Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - Sept 28th to 30th, 2015

Our 2015 season has now come to an end, and what a great season it was! 2015 stacks up there with some of the best years since I started on the river, that was 35 years ago. Combined,  Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge guests hooked over 1500 fish this season!  The last few days have given us some of the best fishing if the season, all of our guests landed nice salmon and big ones! Its great to end the season a such a great note. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Marcel Caissie with his biggest salmon of the year, Wow a nice one Marcel, Congratulations!

Camp Bonaventure regular Marcel Caissie with his biggest salmon of the year, Wow a nice one Marcel, Congratulations!

 The Bonaventure, Grand Cascapedia and Petite Cascapedia rivers experienced a wonderful season and returns were excellent. The weather man was predicting a warm dry summer, he couldn't have been more off the mark. From opening day until mid September we saw more rain than I can ever remember.

Dan Davala from Orvis with his first Atlantic salmon, Congratulations dan!

Dan Davala from Orvis with his first Atlantic salmon, Congratulations dan!

The river conditions were great throughout the entire season, 2015 was certainly a season to remember. Who knows what 2016 will bring, really there is no way to know. One indication we have always looked at is the return of grilse on a given year, historically a good grilse year  has always been followed by a good salmon year, 2015 was a great years for grilse returns. 

Randy Spencer is an accomplished author, conservationist and guide, most of all is he a great guy and a heck of a salmon fisherman, nice fish Randy!

Randy Spencer is an accomplished author, conservationist and guide, most of all is he a great guy and a heck of a salmon fisherman, nice fish Randy!

After running  salmon camp for so many years, our clients and guests have become friends. Every season is different but the great times, good laughs and wonderful memories that each and every year brings will last forever. Warm personal regards to each and every one of you that make Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge a yearly part of your lives. From all the guides, Lodge staff and myself, thank you for be part of our lives and sharing another GREAT! Season with us. We all look forward to seeing you again, when our bright silver salmon return. 

Julie Tallman told me that if she caught just one salmon her trip would have been a success, she caught many!!! Julie with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage, Congratulations Julie.

Julie Tallman told me that if she caught just one salmon her trip would have been a success, she caught many!!! Julie with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage, Congratulations Julie.

Chris Weaver on the Bonaventure river with his first Atlantic salmon, nice one, congratulations Chris!

Chris Weaver on the Bonaventure river with his first Atlantic salmon, nice one, congratulations Chris!

Check our reports page over the Fall, Winter and Spring, we’ll keep you up to date with news and happenings around the salmon world and let you know when we’ll be at the fly-fishing shows over the winter. 

A nice selection of fall fly's to end a perfect season.

A nice selection of fall fly's to end a perfect season.

Until next year,

Tight lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - Sept 21st to 27th , 2015

September is a great time to be fishing our rivers, it brings cooler water, some rain and defiantly a nice run of fall salmon.  The second half 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. 

Camp Bonaventure regular Jeff Beatrice with a beauty from the Petite, Congratulations Jeff!

Camp Bonaventure regular Jeff Beatrice with a beauty from the Petite, Congratulations Jeff!

Preston Burton has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, here he is with a big one on the Petite Cascapedia. Nice one  Preston! See you again next year.

Preston Burton has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, here he is with a big one on the Petite Cascapedia. Nice one  Preston! See you again next year.

 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 lower pools. The water temperatures in the Bony are perfect. The Petite Cascapedia is also experiencing lower water conditions and fish are stacked up in our big holding pools. We need some rain to move them around and stir thing up a bit. The Grand Cascapedia is also seeing a nice fall run, the lower pools especially have been producing well. 

Gianni Marostica land a nice one, Congratulations Gianni, see you again next season.

Gianni Marostica land a nice one, Congratulations Gianni, see you again next season.

 This week hot flies have been the Red Francis, Out to Lunch and medium to big tube fly’s. The Ally shrimp along with the Silver Rat were responsible for a few more. Dries are still working especially the Blue and Green bomber. As long as our water temperatures remain in the 50`s , dry's will continue to produce.

Tom Harkness put one back to swim on the Petite Cascapedia, Nice fish Tom!

Tom Harkness put one back to swim on the Petite Cascapedia, Nice fish Tom!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - Sept 14 to 20 , 2015

Our season is slowly winding down and you can defiantly smell fall in the air. Fishing however, is holding up well and continues to be very  productive on all our rivers. The weather's been warmer than usual and water temperatures remain above the 50 degree range.  Water levels are higher than normal for this time of the season. This summer was certainly a wet one and we’re still benefitting from all the rainfall. The Bonaventure, Petite Cascapedia and Grand Cascapedia are all a little higher than normal for this time of the season.

Joe McKinnon with his first Bonaventure Salmon, Congratulations  Joe!

Joe McKinnon with his first Bonaventure Salmon, Congratulations  Joe!

Jon Inge came all the way from Thailand to catch the beauty from the Petite Cascapedia, Nice one Jon!

Jon Inge came all the way from Thailand to catch the beauty from the Petite Cascapedia, Nice one Jon!

