Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - June 15th to 21, 2015

The only way to describe this past week is “simply wonderful” . River conditions are perfect, water levels are great and we have plenty of fresh run salmon. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Bob Schoeller with his first salmon of 2015, nice fish Bob!

Camp Bonaventure regular Bob Schoeller with his first salmon of 2015, nice fish Bob!

The Bonaventure river is flowing cold and clear at 43 cubic meters per second. The Grand cascapedia at 60 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. Our guides were commenting this week on seeing fish in broad daylight moving up river and not even stopping in the pools.

Mac & Dale Fox on their second trip to camp Bonaventure this year, the come five times! They sure know how to catch em!

Mac & Dale Fox on their second trip to camp Bonaventure this year, the come five times! They sure know how to catch em!

Mac & Dale do it again!

Mac & Dale do it again!

The new moon on the 16th gave us the tides we need to bring in a good run of fresh salmon. 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.

Photographer Tosh Brown  with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno LePage. This is Tosh's first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations!

Photographer Tosh Brown  with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno LePage. This is Tosh's first Atlantic Salmon, Congratulations!

I’m sure that most have seen the “ Fishing Excuse Mug” too warm, too cold, too high and too low. Should have been here last week….etc, all the excuses we need to  to justify our fishing success. Well, this week I told our guests to throw the mug away. Yes, fishing has been great.

Marilou Long from Texas lands her first salmon of the year, way to go Marilou!

Marilou Long from Texas lands her first salmon of the year, way to go Marilou!

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, the water is still a little too cool for great dry fly action but we did manage to hook a few on the floaters.

Tom Jay with his first Atlantic, Congratulations Tom!

Tom Jay with his first Atlantic, Congratulations Tom!

It’s easy to write a river report when the conditions are perfect and the fishing is great . Fishing is fishing and we have no choice but to adjust to all conditions, you just never know when you’ll have the best fishing of your life.

Randy Hartland with Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard, nice fish Randy!

Randy Hartland with Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard, nice fish Randy!

Until next week,

Tight lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - June 8 to 14, 2015

Our second week of the season has been great and we're very encouraged with the beginning of this new season. After last year’s lower returns we are all waiting to see what this year will be. Salmon typically begin entering our rivers in late May and early June with the peak runs beginning any time after June 10th. The first fish are usually big females that run straight through to the top of the river.  I was reading some of my June reports for last season, everyone was waiting for the salmon to show up, they finally did but much later than normal and in fewer numbers. Not the case this year, we have fresh fish in all section of the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia. The Petit Cascapedia opens on Monday the 15th so we'll have more news next week. yesterday I was speaking with one of the wardens on the Petite, he told me there were fresh fish in the river.

Camp Bonaventure Karl Kliem with a Silver Bullet for the Bony, nice fish Karl!

Camp Bonaventure Karl Kliem with a Silver Bullet for the Bony, nice fish Karl!

Water condition are great on all there rivers. Last week’s rain maintained our rivers at early June levels. The Bonaventure is running at 52 cubic meters a second which is a little higher than normal for this time of the season but great for the salmon. , The Grand Cascapedia has been effected the most and as of Saturday morning it’s running at almost 100 cubic meters per second but falling quickly. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 47 CMS up for 40 on Monday.  

Stefanie Kliem, Karl's daughter doesn't let her Dad get the best of her! Way to go Stefanie. 

Stefanie Kliem, Karl's daughter doesn't let her Dad get the best of her! Way to go Stefanie. 

We are seeing fish and catching fish in our lower pools on the Bony on a regular basis. The middle and upper sections have also been fishing well for this time of the season. Water temperatures are still cold in the 44 to 48 degree range  and fishing from a canoe is the best approach at the moment. The Grand Cascapedia has fish throughout the whole river system, the pools are not loaded with fish yet but they are there. The Grand is in the 48 to 50 degree range.

Mac Fox with his first Bonaventure fish of the season, I am sure there are more to come.

Mac Fox with his first Bonaventure fish of the season, I am sure there are more to come.

Higher water levels call for bigger fly's. We have been catching our fish on no. 2's and 4's, patterns working the best this week have been the Silver Rat, Green highlander and the McPhail Piglet. Spey Flies have also  been doing well for us, patterns such as the Green Spey, Picasse and the Jones Special in sizes 2/0 and even 3/0. It's still a little too early for dry's as the water is cool, we did however have a few fish up to take a close look.

Dale Fox put a nice one back, congratulations Dale, nice salmon!

