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Newfoundland Salmon & Trout Fishing

Newfoundland Salmon & Trout Fishing


welcome everyone to the new fly Fisher
I’m your host Phil Rolly on today’s show our coming to you from
the luxurious Tucker Moore lodge located near Main Brook Newfoundland our quarry
today is Atlantic salmon we’re gonna show you everything you need to know to
catch these magnificent fish on the fly should be a great show so stick around on today’s show we visit the scenic
northern peninsula of Newfoundland near the seaside town of Maine Brooke as
guests of Tucker Moore Lodge tuck more Lodge provides four-star accommodations
and it’s a short drive from a number of Atlantic salmon rivers and streams in
addition to Atlantic salmon this region offers ecotourism along with a number of
unique attractions such as Lansing meadows national historic site Lansing
Meadows is home to an ancient Viking village the earliest recorded settlement
in North America wildlife abounds in the area the visitors can expect to see
moose fox birds and whales during the summer months humpback and minke whales
along with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins work the coastal waters icebergs are
another natural beauty Commons in the area the Atlantic salmon boasts a rich
cultural heritage on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic salmon have a unique history and mystique that traces back over 25
thousand years known scientifically as salmo salar or the leaper the atlantic
salmon is one of the most aggressive salmon species although it is more
closely related to the brown trout than its distant Pacific cousins Atlantic
salmon are speed merchants capable of firsts in excess of 20 miles per hour
and able to leap heights of 12 feet each spring thousands of Atlantic salmon
hatched from eggs laid in the previous autumn after consuming their egg sacs
from the 11th stage tiny Atlantic salmon fry wiggle free from their gravel reds
and begin feeding on microscopic organisms fry grow and progress into
small part that are easily identified by their aggressive nature and vertical
markings the PAR remain in their natal rivers for two to six years feeding on
array of aquatic insects such as caddis larvae and mayfly names
Parr transform into silvery smolts their organs undergo a remarkable change
enabling them to adapt to life in salt water smoke migrate to sea where they
spend one or more years fish that spend only one year at sea are known as grills
grills are smaller fish running between one to two kilograms or two and a half
to five pounds salmon spend more than a year at sea and range from four to
twenty kilograms or ten to 40 pounds got a little par here immature stage the
Atlantic salmon are so aggressive and it’s this aggressive tendencies we can
take advantage of later in the life when they return and much larger sizes and
the PAR rise eve is very similar at times the rise of an adult’s a very
small almost smiting rise that can often be on large large atlantic so I’ll let
this guy go see if we can get his older brother back at it not the biggest
Atlantic it’s looks like a grill switch is a in the life cycle of an Atlantic as
a fish that’s gone out to the ocean for maybe one year and has returned Atlantic
salmon can spawn multiple times throughout their lifetime unlike their
Pacific cousins there you go beautiful grills right there you can see the fight
a little girls like that gives imagine what a big brother is gonna be like so
we’re just gonna unhook them I’m get a drink and we’ll let him swim off oops
well there he goes off behind so there you go
beautiful little girls we’re gonna head out there and see if we can catch us
another one as you can tell we’ve got a beautiful
day here one of the drawbacks to that though is its effect on water
temperature Atlantic salmon like any game fish have a preferred temperature
range there is about 58 to 62 so it’s always a good idea to carry a small
thermometer with you take a temperature reading and he’ll eliminate water that’s
perhaps too hot for the Atlantic salmon so we’re looking here at about 65 so
we’re a little warm here today so we’re gonna look for areas of oxygenated water
such as the current tongue as you can see behind me here so the water
temperature is a critical element to finding Atlantic salmon Atlantic salmon like all fish in rivers
and streams use underwater obstructions to protect themselves from the tiring
effects of fighting currently most fishermen are aware of the natural
current breaks behind rocks and logs and other similar objects Atlantic salmon
loves to take advantage of the hydrodynamic cushion in front of large
rocks and boulders whether using dry wet or riffle hits wet flies target the
leading edge of large rocks and boulders using short accurate repetitive casts
the longer Atlantic salmon stay in the river the less active they become they
simply get more focused on what they’re here to do and that’s reproduce so what
you have to do is when you see fish moving in an area and just off my left
shoulder we’ve had fish porpoising and rolling is repeatedly work that area
don’t try to cover a large amount of water just work the water over and over
again where they maybe with a dry fly a riffled wet or what we’re doing here is
