MIDDLE CAMP ON THE GRAND CASCAPEDIA – GASPE PENINSULA

Fishing the spectacular 4-24 Pool on the Grand Cascapedia
Fishing the spectacular 4-24 Pool on the Grand Cascapedia overlooked by Middle Camp Lodge

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WhereWiseMenFish - Private Lodge Bookings at Middle Camp

WhereWiseMenFish, by private arrangement with the owner, has been given the opportunity to take the camp in exclusivity over specific weeks of each season. These weeks will vary from season to season.

Please note it is not possible to make individual bookings outside of the exclusive weeks taken by WhereWiseMenFish however if groups are interested in joining a week in the future they should get in touch to discuss possible dates.

The Grand Cascapedia

The Grand Cascapedia is a salmon river that needs no introduction. It is considered the jewel in the crown of all the North American Atlantic Salmon Rivers. The very name, ‘Cascapedia’ is reflected in some of the finest fishing tackle on the market, past and present, and items that carry this badge of distinction wear it with the pride reserved for royal patronage. The ‘Grand’ is the home to some of the biggest Atlantic Salmon that grace the Atlantic salmon rivers of Eastern Canada. It is a river steeped in history and in terms of very restricted access to the quality beats it is on a par with the Alta in Norway.

Middle Camp, on the banks of the Cascapedia is amongst the finest fishing lodges in the world and certainly one of the most exclusive. Over the years it has played host to the early governors General of Canada, King Edward VIII, and Jimmy Carter amongst others. We hope your stay at Middle Camp will be memorable and even if you do not catch something as large as the 54lb Salmon that graces the wall you will fish in the knowledge that a 40lb salmon is a possibility with every cast!

Middle Camp access to Private Water on the Grand Cascapedia

Middle Camp water is situated in the ‘Middle’ of the Grand Cascapedia and as such offers some of the finest pools on the river. Unlike the outfitting lodges in the Gaspe region, Middle Camp is a private lodge. The water fished at Middle Camp on the Grand Cascapedia is over private water. It is not subject to the lottery system in place that anglers are required to engage in to fish the ‘open access’ water of the Grand Cascapedia, primarily focused around the upper beats of the river. In synopsis, you will be fishing some of the finest water that is available on the Grand Cascapedia!

Fishing Bar Pool below Middle Camp-Grand Cascapedia
Fishing Bar Pool immediately below Middle Camp on the Grand Cascapedia

The Fishing at Middle Camp

Although 'The Grand', as its name might suggest, is indeed an imposing river during the early season weeks of June, as it approaches summer levels it is a much more manageable size. Medium sized spey or switch style rods can be used to cover the pools and for the most part large ‘to the far bank’ casts are not a pre-requisite for success. During the summer some of the pools lend themselves to fishing with single-handed rods and dry flies. The Grand Cascapedia does not carry quite the same level of clarity of water as some of the other rivers on the Gaspe but in certain pools it is often possible to spot fish.

A rotation will be put in place splitting the available water into typically 3 or 4 zones fished by the pairs of anglers. Although there is enough water for 8 anglers to fish the river in rotation, the ideal group size for a determined team of anglers is 6, giving reasonable flexibility to fish 2-4 different pools on each leg of the morning/afternoon rotation.

Guides at Middle Camp

Each angler will have an individual guide whilst fishing on the Grand Cascapedia. This arrangement is as much to promote local employment on the river as much as it is to assist individual anglers. The guides typically fish a specific rotation so you will fish with different guides throughout the week.

Getting ready in front of the lodge Pulling in a 30lb Salmon caught on the 2014 WWMF week
Getting ready in front of the lodge –------------------------------------ Pulling in a 30lb Salmon caught on the 2014 WWMF week

History of Middle Camp Lodge

Pretty much all of the history of the Grand Cascapedia is contained within two very thoroughly researched, encyclopedic volumes, by Hoagy Carmichael. “The Grand Cascapedia: A History-Vol I & II”. Middle Camp lodge occupies a very significant place in both volumes; such is its history, prestige and standing. It has played host to some of society’s biggest names with the lodge ownership being passing from one prestigious owner to another. Its history has not been entirely unchequered. Floods have almost washed the lodge away and parts have been burnt to the ground. A brief synopsis of the camp below:
Middle Camp - A Brief History

Middle Camp-Grand Cascapedia

Accommodation at Middle Camp

Middle Camp offers nothing short of a 5 star experience. The main lodge building is extremely spacious with the rooms commanding grand views onto the river. Large king-sized beds and individual bathrooms are provided for all guests. The lodge staff will look after your every need and your stay and can be enjoyed as much by non-fishers as the anglers thmselves. Dining is in a beautiful and historic building dating back to the 1930’s with an excellent and varied cuisine. Wi-fi is available throughout and there is a purpose built rod and wader drying room.

Middle Camp Dining room
Middle Camp Dining room, built in the 1930’s, still standing and proudly showing some of the great catches

Location & Environment

Middle Camp is situated in the midst of the best holding water on the Grand Cascapedia with access to a great many of the most prestigious and well-known pools, almost all of which have produced their share of leviathans. The steep-sided natural-growth forests on either side of the river constrain the river within what remote and very scenic surroundings. The colours of the trees in fall is beyond spectacular but throughout the year the sight of the forest smoking with wisps of cloud is mesmerizing.

Middle Camp has beautiful smooth flowing pools Middle Camp has deep rocky holding pools
Middle Camp has everything from beautiful smooth flowing pools to deep rocky holding pools

Getting There

Air Canada provides daily flight service between Montreal and Gaspé, Quebec or Bathurst, New Brunswick. There are two scheduled flights to and from each location daily however the suggested route is via Montreal and Bathurst. Individuals are welcome to make their own way to Middle Camp but arrangements will be put in place to transfer guests following the itinerary below:

WhereWiseMenFish – Middle Camp Itinerary

Day Time Activity Remarks
Saturday  
  • Arrive-Montreal
  • Fly Montreal-Bathurst
  • Overnight Bathurst
  • Atlantic Host Hotel
Sunday  
  • Transfer Bathurst-Gaspe
  • Lunch on arrival
  • Afternoon fishing available
  • Transfers will be arranged (approx 2hrs drive)
Mon-Sat All Day
  • Breakfast
  • Depart for the River
  • Lunch served at the lodge
  • Depart River
  • Evening Meal
  • 6 Full days of fishing
  • Daily schedule and rotation will be confirmed at the lodge relative to the local conditions
Sunday TBC
  • Depart Lodge
  • Transfer to Bathurst
  • Fly Bathurst-Montreal
  • Montreal-Home
  • Departure plans arranged as per your schedule

If you would like to know more about the trip, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart with a Sea Trout from the Rio Gallegos River Justin Maxwell-Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
E-mail: justin@wherewisemenfish.com
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The team from Hooke giving a taster of some fall fishing on the Grand Cascapedia


MORE PHOTOS FROM THE CASCAPEDIA & WWMF TRIPS TO GASPE

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If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to Eastern Canada, please contact us at the following:

United Kingdom Office:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
justin@wherewisemenfish.com

United States Office:
US Country Code: +1
Telephone: 646 797 2945
info@wherewisemenfish.com

 

Or alternatively email us via our Booking Enquiries Form to request more information.



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