 The Grand has been fishing exceptionally well and we've been catching good numbers of salmon every day. September is always a great time to be on the Grand Cascapedia, especially for big salmon, it’s one of our favorite times of the season. The Bonaventure is seeing a good number of fresh fall run salmon  and most of our lower pools are holding fresh fish. The Petite is also receiving a nice late run, fishing has been excellent.

Hilmar Hansnson from Iceland with his first one from the Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Hilli!

Hilmar Hansnson from Iceland with his first one from the Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations Hilli!

Claude Lombardo from New Caledonia with a fresh run fish on the Bonaventure.

Claude Lombardo from New Caledonia with a fresh run fish on the Bonaventure.

 Warmer water temperatures are allowing us to keep using dry's as they continue to be big producers. Tube flies are also working well along with some bigger streamers. The hot fly's this week are the Red Francis, John Olin and dry fly’s, in Brown, Green and Blue. Some bigger tunes such as the sun Ray Shadows are also producing some nice fish.

Mal Stevens from Maine with his first one of 2015, Nice fish Mal!

Mal Stevens from Maine with his first one of 2015, Nice fish Mal!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Andre Paradis "King of the River" at Camp Bonaventure

Camp Bonaventure had the honor of hosing Andre Paradis this  past week. Andre, as many of you know is the host of the popular “King of the River” television show.

Andre had a great week and landed a good number of fish each day. We’ll not show you his fish photos, you’ll see them on the next episodes. Below are a few shots of Andre and his crew in action.

Glenn and Andre at Camp Bonaventure

Glenn and Andre at Camp Bonaventure

Andre on the River, anyone recognize his fishing hat!

Andre on the River, anyone recognize his fishing hat!

Choosing the right fly is important.

Choosing the right fly is important.

Explaining the correct technique.

Explaining the correct technique.

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - Sept 7 to 13, 2015

September is by far my favorite period of the season, water temperatures are perfect and we always receive just the right amount of rain the keep the rivers levels perfect.  Our pools are loaded with salmon at this time of the season and the fall run of bright fish are coming in on every tide. 

Tomi Liimatainen  from Finland releases a fresh on back to the Bonaventure, nice salmon Tomi!

Tomi Liimatainen  from Finland releases a fresh on back to the Bonaventure, nice salmon Tomi!

Harri Vaarasalo from Chasing Silver Magazine out this one back on the Petite Cascapedia. Congratulations Harri!

Harri Vaarasalo from Chasing Silver Magazine out this one back on the Petite Cascapedia. Congratulations Harri!

 Our rivers are in perfect condition, the Grand Cascapedia is fishing very well and flowing at 25 cubic meters per second, mid-July levels, we just had a simply wonderful week on the Grand, especially for big fish. The Petite Cascapedia is in great shape and flowing at 12 cubic meters, not high but certainly more volume than usual for this time of the season. Fishing on the Petite has been excellent, everybody we had on the Petite this week caught fish. The Bonaventure is fishing very well  and conditions are perfect. Water flow on the Bony is at 18 Cubic meters and the temperatures are in the 50 degree range. The fall run has been coming in strong and with the next weeks new moon and  high tides, we should have some happy anglers.

Brian Townsend lands his first one on the Bonaventure, congratulations Brian!

Brian Townsend lands his first one on the Bonaventure, congratulations Brian!

Camp Bonaventure guide Matthew Flowers with a nice one on the Petite Cascapedia, needless to say he had a happy fisherman!

Camp Bonaventure guide Matthew Flowers with a nice one on the Petite Cascapedia, needless to say he had a happy fisherman!

 The September fly choice is different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year.. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing very well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50'sdry fly's will continue to produce.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - August 30th to Sept 6, 2015

It's hard to believe that August has already come and gone.  August fishing was excellent, a little warmer than June and July with mixed bag of conditions but overall it was a great month to be on the river. The last two weeks of August gave us some of the best dry fly fishing of the season, water temperatures were perfect and our pools were producing very well.

Harri Vaarosalo from Chasing Silver magazine releases a big one back on the petite Cascapedia, Congratulations Harry!

Harri Vaarosalo from Chasing Silver magazine releases a big one back on the petite Cascapedia, Congratulations Harry!

Uwe Solfrank lands his first Bonaventure salmon, nice one Uwe!

Uwe Solfrank lands his first Bonaventure salmon, nice one Uwe!

We are now into the first week of September and our pools are full of salmon, both older ones and fresh fall run fish. We had an excellent week at both our lodges with plenty of big fish landed and many others lost and missed. The Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are seeing an excellent run of late season salmon and river conditions are good. The Grand Cascapedia is also in great shape and fishing has been excellent.  The weather man is calling for a bit of rain on Monday and Tuesday, we could use a bit.

Brian and Pamela came all the way from Texas to catch this fine Atlantic salmon, Congratulations !

Brian and Pamela came all the way from Texas to catch this fine Atlantic salmon, Congratulations !

 September is by farmy favorite time of the season, water temperatures are perfect and we always receive just the right amount of rain the keep the rivers levels perfect.  Our pools are loaded with salmon at this time of the season and our bright fall run of bright fish are coming in. This has been a wonderful season, one of the best I've seen .We have a camp full of very happy anglers! 

Kevin Murphy puts a nice one back on the Bonaventure, nice one Kevin!

