, well done Don!

Don Grosset has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. here is is playing salmon no. 3 in as many days, well done Don!

  Tom Stoker sure knows how to get it done, good start Tom, see you next year!

Tom Stoker sure knows how to get it done, good start Tom, see you next year!

Small flys have been working the best, in particular the Undertaker, John Olin and Green machine in sizes 8,  10 and 12. We are still doing very well on bombers especially the Green, Dark Brown and Blue.

  John Lowery (right) and Chris Davis have been part of Camp Bonaventure for many years. Not only great anglers and good friends, they were high rods for the week with over ten landed in four days! way to go guys!

John Lowery (right) and Chris Davis have been part of Camp Bonaventure for many years. Not only great anglers and good friends, they were high rods for the week with over ten landed in four days! way to go guys!

  Celebratory fist bumps and back at it! 

Celebratory fist bumps and back at it! 

  John Lowery releases a nice on back on the Bonaventure, congratulations, John!

John Lowery releases a nice on back on the Bonaventure, congratulations, John!

  The water might be low, but we're not missing salmon!

The water might be low, but we're not missing salmon!

Until Next Week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, Aug 6th to 12th, 2018

The first week of August was our toughest so far this season . Warmer than normal temperatures combined with little to no rain has made fishing tough. Water levels on the Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia  and Grand Cascapedia are low and warmer than normal for this time of the season.  

  ASF's  Kirsten Rousse with her first one of the season on the Petite Cascapedia, congratulations Kirsten!

ASF's  Kirsten Rousse with her first one of the season on the Petite Cascapedia, congratulations Kirsten!

That being said its certainly not gloom and doom. As I writing this report its raining hard and the Grand Cascapedia is already on the rise. The Bony and Petite move a little slower but the fresh water will make a big difference.

  Camp Bonaventure regular Keith Williams  with a nice salmon from the Bonaventure. Well done Keith,  see you next year.

Camp Bonaventure regular Keith Williams  with a nice salmon from the Bonaventure. Well done Keith,  see you next year.

  Tim McDonald(Right) landed his first Bonaventure salmon with Camp Bonaventure master guide Marc Poirier.  Well done guys.

Tim McDonald(Right) landed his first Bonaventure salmon with Camp Bonaventure master guide Marc Poirier.  Well done guys.

The Bony has a good number of fish and fishing has been pretty good considering the conditions. The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with lower than normal levels, but we are having some good fishing. Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia were the lowest of our three rivers but the rain changed that in a hurry. 

  Stephen Lloyd puts one back on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Steven!

Stephen Lloyd puts one back on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Steven!

Dry's continue on the top of the list for hot fly's, Green, Brown and Blue in sizes 2, 4 and 6. The wets doing the job are the John Olin and Stone Ghost along with the Green Machine and Undertaker.

  James French with his first one of the season, nicely done James!

James French with his first one of the season, nicely done James!

  They may have been harder to catch in the warmer weather, but its not because they weren't there!

They may have been harder to catch in the warmer weather, but its not because they weren't there!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, July 30th to Aug 5th, 2018

Last weeks fishing was controlled by the weather, some days were rainy while others were hot and sunny. The high tides associated with the full moon brought in a nice run of July salmon and grilse. It seems we're running about two weeks behind schedule this season. Our lower pools are holding fresh salmon, however water conditions remain very low.

  Camp Bonaventure regular Marc Andre Bourdon landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure, Nicely done Marc Andre!

Camp Bonaventure regular Marc Andre Bourdon landed this fine salmon on the Bonaventure, Nicely done Marc Andre!

The Bonaventure's flowing at 11 cubic meters per second, about half the volume for this time of the season and water temperatures are in the 60 degree range  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 8 , very low but still fishing well. The Petite saw a nice run of fresh salmon during the high July tides and most pools on the Petite are holding fish.  

  David Hill with Camp Bonaventure master guide carol Barriault, congradulations David on your first Bonaventure salmon!

David Hill with Camp Bonaventure master guide carol Barriault, congradulations David on your first Bonaventure salmon!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia continues the been just OK. The flow rate is at 13 about half of what it should be at this time of the season. We did receive a nice rise in water this past Wednesday but with temperatures in the 80's if fell quickly.

  It Didn't take Mac Fox long to hook this one,  Mario  says its all because of his guiding skils, lol

It Didn't take Mac Fox long to hook this one,  Mario  says its all because of his guiding skils, lol

 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  4 and 6 are working the best. In the wet fly department, the Silver Rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm andGreen Machine have been doing very well. Wet fly sizes in 8, 10  and 12 are the best choice.

  Isabelle Jewell has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, she not only a good friend but a fine angler, congratulations Isabelle!

Isabelle Jewell has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, she not only a good friend but a fine angler, congratulations Isabelle!

The weatherman is calling for a mixed bag for the upcoming week, with temperatures in the 75 degree range. no major rain in the forecast.

  Staying cool, not only us anglers need shade this year!

Staying cool, not only us anglers need shade this year!

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 23rd to 29th, 2018

We finally received a bit of rain, not what we were hoping for but rain none the less. The Bonaventure,  Petite and Grand Cascapedia's are getting very low, the rain helped a bit but we sure could use a good couple of rainy days.