swinging a blue charm through the run using a fluorocarbon leader to help get
the fly down over and over and over again and induce a take that way just
one of the tricks you can do when salmon are holed up and don’t seem to be
chasing the fly very much so I take a moment to go over the basic
equipment requirements for chasing Atlantic salmon on the fly when it comes
to rods probably seven to nine wait nine to nine and a half feet in length reels
a good quality fly reel with an excellent drag system disc drag
preferred with lots of backing capacity these fish grow big and can really take
you for a run a floating line is all you’re allowed to use a new fluent
labrador by regulation lots to choose from out there you might want to
consider some of the salmon or steelhead taper lines they have nice long bellies
to facilitate mending and a tape front taper that allows you to present dry
flies delicately leaders anywhere from 12 to 9 feet from 8 to 12 pound is fine
you may want to consider fluorocarbon tippet for clear water situations so
there you go basic equipment not very complicated but a few special
considerations I thought I’d take a moment to go
through a series of flies you might want to consider when you go out on your
Atlantic salmon journey and we’ll start with the dry flies and believe it or not
your standard trout dries are a great place to start so this is a Crystal
winged royal Wolf any of the wolf flies are a great consideration royal humpy
White Wolf one of the myriad of bug flies that are
out there Baumer these are all great flies your
standard trout flies anywhere from size ten to eight similar size range for your
bugs and your bombers can be as big as a number two we’ve seen them in some of
the stores here but probably sixes and eights and maybe a four the most common
so there you go simple dry flies dead drifting is the best way to take
Atlantic salmon let me take you through a series of wet
flies you might want to consider you can use wet flies both to riffle hitch and
swing them traditionally through deeper runs and pools lots of them out there
traditionally these were all tied on feather wings and now the hair wing
variants are very popular and a lot easier to tie so we’ve got a green Casa
boom we’ve got an undertaker a dark bodied fly blue charm a staple
throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for that matter thunder and lightning and a
silver doctor so there you go a simple selection of wet flies your Atlantic
salmon box does not need to be complicated have a cross-section of
light bodied flies dark bodied flies even some silver flies like the silver
dr. low water conditions maybe size 10s and 12s higher water bigger water number
fours and probably sixes and eights are your most common size it doesn’t have to
be complicated just pick the ones you like and stick with them it’s midsummer here in Newfoundland and
rivers like many across the continent are at their lowest flows please call
for low water tactics first of all think about being stealthy don’t go crashing
into the water nearest you fish those waters first often they hold fish fish
also seek the deepest most well oxygenated areas of the run off to my
right we’re sitting across from the deepest part of the run and we’ve
already seen a few salmon rolling there your fly box needs to be considered as
well you’re gonna look at probably more sombre smaller patterns for this time of
year for example I’ve got an undertaker a common wet fly in use typical flows
you might use a number six and low clear flows you might want to consider a size
8 a 10 or maybe even a 12 conversely you could dress a fly low-water style this
undertaker has a size 4 hook but the body on the fly is a number 8 you get
the benefit of the weight of the hook plus the smaller body on the fly so keep
these considerations in mind the next time you’re faced with low water
conditions one of the primary presentation
techniques for Atlantic salmon here in Newfoundland and Labrador is the dead
drift dry fly the challenge with this method is getting your fly to drift as
though unencumbered by line or leader your fly line offers greater surface
area and tends to pull or drag the fly if this isn’t dealt with and one of the
techniques we use is to correct the line by using a mending technique either
upstream or downstream let me show you what I mean this is probably the most
common men you’ll use typically used on faster flows like I have in front of me
it’s going to pick my cast up lay it down lift from a low rod position and
lay the line upstream of the fly just like that low and lift you want to be
gentle and deliberate with your movements you don’t want to jerk the fly
so to pick it up lay down low rod lift and lay upstream and allow the fly to
drift downstream dead drift the size of the water and the current speed will
dictate how big amending motion you have to make and how many times you have to
make that motion throughout the presentation to keep your
fly drag free now going to go over the downstream end and this run here is a
classic example I’ve got faster water out where I want
to present my fly and slower water close to me
the slower water is going to grab and hold the fly line which will drag the
fly so it won’t present naturally in the faster water so to do this we have to