 The September fly choice is different from any other time of the season. The Red Francis is always the fly of choice this time of the year and this year's no different. Along with the Red Francis the Alley Shrimp and GP are also doing very well.  As long as our water temperatures stay in the 50'sdry flies are working very well. As always, Green, Brown and Blue are the hot ones.

It's not difficult to see Guy Trudeau  is a very happy fisherman!

It's not difficult to see Guy Trudeau  is a very happy fisherman!

 2016 is filling up very quickly, we still have a couple of opening here and there. If you would like to fish at Camp Bonaventure or Salmon Lodge next season, now is the time to contact us.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - August 24th to 30th, 2015

The last week of August brought us a mixed bag of weather, hot and humid at the beginning of the week and a little cooler with some rain towards the end. Up until this week we’ve been experiencing one of the coolest and wettest seasons I can remember. The past ten days however have been the hottest of the season. The fishing was a little tougher this past week but overall we still did very well. If we counted fish missed on a dry fly and others that were lost,  we would have had a great week! Lol

Michael McMenamin came all the way from Ireland to fish at Camp Bonaventure, Here he is with his first one from this side of the pond. Congratulations Mike! 

Michael McMenamin came all the way from Ireland to fish at Camp Bonaventure, Here he is with his first one from this side of the pond. Congratulations Mike! 

Gregory Cope with a nice one from the upper stretches of the Bonaventure, nice fish Gregory!

Gregory Cope with a nice one from the upper stretches of the Bonaventure, nice fish Gregory!

 Our rivers are still in great shape, the Bonaventure is flowing at mid-July levels at 20 cubic meters per second. The Bony warmed up a bit to the 60 degree range which made fishing a little more challenging. By weeks end however it was back down to the 55 degree mark. The Petite Cascapedia is also running at mid-July flow and remains cool. Fishing on the Petite remains excellent. The Grand Cascapedia continues to be producing very well however our water levels were beginning to get a bit low. That all changed on Thursday when thunder storms brought the flow from 20 cubic meters per second to 90 in six hours. By Saturday it was down to the 60 range and clearing well, fishing should be hot nest week!

Kerry Hardy Another member if the Irish group, with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Nice fish Kerry !

Kerry Hardy Another member if the Irish group, with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Nice fish Kerry !

Irish group member Paul Kane puts a nice one back on the Bony, Congratulations Paul! 

Irish group member Paul Kane puts a nice one back on the Bony, Congratulations Paul! 

 A new moon on August 29th and higher tides associated with it should bring in our fall run of salmon, actually we’re already beginning to see a good number of fresh silver fish in our lower pools. With current water conditions we are looking forward to a productive September, always one of our favorite times of the season. 

Harrison O'Connor has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, he always fishes with a dry fly, no doubt what this one was caught on, nice on Harrison!

Harrison O'Connor has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, he always fishes with a dry fly, no doubt what this one was caught on, nice on Harrison!

 As our water levels fall and start to get a little cooler we are beginning to use our fall patterns. Even though our regulars such as the Stone Ghost, John Olin and Green machine etc… have been working well, bigger tubes and the Francis patterns are beginning to produce. Dry's continue to take a good number of fish especially the 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 - Aug 17th to 23rd, 2015

Fishing continues to be productive but for the first time this season it's beginning to slow down a bit. Sunny days and warm weather over the past week 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. Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with all the fantastic fishing since opening day.

Jennifer Lafgren works for Orvis in Denver Co. This was her first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Jen!

Jennifer Lafgren works for Orvis in Denver Co. This was her first Atlantic salmon, congratulations Jen!

 The weather has been hot and humid with temperatures in the 30C degree range for most of the week. That being said, we did have a great week and landed a good number of nice salmon and grilse everyday. The weatherman is calling for rain and a considerable drop in temperatures are expected. The Bonaventure is in great shape at the moment and we're continuing to do very well. The Petite Cascapedia is seeing a nice run of fresh fish and the water remain cool, fishing has been great. The Grand Cascapedia has been producing some nice fish every day but it's getting a bit low, especially in the branches. 

 John Lowery has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, here he is with this is a fine fish on the Petite Cascapedia, nice on John!

 John Lowery has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, here he is with this is a fine fish on the Petite Cascapedia, nice on John!

Phil Castleman has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, now at 87 years young he still knows how to get it done. Cant't wait to see you next year Phil.

Phil Castleman has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, now at 87 years young he still knows how to get it done. Cant't wait to see you next year Phil.

 Last week’s full moon and high tides brought a good run of new salmon in our rivers.  With higher than normal water levels for this time of the season we are still using our boats for travelling from pool to pool. Needless to say all our guides are sporting a big smile. Fishing was a little tougher this past week but we did manage to land a good number of nice fish including a couple of big ones as well.

Camp Bonaventure master guide Mario Poirier,  putting one back on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mac!

Camp Bonaventure master guide Mario Poirier,  putting one back on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mac!

Frank Zaffino lands his first one of the year on the Bonaventure, nice fish Frank!

Frank Zaffino lands his first one of the year on the Bonaventure, nice fish Frank!