Dale Fox put a nice one back, congratulations Dale, nice salmon!

Our new moon is on the 16th which will give us higher than normal tides. The second moon of June has always brought us a good run of fresh fish.

Texan, Allen Barron with his first Atlantic salmon, way to go Allen.

Texan, Allen Barron with his first Atlantic salmon, way to go Allen.

We were pleased to have expert fly tier Steve Silverio  with us at camp this week. Steve is a regular at Camp Bonaventure and always bring the guides some very sexy new patterns to try. Not only do they look great they also work! Steve is also the North American rep for Partridge of Redditch and Regal Vise.

We were honored to welcome Alexandre L'Hereaux to the lodge this week. Alex is an incredible painter and his work is a must see. I have been in the fishing business for over 35 years and have been fortunate to know many famous and wonderful artists, Alex stands among the best.  

Until next week.

Tight Lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - June 1 to 7, 2015

Camp Bonaventure was pleased to host our annual Spey Casting and Salmon fishing school again this year. Over the years it's become a very popular event attracting anglers, both beginners and experts from around the world. This years school was hosted by professional Spey casting instructors, Mr. Niel Holding and Guideline Director, Mr. Stien Thorvaldsen from Norway. Days were spent on the river fishing and casting while evenings at the lodge were informative and a lot of fun. Guests had the opportunity to cast and fish with the new guideline rods and lines. Everybody enjoyed their experience and many are looking to return next year. If you are interested in joining us in 2016, we will be hosting an "all ladies" School at Salmon Lodge from June 1st to 5th and another for everyone at Camp Bonaventure during the same dates.

Neil Holding fishing the run above Camp Bonaventure.

Stien Thorvaldsen plays one at Poirier pool on opening day.

Our rivers are in great condition and water levels are perfect for early season. The Bonaventure is flowing at 70 cubic meters a second so wading is not yet recommended. Spey rods work fine but not everywhere yet, canoes are the best way to fish at the moment and probably will be for the next week or so. The Bony is clearing well but it's not at its "renowned clarity" for the moment.  The Grand Cascapedia is running over 90 Cubic Meters per second and rising after the rain we received last night. Wading the Grand and even the branches is a bit of a challenge. The water is stained or tea colored and will be for the next week. The Petite Cascapedia is in the best shape and running at 55 Cubic meters per second. The Petite open on June 15th, by them it should be perfect. The weather man is calling for rain and cooler tempertures for the week.

Camp Bonaventure regulars, Mac and Dale Fox fishing the first drop of 2016. 

We have been seeing fresh fish in the Bony since day one and the Grand Cascapedia has reported catches on all sections of the main river. Our head guide Mario Poirier was guiding Mac and Dale Fox on Friday they had a big one to the fly but didn't connect. Rene Barnes from Labrador hooked a nice fish on Malin Pool only to loose it after a few minutes and a couple of long runs. Stien Thorvaldsen landed a nice one on Poirier pool on opening day. Our season just opened and we are just beginning to see fresh salmon entering the river. The first week is always a bit more of a challenge some years are great while others are a bit slower. The good news is we have salmon in the river and are ahead of last year already!

Gerard Pichot from France tries his luck on the Grand Cascapedia.

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 2/0 to 4 seemed to spark the fishes interest. It's still a bit early for dry's but as the water warms up ther will be close by.

Ready to go on opening day!

That all to report for this week, I will be posting regular report and weekly photos every Sunday during the season. If you are interested in fishing with us next season please contact me early. We are sold out at both lodges for 2015.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,


Our 2015 season begins on Monday, June 1st

Welcome to the 2015 salmon season, it seems just like yesterday that I was writing my last fishing report of the 2014. Time passes quickly and here we are ready for a new season. We’ve been very busy preparing the lodges for opening day. The ladies have been working in the lodges while the guides have been working on the Canoes. Troy has been doing his magic and getting the grounds at both lodges “just perfect” as he always does.

This week we put all our canoes in the water, Clement and Yvan from Salmon Lodge and Bruno and John from Camp Bonaventure were busy all week. Thankfully the weatherman was kind to us and everything went off without a hitch. 

 Yvan, Bruno, Clement and John loaded with the first boats of the season. 

Backing down to Sinclaire Pool.

Our water conditions are great, the Grand Cascapedia, Petite Cascapedia and Bonaventure rivers are all running at perfect levels for this time of the year. We had a considerable amount of snow last winter and there’s still a good snow pack in the mountains, our water levels should stay in good shape for a while. Let’s hope for regular rain during the summer, that last couple of years have been dry.  

