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