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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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I am preparing to visit the Bonaventure next week for the first time, and will be fishing the uncontrolled sectors, C and D. My question is would it be an advantage to bring a canoe (18' Tripper) this time of year? I read there is good water between the major pools. I am not looking for a white knuckle float.
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You should contact David Bishop and do at least one day with him or one of his guides then make the educated decision. Every pool is marked, has parking and when you are there the fish will be running and constantly moving up. I have run the river for a number of miles and if I didn't have the guide I would have blown right past those places between the major pools. I would think for a first time visit I would rather be fishing than looking for fish. You are headed into paradise.

Call David, he is a great resource.

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Unless you are a master salmon angler you won't catch too
Many fish w/o a guide. I have fished the river many times and its one of my favorites. Last year we did so poorly in the lotto we only fished the public water as well. Probably the clearest river in the world the rocks on the bottom that are like jewelry. Remember the entire run for the season can be less than 2000
Returning fish. That's not that many targets at any one time over 30 miles of
River. The most exciting fishing is to sighted fish. It's also one of the best dry
Fly rivers as well. All of the guides ONLY dead drift dry flies. Last year I raised
4 fish and landed 2 on skated bombers. My guide was taking notes! Under
Horrible conditions (90 degree air temp and 72 degree water temp) we each landed 5 salmon.(For 6 days of fishing) It was so hot, we took 4 hr. siesta every afternoon.
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How did your trip to the Bonnie go? I was up there around the same time.
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Check out this web site for water flow. It is on the low side now and you certainly should spend your efforts in Secteurs C and D. There are many pools that you can access by foot. I am not familiar with the pools only accessible from canoes, but I am sure they offer an advantage.

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How did your trip to the Bonnie go? I was up there around the same time.
IMO we had 6 days of fantastic fishing in the uncontrolled sectors, C and D. I landed 6 salmon, and lost some others, and my son landed 9, and also lost some. Also managed to catch half a dozen brook trout. Measured water temperature at 42 degrees one day, and the mornings were in the forties and fifties most of the time.
Had the pleasure of meeting Jim Vincent, Rio's founder, on one of the pools. First visit to the river, and hope to return.

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Very nice. I fished the Bonnie, GC, and PC from the 27th - 3rd. Landed 6, also; missed a couple on dry, one on hitch. I managed a couple of trophy brook trout (~6" each ) on the GC. It was my first trip there, as well. Very much looking forward to the next trip to those beautiful rivers. The only river that I have fished that matches the beauty of the Bonnie is the Puelo in northern Chilean Patagonia, and that's a much longer trip than it is for me to drive to Gaspé!

Cool that you ran into/met Jim Vincent; nice bonus to the trip.
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