  Mike "Spike" Vandunsen (Left ) and Camp Bonaventure master guide Jean Marc Poirier with a nice fresh salmon on the Bonaventure, well done Spike!

Mike "Spike" Vandunsen (Left ) and Camp Bonaventure master guide Jean Marc Poirier with a nice fresh salmon on the Bonaventure, well done Spike!

  Heonku Lee with his first Atlantic salmon, great start Heonku, congradulations

Heonku Lee with his first Atlantic salmon, great start Heonku, congradulations

The weather system passed a little more to the Northeast so the Grand Cascapedia received more rain than the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia.  The Grand went from 10 cubic meters per second to 20 overnight, giving it a small but much needed boost. The Petite Cascapedia went from 7 to 11 and the Bonaventure from 9 to 15  not much but new water is nice.

  Barbara Crook with a nice fresh run grilse, this was No, 3 for the day , well done Barbara!

Barbara Crook with a nice fresh run grilse, this was No, 3 for the day , well done Barbara!

  A stone Ghost No. 10 Her "not" so secret weapon!

A stone Ghost No. 10 Her "not" so secret weapon!

 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.

  Mac & Dale Fox didn't take lone to hook a few on the Bonaventure, well done guys!

Mac & Dale Fox didn't take lone to hook a few on the Bonaventure, well done guys!

 Dale Fox (Right) with master Guide Mario Poirier, well done guys!

Dale Fox (Right) with master Guide Mario Poirier, well done guys!

 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, July 16th to 22nd, 2018

We had a good week at camp with decent numbers of fish hooked and landed, in fact the best week of the season so far. Despite the dry conditions and low water we did very well .The weather has continued to be hot and sunny with temperatures in the high 20's and very humid, defiantly not the best fishing conditions. 

  It Didn't take David Hebb of Nova Scotia too long to hook is first one ,of the season, congratulations David!

It Didn't take David Hebb of Nova Scotia too long to hook is first one ,of the season, congratulations David!

  Fred Fountain (Left) and Grant Stonehouse , the net man , sure know how to enjoy themselves. nice one guys, see you next year!

Fred Fountain (Left) and Grant Stonehouse , the net man , sure know how to enjoy themselves. nice one guys, see you next year!

The Bonaventure produced well this week especially in our lower pools. we never missed in Poirier pool all week long.  Last weeks full moon gave us some of the highest tides of the season along with a nice run of fresh salmon, despite low water fishing was great.

 Kieth Lovelock from the UK has become a regular at Camp Bonaventure, Congradulations Keith, see you next year.

Kieth Lovelock from the UK has become a regular at Camp Bonaventure, Congradulations Keith, see you next year.

  Scott Brown from the UK with his first Salmon from this side of the pond, nicely done Scott!

Scott Brown from the UK with his first Salmon from this side of the pond, nicely done Scott!

The Bonaventure is still running cool but very low at 11 Cubic Meters per second.  We are having a good season on the Petite Cascapedia but like the Bony its very low. This week the Petite Cascapedia was flowing at 9 cubis meters per second,  a new record low for mid July. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well despite the very low water. The Grand was at 13 on Sunday, matching historical lows for mid July. 

  Francoise Reault landed this fine salmon on her first day out, congratulations Francoise!

Francoise Reault landed this fine salmon on her first day out, congratulations Francoise!

  Francis Gauthier wasn't too far behind his wife with this nice grilse, well done Francis, see you next year.

Francis Gauthier wasn't too far behind his wife with this nice grilse, well done Francis, see you next year.

 Considering the conditions we are still catching fish every day. We need rain, the weather man is calling for rain and showers this week, but we all know how accurate they can be. Lets hope they are right for once!

  If you've ever wondered what a 40 pounder look like, here you go!

If you've ever wondered what a 40 pounder look like, here you go!

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,

Until Next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 9th to 15th, 2018

Despite last weeks heat wave where temperatures climbed into the high 90's, we managed to hook and land a number of fine salmon.  The weather's been hot and very humid across the Gaspe Peninsula and all our rivers are experiencing low water conditions. Despite lower water conditions we did however land a good number of salmon and grilse but we're working a little harder for them.

  Jeff Sullivan has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, he's a great friend and an awesome angler, nice one Jeff!

Jeff Sullivan has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, he's a great friend and an awesome angler, nice one Jeff!

  Fred Benere has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. He sure knows how to catch them, congratulations Fred, see you in September!

Fred Benere has been part of Camp Bonaventure since day one. He sure knows how to catch them, congratulations Fred, see you in September!

The Bonaventure is low but still cool and holding at 12 cubic meters per second , very low for this time of the season. The Petite Cascapedia is seeing a nice run of fresh fish but the water is low at 9 Cubic meters per second. The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some nice fish but it's also getting very low and flowing at 14.

  Pascale Simon with her first one of the season, well done Pascale! see you next year.

Pascale Simon with her first one of the season, well done Pascale! see you next year.

  Jacqueline O'Kelley and Camp Bonaventure master guide Carol Barriault with a fresh run Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Jacqueline!

Jacqueline O'Kelley and Camp Bonaventure master guide Carol Barriault with a fresh run Bonaventure salmon, congratulations Jacqueline!

