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Planes, rains, and stripped reels!
Posted 01 July 2023, 8:54 am NDT
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Guide, Sonny, with guest, William, who has been having some success (larger version)
Happy Canada Day! We love our country, and are proud to host our fellow Canadians and people from around the world to experience our angling adventure in the Labrador wilderness!

Our first group is in, and it wasn't without some weather delays. Not too bad though. They still got in on arrival day with time for dinner and an evening fishing session. Huge shout out to Melina in Goose Bay for looking after our guests and the whole team for hustling to get their baggage out to Cartwright and up to the lodge. The weather stripped back our flying weight, but where there's a will there's a way!

The fishing has been respectable for conditions. Some great stories coming from the dinner table. One guest had his reel stripped and busted at the backing by a large salmon. A short while after another of our guides found the line down river…and fish still on! He did lose it but our guest got his line back. Nearly all fish being hooked are large and hard to hold. A couple grilse have been hooked and made for this keeper and photo op with William, and guide Sonny. Nice one guys! Hey released a 10-11 lber just this morning as well.

Thursday's rains all across the plateau has made the river level shoot up nearly 40cm in the last 24hrs and the curve is still steep. Rising water like this always slows the action to what it would be for the volume of fish going through the river. The weather is also bright and hot. Right now fish are moving in in sculls with the tides but not hanging around for long. Typical of these water conditions but it's good to see that guests are hooking up despite the challenges. Water temp is in the low 60's F.

The rain did slow what would have been better action for this group, but for the season as a whole we really needed this shot of rain. The weather for the next couple of days is hot. Hopefully the water temp doesn't creep up too fast. Stay tuned and we'll see what this ol' river has in store.

-DL
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