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Ice Runs on the Restigouche

April 26, 2018 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

YouTube Preview ImageIce 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.

The ice run on the Restigouche annually prepares the river for the onslaught from the sea. With the river running fee, smelt begin to enter on their spring spawning run. Only a few schools at first, followed by swarms of the six inch silvery fish. Spawning conditions are great on the lower sections of the Restigouche, smelt with their bronze backs form visual clouds of these fish throughout the RRL water.

RRL partner Patrick with his first Restigouche salmon a few years ago.

It’s just how nature works, as the smelt move in the Kelt’s drop down for their spring time feed. Last season’s salmon having remained in the river over winter are now looking for their first meal since entering the river last spring. The smelt run is critical for the Atlantic salmon’s survival, gorging themselves with this abundance of protein the “blacks” recondition quickly. Gaining weight and silvering up they will soon return to the ocean and a three year salty vacation. The smolt, Atlantic salmon smolt that are going to the sea for the first time join the migration, it is said that the kelt’s show the way to the feeding grounds for these first trimers.

Now as these sea bound Atlantic’s clear the river it’s time for “the biggens” to appear. First come the ladies followed by the gent’s a few weeks later. Atlantic Salmon Rivers have their own unique gene pool and the Restigouche is one of the few big fish rivers. These ladies of the Restigouche don’t mind their waist lines, developing huge girths, neglecting their diets and eating everything on their salt water table.

To the delight of Atlantic salmon anglers these fish of the Restigouche are big, high twenties, thirties and even in the forty pound range, enter the river each spring. Your opportunity of landing a thirty pound Atlantic salmon is here on the Restigouche, yes even a “forty” or “fifty”!

For those not making a spring trip to the Restigouche this season, make you’re date with one of these “big girls” of the Restigouche soon!

Alex with a Restigouche Atlantic

July 9, 2017 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

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

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Alex with a Restigouche Atlantic

The RRL is Creating Non-Fishing Opportunities

March 13, 2017 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

With the completion of our new lodge and the increase occupancy we are able to expand the RRL experience to other types of guests. Here are some of the interesting ideas that the lodge is considering.

  1. Anglers will be able to bring along a non-fishing guest during our busiest weeks depending on availability.
  2. We are planning some packages for corporate retreats and weekend getaways.
  3. The Restigouche River Lodge will be opening our dining room for certain available dates. Reservations will be taken for these special dinner seating’s. Local restaurant goers will enjoy the relaxed, supreme dining experience that our fishing guests have always enjoyed. Spend a wonderful evening on the Restigouche River, full course dinners and bring your own.
  4. When available dinner with overnighters will be made available to travelers during the summer months.

The Restigouche River Lodge is delighted to expand the Restigouche experience to all. At the Restigouche River Lodge we strive to exceed our guest expectations.

Happy Thanksgiving

October 10, 2016 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

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

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New lodge UPDATE

September 12, 2016 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

The new camp is progressing well. We are really excited to get it completed.
Here are some photos of it’s progression.

RRL new camp coming along nicely

June 21, 2016 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

Our new camp is progressing nicely. Here are some photos of the work being done.

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Peeling logs for the road side gable.

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Roof structure

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Peeling more logs

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Prepping logs

Greg and guide Mathieu with a 30 from Home Pool

June 19, 2016 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

The guests at the Restigouche River Lodge just finished a great week of Atlantic salmon fishing. RRL guest Greg along with his guide Mathieu ended it big this morning in Home Pool. Greg pictured here with Mathieu holding his 30lb Atlantic. A group of RRL guests and staff watched the show from the high Home Pool bank. The guests totaled 32 landed salmon for the week, with 5 in the 30lb and over class. Roll on salmon!

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Greg pictured here with Mathieu holding his 30lb Atlantic

Scott’s beautiful 38lber from Home Pool

June 18, 2016 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Here’s a 38lber from Home Pool early this morning. The lucky angler Scott with his guide Toby. What a take and fight, a gallery of sports and guides watched the show from the bank. Thanks to Anthony for the great series of photos that we will get up. For Ant it was all in a mornings work as he had action from 3 salmon to the fly follow the early morning action.

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Scott and his 38lber from Home Pool

Ralph’s 14lb Salmon

June 17, 2016 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Ralph with a 14lb Scowshed salmon that he landed this morning while fishing with Matty.

Ralph with a nice Restigouche Salmon

Ralph with a nice Restigouche Atlantic Salmon

Meta with the first Salmon of the 2016 season

June 3, 2016 · Posted in River Report · Comment 
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Meta and guide Toby with the first landed bright salmon at the RRL.

Meta and guide Toby with the first landed bright salmon at the RRL.
Wolfgang declared ladies first!

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