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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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