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Atlantic Salmon Fishing – Newfound Outfitting

Atlantic Salmon Fishing – Newfound Outfitting

(cheerful guitar music) – Welcome to The New Fly Fisher. I’m you’re host, Jenna McKeown. On today’s show, I’m in
beautiful western Newfoundland with Newfound Outfitters. We’re gonna be fishing
for Atlantic salmon and casting both
wet and dry flies. It’s gonna be a great
show, so stay with us. – [Narrator] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to Newfoundland and
Labrador Outfitters Association, Orvis Sporting Traditions, Rio Products, Superfly, fly fishing made easy. (cheerful piano music) – [Jenna] In this episode, I’m traveling to
western Newfoundland, an area known for its
majestic landscape, bountiful wildlife, and of course, world class
Atlantic salmon fishing. We are the guests of
Newfound Outfitting, a relatively remote
lodge located just a few hours’
driving distance from the Deer Lake Airport. Ray Humber, owner of
Newfound Outfitting, has created a unique experience that has customers coming
back year after year. – I’ve made great
friends coming here, and that’s the primary
reason I keep coming back, because I’ve established
some great friendships with the Humbers
and with the guides. And the second reason is it’s a great way
to relax from work, and you catch some fish. You catch them on wet flies. You catch them on dry flies. It’s a wonderful time. – [Jenna] I was so excited
to get out on the river and start casting for
the mighty silver leaper. Ray took us to a great spot and helped me wade
out into the river. It was so exciting to be able to watch the salmon jump
right in front of us. I couldn’t wait to
get one on my line. Oh! Wow! Wow! Fresh salmon came into our run, but unfortunately,
I was having trouble setting the hook quick enough
for those who came to my fly. – [Ray] Whoa! All right, all right. (mumbles) Whoa! Okay. Hold your rod high. Okay, that’s the stuff. Okay, take your time. You need slack, but keep a
tight line, a tight line. – Yes! He’s coming in fast. I’m trying to keep my
rod as high as I can and reel in all the
slack he’s giving me, just like Ray told me to. Oh. Whoa! Oh no! He’s gone! He took my… Oh no, he got my fly. He still got my fly. I don’t know what happened. I think I may have got a
little bit too much slack. I was trying to keep
up with him, but… Arr. (cheerful guitar music) – Jenna, I think we’re
gonna try a dry fly again. – Yeah? – Yeah. – Now?
– Yeah. – Just one more. Just one more,
just for good luck. See? That one was a better cast. – [Ray] Yeah, that was. The line didn’t slap
the water so hard. – As we made our
way down the river heading back to the lodge
after a fantastic day, I couldn’t help but
look forward to tomorrow and the chance to connect with one of these
acrobatic salmon. Stay with us. (cheerful guitar music) As a novice salmon angler, having Ray as my guide and
teacher proved very helpful. Ray, since I’m so new
to salmon fishing, I’ve only been salmon
fishing one time before, this is a completely
new setup for me. Could you just explain to
me why we’re using this and how it works? – Okay. Well, we’re gonna have a lot
of fun, since you’re new. – I’m very excited. – What we’ve got here, Jenna, we’ve got, I like
the tapered leaders. – Okay. We’ve got a 15 pound test, and then we’ve got
about two feet of 13, and then we’ve got
two feet of 10, and then the last,
we’ve got about, I left about a three
foot, eight pound tippet. And we need a little
heavier tippet, because that allows us
to fight the fish harder, get him in, and get him back
into the water and let him go, swim free. – That’s the goal,
to let those fish go. – Yeah, that’s the goal, yeah. You look at the pool. You look at the water, the run. If the water is low and you get more riffly
water, moving fast, well, then, I typically
start with a wet fly, like a Blue Charm, Green
Machine, Thunder and Lightning. Yeah, White Wing, Blue
Charms, that type of thing. If you go into a pool
and it’s flat water, water is not moving
but is smooth, well, then it’s ideal
dry fly conditions. So then I look at the
bottom of the pool and I start working up
the pool with a dry fly. (cheerful guitar music) – There were four wet
flies that Ray recommended for fishing Atlantic
salmon during our trip, the Blue Lady,
the Green Machine, Thunder and Lightning,
and Blue Charm. After a great
morning of fishing, Ray took us down the river where we met up with a few of
the other guests for lunch. These social moments
are one of the ways that Newfound Outfitting
creates an amazing experience both on and off the water. The guides cooked us a
delicious shore lunch, completed by great conversation
and a beautiful view. I couldn’t wait to get back
on the water after lunch, and with Ray’s help, I was
out casting again in no time. That was a little
too high, though. – Yeah. – [Jenna] We’re almost at
the end of the pool, eh? – [Ray] We’re getting
close to that fish, where that fish
jumped out there. Oh! – [Jenna] Oh! – [Ray] Oh, okay, okay. Let go of that line there. Let go of this line. – [Jenna] Let go of it? – Okay, let, yeah, okay. (Jenna laughs) Okay. Keep your rod tip high. – [Jenna] High, high, high. – [Ray] Good, good. Good. That’s a nice salmon. Okay, hold him high. (mumbles) he wants to jump. Don’t reel him toward. – [Jenna] Okay. – Don’t reel him toward. Let the reel, don’t
hold on the reel. – [Jenna] Okay. Can you check my drag? – You hold until I get the net. – Yeah.
