GASPE´ PENINSULA – CAMP BRULE
"A Gaspe ´Gem" – Fly Fisher Magazine
"The jewel of the Petite Cascapedia" – Bill Taylor, President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation
Camp Brûlé is located on the banks of the Petite Cascapedia River with access to the Petite, Grand Cascapedia and Bonaventure rivers. Combined they represent the best of the Gaspe Peninsula salmon rivers in Quebec. The water is of such outstanding clarity that they offer an unparalleled view of the salmon's watery habitat alongside exquisite scenery and surroundings. Add to this the chance of a 30lb or larger salmon and it is easy to see why they have such a huge appeal.
Environment & History
The vast Canadian province of Quebec has long been celebrated for its sporting opportunities. Breathtakingly beautiful vistas coupled with abundant salmon, trout, bear, deer and moose have been the draw for international sportsmen and women for well over a century. Of all the outstanding parts of the territory it is the eastern peninsular of Gaspésie that has become the most revered, for it is here that the rivers seem that bit clearer, the light that bit crisper and the sporting quarry a good bit larger. Nowhere is this more so than in the valleys of the Grand Cascapedia, Petite Cascapedia and Bonaventure rivers.
Royalty, presidents, artists, writers, industrialists, oligarchs, sporting greats and rock stars; all can be found on the banks of these majestic rivers and the veranda's of the private salmon camps. And for every household name there are a hundred other anglers and hunters for whom an annual sojourn to 'the Gaspe' is an essential part of their summer. Camp Brûlé is a rarity in this region – a private club with its own riparian waters but also possessing an outfitters license that enables us to extend our range and provide fishing opportunities on the government owned sectors of our rivers. We are proud to be able to offer the historic ambience of our lodge to guests from all over the world and committed to providing a first class experience.
Camp Brûlé Fishing lodge
The fishing lodge, constructed from indigenous materials by local craftsmen, is largely unchanged from its original design. Built with practicality in mind it has a strong sense of purposeful rustic charm but with all the modern amenities to ensure anglers can relax as much as they enjoy their stay. Wood fires warm anglers during cool evening alongside countless items of fishing memorabilia whilst the screened porch draws most people to its deck during the summer months. Guests stay in twin-bed rooms with ample storage space and a writing-cum-fly tying desk. Communal areas of the lodge are finely furnished and the lodge maintains a good library of fly-fishing literature and magazines. Home cooked food from a dedicated kitchen compliments your stay. Good house wines are served with meals and an open bar encourages all to enjoy and relax throughout their stay.
The fishing & Guiding
The guides at Camp Brule are all about catching fish! Late nights and early mornings are all part of the equation and they will have you fishing when the conditions dictate when you should be on the water. Two anglers typically share a guide and using a combination of traditional canoes, wading or 4 x4's you will get to see and fish the river from every angle. For the most part 8-10ft single-handed rods are appropriate with an 11-13ft double-handed rod for early season or in the event of high water.
The Rivers – Grand Cascapedia, Petite Cascapedia & Bonaventure
The fishing at Camp Brûlé is focused on the Petite Cascapedia but you should have the opportunity to fish both the Grand Cascapedia and Bonaventure rivers. Although it is not possible to specify exactly where and which rivers you will fish on a typical week the variety of water and conditions are typically a huge asset in ensuring you will encounter good or exceptional fishing during your stay.
The Petite Cascapedia is one of the most intimate rivers on the Gaspe, although despite its size it has some huge salmon in the 30-40lb range, comparable with those of the Grand Cascapedia. Rods are limited to 8 per day on the restricted sections of the river. There is however very limited pressure on much of the public water that can only be accessed effectively by canoe. Much of the water for the Petite Cascapedia sources from underground springs from the interior of the Chic Choc Mountains and this ensures that the water temperature rarely rises above 60 degrees even on the hottest of summers. Although early starts may be required salmon continue to take aggressively throughout the season.
With one of the strongest runs of salmon of all the Gaspe rivers the Bonaventure is a magnificent salmon river in its own right. Where however it really stands alone is in its almost unparalleled water clarity. Running gin-clear all season it is possible to spot fish wherever you stop. The ability to see salmon in such clarity is exciting beyond measure, although it can also be emotionally exhausting as you pit your wits against a very obvious quarry. Access is by both wading and from canoe and it is renowned as the river for dry fly fishing. Of note the water temperature of the Bonaventure remains relatively cool throughout the summer.
No other salmon river in North America conjures up the majesty of the Atlantic Salmon better than the Grand Cascapedia. By way of illustration the most comprehensive books to date, "The Grand Cascapedia River: A History" consists of two volumes and approx. 1,500 pages with more than enough references to mammoth salmon. The Cascapedia sources in the Chic-Choc mountain range and battles its way down river, in and around spruce and alder forests, to the Bay of Chaleurs, a distance of approx. 70 miles. The river is split into 7 sectors and Salmon Lodge has access to 'A' sector as well as the Lake and Salmon branches. Typically the Cascapedia carries a slight tea colour reflecting its drainage area and usually has a good volume of water with well-defined pools.
The Salmon Fishing – A note on access
Salmon fishing in Quebec is a mixture of private access, public access and lottery allocated places. Each river has a slightly different rulebook and although on the whole it runs at odds with European salmon rivers for the most the system allows part private or restricted access fishing. It does pay dividends to ensure that you have booked by 1st November to get first crack at the lottery when 50% of those rods on respective sectors are allocated.
Best Time To Go
The fishing starts form early June and runs through to the end of September. Salmon start to enter the rivers in late May and good numbers of fish will be in the river by early June when the lodge opens. Mid June-July are considered prime weeks although good water conditions will always dictate prospects and with the Bonaventure and Petit Cascapedia running colder than would be normal fishing can remain good throughout the season. July and August are the best months to fish with a dry fly. Given good water September can be very prolific.
Camp Brûlé situated 14 kms from the mouth of the Petite Cascapedia River, just outside the coastal town of New Richmond, Quebec. The Grand Cascapedia is a short drive to the west whilst the Bonaventure to the East.
Air Canada provides daily flight service between Montreal and Gaspé, Quebec or Bathurst, New Brunswick. There are two scheduled flights both to and from each location daily. Camp Brule a three-hour drive from Gaspé, and two hours from Bathurst. You can either rent a car at the airport or transport to and from the airport can be arranged. For a more sedate journey you can take the overnight train from Montreal to New Richmond that should arrive first thing in the morning and is a short drive from the lodge (although it is not always punctual).
Availability and Pricing for the 2014 Season
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