Here is Patrick with his 23.5 Atlantic from home pool yesterday. The guests have raised some big girls but the lines have not come tight. River is high, dark coffee and moving. We all know what that means water dropping and clearing in the coming days.
Meta and guide Toby with the first landed bright salmon at the RRL.
Wolfgang declared ladies first!
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.
Matt reports that the river is open at Morrissey Rock the center is running and eating at the ice edges. Traveling up Restigouche River Road it is closed at the dip just above the camp. Only the coming days and temperatures will tell when the ice will finally let go. Let’s hope there is no flooding but the ice cuts some new salmon lye’s for the 2016 Atlantic salmon season.
Well Mattie me boy keep those watchful eye’s wide open and us anxious salmon anglers well informed on the advancing conditions.
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 so get on the river and swing your fly this season. The full moon will be on May 21, 2016. If you would like to introduce your fly to one of these big ladies, contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. RRL guide Mathieu spent many days working on his smelt shanty only to watch the bay fail to ice over. It’s getting too late to think of ice fishing now Matty, even though the bay is getting solid with the more consistent seasonal temperatures.
The snow fall has been far below the accumulations of the past few years with a blanket of three feet presently. In southern New Brunswick the ice ran on the Hammond River as the thermometer hit fifty last week. It is hard to say what the next month’s weather will bring. One thing for sure is it will bring us closer to spring.
We all should be getting up for the start of the Atlantic salmon fly fishing season. The RRL still has some prime weeks available so if you haven’t booked your 2016 trips give us a look.
Toby with Mack’s 16 lb salmon he also managed 2 grilse. Back out tonight where some large salmon are lurking.
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.
Toby and RRL guest Charlie Brown with a Restigouche 31 lb hen from last nights fishing.
Toby with RRL guest Mark’s salmon from the other night in Home Pool
RRL guest Malcolm along with his guide Matt and and a nice Restigouche salmon.