8th Jan, 14
Just Another Great Year of Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing in 2013 at Grey River Lodge
Summer 2013 saw our lodges busier than ever and the river with some of the best fishing action ever. Some repeat guests, as well as guides were heard to say that it was the very best fishing they have ever experienced at Grey River.
As usual, we began operations with our first guest on June 13, and we very quickly realized that the 2013 Grey River Atlantic salmon run had definitely arrived early. This observation would prove to be true for both our lodges, but especially Salmon Brook Lodge, where the pools already contained a large number of salmon when staff arrived to prepare the facility.
In addition to their early arrival, there was one other item worthy of note regarding the salmon run for this year. While there was no apparent increase in the numbers of large 8-10 lb fish, the average size of our fish was at least 1 pound heavier than normal. This served to further enhance the angler’s experience once a fish was hooked, especially considering that almost all our fish are fresh from the ocean, with great expanse of energy to challenge the angler’s skill and equipment.
Total landings for our 2 lodges for 2013 were just under 400 Atlantic salmon, and while regulations permit the retention of 2 per angler, all but 25 of the landed salmon were released. While fishing action was fairly consistent throughout most of our season, the bulk of the run has appeared to moved into June over the past 5 years, with the fishing having slowed by the mid July period.
While guests did most of their fishing at the home pools, or within a short walk from the lodges, there were some enjoyable and successful hikes up or down river to experience the spectacular scenery of the river valley or try some of the many, seldom fished pools that beckon the angler.
Once again in 2013, Grey River experienced no issues with low and warm water conditions. While there were a couple of very short periods of warmer than ideal water conditions, it was very brief, ending with one of our frequent rains that have become the norm for the Grey River summer. The only negative was the odd day where water level was quite high, although it did drop quickly and even during the high period, our experienced guides were able to put their sports onto fish almost every fishing session.
There were no surprises regarding the most effective flies, with wet and dry flies each have their periods of being best.
Our only new guide this year provided added pleasure for guests with his talents on the squeeze box and mouth organ, with the latter sometimes echoing an appropriate tune at riverside to acknowledge some occurrence during that fishing session. Guests and guides alike applauded the efforts of our cooks, who somehow seem to improve upon their past spectacular meals.
Our helicopter service was exceptionally good again this year, with just one day where we had delay due to poor flying weather, and on that day just one of the 3 scheduled flights had to be carried out the next day.
As is normally the case, the largest part of our schedule was filled with repeat guests, and with our constant staff contingency, a wonderful camaraderie exists at our lodges as the many friendships are reunited each summer.
Looking ahead to the coming summer, there are some excellent fishing periods now available at both our lodges. Due to the recent trend of an earlier run of salmon on our river, it is decided to commence operations just a little earlier in 2014, adding one additional fishing period in June, prior to the June 13 normal start date.
We are now offering our standard 5 day wilderness fly fishing package for $3800.00 per person, all inclusive from Deer Lake, NL to the lodge and return to Deer Lake.
Please feel free to get in touch at any time to further discuss the available 2014 salmon fishing possibilities. I eagerly look forward to your contact and being your host for a high quality wilderness fly fishing experience at one of our lodges soon.