We could really use some rain, all the rivers on the Peninsula are low at the moment but certainly still fishable. We are fortunate that our rivers run cold from the Chic-Choc mountains and remain cool even when the weather warms up. The weather man is calling for showers on Monday and Tuesday, lets hope he's accurate for once!

  Camp Bonaventure regular Serge Gagne sure know how to catch them, Nice one on our Poirier pool Serge!

Camp Bonaventure regular Serge Gagne sure know how to catch them, Nice one on our Poirier pool Serge!

   Martin Weaver comes all the way to Camp from Argentina each year, a great guy and master angler, nice start to the week Martin!!! congratulations.

Martin Weaver comes all the way to Camp from Argentina each year, a great guy and master angler, nice start to the week Martin!!! congratulations.

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green, Dark Brown and especially Blue Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly department, the John Olin, Green Butt and Black Ghost did the job, the Green Machine is also catching up pretty quickly as one of the best fly's.  The sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report, July 2nd to 8th, 2018

Overall we've had another good week at camp with fish in the book every day. Not the numbers we're used to at this time of the season but fishing is improving with each passing day.

  Tom Harkness (right) has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, he's a great friend to us all. Here's Tom with master guide Marc Poirier with a fine Bonaventure salmon, well done guys!

Tom Harkness (right) has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, he's a great friend to us all. Here's Tom with master guide Marc Poirier with a fine Bonaventure salmon, well done guys!

The weather warmed up considerably by mid week and the last few days have been hot and sunny with temperatures in the 90 degree range.  Mornings and evenings are the time to fish when it gets this hot.

  Gianni Marostica (Left) with our head guide Mario Poirier, Gianni's a great angler and a good friend. Congratulations Gianni!

Gianni Marostica (Left) with our head guide Mario Poirier, Gianni's a great angler and a good friend. Congratulations Gianni!

The Bonaventure continues to produce some nice salmon and our water temperatures are staying cool despite the hot weather. The rain we received late last week maintained our water levels and gave the bony a nice boost. Water flow on Saturday was 30 Cubic meters per second, perfect for this time of July..

  This was Anna Beatrice's second time to Camp Bonaventure, she 's quickly becoming a pro, nice one Anna, see you next year!

This was Anna Beatrice's second time to Camp Bonaventure, she 's quickly becoming a pro, nice one Anna, see you next year!

The Petite Cadcapedia is also producing some nice salmon and our guides are telling me there  are fresh salmon in most pools. Water flow on the Petite is at 15, she definatly could use some rain. The Grand is also fishing well but could use a couple of rain to bump water levels. Water flow on the Grand Cascapedia is at 22, below normal for this time of the season.

  Tom Kazenback had a great week's fishing , congratulations Tom see you  again next year.

Tom Kazenback had a great week's fishing , congratulations Tom see you  again next year.

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green, Dark Brown and Blue Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green Butt and Silver Rat did the best. The Picasse and Green Spey were the winners on the Petite. The sizes that are working best are number 8's and 10's 

  Tom Smith with a fine salmon from the Petite Cascapedia, nice one Tom, well done.

Tom Smith with a fine salmon from the Petite Cascapedia, nice one Tom, well done.

  Long time Camp Bonaventure regular's Pierre Vezina and his wife Diane, A nice salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, nice one!

Long time Camp Bonaventure regular's Pierre Vezina and his wife Diane, A nice salmon from the Grand Cascapedia, nice one!

  Patrice Vezina puts this nice one back to swim another day, congratulations Pat! see you in September.

Patrice Vezina puts this nice one back to swim another day, congratulations Pat! see you in September.

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

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing and River Report, June 25th to July 1st, 2018

So far this past week has been the best of our 2018 season . Water levels and temperatures are just perfect and combined with this weeks high tides and new moon, conditions were just right. Our lower pools, on the Bonaventure are fishing extremely well and giving up  salmon every day. 

  Long time Camp Bonaventure angler Joh Director with his first one of the season, congratulations Jon!

Long time Camp Bonaventure angler Joh Director with his first one of the season, congratulations Jon!

  Allen Moore has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for almost 25 years, he's a great angler but most of all a great friend to us all. well done Allen!

Allen Moore has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for almost 25 years, he's a great angler but most of all a great friend to us all. well done Allen!

The  Bonaventure is in  normal June flow for the end of June and dry fly fishing is picking up. The Petite Cascapedia, a later river than the Bony and Grand is also  fishing  well. The big run on the Petite Cascapedia usually takes place in late June and early July and this year seems to be the same. The Grand Cascapedia continues to produce well and we caught a number of fine salmon this past week .

  This was Steve Osbourne's first trip to Camp Bonaventure, it won't be his last. Nice one Steve!

This was Steve Osbourne's first trip to Camp Bonaventure, it won't be his last. Nice one Steve!

  Jacques Morin with his first one of the season, nice one Jacques, congratulations. 

Jacques Morin with his first one of the season, nice one Jacques, congratulations. 

On the Petite and Grand this weeks favorites have been the Stone Ghost, Silver Rat and John Olin, in sizes 4, 6 and 8 . The Nagli was our big produce on the Bonaventure in sizes 6 and 8 . We also caught a few on tubes including some nice fish taken on micro-tubes as well . Bombers, especially those tied in Green and Dark Brown patterns are the favorites as usual.