 Free floating Dry's continue to be the big producer, our anglers are fishing more with dry fly's than anything else, there's nothing like sight fishing for big salmon in clear water. Small wets have also been responsible for a good number of fish as well. The flies of choice - Green, Brown and Blue bombers with brown hackle and white wings and a tail.  Wet's in sizes 8's and 10's, the Silver Rat, Stone Ghost and Davie McPhail's Piglets were the ones to have.  Seems like anything small with green and silver worked well.

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - August 10 to 16, 2015

The 2nd week of August felt more like the 2nd week of June. The regular rainfall  has  maintained our rivers t perfect levels, we’ re still travelling with our boats like we do during the early season. Most of our pools are holding good numbers of salmon and a loads of fresh run fish are showing up on every tide. Its nice to be able to fish our high and medium water pools at this time of the season. 

Ten year old Teo Panzer from Argentina plays his first salmon of 2015, this is Teo's second time to Camp Bonaventure. He casts better than many of our guests!

Ten year old Teo Panzer from Argentina plays his first salmon of 2015, this is Teo's second time to Camp Bonaventure. He casts better than many of our guests!

Teo with his favorite Fly, a dark brown Bomber, he's keeping this one as a souvenir!

Teo with his favorite Fly, a dark brown Bomber, he's keeping this one as a souvenir!

The Bonaventure has been producing very well, the water temperatures are perfect and even with high water dry fly action is great ! The Petite Cascapedia continues to fish very well and also holding a good number of fresh run salmon.  We have been having some great fishing on the Grand Cascapedia as well, late summer  is one of the best times of the season on the Grand especially as the water begins to cool with colder nights in the hills.

Camp Bonaventure regular David Castleman with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations David!

Camp Bonaventure regular David Castleman with a nice Bonaventure salmon, Congratulations David!

 Water levels are considerably higher than normal for this time of the years. The Bonaventure should be at the 15 mark but is currently flowing at 33 Cubic meters per second. The Grand Cascapedia’s flow should be at 12 to 15 but its been hovering between 50 and 60 . Normal August flow on the Petite is in the 10 to 12 range but its been in the 20 to 30 range for most of the summer. 

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Glenn Munro lands a nice one on the Bonaventure, Nice fish Glenn. 

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Glenn Munro lands a nice one on the Bonaventure, Nice fish Glenn. 

 With higher water levels we are using bigger fly's. The ones to have are the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm, Undertaker and Green Butt. A host of patterns such as the Silver Doctor, Posh Tosh, Silver Wilkinson and Golden Highlander were also responsible for a good number of fish this past week, best sizes have been 6s, 8s. Wets worked very well last week  drys stoled the show. Again its been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers in sizes 2 to 8.

Big fish make a big splash! Unfortunately this monster got away!

Big fish make a big splash! Unfortunately this monster got away!

 It’s been a great year and with water conditions as they are, the fall season should be no different.

Until next week, 

Tight Lines,

 Glenn

2016 available dates at Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge

Are you planning an Atlantic salmon fishing trip in 2016? If so, below are our openings at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge for 2016. If any of these dates interest you, please  contact us.   

Camp Bonaventure 2016 - Available Dates -

June

June 1st to 5th for 8 rods, 5 days fishing. Spey Casting and Fishing school.

June 5th to 12th, for 6 rods, 7 days fishing.

 July

July 3rd to 6th for 2 rods, 3 days fishing. 

July 7th to 10th for 2 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 13th to 20th for 2 rods, 7 days fishing.

July 17th to 20th for 4 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 24th to 31st for 4 rods, 7 days fishing.

 August

Dates will be posted as they become available.

 September

Dates will be posted as they become available.

 

Salmon Lodge 2016 - Available Dates -  

June

June 1st to 5th for 8 rods, 5 days fishing. Women's Spey Casting and Fishing School.

June 5th to 12th for 6 rods, 7 days fishing.

June 30th to July 6th for 1 rod, 6 days fishing.

July

July 3rd to 6th for 2 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 17th to 24th for 2 rods, 7 days fishing.

July 20th to 24th for 6 rods, 4 days fishing.

August

July 31st to August 3rd for 4 rods, 3 days fishing.

July 31st to August 7th for 4 rods, 7 days fishing.

 

September

Dates will be posted as they become available.

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - August 3rd to 9th, 2015

Fishing continues to be excellent and we couldn’t ask for better river conditions.  Perhaps we were getting a little spoiled with higher than normal water levels since the beginning of the season. The weather's been perfect for fishing, not too warm with regular weekly precipitation. Last week’s fishing was great with plenty of fine fish landed including loads of grilse. We’re seeing plenty of grilse this season, it’s been our best way to predict the following season. When our rivers receive a good grilse run the following year has always been a great salmon year. 

Henrik Mortensen lands his first Bonaventure salmon of the season, Congratulations Henrik, nice salmon!

Henrik Mortensen lands his first Bonaventure salmon of the season, Congratulations Henrik, nice salmon!

 Last week rainfall and frequent thunder storms gave the Bonaventure and Grand Cascapedia a considerable rise in water, just what we needed to keep conditions perfect. The Bony and Grand are flowing at mid-June levels. The Petite Cascapedia didn’t receive the same amount of rainfall but just enough to keep the water where we want it for this time of the season. The Petite is still at mid-June flow. Higher water means we’re still using our canoes which is making our guides very happy. The ability to travel with our boats allows us to locate fish outside the pools such as smaller runs and in-between pools. 

