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The Restigouche River and Her Atlantic Salmon

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London Fly Fishing Show, 2019

London | March 22, 23 2019

The Restigouche River Lodge will be at the London Fly Fishing Fair March 22nd& 23rd 2019. RRL partner Keith Vanacore will be introducing our lodge, the Restigouche River and her great Atlantic salmon fly fishing. So stop by the booth meet Keith and plan an Atlantic salmon fly fishing trip to the Restigouche River Lodge.

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Four rods available May 2019

October 12, 2018
Bill Anderson–Home Pool 2017

Bill Anderson–Home Pool 2017

Four rods have just opened up in the last week of May 2019.

5/26/ – 6/2 if your interested let us know.


Cooler weather and active grilse

September 25, 2018


RRL guest Hue and his first ever Atlantic salmon. Way to go Hue!

July 1, 2018
Hue's atlantic salmon

Hue’s Atlantic Salmon

Guide Sandy Mazerall with guest Mark’s Atlantic Salmon

June 29, 2018
Sandy Mazerall and Mark's Atlantic

Sandy Mazerall and Mark’s Atlantic

Sandy Mazerall and Mark's Atlantic

Sandy Mazerall and another of Mark’s Atlantic Salmon

Diane and her husband get into a few fish

June 27, 2018

Guide Raymond and Diane with a beautiful Atlantic

Diane’s husbands Atlantic Salmon

Jim Lewis and his RRL Atlantic Salmon

June 25, 2018
Jim Lewis Atlantic Salmon

Guide Paul and Jim Lewis with a Restigouche Atlantic Salmon

RRL guest David Wood III lands a beautiful Atlantic Salmon

June 21, 2018
RRL guest David Wood III, a proud dad and a fine Restigouche salmon

David Wood III and his dad with a fine Restigouche salmon

David Wood III and a hefty salmon.

Guide Ricky with David’s Salmon

RRL guest Diane and her first Restigouche Atlantic salmon!

June 19, 2018
diane's salmon

Raymond and Diane with an RRL Atlantic Salmon

Michael’s Restigouche salmon

June 16, 2018

Michael’s Atlantic Salmon

Mark one of the PA boys and his guide Sandy with a Home Pool salmon.

June 10, 2018
Mark and a bright atlantic salmon

Guide Sandy and Mark with a beautiful Atlantic Salmon in Home pool

Doctor Joe’s Atlantic Salmon

June 9, 2018
Joe's Salmon

Doctor Joe’s bright Atlantic from Ledges pool

RRL guest Alistair with a salmon from Ledges

June 4, 2018

Chris from Drift Outfitters with the first Atlantic salmon of 2018

May 24, 2018
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Chris from Drift Outfitters with the first RRL bright Atlantic salmon of the 2018 season.

June 3-10–Prime Week Available

April 26, 2018 · Posted in Recent News

RRL guide Paul, May 2017

One rod has just come available in the week of June 3rd – 10th. If you would like to get in on this spot contact us at info@restigouchelodge.com

Ice Runs on the Restigouche

April 26, 2018 · Posted in Recent News
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Ice Runs on the Restigouche It took a warm afternoon on Tuesday, April 24 to finally get the ice moving on the Restigouche River. Although the ice and heavy snow pack has hung around late this season, it might just mean an easier transition to great early fishing conditions. Normally when the ice goes out the shore is solid with walls of ice bordering the river. We have had a slow melt eroding the ice from underneath and not a huge raise of water lifting and busting free the river’s ice. With the river covered in a deep blanket of snow, it has aided in a gradual controlled melt. The slow melt has moved the calendar date for the ice out and with that comes warmer temperatures. Warmer weather means little ice damming and hopefully no flooding. We will just have to wait and see what else Mother Nature has in store for the Restigouche River this spring. Read more…

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Greg’s 30lb Ledges Atlantic Salmon

RRL Prime Weeks List

The Restigouche River Lodge has had excellent trip bookings in preparation for the start of the 2018 Atlantic salmon season. We are looking forward to the upcoming visits of our guests and wish to thank them all. We are sorry that we had to turn away so many that wanted to book one of our prime weeks. We have a new list for anyone that would like to book a 2019 prime week trip from mid-May through mid-July. As our 2018 weeks conclude spots that have not been rebooked are than available. If you would like to be the first to know join our prime week list. Email us at info@restigouchelodge.com include your phone contact. Let us know the week or weeks that you are interested in and if any other friends wish to join you.

