Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report Aug 14th to 20th
Last week we hooked over 90 salmon, this week was much tougher to say the least. Warm and sunny days with hot temperatures made catching a challenge, combined with low water conditions, fishing was not easy. Water levels on the Bony, Petite and Grand are really low, we sure need some rain. Regardless of the tough conditions we did manage to land a good number of fish.
Tom has been a regular at Camp Bonaventure for over 20 years, here he is with a nice one from the Bonaventure, Congratulations Tom!
Now for the good news! Water temperatures are still cool and the weather man is calling for a few days of rain next week. Its actually raining as I’m writing this weeks report. I just looked and the gauges are showing an increased volume on all three rivers. The Bonaventure has a great run of fish this season. with excellent numbers of fish especially in our low water and holding pools. The Petite Cascapedia is much the same with good numbers of salmon in all the major pools. Water levels on the Grand Cascapedia are the lowest of our three rivers, the rain will give it a much needed boost. That being said, we’re having a great run on the Grand this season.
Another happy customer with one of his Atlantic Salmon and a cigar to celebrate
The Bonaventure is flowing at 10 Cubic meter per second which is about half of where it should be at this time of the season, normal for the end of July should be in the 20 range. The Petite Cascapedia is flowing at 9 cubic meters per second, the norm for this time of year is 15. The Grand Cascapedia is flowing at 17 cubic meters, normal for mid August is around 20, we’re not too far off.
This week we had a father and son, who has been fishing since he could walk. He even tied with his dad for top rod for the week so a job well done.
Lower water conditions call for smaller fly’s and especially dry’s. We’re catching most of our fish on the surface with free floating dry’s. The hot wet fly’s this week have been the Stone Ghost, Blue Charm and Black. Drys, especially Dark Green, Dark Brown and Blue were doing the job.
Rumour has it that when “Glenn” the lodge owner puts a picture of a fly on the weekly report, it means the fishing is tough. Look closely at the fly in this shot, “Front Lip” lol
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Until next week
Kind Regards Peter
PS it is just over 1 week before I will be there hosting trips so between now and then I will be doing lots of praying for rain and more water in the rivers for everyone. However whatever the conditions I am sure we will all have a great time.