On the beach, Malin pool on the Bony.

We have been working on a new website that should be up and running in a couple of weeks. It will look similar to our present site but be much faster and user friendly especially for tablet and iPhone users.

John and Bruno with Yvan at the helm, looking for fresh salmon on the Bonaventure.

Again this season I will be posting weekly river reports and adding photo’s to our weekly gallery.

Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge are almost fully booked for the season, If you're interested in 2016 dates please let me know as soon as possible. By knowing in advance it's much easier to find dated that fit your schedule.  


Tight lines,


Camp Bonaventure at the Dieppe Fly Fishing Show, March 27, 28, 29, 2015

Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge will once again have a booth at  the Dieppe Fly Fishing Show & Forum on March 27th, 28th and 29th, 2015 at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick .  The shows hours are Friday March 27th 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday March 28th 10am to 5pm and Sunday March 29th 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Come by our booth and see what Salmon Lodge & Camp Bonaventure ares all about. New for 2015 the show will be much bigger and includes the Boat and Rv show along with the Outdoors show.

See you there,


Greg Thomas, Fly, Rod & Reel Magazine

Fly Fishing’s Show Season and Three Great Trips for 2015

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February 11, 2015


Greg Thomas

When you’re in the fly-fishing business winter isn’t called winter, it’s called “Show Season.”

Between December and April most lodges and guide services hit at least one or two shows and some of them hit many more, ranging from New Jersey all the way to Lynwood, Washington, and all points between. If you are like me, you hit one or more of these shows, as a consumer, each year. I’ve been doing this since I was five or six years old and I’ve always found it fun to wander the isles and dream about the trips I couldn’t afford. These days it’s a little more doable and hopefully that’s your story, too.

Even though you’ll likely spend some time at the shows this winter, I thought I’d make some suggestions on dream trips you might be able to book in 2015. Here are three specific trips that surely would offer some thrills. I’ve attached images from my trips to these lodges to get you fired up. Here goes. Dream big!

Camp Bonaventure/Salmon Lodge, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec: No fly fisher can say they wouldn’t like to fish for Atlantic salmon. They are one of the world’s great gamefish and one of the best places in the  world to fish for them, especially large salmon, is on the Grand Cascapedia River in Quebec. Flowing off the  Gaspe Peninsula, the Cascapedia draws in salmon that range to 60 pounds. The average fish probably weighs 10 pounds and 20-pounders are pretty common. I visited the Gaspe for a couple years straight and stayed at Salmon Lodge, which sits right on the lower Grand and offers great access to all of the river’s pools. I also spent time at Camp Bonaventure and it was equally awesome. The season runs from late May through early September. Early season means fresher and harder fighting fish. Late season means (likely) low water and more sluggish fish, but lots of them. Contact:

Want a 20 pound Atlantic and you don’t want to ride in a dilapidated Russian helicopter? No better place than Quebec’s Grand Cascapedia.

Camp Bonaventure River Report, September 22nd to 30th 2014

What a way to end the season! The Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia were red hot this week and we experience some of the best fishing of the season.   It's said that pictures are worth a thousand words, well rather than hearing what i have to say, just check out our photo gallery for this past week. I have only one suggestion to all salmon anglers...... book a Late September trip for 2015, it's fantastic!!!  


Camp Bonaventure guide Carol Barriault put one back in the Bonaventure, Nice fish Carol.


Camp Bonaventure regular, Marcel Caissie releases on back to Double Crossing Pool on the Bony, Nice fish Marcel !


Fly-tyer extraordinare Steve Silverio with his first one of 2014, nice grilse Steve!

Our leaves have turned to bright autumn colors and frosty mornings are Parr for the course. It seems like just yesterday we were putting our canoes in the water for the start of a new season. 


An autumn fly

We are fortunate to have had another great season. While most salmon rivers around the world saw fewer fish than usual, we faired well in 2014, not the numbers of fish we usually see but not bad at all . The Bonaventure started later than normal but the returns were good overall.  The Grand Cascapedia also did well, similar to the Bony our salmon arrived  later than usual. The Petite Cascapedia fared well this season and returns were on time and in good numbers.

For the most part water conditions remained favorable throughout the season. A couple of weeks of low water in late July and August made fishing a bit more challenging, overall we received the rain we needed and fishing remained pretty consistent. September was our best month by far with a good number of fresh salmon and good water conditions. 