  Bill McCarroll with a fine one from the Bony, nice one Bill see you next year!

Bill McCarroll with a fine one from the Bony, nice one Bill see you next year!

  This was Alicie Beauchemin's first day salmon fishing, imaging after a few years of practice ,wow nice salmon and well done Alicie!

This was Alicie Beauchemin's first day salmon fishing, imaging after a few years of practice ,wow nice salmon and well done Alicie!

Thursdays heavy rain gave our rivers a much needed boost and hopefully entice more salmon to head up stream.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 18th to 24th, 2018

After a slow start to the season we are slowly seeing things get back to normal. This weeks high tides brought in a decent run of fish especially in  Bonaventure and Petite Cacsapedia. The Grand is an earlier river and we're used to seeing salmon by early June.  Really good news for the Petite as its usually later than most rivers, hopefully its a sign of great things to come.

  Craig Shannon with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Craig, may it be the first of many to come.

Craig Shannon with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Craig, may it be the first of many to come.

  Mike Shannon wasn't too far behind his son Craig, with a fine one from the Bonaventure. Way to go Mike!

Mike Shannon wasn't too far behind his son Craig, with a fine one from the Bonaventure. Way to go Mike!

I was speaking with ASF's president Bill Taylor this week. Bill was telling me that all the rivers are late this year but starting slowly to see some fish. The same holds true for the Bony and Petite as we are seeing more and more as the week goes by.

  Camp Bonaventure regular Sonja Meisner and  master guide Matthew Flowers with her first one of the season, nice one Sonja!

Camp Bonaventure regular Sonja Meisner and  master guide Matthew Flowers with her first one of the season, nice one Sonja!

Mondays' rain gave us a need boost in water levels and moved the levels up a slight bit. We certainly don't have low water conditions but a nice rain always freshens things up. 

  Lios Dyer Mann have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years,she is a wonderful and skilled angler, congratulations Lois! Thanks to the skills of guide Marc poirier for knowing exactly where to put the fly!

Lios Dyer Mann have been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years,she is a wonderful and skilled angler, congratulations Lois! Thanks to the skills of guide Marc poirier for knowing exactly where to put the fly!

The Bonaventure river is flowing cold and clear at 43 cubic meters per second. The Grand Cascapedia at 50 and the Petite Cascapedia at 35. Our rivers are a little higher than normal for this time of the season but we’re not complaining, better higher than too low.  The higher water is allowing salmon to move quickly up stream,  all our rivers have fish throughout their entire systems, not in huge numbers but there none the less. 

  Julian Stoudemire has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, a great friend and angler, its always great to have him with us at Camp!l

Julian Stoudemire has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for many years, a great friend and angler, its always great to have him with us at Camp!l

The weather has also been cooperating, temperatures have not been too warn and we received just the right amount of rain to maintain the levels. The forecast is calling for rain and showers during the first part of next week and clear towards the end.

  Water conditions are perfect for our float boat.It gets us to places no one else can go! 

Water conditions are perfect for our float boat.It gets us to places no one else can go! 

The fly or the week was the Stone Ghost in sizes 4 and 6. The John Olin, Nagli, Green Highlander, Silver Rat and Langa Fancy also did a very good job. Dry flies have also started  produce, however the water is still a little too cool for great dry fly action. 

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 11th to 17th, 2018

After a late spring and challenging conditions during the first week, I am pleased to report that things are looking up and moving in the right directing. The Bonaventure is starting to produce and we’re seeing fresh salmon enter the river, our lower pools are now holding fish.  The Grand Cascapdia is also beginning to fish well and nice fish are being landed each day. The Petite opened on Friday, even though its still early for the Petite Cascapedia, our guides did see a few fish here and there. That’s great news as the Petite is usually a later river than the Bony and Grand.  

  Long time friends and Camp Bonaventure regulars Mac & Dale Fox are back in full force for another season. Great to see you guys again!!!

Long time friends and Camp Bonaventure regulars Mac & Dale Fox are back in full force for another season. Great to see you guys again!!!

  It didn't take Mac long to land his first one of the season  on Poirier pool ,congratulations Mac well done!

It didn't take Mac long to land his first one of the season  on Poirier pool ,congratulations Mac well done!

  Dale wasn't far behind with another fine silver salmon nice one Dale, way to go!

Dale wasn't far behind with another fine silver salmon nice one Dale, way to go!

Our rivers are in great condition and water levels are perfect for early season. The Bonaventure is flowing at 55 cubic meters a second so wading is not yet safe everywhere. Spey rods work well and certainly give you an advantage over single handed rods in higher water conditions.  Fishing from canoes is the best way to fish at the moment and probably will be for the next week or ten days.The Grand Cascapedia is running over 50 Cubic Meters per second, just perfect for this time of the season.  The Petite Cascapedia is in great condition flowing at 30 Cubic meters per second.

 Adrien Overall from the UK with his first Bonaventure salmon, nice one Adrien, congratulations!

Adrien Overall from the UK with his first Bonaventure salmon, nice one Adrien, congratulations!

