Gunpowder regulars Pam and Fred Meier had their hands full on a recent first time Atlantic Salmon trip to the Grand Cascapedia. The scenery and fishing looks nothing short of spectacular.
Thanks to Fred and Pam for the pictures and accompanying fishing report from the Grand Cascapedia.
Theaux and Rocky:
The narrative as requested:
This 38 lb. Atlantic salmon was caught on the Grand Cascapedia River in
Quebec on the morning of the last day of the 2007 fishing Season,
September 29. She was taken on a Winston 8 wt. rod with 15 lb. tippet
and a size 8 Picas fly. Because of heavy rain the prior night, the
spawning salmon were moving; and this fish was hooked from a canoe in the deep Fraser pool. She was fought from both banks and netted in a quiet little pool above rapids after 1 hour and 13 minutes. The guide,
Chris Jerome, from Tracadie camp and a full blooded MicMac Indian was
nothing short of superb in the landing effort. Of course, she was
released so that her progeny, hopefully as magnificent as their mother,
may one day swim in the Grand Cascapedia.
P.S. The Winston rod was purchased at On The Fly almost 12 years ago by my former colleagues as a retirement gift. It has only been used twice in the intervening period. In combination with the Bauer reel your sold me early this year, it was excellent for salmon fishing- better than the 9 and 10 wts that the other guests at Tracadie were using.
For those interested in flyfishing tackle, gear and techniques for Atlantic Salmon in New Brunswick and Quebec, members of our shop staff have been lucky enough to flyfish the Restigouche and Matapedia over the years and would welcome any opportuntity to talk about flyfishing for Salmo salar, “the leaper.” Here is a last look at Fred’s 38lb Atlantic Salmon from the Grand Cascapedia before the release.