Salmon Lodge, Canada
You will fish in uncrowded waters with excellent guides surrounded by stunning scenery with wading that is as straightforward as it comes – it really is the best that Canada has to offer
The fishing at Salmon Lodge gives you an unrivalled chance to fish three of Canada’s great Atlantic salmon rivers. The Grand Cascapedia, Petite Cascapedia and Bonaventure are all fabled rivers that until very recently were fished wholly by exclusive clubs which could only be accessed by birth rights or excellent connections. Thanks to the efforts of the lodge owners it is now possible to fish these three rivers in superb style.
The rivers are all very different which gives wonderful variety to your weeks fishing. The Grand Cascapedia is arguably the most famous of them all and it is a river that lives up to its reputation. It is a much bigger river than the Bonaventure and two handed rods would be useful. It is still fished to a large extent by the exclusive clubs and rods are hard to come by but it is one of the great experiences in salmon fishing and fish over 30lbs are not uncommon.
The Bonaventure is crystal clear and is arguably one of the very few places in the world where it is possible to sight cast to 40lbs fish. You will stalk the fish from high vantage points to give you a reference as to where they are when you are on the water. Dead drifting bombers is the method of choice and the explosive reaction of the fish is a sight to behold. Many fish are lost or not hooked as it is almost impossible to resist the urge to strike too quickly and all of the guides will tell you to look at the fish, not at your fly.
The Petite Cascapedia is very much a mix of the other two – big fish in clear water but it feels much more intimate and a day here is one to remember.
Salmon Lodge has four very comfortable and spacious twin bedrooms to the eight rods. Each room has a private bathroom and have everything that you could wish for. There is a further annexe comprising of 2 twin rooms with private bathrooms which means that this is the perfect place to take a non fisher. The lodge has a fully stocked tackle shop where you can hire everything that you may need as well as purchasing the all important flies. Our suggestion it to buy flies once there as you can do this with the guide looking over your shoulder which means you know you are buying exactly the correct ones.
There is a very comfortable wader and rod room where you will be allocated your own space so that you can leave all of your equipment for the week in one place.
The dining room is large and there is also a sitting room where pre-dinner canapés are served. The food is simply superb and the kitchen can cater for any particular dietary requirements.