Stewart Seibens and Camp Bonaventure guide Matt Flowers, Nice fish Stewart!

Stewart Seibens and Camp Bonaventure guide Matt Flowers, Nice fish Stewart!

 The Bonaventure is flowing at 42 Cubic meter per second up from 30 last week. Fishing on the Bony has been excellent with good numbers of salmon and plenty of grilse landed each day. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 24 cubic meters per second, for this time of the season is 12 is the norm.  The Petite is fishing very well, with nice number of salmon in the river and cool water temperatures, we're doing very well on the Peitte.  The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 30 down from 90 at the beginning of the week, the normal flow for this time of year is in the 12 to 15 range. The Grand has been giving us some nice fish everyday including some to write home about!

John Rocha with his first Bonaventure fish, this on was a girls but the rest were salmon! Nice fishing John!

John Rocha with his first Bonaventure fish, this on was a girls but the rest were salmon! Nice fishing John!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Rick Koe know how to get it done, Congratulations Rick!

Long time Camp Bonaventure guest Rick Koe know how to get it done, Congratulations Rick!

 The hot fly's for the week have been a mixture of dry's and  wets.  With higher water levels we are back to using no 4’s and 6’s and some bigger spey fly’s as well. In the wet fly department the Black Bear, John Olin, Green Highlander, Nagli and McPhail Piglets were the big producers. The Green Spey and Grey Heron were responsible for a few nice salmon as well. Dry fly’s continue to be the flies of choice with our regular line up of Green, Dark Brown and Blue. . The sizes that are working best are number 2’s, 4’s and 6’s.

Al Ducros has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, He took this nice salmon on a dry ! while fishing the Petite Cascapedia, Nice one Al.

Al Ducros has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for years, He took this nice salmon on a dry ! while fishing the Petite Cascapedia, Nice one Al.

 Don't forget to check out our photo album each week. Along with my weekly river report I post a number of the week’s salmon shots on our Photo gallery page. If a trip to Camp Bonaventure or Salmon Lodge is in your plans for next season please feel free to contact me anytime. We are sold out this season but still have a couple of great slots open for 2016.

Now we know what Henrik Mortensen's secret weapon is!

Now we know what Henrik Mortensen's secret weapon is!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines ,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report - July 27 to Aug 2, 2015

Just another great week to be at camp! Our fishing keeps getting better and better. It’s just one of those year you dream about, perfect water levels, just the right amount of rain and loads of salmon. So far everything about 2015 has been great lets hope it continues. Along with last week’s rain the new moon gave us the high tides to bring another run of fresh salmon. Combined it 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. 

 Atlantic Salmon Federation President Bill Taylor puts a nice one back on the Petite Cascapedia. Nice fish Bill !

 Atlantic Salmon Federation President Bill Taylor puts a nice one back on the Petite Cascapedia. Nice fish Bill !

 The rain last week maintained our rivers at perfect levels. The Bonaventure is at a great level and the water temperatures are perfect, especially for dry fly fishing. The bony literally has fish in ever pool and our lower pools continue to produce fish on a daily basis.  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 and the rain has maintained water levels and temperatures.. So far it's been a great season at both our lodges. We are looking forward to another great week on the river. With the nunber of salmon we have August and September should be excellent.

John Swan with his first Bonaventure fish of the year, congratulations John!

John Swan with his first Bonaventure fish of the year, congratulations John!

 The ammunition of choice this week were bombers, especially the Green and Dark Brown patterns. Wets also did very well and the top ones for the week were the Nagli, Silver Rat and blue charm Davie McPhail’s piglet patterns are out of tis world, not only do they look great the sure can catch fish.

Kirsten Rousse coached by John Swan brings one closer to the net. Congratulations Kirsten!

Kirsten Rousse coached by John Swan brings one closer to the net. Congratulations Kirsten!

Françoise Duchense with her first salmon of the year, Nice fish Francoise!

Françoise Duchense with her first salmon of the year, Nice fish Francoise!

 Our 2016 season is filling up very quickly and almost all our guests have re-booked their same dates. I will be posting the few availabilities I have both for Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge over the next few days. If you see anything that interest you, just give me a call.

The Bonaventure is defiantly dry fly territory!

The Bonaventure is defiantly dry fly territory!

 Until next week,

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, July 20th to 26th, 2015

Rain, rain and more rain, we couldn’t be happier! The weather man has been kind to salmon fishermen.  Normally at this time of the season we’re praying for rain and cooler temperatures, not this year. Regular precipitation and cooler weather is keeping our rivers in excellent condition.

Travis Dunnet with his first fish from the Bonaventure, it wasn't his last! Nice fish Travis.

Travis Dunnet with his first fish from the Bonaventure, it wasn't his last! Nice fish Travis.

The Bonaventure couldn’t be in better shape with a flow of 32 cubic meters per second. Last week’s rain brought the Bonaventure back up to early July levels. We are back to travelling with our canoes and the guides are loving it. Fishing continues to be excellent and everyone’s catching fish. We are seeing fresh salmon coming in on every tide and our lower pools are still producing fish on a daily basis.