We've been seeing fresh fish in the Bonaventure for the past week and Poirier pool was our biggest produce .  Our upper pools have also produce a few nice salmon and it should just keep getting better during the next week. The first couple of weeks are sometimes bit more of a challenging, some years are great while others are a bit slower. The good news is, we do have salmon in the river!

  Opening week can be cool, Julie Talleman braves the elements she fishes the Grassy pool. 

Opening week can be cool, Julie Talleman braves the elements she fishes the Grassy pool. 

The fly's of choice this time of the season are usually bigger, this week we had action on the Green Spey, Silver Rat and John Olin. Sizes from 4 and 6 were the best choice. It's still a bit early for dry's but as the water warms up there will be close by.

  Our good friend and Camp Bonaventure regular Marcel Caissie puts one back on the Bonaventure. ( I vouch that this is Marcel's hand, lol ) congrats Marcel !

Our good friend and Camp Bonaventure regular Marcel Caissie puts one back on the Bonaventure. ( I vouch that this is Marcel's hand, lol ) congrats Marcel !

That's all to report for this week, If you are interested in fishing with us next season please contact me early, we fill up quickly. 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 3 to 10, 2018

Our 2018 salmon season is officially open! and as usual we`re getting anxious to see what this season will bring. Each year's different and we're always hopeful for of great season with plenty of salmon.  This winter was a cold one with plenty of snow and seem to last forever. Spring was cool and wet putting us about two weeks behind schedule. Our rivers typically get their first Salmon between the last week of May and first week of June. With the later than normal spring the first fish are just beginning to show up this week.

  Despite the late spring the Bonaventure is in great condition.

Despite the late spring the Bonaventure is in great condition.

Our first guests arrived on May 29th for a couple of days Spey Casting lessons with Neil Holding.  They were in fine form for opening day. 

  Poirier Pool is always on of the best nearly season.

Poirier Pool is always on of the best nearly season.

On June 3rd we were joined by eight wonderful ladies from Montreal. All beginners and all eager to learn the art of fly casting and angling for Atlantic salmon. 

  All dressed and ready to go, what a great group of ladies!

All dressed and ready to go, what a great group of ladies!

Our guides were all gear up and eager to teach and after a few days on the river, everybody was having a wonderful time. Casting was great but unfortunately the catching wasn’t.  A couple of our guides reported seeing a few fish here and there but nothing to get excited about yet.

  Spey casting 101 and doing great!

Spey casting 101 and doing great!

The latest we have ever gone at Camp without catching salmon is June 7th. It looked like we were going to set a new record but thanks to Camp Bonaventure regular, John Frost from Denmark and our master guide John Law, a fine 12 pounder went into the books, June 7th.

  John Frost with Camp Bonaventure guide John Law with the first salmon of the new season, congratulations John! well done.

John Frost with Camp Bonaventure guide John Law with the first salmon of the new season, congratulations John! well done.

Water condition are perfect for this time of the season, clear and running cool. The weather man is calling for a few showers by mid week and cool whether which should maintain water levels. The Bonaventure is flowing at 75 cubic meters per second, The Grand Cascapedia at 95 and the Petite Cascapedia at 50.  The Bonaventure is just starting to see its first salmon.  A couple of big fish we holding in Poirier pool on Saturday , but wouldn’t take a fly. The Grand is beginning to produce and a coule of nice fish have been landed. You’ll have to wait until next week for the Petite, it opens on Friday the 15th. 

  Early season fly's

Early season fly's

The first week is always a bit 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. 

With one fish in the book for the week the hot fly was John Frosts Naglie. I’m sure next weeks fly choice will be a little more elaborate.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

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Atlantic Salmon fishing Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge, Canada - Steffan Jones trip report

In September 2017 Steffan travelled to Canada to visit both Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge in pursuit of Atlantic Salmon. He was faced with very low water conditions, but the experience made up for the tricky fishing…

An Atlantic salmon angler tends to be quite a specific type of person. I am not sure if I would categorise the character as patient, optimistic or just downright stubborn. Either way, if you fish for Atlantic salmon often enough and enjoy it, chances are you fall into the same category.

It is difficult not to enjoy salmon fishing even if you’re not catching, because the environment in which you usually place your cast is wild and beautiful. Even the casting is fun and a day can be spent honing a particular cast or just playing with different permutations as you progress through a pool. However, the tug is most definitely the drug, and this is what keeps us coming back for more; even if that tug does only materialise one in every thousand casts!

I am very much an angler that fishes the seasons. I am not besotted with one given species and understand that better fishing may be found for different species at different times of the seasons, so will flit between them as the season dictates. I enjoy nothing more than chasing brown trout in the spring, sea trout in the summer and then salmon as the mood takes me. However, it is the autumn when the salmon get my full and undivided attention in earnest, as by this time the trout and sea trout have had their fair share of action.

Swinging a fly for salmon is always full of anticipation and expectation. You never know when the line will draw tight and all those fruitless casts fade into insignificance. It may have been hours or even days since it last happened, but that one fish resets the clock and optimism levels are boosted once more.

