Camp Bonaventure Atlantic Salmon and hurricane Arthur brought high winds, plenty of rain and most importantly, plenty of salmon! The rain brought the rivers up to early June levels and combined with a full moon and high tides, we received a strong run of salmon and grilse. The tail end of Arthur was certainly a surprise, the Gaspe peninsula received winds of over 80 MPH or 150 KMH. Salmon Lodge was untouched except for a few branches and leaves on the lawn. Camp Bonaventure was a little harder hit, thankfully the lodge wasn’t touched but we did loose a number of old trees on the property. Crews were in cleaning up mode and by Wednesday you would of never known we had a storm, everything’s back to normal. The biggest problem we faced were the roads, many were blocked by fallen trees. The majority are now cleared but there are still a few closed, thankfully we can still travel by canoe to all our pools and beats.
With the combination of all the rain, high winds and full moon the water levels on the Bony rose to 110 cubic meters per second but was back down to 50 by Sunday evening and clearing well. As you would expect in these conditions big fly’s were on the menu for the the first portion of the week but back to fishing dry’s by Wednesday. The Petite received a good head of water as well, but much less than the Bonaventure. Water conditions on the Petite are perfect at the moment and the fishing remains good with plenty of big salmon and a nice grilse run. The Grand Cascapedia rose substantially after the storm, close to three feet. The water was stained on Monday but was clearing well and good fishing began again on Tuesday. Everyone landed a good number of big salmon this week on the Grand, a good head of water sure makes a difference. This means now for the start of the next week all our rivers are fishing very well.
Hot fly’s this week were the Nagli, Stone Ghost, John olin and Silvre Rat, the Green Machine and Blue Charm also counted for a few. Sizes 4, 6 and 8. With this many grilse around, really doesn’t matter what you throw at them, there going to take. Dry’s are always on the top of the list, Blue, Green and Dark Brown, in sizes 2, 4 and 6.
NOTE grilse numbers are way up this year, in fact we haven’t seen this many grilse for a long time. A good grilse year is always followed by a good salmon year, which makes a great outlook for 2015.
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