Notice To Our Airline Flyers

April 18, 2018
United Jet

United Jet

Restigouche River Lodge guests traveling by air need to be aware that as of June 30, 2018 Penair has discontinued their service between Boston and Presque Isle Maine. The flights to and from Presque Isle will be taken over by United Airlines. The Presque Isle RRL flyers will be going through Newark Airport in New Jersey. Please check with your carrier or travel agent for any detail’s and updates. To our flying guests have a great trip and see you at the lodge!

Hovercraft Leaves the Restigouche

April 18, 2018
hovercraft ice breaker

Hovercraft ice breaker

The Hovercraft has left the frozen Restigouche to open up waters for the crabbers. The Bay of Chaleur has no open water from above the RRL camp to the Town of Dalhousie, she is covered with ice. The ice breaking vessel spent a few days on the river from the Campbellton Bridge upriver to Tide Head. However since the bay being frozen and no way for the ice to move out she left for another mission. Mother Nature will now do her part as we wait for the return of the hovercraft. Between the two of them, let’s get the river open and welcome the Restigouche’s large Atlantic’s

September 2018 Trips

We are now booking September 2018 trips on the Restigouche River at the RRL. Contact us to get in on the fall action. info@restigouchelodge.com wrhartnett@yahoo.com or call 201-788-2920
This ad will be in the ASF spring journal.

Alex's Atlantic Salmon

Alex with a Restigouche Atlantic

Atlantic salmon “They’re not for Everyone”

New Jersey Fly Fishing Show 2018–January 26-28

January 22, 2018

Fly Fishing ShowThe New Jersey Fly Fishing Show is this coming weekend. The show looks to be the best ever with a new location and a great weather forecast. See you there!

Sam with his dad and a beautiful Atlantic Salmon

July 25, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

Here is 10 year old Sam with his Dad Rick and a nice Restigouche Atlantic salmon. The young angler also landed four grilse. Great job Sam!

sam and his Atlantic Salmon

Sam and his dad with a Restigouche Atlantic Salmon

Alex with a Restigouche Atlantic

July 9, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

Ben’s son Alex, Ludger and a landed salmon.

Alex's Atlantic Salmon

Alex with a Restigouche Atlantic

Guest Ben with a nice Restigouche salmon

July 9, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

RRL guide Ludger and guest Ben with a nice Restigouche salmon.

RRL guide Ludger and guest Ben with a nice Restigouche

Guest Ben and a fresh Atlantic Salmon

RRL guide Sandy with David and his first Atlantic salmon

July 9, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

RRL guide Sandy with David and his first Atlantic salmon.

Davids first salmon

Guest David and his first bright Atlantic Salmon

Marshall Hoffman’s fine Atlantic salmon

July 6, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

RRL guide Ricky with Marshall Hoffman’s fine Atlantic salmon. The senior gentleman out fished all the juniors in camp last week. Thanks for a great visit, Marshall.

Marshall Hoffman's fine Atlantic salmon

Marshall Hoffman’s fine Atlantic salmon

Guest Ernies Atlantic Salmon in Ledges Pool

June 24, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

RRL guest Ernie with a nice 22 lb. salmon from Ledges the other day. Finally got some rain and needing more.

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Guest Ernie and another Ledges Atlantic

Mark’s Ledges salmon

June 18, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

Sandy and RRL guest Mark with a ledges Atlantic salmon, sure brings smiles to their faces.

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Guest Mark in Ledges with a beauty

Karl’s first bright Atlantic

June 16, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

The Restigouche River welcomes RRL guest Karl with his first ever bright Atlantic salmon. Pictured her with his guide Ludger. Karl’s brother Mark also got his first this week way to go men!

Karl and Guide Ludger with a nice Atlantic

Karl and Guide Ludger with a nice Atlantic

Paul’s birthday salmon

June 14, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

RRL guest Paul with his 27 lb Birthday salmon assisted by his guide Sandy. Paul was in last week and we have another Birthday boy in camp, Doctor Joe. Lets go Doc keep the string going.
We need rain, but were seeing fish.

Pauls Salmon

Paul with a Birthday salmon

RRL guest Glen Urban and a Beauty

June 4, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

Another nice Atlantic salmon landed by RRL guest Glen Urban.

Glen Urban

Glen Urban and a Beauty

Bill Anderson’s first Atlantic, Home Pool

June 4, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment (Edit)

A RRL Home Pool Atlantic, landed by our guest Bill Anderson. His first ever landed Atlantic. Congratulations to bill and his RRL guide Sandy.