Camp Bonaventure Guide Orrin Briard with Mario Delaire on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mario!

Camp Bonaventure Guide Orrin Briard with Mario Delaire on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mario!

The Petite Cascapedia needed a little rise in water levels and we received just the right amount or rain.   The Petite is flowing at 30 cubic meters per second, perfect for this time of the season. Fresh salmon are coming in on every tide and most of the pools are holding salmon, it’s been a great year on the Petite.

Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage with Isabel Jewell's first one of 2015. Nice Fish Isabel!

Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage with Isabel Jewell's first one of 2015. Nice Fish Isabel!

The Grand Cascapedia has had a fantastic season since opening day and nothing has changed. Last week’s rain moved the Grand from 17 cubic meters to 24  and conditions couldn’t be better, cool water and plenty of it. Like the Bony and the Petite the Grand Cascapedia is receiving a continuous run of fresh salmon and fishing is great. The water conditions at the moment should keep the Grand in perfect shape for next week’s anglers.

New Brunswick native Barry Kyle with a nice Bonaventure grilse, Nice one Barry!

New Brunswick native Barry Kyle with a nice Bonaventure grilse, Nice one Barry!

Many patterns have been working well and getting the job done. Before the rise in water we were using smaller fly’s and some hitched tubes as well, they were all producing. The patterns of choice have been the Undertaker, Night Hawk, silver Rat and the Black Bear Green Butt. Straight Tubes and hitched tubes are still doing well and were responsible for some nice fish this week. Dries are always The favorite at this time of the season, As always Green, Dark Brown and Blue are the best choices.

Today's menu, bombers

Today's menu, bombers

The next full moon is on July 30th and the bigger tides begin on the 29th, can’t wait to see what the salmon Gods have in store for us. 

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report July 13th to 19th, 2015

We’re half  way through July and our fishing continues to be awesome.  We are having a fantastic season with great conditions and fabulous fishing. When everyone’s are catching fish you don’t have far to look too far to see smiling faces.  

A very happy fisherman!  Patrice Giroux with his first salmon of 2015, congratulations Pat.

A very happy fisherman!  Patrice Giroux with his first salmon of 2015, congratulations Pat.

Water levels on the Bonaventure are exactly where they should be for this time of the season running at about 21 Cubic meters per second. The cooler than normal weather is great for fishing and its maintaining our water temperatures in the 50 degree range, a little cooler than normal which is great. Fishing on the Bony has been great since the beginning of June and continues to produce good numbers of fish every day. This week’s high tides brought in a good run on every tide and our lower pools are on fire where we’ve been releasing six to eight fish daily.  

Claude Lachance puts a nice back on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Claude!

Claude Lachance puts a nice back on the Grand Cascapedia, Nice fish Claude!

The Petite Cascapedia is also doing very well, the water flow is slightly low at about 15 Cubic Meters. The water temperature is also excellent  in the 50 degree range, just perfect. Salmon runs on the  Petite have been great with plenty of fresh run salmon this past week. Along with salmon we have been catching a good number of big trout, some up in the 6 to 7 pound class.  

Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage with angler Mike Buzas, nice fish Mike!

Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage with angler Mike Buzas, nice fish Mike!

Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia remains excellent, like the Bonaventure we are having a simply fantastic run of salmon on the Grand. Water conditions and temperatures couldn’t be better.  The flow is slightly above normal for mid-July running at about 27 Cubic meters per second.

Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Bennett put a nice one back in the Bonaventure, congratulations Peter!

Camp Bonaventure regular Peter Bennett put a nice one back in the Bonaventure, congratulations Peter!

The flies of choice this past week have been a mixed bag,  The guides at Camp Bonaventure told me they were catching most of the fish on Dry fly’s while Salmon Lodge guides tell me they were more successful on smaller lightly tied  wets. Mario, our head guide at Bonaventure  says “you can throw anything at them this year, they just want it”  Bombers in Green, Brown and Blue are always working, size 2, 4 and 6 have been doing the job. In the wet fly department, the Undertaker, John Olin and Black Ghost were responsible for most of the fish. Sizes 6, 8 and even 10 are the recommended hook size. Hitched tubes are doing very well, especially when a fish is being difficult.

Rigged and ready to go!

Rigged and ready to go!

We are fortunate to have had another great week of fishing. It seems that this year everything is working perfectly. The weather man is calling for five to six days or rain, showers and cloudy weather, couldn’t ask for better fishing conditions. Too bad for sun seeking tourists but its got to our turn sometime!

I will be posting our available dates for 2016 next week, there will be a couple of openings at both Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge worth looking at. If you see something you like give me a call.

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn         

Camp Bonaventure Fishing and River Report July 6th to 12th, 2015

What more can I say, great conditions and great fishing and very happy guests. This past week was a the perfect week to spend at a salmon camp. Our salmon are plentiful and our anglers are all happy, catching fish and having a wonderful time. 

Darrell sanders has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for almost 20 years! he sure know what he's doing, Nice Fish Darrell!

Darrell sanders has been coming to Camp Bonaventure for almost 20 years! he sure know what he's doing, Nice Fish Darrell!