The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river, fewer than a normal year but we did meet our spawning requirements.  The same was true for the Grand Cascapedia where spawning numbers were also met. The Petite Cscapedia did well and surpassed the required numbers of salmon, good news.  2014 was defiantly a years for grilse, all three rivers had more grilse than normal, a good grilse year has always been followed by a good salmon year, 2015 should be great! 

As we look towards the fall and winter it's nice to remember all the good times we have each season. Seeing all our repeat guests each year makes what we do very special. The relationships we've  formed over the years are special to me, the staff and our guides. I wish all of you that have spent time with us a very pleasant fall and winter. Thank you for your loyalty to Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge over the years. We look forward to seeing you again next season.

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 time... Tight Lines


Camp Bonaventure River Report, Sept 15th to 22nd, 2014

As our season is slowly winding down and our fishing is getting better everyday. It's nice to report we are having nice weather and warmer than normal temperatures for this time of the season.  Our water levels are back to where they're supposed to be at this time of the season with temperatures in the 50 plus degree range. The Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia are all at normal levels for this time of the season, we could use a little rain but conditions are ok at the moment.

Camp Bonaventure regular Tom Harkness put one back in the Bonaventure, Congratulations Tom!

The Grand has been fishing exceptionally well and we've been catching good numbers of salmon everyday, September is always good on the Grand especially for big salmon, one of our favorite times of the4 season. We're seeing a good number of fresh fall run salmon on the Bony and most of our lower pools have fresh fish. The Petite is also receiving a fall run and fishing has picked up considerabley over the past week.

Finland angler, Tommi Liimatainen with his first Grand Cascapedia salmon, nice fish Tommi !

We are now heading into our last week of 2014, with good numbers of fresh salmon and favorable water conditions it should end in a bang! 

Orvis Eastern Director Scott McEnaney with a nice bonaventure fish, Nice going Scott

Warmer water temperatures are allowing us to fish dry's and they continue to produce well. Tube fly's are also working well along with streamers. The hot fly's this week are the Red Francis, Out to Lunch and John Olin, Dry's in Brown, Green and Blue. We did catch a few on a bright orange bonmber as well.

 Cindy Reilly with her first Atlantic salmon, Way to go Cindy!

Until next week...Tight Lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report Sept 8 to 14, 2014

September is a great time to be on our rivers, it brings cooler water, usually some rain and defiantly a nice run of fall salmon. The first second of September hasn't disappointed us in the least, we had some great fishing over the past week and managed to land a good number of nice salmon including a couple of big ones. Last weeks full moon and high tides brought a nice run of fresh salmon in our rivers. 

Finish angler Tommi liimatainen with his first North American Atlantic salmon, Congratulations Tommi!

Katri Helena Kalaoja from Finland lands her first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Katri!

The Bonaventure is low but still has plenty of water for our fall run fish to enter. We are seeing a good number of bright silver fish in our pools. The water temperatures in the Bony are perfect. The Petite Cascapedia is also experiencing low water conditions and fish are stacked up in four pools. We need some rain to move them around. We've been limiting the number of rods on the Petite to keep the quality high,  but our guests who have fished it did well. The Grand Cascapedia is also seeing a nice fall run, the lower pools especially have been producing well. The upper sections are very low and we really need some rain.

Harri Vaarasalo of "Chasing Silver" magazine releases his first Bonaventure salmon, Nice grilse Harri!

As I'm writing this weeks report the rain is coming down hard. The weatherman is calling for 25mm between today and tomorrow, lets hope.

Camp Bonaventure regular Meta Spors with her first of 2014, nice salmon Meta!!!

This week hot fly's have been the Red Francis, the Red Francis and the Red Francis! Most of this week fish were caught on it. The Ally shrimp along with the Silver Rat were responsible for a few more. Dry's are still working especially the blue bomber. As long as our water temperatures remain in th 50 plus degree range, dry's will continue to be productive.

Jeff Beatrice with a fine Petite Cascapedia salmon, way to go Jeff!

Until next week....Tight lines,




Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report September 1st to 7th, 2014

The weather man was kind to us this past week giving us the rain we needed. We received rain or showers every day giving our rivers a much needed boost. After being low for the past few weeks our water conditions are now normal for the beginning of September. The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia rose a bit and conditions are good. The Grand Cascapedia received good amounts of rain as well , water levels are good with temperatures is in the 50 to 55 degree range. Some beats fished well this week while others weren't as productive.  A good number of nice salmon were landed along with plenty of grilse. Cooler water conditions combined with big tides should be bringing a run of fish in this weekend and next week.