Bill Anderson–Home Pool 2017

Bill Anderson–Home Pool 2017

Jere’s 30lb Atlantic Salmon

June 1, 2017

Here is Jere Eshleman’s contribution to RRL thirty pound club.

30lb Atlantic Salmon

Jere’s 30lb Atlantic Salmon

3rd week of May and bright chrome

May 26, 2017

Here is the lucky lad with another of his 3rd week in May “chromer”

Atlantic Salmon

May chrome

Chris K closes out week with a beautiful fish

May 26, 2017

Chris K left camp yesterday here is one of the six bright Atlantic’s he left behind.

Chri's Atlantic

A bright Atlantic

Christopher Krysciak 2017 Atlantic

May 20, 2017

Here is a 29 lbr from yesterday landed by RRL guest Christopher Krysciak with his guide Raymond. Way to go guys keep it going!

Christopher Krysciak Salmon

Christopher Krysciak’s Salmon

Booking an Atlantic Salmon Trip

March 13, 2017
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Patrick’s Salmon from 2016

For anglers wishing to book a trip with the RRL during the prime weeks there is now a new option. We are organizing a prime week availability call list. At the completion of a guest’s full week trip, they have an option to book their week for the following season. The guests not re-booking their week for the following season will than have given up their option. Read more…

Weird Fish

February 10, 2017

weird fishRestigouche River Lodge guide Mathieu spends a good amount of the winter  month’s ice fishing on the Chaleur Bay. Out on the ice this morning he heard  screaming from the shanty next door. Looking into his neighbor shanty he  found his Cousin Philip cornered by this strange looking fish. After reviving the lads they were safely released and the fish headed back to the deep.  Read more…

Fly Fishing Shows 2017

January 12, 2017

fly fishing shows 2017

The Fly Fishing Shows are rolling in! The Restigouche River lodge will be at these two shows and some others. We have a new show booth and look forward to your visit.

Happy Thanksgiving

October 10, 2016

Good morning Canada!
The Restigouche River Lodge would like to wish all Canadians a very happy Thanksgiving. Eat hearty and have a safe holiday. The nice thing for myself is, that due to Canada’s earlier holiday I enjoy two Thanksgiving in one year.
Thanks Canada, KB


New lodge UPDATE

September 12, 2016

The new camp is progressing well. We are really excited to get it completed. Read more…

New lodge progressing

New lodge progressing

Bobby’s 14lb Salmon from Adams pool

June 25, 2016

Guest Bobby with a 14lb salmon.

bobby's salmon in adams pool

Sandy holding Bobby’s 14lb salmon.

Greg Dixon’s 30lber from Ledges

June 23, 2016

Greg Dixon got his 30lb this morning in Ledges.

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Greg’s 30lb Ledges Atlantic Salmon

RRL new camp coming along nicely

June 21, 2016

Our new camp is progressing nicely. Read more…

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prepping logs

June 12-19, 32 Atlantic Salmon landed!

June 19, 2016

The guests at the Restigouche River Lodge just finished a great week of Atlantic salmon fishing June 12-19. The guests totaled 32 landed salmon for the week, with 5 in the 30lb and over class. Roll on salmon! Read More in our River Report

Bill Mellen salmon

Bill Mellen with his guide Sandy and a 13lb Restigouche salmon.

Jim Elie 25lber

Jim Elie and his guide Raymond with a 25lb Atlantic salmon

Gregs 30

Greg pictured here with Mathieu holding his 30lb Atlantic.

scott's 38

Scott and his 38lber from Home Pool

Patrick’s 23.5lb Salmon

June 10, 2016
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Patrick’s 23.5lb Salmon

Here is Patrick with his 23.5 Atlantic from home pool yesterday. Read more…

Meta with the first Salmon of the 2016 season

June 3, 2016 · Posted in River Report
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Meta and guide Toby with the first landed salmon of 2016

Meta and guide Toby with the first landed bright salmon at the RRL.

Single Barbless vs Barbed Single or Double Hooks for Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing

April 21, 2016

Atlantic salmon anglers have an ongoing controversy between fishing with single barbless hooks and barbed single or double hooks.  We salmon anglers are quick to make our opinions known over this argument but have we really thought it out.

