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River Report

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. 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.

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