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New Service Bar in the Lodge

July 13, 2012 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

Photos of the new service bar at the Restigouche River Lodge.

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New Bar

New Bar 2

New bar

New Bar

New Bar 2

River Update July 10

July 10, 2012 · Posted in River Report · Comment 

I have been quite busy and been off the site for some time. As we all know this has been a poor season to date. With the ice going out a month early an no rain and very low water. The river is now in great shape so long as we get a bit of rain each week. Salmon are moving in and maybe we will have a nice dry fly season. I will start to put some pictures on soon. Thanks to all for keeping up with the RRL. KB

Spots available for early season May 20th – 27th

May 13, 2012 · Posted in Recent News, River Report · Comment 
30lb+ Atlantic Salmon Mann's Pool

30lb+ Atlantic Salmon Mann's Pool

Here’s a beautiful early season Atlantic Salmon from the Restigouche River Lodge’s Mann’s pool. We have spots available for the very water where this fish was taken from May 20th – 27th. This includes 14 sessions of fishing and all the RRL hospitality at a great price. Get in on this week and take a crack at these magnificent Atlantic salmon.
Contact wrhartnett@tahoo.com or call 201-788-2920

Name the cabins contest deadline extended

February 8, 2012 · Posted in Recent News · Comment 

Well it’s “Groundhog Day” and we still have no winner for the Name the Cabins Contest. Therefore we will extend the contest further and those that have submitted names can also enter two more. To go along with the extension of the contest the winner will also receive two days lodging and Atlantic salmon fishing at the Restigouche River Lodge. So put on you thinking caps and lets get a name for these two lonely cabins.

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.

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.