This past week was defiantly better than the first week of the season. The good news is we're beginning to see fresh salmon on a regular basis. Not the beginning of the season we were all hoping for but it's getting better with each day. I spoke with managers from other rivers namely the York, St-Jean, Dartmouth ,Matapedia and the Restigouche and they're all experiencing the same, a later run than normal. Looking at the weather and river levels we are at least two weeks behind schedule. It's only going to get better! Over the past few days our guides are seeing an encouraging numbers of fresh salmon.
Marc-Andre and Jean Louis Coulombe enjoy mid-day lunch on the Bonaventure. The best dining room on the river!
The Bonaventure is running at early June levels and is still a bit stained, but clearing nicely. Not too many places to wade yet, almost all fishing is from canoes. The Grand Cascapedia is also running high but cleared well as the week progressed. The Petite Cascapedia is clear and a bit high, it opens on Sunday . The guides have been floating all the sections of our rivers this past week. Rivers can change over the winter as some pools can fill in while others just get better.
Richard Baay from the Neatherlands plays his first Bonaventure salmon!
We had a a few nice fish landed this week and a few others lost or missed. They're not plentiful yet but the guides know how and where to find them. Richard Baay from the Netherlands was high rod for the week second place went to Bob Schoeller. New Yorker Ken Ferrin also landed a nice silver bullet, his lovely wife Patti missed a huge fish. There's always next year Patti.
Bob Schoeller with the first one of 2014, congratulations Bob!
Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard, knows where to find them in all water conditions.
This weeks high tides brought in a nice run of fresh salmon. The past few days have been very encouraging as our pools are beginning to hold fish. The guides are seeing salmon in most of our lower pools and a good number higher up as well. The hot fly's have been the Silver Rat, Nagli, Green Highlander.....Davie McPhail's version and the Blue Charm. Even though we haven't taken on on a dry yet, we had a few up close for a look. Next week we'll fool our first one on a bomber!
Until next week...Tight lines,