We lack the clarity in our waters to see the salmon, which adds an extra air of mysticism to proceedings. Experience or reading the river tells us where we should be placing our cast, what fly and what depth, but after that we’re very much in the lap of the gods. Indeed, our fishing and fishing methods have rather been honed to reflect this, with a searching style being apparent rather than targeting an individual fish.

I once saw an image taken on the Bonaventure River in Quebec, Canada, of water so clear that it looked like the angler fishing from a boat was floating in the air rather than being on the water. My mind instantly began dreaming of what it must be like to see and target individual salmon on such water; seeing their reaction. How they might be teased with different offerings, but also how often the same must occur closer to home. We don’t witness the visual aspect unless there is a boil or a close encounter.

When it comes to the great salmon rivers of the world, two Canadian rivers will always appear on the list; the Bonaventure and the Cascapedia. The Bonaventure because of its water clarity, which is difficult to fathom without witnessing it for yourself as it has over 150 ft of clarity – the third clearest river in the world, apparently. Then the Cascapedia for its large salmon, where 30 and even 40 lbs salmon are recorded each and every season.

We have represented two great lodges covering these rivers for many years, with Salmon Lodge mainly covering the Cascapedia and Camp Bonaventure covering the Bonaventure. Recently they added a third lodge to their portfolio; Salmon Club, which is perched overlooking the Bonaventure River. Due to this addition, a trip was needed to see this but to also reacquaint ourselves with the other operations too, as a lot can change in a very short space of time.

September can be a fantastic time to visit. There are some fresh fish running, but there is a great head of fish that have entered throughout the season too. With the colder weather drawing in and spawning time approaching, such fish will often become aggressive, which makes for great fishing, even if the fish have been sulking on the riverbed for weeks. The colours on the trees are worth the visit alone, as the autumnal hues begin to take hold, almost in correlation with the breeding colours of the salmon.

Accessing the lodges is very straightforward. A direct flight to Montreal with either Air Canada or British Airways (7hrs flight time) then a connecting flight through to Bathurst (90 minutes) in New Brunswick the same day. The return leg is the same too, with no overnights needed in Montreal. Perhaps not a bad thing as working off the airport prices in Montreal it is a painfully expensive place! The airport itself is easy to navigate, is of a high standard and is full of excellent places to eat, drink or just relax – a few hours are easily killed, especially given their free wi-fi service. Security is very straightforward too, as long as you have remembered to do your ETA! Do not travel without doing so and we would advise you to apply for it before booking your trip.

Do not expect the same when you arrive in Bathurst, well, except for the free wi-fi anyway. It’s a very small regional airport with just a couple of flights a day. On the plus side, it’s very straightforward; it would be a challenge to get lost. Depending on your arrival time you will either have a transfer awaiting to take you directly to the lodge or you will overnight in Bathurst; there is an ample supply of taxis outside the terminal waiting to take you to your chosen hotel.

During my stay I had a full day before transferring to the lodge. As such, I chose to overnight in central Bathurst at a Best Western establishment. For those with a short overnight there is the Atlantic Host Hotel, which is located less than five minutes from the airport and is a great choice; it has a decent restaurant so is self-sufficient – a bonus, as it is a further 10 minutes by car to the town itself.

Bathurst is ‘different’ and this is coming from someone that lives in the wilds of West Wales. As someone who has a degree in Town and Country Planning it left a lot to be desired and did give me palpitations at times. It is really disjointed and has no real heart. I was staying in what was meant to be the town centre, but there was nothing really built around it to indicate that this was the case. It is pretty enough, but a couple of hours would suffice and given a day you will start dragging your heels. The town was built around two large industries; a paper mill and a copper/lead/zinc mine. However, the former closed its doors in 2009 and the latter in 2013. Since then and the unemployment that followed the population of Bathurst has been declining, which perhaps explained why the town lost its heart – times cannot be easy.

If you are there for a day, night or just a few hours there are some saving graces and a walk around the town is nice enough, especially given its waterfront location. I did manage to find a fishing shop, which is owned by a lovely gent named Jack who is all too willing to share his time and knowledge with you. His shop and Jack as a person reminds of Jean Williams’ tackle shop in Usk – Sweets; those that have visited will know how unique this shop is, very much how fishing shops used to be. Anyway, do call in to see Jack if you’re in town, he will always have an open door for you; www.facebook.com/JacksFlyShop

Transfer time from Bathurst to the lodges takes around 2 ½ hours to Salmon Lodge and 3 hours to Camp Bonaventure. The drive passes quickly and you see some wonderful countryside; there are a lot of trees! You also travel over the Matapedia and Restigouche Rivers, which are notable salmon rivers. These form the boundary between New Brunswick and Quebec, with both lodges being located in Quebec. You will also note the time difference during your travels; Montreal is -5hrs GMT, Bathurst is -4hrs GMT and the lodges are -5hrs GMT. It gets confusing…

My fishing stay was to begin at Camp Bonaventure. As soon as you arrive at the lodge there is a hive of activity, all surrounding queen bee; Johnny. At the heart of every good lodge you will find someone like Johnny. They are what make the cogs turn. They are present from first light to last light and keep smiling no matter how big the challenges that day, how bad the fishing, or demanding the guests. They don’t see it themselves because it comes naturally to them; a lot of what they do is who they are and it cannot be taught.

