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Bonaventure River, Gaspe Canada

Gin clear waters where fish of up to 40 pounds will rise to take a bomber drifted on the surface is what makes Gaspe one of the world’s premier destinations for Atlantic salmon fishing. One of the best places to experience this is one of Gaspe’s best lodges, Camp Bonaventure. Guests have access to private waters on three of Canada’s most acclaimed Altantic salmon rivers: the legendary Bonaventure where sight fishing in crystal clear waters is the norm, the Grand Cascapedia where 40 pound salmon are not uncommon and the beautiful Petite Cascapedia ideal for fishing dry fly fishing. Additionally they also have  the option to complement the fishing in these private waters with excellent public beats drawn in the annual lottery. In total guests may fish in over 120 kilometers of prime salmon water.

During these dates the autumn run will be in full gear and the river will also be full of spring and summer salmon that have entered earlier. 

Guests are accomodated at the beautiful Camp Bonaventure Lodge which has been described as one of the finest sporting lodges in North America. The main lodge provides the perfect place to relax after the day’s fishings featuring spacious and comfortably appointed living room and dining room with beautiful river-stone fireplaces. In the living room has a fully equipped fly-tying table at the disposal of guests. The large deck overlooking the river is just the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or night-cap underneath the stars while sharing fishing tales. 

Early in the season in June: Fishermen may prefer 7 to 9 weight two hand rods.  From July on fishermen may prefer swithcing to a one hand rod to cast bomber to rising fish or a lighter two hand rod with floating lines

Effective flies include: Bombers, Red and black francis’s, Golden Killer, Snaelda, Green Highlander, Silver Doctor, Undertakersy Muddler Minnows mostly in hook sizes 4 to 6 early in the season and 8 to 14 later in the seasono.

Guests are accomodated at the beautiful Camp Bonaventure Lodge which has been described as one of the finest sporting lodges in North America. The main lodge provides the perfect place to relax after the day’s fishings featuring spacious and comfortably appointed living room and dining room with beautiful river-stone fireplaces. In the living room has a fully equipped fly-tying table at the disposal of guests. The large deck overlooking the river is just the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or night-cap underneath the stars while sharing fishing tales.

Camp Bonaventure is located on the south east coast of the Gaspe Peninsula just outside of the town of Bonaventure. Most guests will fly into Bathurst and are then transferred by road to the lodge.

Location: El Río Bonaventue está localizado en la costa sur de la Península de Gaspe en la provincia de Quebec en Canadá  desmbocando al Mar Atlántico junto al poblado de Bonaventure. 

Season: 1 June – 31September.

Best dates: Mid June to Mid July or late August – September.

Rods permitted: NA

Fishing techniques allowed: Fly only 

Species: Atlantic Salmón 

Note: In order to travel to Canada visitors must apply Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)-

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