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A Special Guest Visits the Restigouche River Lodge

October 20, 2011 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

This past season during the first week in July the Restigouche River Lodge had a special
fishing guest non other then Orvis’s own Tom Rosenbauer, Rod and Reel Magazine’s
angler of the year for 2011.
During his visit at the lodge Tom enjoyed a fabulous four days of fly fishing for Atlantic
salmon on the Restigouche River while filming an upcoming episode for the New Fly Fisher
Show. The show episode will be aired soon on the WFN television network. We will keep
our readers posted on the dates and times as to when this exciting show will be aired… KB

Scott McEnaney and the September Special

October 10, 2011 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Scott McEnaney—director of the Orvis Eastern Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters & Guides program—caught this gorgeous 16-pound Atlantic salmon on a fly called the September Special. It was one of two salmon he caught in a day and a half at Restigouche River Lodge, fishing with guide Deering Irvine.

Scott McEnaney and nice fall salmon. photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

Fall season continues to produce at the camp

September 13, 2011 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Here is Martin with his large Atlantic Salmon with a very nice kype.

A nice salmon Sept, 2011

Guest Martin with a nice salmon

 

Here is Moncton salmon angler Marcel along with his guide Deering Irvine and a beautiful Restigouche fall fish.

Guide Deering and Marcel with a beautiful fall Salmon, Sept 2011

Guide Deering and Marcel with a beautiful fall Salmon

Ruin of Salmon Runs Took a Long Time; Recovery Will, Too

August 10, 2011 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

Kennebec Journal
By Clinton B. Townsend
August 7, 2011

All of Maine’s rivers were once the home of vast schools of Atlantic salmon returning from the ocean to reproduce. It has been estimated that in the Kennebec River alone as many as 70,000 Atlantic salmon returned annually.

Sadly, those great runs were decimated by overfishing, water pollution and construction of dams without fish passage. In Maine, by 1950, only a few fish returned to the rivers of Washington County.

Since 1968, the U.S. government has had a program to restore Atlantic salmon in Maine’s rivers. The flagship river for restoration is the Penobscot, because that was the last river from which these fish were exterminated.

It is true that there was once an indiscriminate fishery for Atlantic salmon on the high seas. However, that has not been the case for almost 30 years.

In 1982, all of the Atlantic salmon producing nations in both North America and Europe entered into an international treaty to create the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). After that, the only high seas fisheries for Atlantic salmon of North American origin were by Greenland and Canada.

Those fisheries were brought under control through painstaking negotiations in NASCO by the middle of the1990s. Natives in Greenland and Labrador each have a small food fishery, but the huge harvests of the 1970s are long since gone. There are no longer any mysterious factory fishing ships just offshore poaching on North American Atlantic salmon.

Nevertheless, recovery of Atlantic salmon has been slow. In 2011, there have been excellent returns, but it remains to be seen whether this is the beginning of a long-term trend, or is only a one-time event.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation, an international organization with offices both in Brunswick and St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, are studying the survival of juvenile Atlantic salmon as they migrate from their home rivers to Greenland, where they feed and grow from a few inches to many pounds.

Electronic pingers are inserted in young fish and detected by an array of counters in river estuaries and ocean passages, such as the Cabot Straight and the Straight of Belle Isle. This is time-consuming and costly, but early results show that predation by fish, birds and mammals have a major impact on the numbers of surviving fish.

Historically, the numbers of juvenile fish were so large as to overwhelm predation. Until the stocks are restored to sufficient size, cropping by predators may continue to have a depressing effect for many years to come.

This is a phenomenon frequently seen in nature. It is one if the reasons why restoration of the full suite of anadromous fish that historically shared Maine’s rivers, including the prolific alewife, is a priority. The buffering effect of alewives can have a positive effect on survival of juvenile Atlantic salmon.

It took a long time to destroy the runs of Atlantic salmon. Restoration will also take a long time. We must think in terms of decades, not just a few years.

June 2012 openings

August 2, 2011 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

Just a note to let any of the salmon anglers that are keeping up with RRL on face book and might be considering booking a week at the lodge in 2012, the status of our weeks. As of now we have openings for the first two weeks in June and a few rods in the first week in July. We of course have time the rest of the season.

That’s Salmon Fishing

July 25, 2011 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

We had a fellow in camp a few weeks ago and despite the great fishing by all the other guests he was down on his luck. Even though he missed a few good chances on some nice salmon it did not seem to help his mood. After a few more frustrating days he decided to rename one of our best pools Purgatory Pool stating “another tough session in Purgatory Pool.” After leaving the lodge I was delighted to talk to the gentleman on the phone and he told me that he had landed a 10 and 22 lb salmon that morning, and where…Purgatory Pool. The unlucky salmon fisherman managed to finish the week with a 9, 10, 12, 22 and 24 lb. Atlantic salmon, not so bad for a week that started off slow. Let this be a lesson to all of us who love Atlantic salmon fishing. It’s not just the catching that we enjoy, but being in a place so beautiful and unspoiled that allows these magnificent fish to survive. Let’s enjoy sharing this harmony in nature with the salmon, the wildlife and the friends we get to spend a week in heaven on earth with.

Jacque, 25lb’s

July 25, 2011 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Jacque from Moncton with a 25 lb Atlantic salmon landed yesterday.

Jacque, 25lb's

Jacque, LEAPER!

Jacque and guide Deering with a 25lber

Jacque and guide Deering with a 25lber

July 2011, 25lbs

Marc in Adams pool

July 22, 2011 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Here’s Marc with a worried look on his face as he went from delight to the thought of his 30 lb. salmon taking all of his line. Marc who has fished for a lifetime and taken all types of big fish was quoted as saying “this is without question the best fish of my life”

Marc ,in Adams Pool: July, 2011

Marc and guide Deering with a nice fish.

Largest run since 1974

June 19, 2011 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

Reports throughout the Gaspe Bay indicate that this is the largest run of salmon since 1974 and other camps on the Restigouche River also are reporting large numbers of salmon. A few of you smart anglers might want to get in on this as we have only a few spots available.

Book your dates for 2012

June 8, 2011 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

Salmon anglers this is a bit crazy but we have quite a few  guests that are ready to book prime time for the 2012 season. Our owners and prior full week guests get the first chance to book their week. The season has just started and we are already talking about next year, I thought to be fair I should post this. So if you can look that far ahead please contact us.