 John Allman with his first of 2014, congratulations John.

Camp Bonaventure regular Tom Armstrong with a nice Bonaventure salmon, nice fish Tom!

With cooler water we are beginning to use our fall patterns and they are doing well.  The ones to have are the Red Francis, Ally Shrimp, and Copper killer. Seems like anything with red or orange will do the job.

New Yorker Wright palmer was high rod for the week, nice fishing Wright.

Conventional patterns continue to work well, the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm, Undertaker and Green Butt were also responsible for a good number of fish. The best sizes have been 6's, 8's. The wets worked very well last week but the dry's stoled the show once again. It's been Green, Blue and Dark Brown bombers in sizes 2 to 8.

This was Pierre Vezina's fourth trip to Camp Bonaventure this summer, he's a pro!  

Until next week...Tight Lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report Aug 25th to 31st, 2014


The last week of August brought us a mixed bag, hot at the beginning, rain in the middle and cooler towards the end. Our fishing has been on the same track, some days are great while others were a little slower. Overall we did  manage to have another good week including a few nice fresh silver bullets! Our rivers all received a much needed bump in water but we certainly could use more. The Bonaventure is fishing well but we had to work a little harder. The Petite 's water is low but the temperature is fine, we continue to do well on the Petite. The Grand Cascapedia needs some rain, we're having action every day but having to work harder, the branches are still too low for good fishing.  

Claude Lombardo came all the way from New Caladonia, this is his first Atlantic Salmon, Congradulations Claude!

Reports from all over the Atlantic salmon world are telling the same story, 2014 has been a tough year and returns are down everywhere. There's no doubt our rivers have less fish than normal but we are very fortunate to be doing much better than the majority. Number of two sea winter fish, those in the 12 to 15 pound class are down considerably but we  do have a good number of big salmon and plenty of grilse. Normally we have 20% grilse and 80% salmon ratio, this year it's about 50/50. If there's a silver lining,  a good grilse year has always been followed by a good salmon year. 

Randy Spencer with his first Bonaventure salmon, way to go Randy!

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

Rob Wadsworth releases a fresh grilse back to the Bonaventure, way to go Rob!

The weatherman is calling for Rain on Monday and showers on Thursday, keeping our fingers crossed.

Until next week...Tight Lines,





Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report, August 18th to 24th, 2014

The third week of August has been our toughest so far. Warmer then normal air temperatures and little to no rain has made fishing more of a challenge. Water levels on the Bonaventure are slightly below normal for this time of the year, however the temperatures are still favorable at about 58 degrees Fahrenheit . The Bony has a good number of fish especially in our low water pools. Fishing has been good considering the conditions. The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with lower than normal levels, water temperatures on the other hand are good, in the 55 degree range. Fishing have been Ok on the Petite with plenty of action everyday. Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia are the lowest of our three rivers. The branches are low and not fishable at the moment. We have salmon in many of the pools but the water really too low for good fishing. The main stem is producing well and catching has been good granted we are working a little harder to catch them. 

Eight year old Teo Panzer with his first Atlantic salmon, a new salmon angler is born. Congratulations Teo!!!

This week at Camp Bonaventure we were delighted to host eight year old Teo Panzer from Argintina. Pancho Pancho, Teo's father operates Patagonia Fishing Hosts, a wonderful trout fishing lodge in southern Patagonia. Teo hooked eight salmon and landed three all by himself. He's a great caster throwing 60 feet with ease and double hauls like a pro.

David Castleman with his first of 2014, fresh from the Bonaventure, way to go David!

The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green and Dark Brown Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green machine and Silver Rat did the job. The John Olin and Green machine were the hot ones on the Petite. Sizes that are working best are number 8's 10's and 12's.

Pancho Panzer and son Teo put one back on the Bonaventure

The weatherman is calling for showers on Wednesday and Thursday, we could really use some rain.

Nova Scoitan Chip Sutherland with his first Bonaventure salmon, Congratulatoions Chip

Until next week...Tight Lines,





Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report, August 11th to 17th, 2014

 We finally received the rain we were hoping for and our rivers have fresh new flow of cool water.. We didn't get the amount of rain the weather man was calling for but what we received was surley welcome. The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia were getting low but now are running at normal levels for this time of the season. The weather system passed a little more to the Northwest so the Grand Cascapedia received more rain. The Grand  went from 10 cubic meters per second to 20 overnight giving it a much need boost getting the fish moving. Sunny days and warm weathwer over the past two weeks have made fishing a little more challenging, we have plenty of salmon in all our pools but they were a little harder to get to take.  Last weeks full moon and high tides brought a good run of fresh salmon in our rivers.   With the rise of water this past week gave us some good fishing. Needless to say all our guides are sporting a big smile. Fishing was good by weeks end and we did manage to land a good number of nice fish including a few nice ones. Rain and showers are forecast over the next few days.

