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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

All the best, 

 

Tight Lines, 

Julia