The lodge is homely and you are instantly made to feel part of the family; another sign of a well-run lodge. The location is fantastic; you can venture out onto the decking and view the Bonaventure a stone’s throw away. The lounge has a bar area, which is stocked with soft drinks that are free of charge. There is also wine included with dinner, but for those wanting something a little more upmarket, a beer or even a whisky, then you are more than welcome to bring your own or they will stop at a local store on the way to the lodge, which has a fantastic selection. The lodge does not charge corkage.

The wader room is bigger than most flats I have visited! They designate little sections of the room for you upon arrival, so that you know where to hang your waders for the week ahead. They also have great rod storage facilities, whereby you can leave your rods erect for the entire stay rather than disassembling each day; the guide vehicles have rod carriers for transport to/from the water. Next door is a very well-equipped fishing shop, stocked with virtually every salmon fly under the sun. They have clothing, reels, leader material and more, so anything you forget can be quickly covered. Truth be known you could turn up without waders, boots and rods/reels and the lodge would fully cater for this to a high standard. Something to consider for those looking to travel light; let us know far enough in advance though to enable us to arrange and reserve this for you.

Nothing can prepare you for the clarity of the Bonaventure. I often hear the term ‘gin clear’ coined, but you understand that is misused or overused when you witness the clarity of the Bonaventure. You can literally count every pebble on the riverbed. With 150ft or so of clarity they would take some counting…

Needless to say with such clarity spotting fish is not really an issue, certainly not in calmer areas anyway if you have an elevated position. This is the attraction; seeing a fish react to your fly is an amazing experience. The other added attraction is that there are very few grilse; most fish are 10 lbs and above, with some of over 20 lbs being clearly visible; the Bonaventure is not renowned for huge salmon, but more big fish are turning up over recent years.

Bomber / dry fly fishing is what makes this area truly unique. Indeed, seeing the salmon first and the style of fishing whereby you target individual fish is more akin to trout fishing than classic salmon fishing. However, the flies are very different and quite specialised. When you first see them you do question their effectiveness as they are totally alien and unlike anything you would have seen or cast to a salmon before. They have, however, been refined over decades so you do well to put your trust in them. These are fished dead-drift too, rather than skated. Indeed, if they do begin to skate more often than not they lose their effectiveness.

I have no doubt that you could catch more salmon during your stay if you pulled sunrays, red frances or other wets, but you can do that virtually anywhere else in the world. Also, such flies are definitely not as much fun as targeting individual fish with a dry and seeing their reaction; perhaps on the fourth colour change – it amazed me how they would totally ignore the first three bomber colour changes then attack the fourth like a ravenous wolf. The guides will also carry what you need and some will be adamant about using theirs or having a particular tying style; let them indulge in such fine tuning, as they know best.

Seeing is believing. To be honest I was really sceptical about a large salmon lifting off the bottom to take a dry, until one did. Its head emerged like a gigantic trout, neatly intercepting and drawing away with the offering. They reject the fly fairly quickly, so as soon as the head begins to go down you must strike immediately. It was fun to then watch the salmon battling in the crystal-clear water, using every rock, stick and obstacle to its advantage; again, not something you can do at home. You learn a lot in a very short space of time and I’m sure lessons are learnt that are applied on home rivers.

The river was dreadfully low; the lowest levels in 40-50 years in fact. This made the fishing tricky, very tricky. However, there was no doubting that the fish were there as you could see good numbers in most pools. It was not about numbers given the fishing style and good sport was had with very few hook-ups. You could ‘work’ the same fish for half an hour with an array of bombers, some getting a reaction, others not even deserving a flick of the tail. Sometimes the salmon would lift 2-3ft to begin the interception, only to then sink back down to its resting spot. Truly heart in the mouth moments.

There is a lot of casting! The drifts are short, so it’s pick up, couple of false casts then back again. Single handers are best for this and a #7 or #8 is perfect. It is also definitely worth bringing a switch or short double handed rod to swing flies with as they do have a place. They can be easily transported then left in the boat or on the bank when not in use.

The fish don’t really spook, not like I was expecting them too anyway. They sulk and hug the bottom, but don’t really scatter around the pool in distress, unlike what I have witnessed in crystal-clear Icelandic rivers. This was a bonus as then they did not raise awareness of our presence to the next fish in a domino fashion. As such, you may spend half a day on one pool – the pools are long – as you work each fish individually and methodically.

Between the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia you have the Petite Cascapedia. It’s not actually that petite and was probably my favourite river of them all during my stay; the size and character just suited me. It’s a clear river, clearer than the Grand but not as clear the Bonaventure. The run size is not huge, but it does produce some very big fish; I certainly saw fish in the high 20s if not low 30s during my visit.

The great thing about staying at either lodge is that given advance warning you should be able to fish all three rivers during your stay, regardless of which lodge you are staying at. I would recommend this as the character of all three are very different. On a return visit you may choose to refine your choices to just one or two, of course.

