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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Bonnie in late June

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I am heading to the Bonaventure for the first time this June 22nd. I am looking for any advice on appropriate rods and flies.
I am fishing primarily the public sectors but will put my name in for the draw on at least one day. I am fishing 4 days and want to maximize my chances of getting a salmon. Am planning on hiring a guide for one of the first days. Any guides you recommend would be appreciated as well.

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Flow rate of the Bonnie is actually at 65. By June 22 it should be around 35. Water condition for wet flies in size 3-5. Lord spey, Blue Picasse, Blue Charm, Ghost stone, Watch out, Undertaker. Single hand rods 10 or 91/2 for line 7/8/9. Spey rods 12/14 for 7/8. Expect to see some people canoeing during the day.

For a guide you should contact the Zec Bonaventure.
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Flow rate of the Bonnie is actually at 65. By June 22 it should be around 35. Water condition for wet flies in size 3-5. Lord spey, Blue Picasse, Blue Charm, Ghost stone, Watch out, Undertaker. Single hand rods 10 or 91/2 for line 7/8/9. Spey rods 12/14 for 7/8. Expect to see some people canoeing during the day.

For a guide you should contact the Zec Bonaventure.
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Mark, your timing is spot on ! From 2 friends who are down there now, 6 fish reported by Camp Bonaventure in the A and B sectors and one person had a pull in C !
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See if Marc Leblanc or Dial Arsenault are available
I don't know if Claude Bernard is still guiding .If he is he'd be my #1 choice .
Same for Roger Gauthier , if he is still guiding

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I will be fishing the Bonnie on July 1-4. Will be interested in hearing how you made out. We found a guide through the Guide Co-op.
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Leave your SH rods behind and add a Green Picasse to Claude's list
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Agree with Salar-1. Had great time on the river a while ago with Dial Arsennault. Also Dave Richard from guide coop is excellent too. I'll be fishing the Bonnie too on the public sector June 26-27( maybe 28) after 2 days on the Grand Cascapedia. Good luck on your trip

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Sorry for not chiming in earlier, but you already got very good advice. If I may add my 0.02$, although some fly models are very popular on given rivers, I think you can't go wrong with any of the classics. Some of which Claude H mentionned, but there are many others (green butt, and more…). Having a variety of these, in various sizes, will get the job done. I admit I always have a SH hand rod with a Bomber attached ready just in case, even though that period is more known for wet fly action. Just food for thought...

Look like we will be several Spey pagers out there at that time, if you see big sideburrns on the river way overpowering his spey casts to compensate for poor technique, don't hesitate to say hi!

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Sorry for not chiming in earlier, but you already got very good advice. If I may add my 0.02$, although some fly models are very popular on given rivers, I think you can't go wrong with any of the classics. Some of which Claude H mentionned, but there are many others (green butt, and more…). Having a variety of these, in various sizes, will get the job done. I admit I always have a SH hand rod with a Bomber attached ready just in case, even though that period is more known for wet fly action. Just food for thought...

Look like we will be several Spey pagers out there at that time, if you see big sideburrns on the river way overpowering his spey casts to compensate for poor technique, don't hesitate to say hi!
Why not have a 2HD with a Bomber attached ? Works just fine !
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Gentlemen

Thanks for the replies.
I had to pull the plug for late June. Since it was so short notice I could not find a guide. Never having been to the river I didn't want to go all that way without one. Plus from what I was hearing the fish had not shown up yet up river. I know that can change overnight, but again I thought it better to hold off. The good news is that I have re booked for the second week of July. I am with Claude Bernard for two days and am excited about that. Now I am just hoping the water hangs in there.
Again thank you all for the great suggestions.


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Mid July can be excellent dry fly fishing! You will enjoy, I'm sure! Its a beautiful place!


Brian, again you are right that a 2 hander could do just fine for bombers, although I doubt I would be able to deliver the fly with the required precision. Then again, you won't know till you try! One more thing to test out on the river this year!

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I'll be there June 24/25. Fishing sector b1 both days then public water on the matapedia. I'm going to to have a 14' sage x and a 12' 6" sage one along with a sh with a bomber just in case. I'll be dragging a boat up so I can cover more water. I've had success on the grande this time of year, but I'm green on the spey and salmon side of things (4th trip). Hopefully I can put it together on the Bonnie
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Campfire story time

I have only fished la Bonaventure for a few days in the late 1980s. Managed to get a nice male on a parachute dry fly -- the kind I would use for westslopes and redbands in western Canada.

It has be one of the most stunningly beautiful flows I have fished anywhere. There are a few flows in British Columbia that come close but generally they lack the same number and quality of fish.

Naturally, it was a terrific experience because la Bonaventure is an intensely managed ZEC. (A co-managed Controlled exploitation zone). There were some people in the unlimited zone at the upper end but the experience was all very, very pleasant.

I could have done without the rapacious biting insects but then I suppose they are far worse in other parts of Quebec and northern Canada. (Believe me!)

If I were to return, I would use a short 2-hander exclusively. Cast over head in order to lay the fly immediately in front of me. Use a combination of snake rolls and slowed down sustained anchor casts for the rest. Repeatedly casting and drifting dry flies through the same 1,5 metre slot can sometimes be highly effective and I see absolutely no reason why a short 2-hander cannot do that.

During that time my wife and I were both students at Université Laval in Quebec City. So imagine I am living off of C$7,500 to C$8,500 per year and very happily paying $10 to $40 per day to fish first-rate, quality Atlantic salmon and sea-run brook charr.

The vehicle for the Bonaventure, York and Dartmouth trip was an older Volkswagon Rabbit that cost me roughly C$500. The suspension was high enough to cope with the dirt road to the upper Bonaventure but the day before arriving, it had rained hard and there were large, deep puddles. Water splashed up behind the dash and on to circuit board/engine control unit. (In hindsight, that was a well known problem with Rabbits.)

On the way back home, somewhere near Rimouski, we parked the Rabbit on the north side of Highway 132 while picking up an item or two at the roadside convenience on the south side of the highway. The Rabbit started all by itself and proceeded in the direction of Quebec City. I ran across the highway, jumped in and got the vehicle under control.

A local mechanic at the roadside stop very kindly agreed to take a stab at the wiring and fixed up the vehicle so we could limp home. He advised that we not turn the ignition off during the return trip. It worked and the following day the Rabbit was picked up for the scrap yard. That was the third and final automobile that I scrapped in a 5-year period but, hey!, who is counting?
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Quite the story Enso. Thanks for sharing!

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