 June was a very rainy month and our water conditions remained slightly above normal which was great for fishing. So far July weather is closer to what we are used to seeing and our rivers are beginning to flow at normal levels for this time of the season. Water temperatures have risen a bit over the past week and we're beginning to catch a good number on dry's, always a favorite especially in crystal clear water.  We have fish in all our high and medium water pools and the numbers are increasing daily. Every evening we’ve been seeing good numbers of fresh fish jumping in our pool in front of the lodge, fresh silver bullets on their way up river. The new moon on July 15th will give us the high tides and bring our next major run of fish.

Fred Benere has been a guest at Camp Bonaventure since day one, Fred's like family. This is his first of 2015, Congratulations Fred, see you next year.

Fred Benere has been a guest at Camp Bonaventure since day one, Fred's like family. This is his first of 2015, Congratulations Fred, see you next year.

The Bonaventure is flowing at 23 cubic meters per second, perfect for this time of the season. The levels and water temperatures are excellent.  The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 18 and fishing very well. The Petite saw a nice run of fresh salmon during the high June tides . Most pools on the pools are holding fish and the water temperature and levels are perfect. Our guides have been floating the upper sections and are seeing some huge salmon. The Petite Cascapedia is our smallest river but the fish are huge!  Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia continues the been excellent, the flow rate is at 33 after a bump in water levels this week.  Like the Bony and the Petite water levels and temperatures are great.

Pat Benere, Fred's brother has also been at Camp since our opening season, nice one Pat!

Pat Benere, Fred's brother has also been at Camp since our opening season, nice one Pat!

Andreas and Rebecca are from Switzerland, this was their second time to Camp Bonaventure, nice fish! Congratulations.

Andreas and Rebecca are from Switzerland, this was their second time to Camp Bonaventure, nice fish! Congratulations.

 Flies of choice are a mixed bag, wets, dry’s and tubes  are all working well. Quoting one of our guides “with all those fish, one of them is going to bite” Free floating dry’s have taken the most, Forest Green, Dark Brown and Blue Bombers  in sizes 2, 4 and 6. In the wet fly department, the Silver rat, Undertaker, Blue Charm and Green Highlander have been doing very well. Some of Davie McPhail’s new piglet patterns are really working, these are new patterns we received this year and are big performers. Wet fly sizes in 4, 6 8 is the best choice. Medium and small tubes in various patterns are also a good choice. 

The next secret weapon!

The next secret weapon!

So far this has been a great season and comparable to 2011 when our rivers were full of fish. One never knows what each year will bring. One thing is certain, every year we’ve experienced a good grilse run, the next year has always been a good one for salmon. We have plenty of grilse!

 Until next week.

 Tight Lines,

 Glenn

Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report June 29th to July 5th, 2015

Another a great week to be at camp, perfect water conditions combined with big tides and plenty of fish is the recipe for happy anglers! Water condition on all our rivers couldn’t be better, temperatures are still cool, levels are a little higher than normal for this time of the season and there are plenty of fish to go around The weather man continues to be good to us with a couple of rainy days each week and a couple of cloudy ones thrown for good measure. Not the best weather for tourists but hey, they got the hot and sunny  last year.  Everybody at camp landed salmon, needless to say we had a group of very happy fishermen. 

Louis Turcotte with Camp Bonaventure guide Carol Barriault on the Bonaventure, Nice fish Louis!

Louis Turcotte with Camp Bonaventure guide Carol Barriault on the Bonaventure, Nice fish Louis!

The rain last week maintained our rivers and kept them perfect condition. The Bonaventure is at a great level flowing at 30 Cubic Meter per second, perfect for dry fly fishing. The water temperatures are in the low 50’s.  The Petite Cascapedia is fishing well and we haven't missed in over a week. Fresh fish are running and most of the pools are holding fresh salmon, the petite is also running cool in the low 50’s as well. 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.

Camp Bonaventure regular Suzie Moore with a nice Bonaventure salmon, nice fishing Suzie!

Camp Bonaventure regular Suzie Moore with a nice Bonaventure salmon, nice fishing Suzie!

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. We just received a number of Davie McPhail’s “Piglet “ patterns, the first few days on the river proved they are something to contend with. 

Asher Wilner plays a BIG one on the Bonaventure as his wife Deborah coaches  him!

Asher Wilner plays a BIG one on the Bonaventure as his wife Deborah coaches  him!

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

What's on the menue today!

What's on the menue today!

Until Next week....Tight Lines,

Glenn

Gaspé Saumon d’Atlantique By Tosh Brown

I’VE WANTED TO CATCH an Atlantic salmon for some time, now. While I hate to use the term “bucket list” at the spry young age of 50, I’ve started dropping a few pins on the map since the AARP packets began showing up in the mail. I can run, but I can’t hide.

For those of you unfamiliar with Atlantic salmon, they begin their lives in fresh water and then run back and forth from their natal rivers to the ocean for feeding and spawning binges. There was a time when they were abundant in New England rivers, but now you’ll pretty much need a Passport to catch one. Well, unless you’re a resident of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, The UK, Norway, Finland, or Russia.