I lifted three fish on the dries on the Petite in the same pool, but none connected, unfortunately. As such, I resorted to the wet fly and managed to land a beautiful fish of around 16 lbs on a sunray, losing another shortly after. Great sport in anyone’s book, and this was under incredibly poor conditions; it did make me wonder what the sport would be like given favourable conditions. A good reason to return…

Glenn LeGrand is the person that oversees both lodges. He is a gent and someone that has always been a joy to work with, even before meeting in person. He has been in the business for a very long time and knows what it takes to bring a first-class operation to the table. No stone is left unturned. He has an incredible eye for detail but is also still willing to listen; you usually get one but not necessarily with the other. Glenn was keen for me to see Salmon Lodge during my stay, which he kindly facilitated for my final day and evening.

Salmon Lodge is totally different to Camp Bonaventure. Both are run to the same exacting standard, but both appeal in different ways and to different people. If you are a small intact party then I would definitely recommend Salmon Lodge, whereas an individual could still blend in very easily at Camp Bonaventure. There is also a lot of history surrounding Salmon Lodge and it is probably the place to go for those looking to hunt out a monster on the Grand Cascapedia, with a bend of the river opening up to a stunning vista immediately below the lodge; the setting is dreamlike and one that will get you salivating upon arrival. Not a bad place to enjoy a glass of choice following a day on the river either…

The rooms are very well appointed and I can’t say that I have visited a lodge with a finer view from a bedroom window. I totally understand why the lodge (both lodges in fact) have an 80% repeat booking rate.

The Grand Cascapedia is clear, but not as clear as the Petite or the Bonaventure. It carries a light peat stain, which has tainted the riverbed, so even when the river is running clear is still looks a little murky; this is deceptive, as it will always draw you into fish a much larger fly than is actually needed. The fish are looking up through clear water, whereas you are looking down towards a darkly stained riverbed.

Dry flies are fished here as the fish can be spotted clearly enough. Indeed, salmon of over 30 lbs have been caught on dries. Standard wets are also fished and the styles are fairly similar to that of Camp Bonaventure. Again, the lodge is well equipped with everything you are likely to need.

The Grand Cascapedia is a big river. A lot of it can be fished from the bank, but boats are also frequently used to cover the wider sections of the river. These are also beneficial if a large fish is hooked and decides to try and return to sea! There are two major rivers that form to create the Grand and both these tributaries can be fished too during your stay. Indeed, they offer fantastic fishing, especially for those that prefer a slightly smaller and more intimate system. Needless to say, there is a lot of variety on offer and you should get to fish different water on each day of your stay.

Such trips seem to end far too quickly; time flies when you’re having fun. The week was incredibly tough, but this did not detract from the experience after all you knew you were covering fish and everything beyond that is always a gamble when it comes to salmon fishing.

Would I recommend a visit? Most definitely and I would welcome the opportunity to advise you on where and when as there is something for everyone on offer. I cannot compare it to anywhere, as it really does pluck the best from many other experiences; the size of the fish found in Norway or Russia, the clarity of the water to be found in Iceland and then the quality of the lodges that you would do well to find fault with.

Looking at something new for 2018? Definitely put this on that list.

Christmas Greetings from Camp Bonaventure

Your satisfaction is our priority, and it makes us happy that throughout the years you remained as one of our loyal clients. Our business would not have made it this far without your trust. We are truly blessed and honored. Wishing you a prosperous New Year and hoping that the spirit of Christmas be with you this holiday season.

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From all of us at Camp Bonaventure, Salmon Lodge and the Club

 

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report Sept 25th to 30th ,2017

Its official, our 2017 season has come to a close. We are fortunate to have experienced another great season on our rivers. While many salmon rivers around the world are seeing smaller returns, our rivers are doing very well. We had an early start on the Bonaventure with Dan Greenberg  landing the first fish of the season in the upper stretches of the river. The Bonaventure started early and despite low water conditions our pools had plenty of salmon all season long. The Grand Cascapedia also did well, similar to the Bony it started early. The Petite Cascapedia fared well this season and returns were on time and in good numbers.

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

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

For the most part water conditions remained very low throughout the season which made fishing challenging at times. We didn't really have a hot summer so our water temperatures remained nice and cool. We finally received the much need rain in early September, no great amounts but just enough to maintain keep our water levels and help with the fishing. September was our best month by far with a good number of fresh salmon and better water conditions. 

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

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

The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river . By mid season we had already surpassed our spawning requirements.  The same was true for the Grand Cascapedia where spawning numbers were also met by mid season.  The Petite Cascapedia also did well this summer, by the end of the season we had good numbers of salmon in the river.  2017 was defiantly a good grilse year, a good grilse year has always been followed by a good salmon year so 2018 should be a good one!

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

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

As we close the camps down it not hard to remember all the good times we have each season. Seeing all our repeat guests each year makes what we do very special. The relationships we've  formed over the years are close to our hearts and mean a lot to me, the lodge staff and guides. I wish you all a very pleasant fall and winter. Thank you for your loyalty to Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge  and we look forward to seeing you again next season.

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

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

Stay tuned and check in with us over the fall and winter, we will bring you up to date with happenings at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge and news around the. Atlantic salmon world. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you would like to fish with us or you have any questions. Its always nice to chat about fishing during the cold winter months! 

  Until next season!

Until next season!

Until next year,

Tight Lines

Glenn

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  She shares her secrets, what a lady!

She shares her secrets, what a lady!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn