Thanks for the info and discussion here guys. I just got back from my fishing days. The water seemed perfect to me, high but dropping and clearing every day. I spent about half my time in the boat, but I also got many hours in the river every day which was a nice balance. The Glenn Emma beats were largely empty which was a surprise. On my last two days there were only three anglers and my guide hopped around between the beats to pick out specific pieces of water. Iím not sure why the river was so empty. There were many people fishing the public water.
I got to fish Milnikek, Murdock, Richards, Johnson, Kennedy, Glenn Emma, Rousseau, and one or two more that I donít recall the names. My guide was great, he worked hard for me, even though we had a massive language barrier. He really preferred long glassy tailouts.
There were a good handful of fish caught the first day I was there (Monday) and then it slowed down further. Overall the river was slow but thatís to be expected early.
The fish (hens) that were caught were bright and massive, ranging from ten kilos up to eighteen. There was one fish caught that was just bordering on 40 pounds. Lots of stories of big fish being caught in the Causapscal where I guess the early fish are headed.
I got one really good fish on the first night that boiled on my fly three times on the same swing and finally ate and went into my backing right away. We played her hard and landed her, she was about 41.5 inches long and dime bright.
I had another fish take the fly but not get hooked. We went back to that fish several times and finally got it to eat on small strips on about the eighth or ninth cast, but it ate directly below the boat and I did not get a good hookset and I lost it after a few minutes. That one seemed very heavy. The guides told me that the early fish have particularly hard mouths so you really have to set hard on a strip set in that situation,
Overall this was lovely and I will do it again.