Last week I returned home from Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, and a wonderful week of fishing and photography at Camp Bonaventure. My hope was to hit the early season run of strong and shiny migrant salmon, and boy did that work out well. Glenn LeGrand runs a great operation, especially with his daily rod assignments on dozens of regulated fishing “beats”. Guests of Camp Bonaventure have access to three different rivers: the Bonaventure, the Grand Cascapedia, and the Petite Cascapedia. Each has public water and limited access water, and if you prefer not to fish shoulder-to-shoulder with folks you don’t know, then Glenn is your guy.

Since this was a completely new experience for me, I could write volumes on the actual fishing. Instead I’ll spare you the detailed rhetoric and punch out a quick laundry list:

  • Atlantic salmon fishing is steeped in tradition, so roll with it
  • Bring lots of leader material; you’ll be changing flies quite often
  • Fishing conversations in French are nice to hear, even if you can’t understand them
  • I love dry flies that don’t require flip-focals attached to my hat
  • Watching a really big fish rise from the bottom of a crystal clear pool to eat a fly is pretty special
  • I wish I’d discovered Spey casting long before I did
  • Atlantic salmon are incredibly picky, and here’s how they typically react to a swung streamer or dry fly…

Thanks to Ford McTee for catching lots of fish and helping me Sherpa camera boxes from pool to pool. Thanks to the guides for their courtesy, teaching, and plenty of laughs. Thanks to Glenn, Johnny, and the lodge staff for a wonderful accommodation. And thanks to The Atlantic Salmon Federation for keeping the heat on those determined to net and eat the very last one. I’m talking about you, Greenland.

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Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 22nd to 28th 2015

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

Marilou Long from Texas with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage, Nice one Marilou!

Marilou Long from Texas with Camp Bonaventure guide Bruno Lepage, Nice one Marilou!

The Bonaventure is flowing at 35 cubic meters per second which is a little higher than normal for late June, but we’re certainly not complaining .  Higher water allows us easy travel with  canoes and it makes the guides job a lot easier. Higher water also means that salmon can hold just about anywhere and not necessarily in the pools.  The guides are finding fish in runs and smaller pockets throughout the river. Most of the time when you find a couple of fish holding in a small run they’re pretty  easy to catch. 

Camp Bonaventure regular John Long with his first salmon of 2015, congratulations John!

Camp Bonaventure regular John Long with his first salmon of 2015, congratulations John!

The Grand Cascapedia is also flowing a bit higher than normal for this time of year. The Grand is presently at 42 Cubic meters per second, normal for this time of the season is around 30. The regular rain fall has maintained water levels and like the Bony the Grand is fishing very well.

Graham Green from Halifax owns the Fishing Fever store, he sure knows how to get it done!

Graham Green from Halifax owns the Fishing Fever store, he sure knows how to get it done!

The Petite Cascapedia opened up for fishing on June 15th, the Petite is always a bit later than the Bony and the Grand. The Petite is starting to produce some nice fish and during our float trips we’re seeing a good number of fresh salmon. Flowing at 25 Cubic meters per second it’s normal for this time of the season.

Ryan Watson Came all the way from California, Ryan was high rod for the week with the most fish and the biggest! Great fishing Ryan! 

Ryan Watson Came all the way from California, Ryan was high rod for the week with the most fish and the biggest! Great fishing Ryan! 

Irene, Ryan's mom, with a fine salmon from the Bonaventure, congratulations Irene! 

Irene, Ryan's mom, with a fine salmon from the Bonaventure, congratulations Irene! 

The full moon on July 1st will be producing some of the highest tides of the summer. Anytime between June 29th and July 5th our tides will be at least 2 to 3 feet above normal. If everything stay the same we should be in for a heck of a run of fresh fish.

Norwegian Ole Petersen puts a nice one back in the Bonaventure, nice fish Ole!

Norwegian Ole Petersen puts a nice one back in the Bonaventure, nice fish Ole!

ASF President Bill Taylor was our guest at Salmon Lodge this week, he was telling me that reports are favorable from most rivers and all indications look like we are in for a good year, let keep our fingers crossed.

You can never have too many fly's!

You can never have too many fly's!

With all the rain and cooler days our water is still bit cool, we are however getting some good dry fly action. The hot dry’s have been Green, Blue and Dark brown bombers. Wets are still the big producers, the Stone Ghost is still the hot fly this season. Other patterns working well is the John Olin, Picasse, Silver Rat and Green Highlander. The Nagli, Langa fancy and Out to Lunch are still holding their own. Old regulars like the Black Bear Green Butt, Blue Charm, and Green Machine are also producing well. With fresh run salmon in cool water you can throw just about anything and one will take it.

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Glenn

Tosh Brown

Camp Bonaventure had the privilege of hosting Mr. Tosh Brown this past week. Tosh Brown is an Austin, Texas based photographer specializing in hunting, fishing and travel photos for the outdoor industries. From Alaska to the Amazon and Tanzania to the South Pacific, his stock photography archive covers a broad range of angling, shooting, fly fishing and wildlife subjects. Tosh is also available for custom assignment photography: commercial, editorial and private.

Congratulations Tosh on catching your first Atlantic salmon!

Congratulations Tosh on catching your first Atlantic salmon!