Ray Hart with his first salmon of 2014 but it wasn't his last, Ray was high rod for the week. Congratulations Ray!

Our dear friend Raymond Hart has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for a number of years. I'm sure you all remember Ray and his incredible courage. For those of you who don't, Ray is completely Blind but that's where is handicap ends. As an angler he's one of the best, with a couple of salmon in the book every day, Ray is high rod for the week. How he can catch salmon on free floating  fly's is beyond our understanding, the important thing to remember, he does and does it very well, way to go Ray!!!

Isabelle Jewell with a nice salmon, Way to go Isabelle!

Srewary Seibens releases a nice one back to the Bonaventure, nice salmon Stewart.

Now that our rivers have new water, fishing this upcoming week should be great.

Brian Walker ends the week in a great way! good fishing Brian!

Dry's continue on the top of the list for hot flys, 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, Undertaker and Langa Fancy.

Until next week...Tight Lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report August 4th to 10th

Fishing continues to be very good. This weeks new moon gave us high tides and a run of fresh salmon and grilse to all our rivers. Water levels on the Bonaventure are normal for mid August and temperatures are not bad at all, in the 55 to 60 degree range. All sections of the Bony are fishing well and we have salmon in all our pools. The Petite Cascapedia is starting to get a bit low but  water temperature remain nice and cool. The Petite has been producing fish for us every day. The Grand Cascapedia could defiantly use some rain, showers we received on Thursday didn't change the levels at all. We're catching fish every day, but having to work a little harder for them . We've stopped using our canoes except for crossing on certain pools. The weather forecast is calling for rain on Thursday and Friday, 30 millimeters, who knows maybe this time?

 Camp Bonaventure regular Rick Koe with his first fish of 2014, nice salmon Rick!

 Lower water conditions call for smaller fly's and especially dry's. We're catching most of our fish on the surface with free floating dry's. It just doesn't get any better than sight fishing to a big salmon and watching it take you fly off the surface.!  The hot wet fly's this week have been the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm and Black Bear Green Butt. Drys, especially the Forest Green and Dark Brown ones were doing the job.

 Matthew Gordon from Scotland with a nice Grand Cascapedia salmon. Congratulations Matt!  

Camp Bonaventure regular Stewart Seibens with his first of 2014. Steward lives in the Cayman Islands he appreciates the cooler temperatures of Canada this time of year.

This weeks line-up of guests at camp included "Atlantic Salmon Magic" author Topher Browne and Spey casting master Henrik Mortensen.  Needless to say there was a lot of salmon talk around the table. 

Brian walker is no stranger to salmon fishing and Camp Bonaventure, nice fish Brian, bet you caught it on a dry fly!

Until next week...Tight Lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report, July 28th to Aug 3rd, 2014


Overall we've had a good week at camp and 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 challange due to the sunny days. Mornings and evenings are the time to fish when it gets hot.

ASF Staffers Natasha England & Kirsten Rousse  with a fresh run grilse from the Bonaventure, Way to go ladies!

The Bonaventure continues to produce well and the water temperatures are still pretty cool, especially in the upper sections of the river.  ASF President Bill Taylor and his wife Suzanne were into six nice salmon on Friday while fishing way up on the Bonaventure. We are having a good season on the Petite Cascapedia, our guides are seeing plenty of fresh salmon in almost all the pools. The Grand is also doing well but we could use a couple of rainy days to bump the water levels.  Considering the weather we had another great week on the Grand. The conditions this past week have given us more of a challenge but we're still catching them!

Texas native, Don Westheimer with his first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Don!

 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 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.

 US Vice president of the ASF, Andrew Goode and Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage with his first Bonaventure salmon, nice fishing Andy!

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

Seven year old Gustav Pedersen from Denmark with his first  salmon, A new salmon angler is born!!

