GASPE PENINSULA - SALMON LODGE ON THE GRAND CASCAPEDIA
Salmon Lodge has a location unequalled in stature overlooking the Grand Cascapedia.
The Salmon Branch on the upper section of the Grand Cascapedia
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For 2014 WhereWiseMenFish is delighted to be able to offer access to three of the most renowned Atlantic salmon rivers in Québec’s famous Gaspé Peninsula, and one of the one of the world’s most prestigious Atlantic salmon rivers, the Grand Cascapedia. All the rivers offer opportunities at not just very big fish, 20-30-40lbs, but put the angler in the midst of some truly exceptional surroundings. The Cascapedia River (aka Grand Cascapedia) is a name that resonates with most salmon anglers on both sides of the Atlantic but alongside is both the Petite Cascapedia and Bonaventure rivers which offer sight-fishing in mesmeric emerald hued water!
Location & Environment
Salmon Lodge is located on an imposing bluff that commands a simply outstanding view of the Grand Cascapedia 100’s of feet below. No other lodge on the Cascapedia can lay claim to such a magnificent view. The surrounding area is one of mountainous forests and pristine wilderness; the rivers are amongst the finest Atlantic Salmon rivers in North America.
The Rivers – Grand Cascapedia, Petite Cascapedia & Bonaventure
The fishing at Salmon Lodge is focused on the Grand Cascapedia but you should have the opportunity to fish both the Bonaventure and Petit Cascapedia, subject to availability. The Grand Cascapedia carries with it the name, the history and typically the biggest fish on the Gaspe however the quality and variety of fishing on the Petite and Bonaventure are an easy equal. 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 fishing.
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.
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 and offers incredible dry-fly fishing for Salmon. Fishing the Bonaventure is a truly mesmerising experience. The water temperature of the Bonaventure is notably colder than that of the Grand Cascapedia and will still fish well in the height of summer conditions.
The Petite Cascapedia is one of the most intimate rivers on the Gaspe, although it maintains a run of salmon in the 30-40lb range, comparable with those of the Grand Cascapedia. Best fished with a single or a short double-handed rod there is a good variety of gravel, freestone and ledge type pools. On the restricted sector rods are limited to 8/day and access to the pools is by canoe. This in itself is an unmissable way to fish and see the length of the river. 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 the salmon will take aggressively throughout the summer.
The Petite Cascapedia - Significantly smaller than its bigger relation but with salmon of equal size
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 the system allows for the most 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 are allocated however this should not be considered as unduly prohibitive.
Built in 1901 Salmon Lodge is immersed in the history synonymous with all the great lodges on the Grand Cascapedia. Built on a bluff overlooking Trout Brook Pool it has a commanding 180-degree view of the Grand Cascapedia River below. In 2011 it underwent an ambitious ‘roof raising’ renovation that transformed the living space whilst retaining the original feel of the building. The result is one of the most exquisite fishing lodges to be found worldwide. Great food and very high levels of service typify a stay at Salmon Lodge.
The newly refurbished Salmon Lodge with the most impressive view of any lodger overlooking the Grand Cascapedia
Best Time To Go
The fishing starts form early June and runs through to the end of September. By approx. 10th June big fish should have reached the upper stretches of the Grand Cascapedia and numbers will increase throughout June and July. Mid June-July are considered prime weeks although good water conditions will always dictate prospects. July and August are the best months to fish with a dry fly. Given good water September can be very prolific.
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. Salmon Lodge is 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, which should arrive first thing in the morning and is only 10 mins drive from the lodge (although it is not always punctual).
Availability and Pricing for the 2014 Season
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