use a downstream end lay it down lift and reposition and then follow the fly
down no matter which mending technique you use a longer rod will allow you
greater mending ability I prefer rods nine feet or greater everybody likes to get salmon on a dry
fly or riffled wet when when salmon are active they’ll come up and chase these
flies but right now it’s late in the season
the salmon are getting less and less active and you have to go down and get
them and we’re doing that with an old traditional method called the wet fly
swing I’ve got a number of six blue charm about nine feet of fluorocarbon
leader and tippet we use fluorocarbon because it sinks faster than traditional
mono or copolymer leaders and we’re just making a quartering cast basically off
my shoulder allowing the fly to sink on a tight line and following it around and
just feeling for a bump or hopefully a good grab as a fish takes it and it’s as
simple as that the wet fly swing it’s very effective when fish aren’t willing
to chase the fly that was a fish subtle subtle Peck
thought I’d ticked a rock but that’s what we’re doing we’re just trying to
stay as tight to the fly as we can mend and sink and the fly the takes are
coming in this lower quadrant the cast up here is to sink the fly and get it
down or we cannot use weighted flies so we have to use a combination of the
fly’s weight and a fluorocarbon leader and time to let the fly drift through
and we know we’re getting down because we’re hooking bottom from time to time
we go get the fly back oh just out of take fish on fish on fish
on yeah all right swing in the wet fly just at the mouth
of the river hear the fish are stacking up there a little dour they’ve been in
the river a while all this is a magnificent fish magnificent you get
them on the reel the nice thing is hopefully if I can keep them on cuz
these are like supercharged freak trains that I can use the shallow water my
advantage because he’s got no rocks and things hopefully to wind me around but
you what a magnificent jumping fish that’s why they call them the salmo
salar the leaper and it’s just a gorgeous fish it’s a nice nice salmon I
think we’ve run into grills and other areas but this seems to be a beautiful
looking salmon right here Junior’s got his glove on use the tailing gloves to
get a good grip on the fish without doing any harm and he’s right here in
the shallows well he’s trying to go back out into the current you use the full
butt section of this eight weight to to hold the fish yeah wants to go back to the to the
current doesn’t like the shallows that we’re offering so I was going to back up
a bit here he’s jr. there and I’m wanting to do
with that all right he’s going around your legs chip let’s go around behind
he’s over here in the shallows I think we might be gaining the upper hand
that’s a nice fish yeah nice and silver look at that there’s that blue charm
right in the scissors of the jaw good catch dude okay good job let’s take the
hook out here got my glove on oh I got look at that that a beautiful fish look
at that and you can see why they call him the leaper
this thing was cartwheeling so we’re gonna give it time to recuperate get
some breath and let her go and we’re again we were just doing the wet fly
swing when the fish you know they’re not willing to move to the fly so we’re
going to drift the fly down to them and in a tight line swinging across and they
just reach up and grab it but they’re not taking it hard
it’s late in the season they’re getting focused on the job at hand which is
reproduction so we’re just gonna let this one swim graciously out of our
hands and away we go there she goes Wow so there you go it’s there you won’t
take a riffle hitch through our swamp or I’m dead drifted dry fly try swinging a
wet fly in a traditional way fish on okay we’ll go just bring her in she’s
showing her sides there we go just reach around one more swing ought
to do it Oh they are slippery they’re one of the
most slit I’ve caught lots of trout and salmon and steelhead on the fly but
these Atlantic’s are tough tough Corita there we go there we go have junior pop
the fly out for me there we go stuck around the mat grab the rod there
junior let the folks at home look at her gorgeous fish and there’s much much
bigger in here these fish can grow well in excess of 20 pounds so gorgeous fish
so we’re gonna let her go and we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s show hope you’ve
learned a little bit more about how to fly fish for Atlantic salmon magnificent
fish if you get a chance come out to Newfoundland and try this for yourself
they’re a magnificent sport fish and this one wants to go so it’s time for us
to go so for all of us here at the nuclide Fisher hope you enjoyed the show
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6 comments on “Newfoundland Salmon & Trout Fishing

  1. I need to move somewhere where I can do some serious fly fishing… All of the rivers around me that hold trout are owned and managed and have multiple year waiting lists. It's a drag

  2. Every time I watch a video from the new fly fisher and hear that acoustic guitar intro I become immediately relaxed. Perfect way to de-stress. Think you.

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