Until next week...Tight Lines,


Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report July 21st to 27th, 2014

Fishing continues to be productive but for the first time this season our water levels are getting a bit low and beginning to warm up. Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with higher than normal water levels since the beginning of the season. The weather's been hot and dry with temperatures in the  30C degree range for most of the week. We did manage to land a good number of nice salmon and grilse but  having to work a little harder for them. The weatherman is calling for rain and showers for the beginning of the week and perhaps even a thunder storm, lets hope. We are still using our boats to travel between the pools but another few days of hot weather will have us wading.

Mike and Mary Van Dusen with a nice Petite Cacscapedia salmon on thier first day out.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 25 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. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 13 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season is 20 is the norm.  The Petite is low at the moment however with a nice number of salmon in the river and cool water temperatures, we're doing very well.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 17 cubic meters, normal for the end of July is 30. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish but it's getting low and could really use some rain. Lets hope the weather man is accurate this time.

Ottawa native and Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Bennett puts another one back in the Bonaventure, nice salmon Peter!

The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and small wets. Green and Dark Brown Bombers were responsible for most of the catches.  In the wet fly depatment, the John Olin, Green 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.

Florida native Dennis Ling with his first Bonaventure grilse, You'll catch the" big one" next time Dennis!

Carmine Ciccarelli with his first Bonaventure fish, congratulations Carmine!

Until next week....Tight lines,



Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report July 14th to 20th, 2014

What a great week to be at camp! The fishing keeps getting better and better. Last weeks high tides combined with the just the right ammount of rain was the recipe for a wonderful week of fishing! Everybody at camp landed salmon, needless to say we had a group of very happy anglers. 

Ottawa angler Dan Greenberg releases a bright fish back to the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulatoions Dan!

The rain last week gave our rivers a nice bump of water and kept them in perfect condition.The Bonaventure is at a great level and the water temperatures are perfect, especially for dry fly fishing. The Petite Cascapedia is fishing very well and we haven't missed in over a week. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding good numbers of fresh salmon. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well however we could use a little rain to keep the present levels. So far it's been a great season at both our lodges. We are looking forward to another great week on the river.

Peter Bennett almost never goes fishless, he is is with a nice one from the Petite Cascapedia, nice one Peter!

The ammunition of choice this week were bombers, especially the Green and Dark Brown patterns. Wets also did very well ,  the top wet fly's for the week were the Nagli and Silver Rat. The Blue Charm, Green Highlander and Undertaker did their job as well. 

It might only be a grilse but Mac and Dale Fox are having fun! the always do with Camp Bonaventure head guide Mario Poirier.

Don't forget to check out our photo album each week. Along with my weekly river report I post a number of the weeks salmon shots on our Photo gallery page.

Until Next week....Tight Lines,


Pro-Week at Camp Bonaventure - Only 4 spots left!


Camp Bonaventure is pleased to host a very Special week of Spey-Casting, Fly-Tying and Rod Building from September 21st to 28th, 2014. Spend a week with some of the biggest names in the sport.

Refine your casting skills on single and double handed rods with renowned casting instructor’s Topher Browne and Adrienne Comeau.  Seven days of professionally guided salmon fishing and instruction on the “gin clear” Bonaventure River with Topher and Adrienne complement this wonderful week.

Enhance your fly-tying skills with world famous fly-tyer Davie McPhail and the US Master Steve Silverio. One on one fly- tying with Davie and Steve, an experience that very few have enjoyed.

Learn the art of rod building from master rod builder and designer Geoff Pieroway, owner of the Pieroway rod company.  Geoff has developed and produced some of the finest single and double handed fly-rods in the industry.

Pro-week is limited to 8 anglers and is open for beginners to advanced level casters, fly-tyers and rod builders. This is a full week of guided salmon fishing at the famous Camp Bonaventure .  Tuition covers all instruction, lodging, meals, fishing and guides.

Pro week is sponsored  by Regal Vise and Partridge of Redditch.  Hooks be supplied by Partridge and  Vises by Regal.

Draws for a Regal vice, a dozen Davie McPhail and Steve Silverio flies, a Pieroway fly-rod and an autographed copy of Topher’s  book “Alantic Salmon Magic” will also add to the fun.