– Yeah, drag is fine. – [Jenna] Drag is fine? – [Ray] If he jumps– – [Jenna] Okay. Okay, you go get the net. – [Ray] Okay. Okay, when the line goes flat, just keep a snug
line on him, okay? Okay, reel. Okay, not toward. Just keep your rod tip high. – [Jenna] Rod tip up. You go get the net. – [Ray] That’s the girl. You take your time, okay? – [Jenna] Okay. – Just don’t hold the line
and don’t hold the reel. – [Jenna] Okay. – [Ray] Keep your rod high! Get your rod high! Don’t (mumbles) Nice, steady line! – [Jenna] Woo-hoo! – [Ray] Reel, reel, reel,
reel, reel, reel, reel, reel, reel, reel, reel, reel. Reel, reel. Okay. That’s right. What you do is you’re
fighting back now. Okay, never reel it in past
your line, your salmon line. – [Jenna] Right. – [Ray] It’s all right. Oh, let go, let go. Don’t hold that reel,
don’t hold the reel. – [Jenna] Not holding it! – [Ray] You’re not
quite ready yet. – [Jenna] Okay. – Keep it up. Don’t reel, don’t reel
past the salmon line. – [Jenna] I’m not reeling. – [Ray] Okay, he’s
staying over here. – [Jenna] Woo! – Hey! – [Jenna] Woo-hoo! – What a beauty! – So, Ray is gonna
handle the fish for me. I don’t really have a lot
of experience with salmon, so I don’t wanna hurt
this gorgeous fish. Oh, it’s really
a beautiful fish. – [Ray] I’m gonna
get down in the water a little bit there now. – Wow. (Jenna laughs) Woo-hoo! Thanks, Ray!
– Well done. (laughs) – Wow. It’s really difficult
to find the words to describe what
it’s like to catch your first Atlantic
salmon on a wet fly, because it’s so exciting. They fight so well. And here in western
Newfoundland, it’s
just beautiful. The Sun is shining,
it’s a gorgeous day, and that’s just the
cherry on top of the cake of catching that fish. Beautiful. I can’t wait to
catch another one. More salmon action
when we return. (cheerful piano music) – We pride ourself
on quality service. When people come, we (mumbles) Our price as basically based
on the service we provide, and if we don’t
provide a good service, then we can’t charge
adequate price. So we started in 1999 with
that offer of service, and to promote a good business, a good Newfoundland, down
to earth, genuine business. And so far, it’s
been working for us. We’ve been here now, again, we took our
first (mumbles) in 1999. They’re with us today. Every year, they come back, and we pride ourself on having a 95% return clientele
year after year. – [Jenna] With great
weather in the forecast, we decided to hit
the river early. One of the best things
about early morning fishing is the absolute
beauty of the sunrise, and of course, the
nature around you. We traveled to a different
part of the river, a short walk to a beautiful
spot just below a set of falls. – Now, so Jenna, as
you were walking down, you noticed the terrain
changes underfoot there, and it’s much more rocky and
a lot of ledge rock down here. So this is the spot where if
you’ve got a wading stick, it’s wise to use it. – Okay. We’re got our wading
staffs, got my wading belt. We’re ready to go out,
be careful, hopefully
catch a salmon. – Let’s go catch a fish. Okay. (cheerful guitar music) That’s what you
want, right there. – [Jenna] Right there. – Yeah. Yeah, it was nice to see, Jenna, so many fishermen on the river, but it’s always good to use
proper fishing etiquette when on a river. The best way to do
that, of course, is when a fisherman
is in a pool, let him work down through the
pool, cover the pool well. If he do rise a fish,
he or she rises a fish, then they can change the
fly, go over them again. A few minutes, nothing happens, then they got to move
on down through the pool to give the next person a chance to fish down through the pool. – Okay. – That’s what we try to promote
here at Newfound Outfitting. – Great. (cheerful guitar music) After a few hours of fishing,
the weather began to change, which is why you
must come prepared. You never know what the
weather is gonna do. It can get cold, it can get hot, so it’s always best
to be prepared. I’ve got all my layers on, and
I’m gonna take one off now. It’s warmed up a little bit, but if the weather
gets cold again, I have my jacket to put on. One thing that Ray have told
me while I’ve been here is that red isn’t exactly conducive
to salmon fishing. I guess it’s always better
to wear neutral colors, your grays, browns, greens,
even blues that match the sky. Those work better than bright
colors like this red here. So I’m gonna take
off my red jacket. It’s a little bit warmer, and I’m gonna try and see
if I can find a salmon. (cheerful piano music) So you helped me tie on the fly. We chose an Orange Bomber. Can you just explain to me
how you want me to fish it? – Oh, yes. Of course, your dry fly