Many opinions are put out to the fly fishing public as fact from individuals, media, government agencies and Atlantic salmon conservation organizations about this issue without any survival data. Read more…

2016 Ice Watch

April 1, 2016 · Posted in River Report

River Report for the Restigouche River The ice run watch is officially on for the Restigouche River. RRL guide Mathieu Boucher has been keeping a watchful eye on the river and snow conditions over recent weeks. There has been a few heavy snow storms over the past few weeks building up a deep base and plenty of ice on the river. The building roofs were shoveled off in the nick of time as it has been raining steady from yesterday through today. Read more…

April Fools on Me

April 1, 2016

Sometime this morning while in a deep sleep a recurring dream came to me again. This dream is of an unknown Atlantic salmon river that I have visited many times while in my subconscious state. These dreams have offered me many wonderful adventures without travel, internet views or programs. My night time trip might have been spurred on by gawking at his magnificent Atlantic salmon from England Pool that Mack had just posted on Facebook. Read more…

3″x4″ RRL Logo Stickers

February 26, 2016 · Posted in Recent News

At the printer we are making 3″x4″ RRL logo stickers for cars etc. Read More…

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Full Moon Report

February 26, 2016 · Posted in River Report

WARNING; Here is a warning to all you big girls (Atlantic salmon) that will be entering the Restigouche River this spring. The Restigouche River Lodge will have rods on the water with flies a swinging! The Restigouche produces large Atlantic salmon in the month of May Read More…

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Mid-Winter River Report

February 22, 2016 · Posted in River Report

The Restigouche River hides under the ice at last. This winter has been mild from New Brunswick’s on the new camp way of thinking. We were able to keep working well into December as the wind kept down and the temperatures stayed around freezing. The daily freeze thaw cycle created a muddy mess combined with the lack of daylight brought the new camp build to a holt. Read more…

The Restigouche River and Her Large Salmon

Around the middle of May large hen Atlantic salmon begin to enter the Restigouche River with a few fish arriving as early as late April. Bright chrome salmon that rival any in the world today. This run of large Atlantics have been the quest of a chosen few and by anglers lucky enough to get an invite on the river.

The Restigouche is known as a private and exclusive river with access to anglers by invitation only. A group of fishermen acquired a salmon camp along with this beautiful stretch of river, now known as the Restigouche River Lodge. The partners have made available these world class Atlantic salmon to all anglers wishing to book a trip at the RRL. Read more…

Mac’s 16lb Atlantic

July 7, 2015

Toby with Mack’s 16 lb salmon he also managed 2 grilse. Back out tonight where some large salmon are lurking.

16lb Atlantic Salmon

Mac’s 16lb Salmon

Charlies 35lb Atlantic from Home Pool

June 28, 2015

RRL partner / owner Charlie Polsky  flew in from the windy city June 27 to fish the river. He casually got on the water around 6:30 and plucked a 35 lb Atlantic from Home Pool within an hour. He then retired to the fire pit to take in all that had just happened. The fish took in the middle of Home pool after coming back to a Picasse the second time. She fought Charlie hard, four times well into his backing and landed the big girl well beyond the ledge.

Charlies 35lb Atlantic Salmon

Charlies 35lb Atlantic Salmon

Charlie Brown’s 31lb Hen

June 27, 2015

Toby and RRL guest Charlie brown with a Restigouche 31 lb hen from last nights fishing.

31lb Hen

Charlie’s 31lb Hen

Another Nice Salmon from Home Pool

June 25, 2015

Toby with RRL guest Mark’s salmon from the other night in Home Pool

Salmon Home pool

Guide Toby with guest Marks Salmon from Home Pool

A slow start but things are heating up.

June 25, 2015

We have been off to a slow start this season but over the last few days good numbers of large salmon have been spotted. On June 16 angler Anthony rang the bell raising two salmon dropping a 14 and cashing in with a 35 lb hen from our Poker Pool. They lost the photo opt but the memory is fixed between the ears of one happy face. Sandy a new guide at the RRL got his first big Restigouche Fish what a way to start. Guest Roger improved the streak with a 12 and 14lb salmon from Ledges and Home pools.

June 20, RRL guide Toby and a happy angler Ken with his 32 Lb Atlantic salmon. Weight was calculated using Ally McGowan scale of length and girth.

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RRL guide Toby and a happy angler Ken with his 32 Lb Atlantic salmon

Malcolm’s Salmon from Scowshed pool

June 1, 2015

RRL guest Malcolm along with his guide Matt and and a nice Restigouche salmon

Guide Matt ready to land Malcolm's Atlantic

Guide Matt ready to land Malcolm’s Atlantic

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RRL guest Malcolm and guide Matt with a beautiful salmon.

First Salmon of the 2015 season

May 26, 2015

The first girl of the 2015 Atlantic salmon season. The river is in peak condition and a gang of sports are due in.

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32lb Atlantic Salmon

32lb salmon

Bill Wilbur with the 32 lb hen from Adams pool