The Instructors 

A former professional Atlantic salmon fishing guide, Topher Browne has fished for Atlantic salmon in Canada, Iceland, Scotland, Norway and Russia. As a casting instructor he is considered among of the world’s best. The Author of “ Atlantic Salmon Magic” Topher also co-wrote and co-produced the Spey-casting DVD, Spey to Z . Trained and mentored in fly tying by the late Warren Duncan , Topher’s superb flies appear in various magazines and books, including his newest book, 100 Best Flies for Atlantic Salmon.  He lives in Portland, Maine

While steelhead hold a special place in her heart, Adrienne Comeau just loves casting a fly.  An expert with both single and double handed rods, she is recognized as one of the top casters in North America. A professional guide on the Bow River during the summer, Adrienne works for Fly Fusion Magazine and the International fly-Fishing Film Festival in the off season. She is prostaff for G. Loomis Canada, Hatch reels and Fish-Bum Outfitters. An accomplished author her articles and photos have appeared in several fly-fishing publications.

In the town of Ayr, located in Southwest Scotland resides Davie McPhail, undoubtedly the world’s most recognized fly- tyer.  Often described as the internet giant, he has posted hundreds of instructional fly-tying videos.  Davie is one of the world’s greatest fly-tiers and considered a true master craftsman of the art.  He’s an extremely versatile tier and designer, from the tiniest trout flies to the most complex classic Atlantic salmon patterns.  Spending a week with Davie is a once in a life time experience.

 A member of the Regal Vise Company’s development team and US pro member for Partridge of Redditch, Steve Silverio is one of the most recognized and respected fly-tyers in North America. He has developed proven patterns for Atlantic salmon for all water conditions, combining classic dressings with modern concepts.  His originality and creativity combined with his unmatched skills at the vise make Steve, truly one of the best.  

 A rod builder since his early teens Geoff Pieroway is  the big chief at the Pieroway Rod Company.  Pieroway produce an extensive line up of fly rods featuring innovative designs utilizing the latest in carbon fibre technology. A big part of Pieroways’ success is the international team of experts that collaborate with Geoff to produce superior fishing tools.

While the days will no doubt be filled with explosive fishing opportunities, it’s safe to say the evenings will be laden with insider information on the latest fly-fishing innovations. Receive personalized tutoring from five of the most sought after experts in their respective fields.

Camp Bonaventure Fishing Report July 7th to 13th, 2014

Hurricane Arthur brought high winds, plenty of rain and most importantly, plenty of salmon! The rain brought our rivers up to early June levels and combined with a full moon and high tides, we received a strong run of salmon and grilse. Grilse numbers are way up this year, in fact  I haven't seen this many grilse for a long time. A good grilse year is always followed by a good salmon year, a favorable outlook for 2015.

Ottawa native and camp Bonaventure regular Peter Bennett with a nice salmon on the Petite, Nice fishing Peter!

Water levels on the Bony rose to 110 cubic meters per second and was back down to 50 by Sunday evening and clearing well. Big fly'swere on the menu  the first portion of the week but  back to fishing dry's by Wednesday. The Petite received a good bump of water as well but much less than the Bonaventure. Water conditions on the Petite are perfect at the moment and  fishing remains good with plenty of big salmon and a nice grilse run. The Grand Cascapedia rose substantiallyafter the storm, close to three three feet. The water was stained on Monday but was clearing well and good fishing began again on Tuesday. We landed a good number of big salmon this week on the Grand, a bump in water sure makes a diffeeance. All our rivers are fishing very well at the moment.

Pierre St-Laurent and Camp Bonaventure's newest guide Charles Binnett release a nice fish back in the Grand Cascapedia, Congratulatioons Pierre!

 Montana couple Nick and Mary Babson with a bright Bonaventure salmon, Nice fish!

The tail end of Arthur was certainly a surprise, the Gaspe peninsula received winds of over 80 MPH or 150 KMH. Salmon Lodge was untouched except for a few branches and leaves on the lawn. Camp Bonaventure was a little harder hit, thankfully the lodge wasn't touched but we did loose a number of old trees on the property. Crews we in cleaning up and by Wednesday you never we had a storm, everything's back to normal. The biggest problem we faced were the roads, many were blocked by fallen trees. The majority are now cleared but there are still a few closed, thankfully we can still travel by canoe to all our pools and beats. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Craig Ashe with his first fish of 2014, Way to go Craig! 

This was Patrice Giroux's first trip to Camp Bonaventure, he is coming back next year!

Hot fly's this week were the Nagli, Stone Ghost, John olin and Silvre Rat, the Green Machine and Blue Charm also counted for a few. Sizes 4, 6 and 8. With this many grilse around, reallydoesn't matter what you throw at them, there going to take. Dry's are always on the top of the list, Blue, Green and Dark Brown, in sizes 2, 4 and 6. 

Camp Bonaventure Guide Carol Barriault, knows where they are and knows how to catch them!


Until next week...Tight Lines ,