is totally different than fishing wet fly. A want you to start at
that, the rock there, straight out front, short
line first in a fan motion. So short line, fan it
down, a little longer line, and work your way at
the back of the pool. – [Jenna] So we’re
extending the line? – Every pass, just lengthen
your line a foot or so, and let it swing down
to the end of the pool. This way, you’ll
cover all the pool. When you get to the other side, then you work upstream
with the dry fly. – Okay. Great. (cheerful piano music) The dry flies we primarily
used were an Orange Bomber, a Yellow Bomber, a
Brown and Blue Bomber, and a Brown Bomber. Ray suggested these colors
based on the weather conditions, time of year, and of
course, experience. – Yeah, okay. We just fished down
with a wet fly. – Yeah. – Then we fished back up
through with a dry fly. – Mm-hmm. – The wind came up. It was a little
difficult with a dry fly to get the proper– – [Jenna] Presentation? – [Ray] Persistence
in presentation. So there’s another angler there. We’re gonna let him fish
down through the pool, and then we’re gonna
let the pool rest. Then we’ll go out and change
flies and go back again. – Okay, sounds good. (cheerful piano music) – Yeah, the landscape around
here is pretty unique. Western Newfoundland is just
a beautiful place to be in and unique geology. Old growth forest,
that’s very important. And the old growth forest contains various
species of wildlife. Moose is probably,
everybody knows, very plentiful here
in Newfoundland. Caribou. We did go through a downturn, but they’re coming
back very strongly. We see woodland caribou
around the river on times. Black bear is always here,
and they’re indigenous. We see them all the time. We’ve seen one the other day. So we see those
big game animals, plus we’ve got a
variety of birds. Birds of prey, we’ve got
the great horned owls, we’ve got bald eagles, we’ve
got osprey, to name a few. Of course, we’ve got
lots of smaller game. We’ve got beavers and chipmunks
and all that kind of stuff. So it’s nice to see
those little creatures alive and doing well. (cheerful piano music) (cheerful guitar music) (mumbles) a little
bit ahead, that way. Oh! Take it, take it, take it! You had it. You got that. Now- – [Jenna] That was my fault. – Yeah. – [Jenna] I looked away. Oh my goodness. – Now you got to set, though, because he’s not
gonna hook himself. – [Jenna] Yeah. – He had it and spit it out. – Whoa. Whoa! – [Ray] Hey! Keep the rod high. That’s the girl,
that’s the girl. Keep your rod high. I’m coming. Take your time. Let him go. Bow. That’s the stuff,
that’s the stuff. – [Jenna] Woo-hoo! – [Ray] Take your time. – That fish, oh. I was about to give
up all hope, but– – [Ray] (mumbles) isn’t it? Take your time, take your time. – Keep that rod tip up, right? – [Ray] Just reel him in. Keep your rod high. Now, when you’re reeling, don’t reel your salmon
line past the top of your- – [Jenna] Okay. Whoa!
– Wow. Nice fish, nice fish. – [Jenna] Whoa! – [Ray] (mumbles)
don’t hold the reel. Okay, okay. – [Jenna] Ray told
me to make sure you– – That’s the girl. Use your (mumbles) – keep the rod up. – Your rod tip up. – I’m not gonna make
the same mistake and keep the rod up
when the fish jumps. I learned that. – [Ray] He’s tiring out now. Keep him up this way. – [Jenna] You ready? – [Ray] Yeah, I’m ready. – [Jenna] Ugh. – [Ray] It’s all right. – [Jenna] Whoa. – [Ray] Bail up. – [Jenna] Oh, I’m trying
for your net, Ray. – [Ray] It’s all
right, all right. Okay, reel, reel, reel. – [Jenna] Got it? – [Ray] Yeah. (Jenna laughs) – [Jenna] Oh my goodness! – [Ray] Yay! – [Jenna] There we go. – [Ray] Well done. – [Jenna] Thank you so much. – [Ray] A dry fly. – That’s a bumblebee pattern
dry fly, and what a fighter. So Ray is gonna handle
that fish for me, and hopefully we can get
a nice, clean release. Just one of the many beautiful– – You take the net. – Yeah. Beautiful salmon. (Jenna laughs) Man, that’s great. – [Ray] Beautiful. – [Jenna] It’s gorgeous. – [Ray] Okay. – I can’t believe how
gorgeous these fish are. Just beautiful coloring. This is just so exciting. It doesn’t get any
better than this. I can’t think of a better
way to end our time here in western Newfoundland. If you’d like to know more
about Newfound Outfitting, fishing here in western
Newfoundland, or our show, visit us on the web at From all of us here,
thanks for joining us, and we’ll see you soon. – [Narrator] The New Fly
Fisher has been made possible thanks to Newfoundland and
Labrador Outfitters Association, Orvis Sporting Traditions, Rio Products, Superfly, fly fishing made easy. (cheerful guitar music)

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