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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Newfoundland / Gros Morne

Hi folks,

Looking for some starter information about fishing Western Newfoundland (mainly Gros Morne)?

I will be heading there the week leading up to labour day. I know it is late in the season, but I would still like to get a chance to get at a few salmon.

I am under the impression that I do not need a guide to fish the waters in side the park? Correct?

Any suggestion on guides?

As the season progresses is there a change in flies? I am green when it comes to Ocean run fish, so any info big or small will be of help.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-16-2013, 10:54 AM
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Hey Eamn,

I do some fishing up that way. Most of the runs occur during July, and the fishing gets pretty dry after that.
The Humber is close to Deer Lake, and is known for big salmon that migrate late in the season (September and October).

I think that would be your best opportunity.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-16-2013, 01:36 PM
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Lomond River in the Par - Smaller river.
Lower Humber would be your best bet.

You will need a guide.
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Fly flicker is correct. After beating around in this part of the world the last couple of years, it is my understanding, if you are not a NL resident you will need to hire a guide, as I don't think the park is exempt. The good news is, guides charge a reasonable amount and I've never hired one who wasn't good fun and excellent company!

Good luck!

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 11:33 PM
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Call a head

Heard that the water levels are fairly high making for some dangerous conditions. It's best to call a head to get some first hand info.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Guide Suggestions

Can you guys share any recommendations as to who or what guide companies to go with?

I have done some research, and there are plenty of lodges and camps throughout NFLD, but not much around the Deer Lake area. No guides, no nothing.

I am going to continue to research, but I am getting down to the wire, so if anyone on SP has had experience with guides on the upper Humber, help a brother out.

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An excellent guide for the upper and lower humber river would be Rob Solo Corner Brook 709 388-1020
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-06-2013, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Upon Return

Well I am back from my journey to the "ROCK".

What a place. Huge vistas, lots of rain and black flies, and some of the most friendly people.

Due to majority of the rivers being at the end of their season, I decided to walk sections of different rivers and just soak in the scenery. I also used my imagination of how nice it would be to fish these rivers in early July.

I was unable to get the above recommended guide, however, I was able to find a guide for a half day on the lower Humber. What a river. When looking from the highway it is a very unassuming river. Not much in the way of visible features.

Anyways, at this time of the year, the big run of fish is all but done, however, if you want to trophy fish, this is the time. For me, this was really exciting. Of course, all the locals thought that lady luck would not help me out. Fortunately, they were wrong.

In the 4.5 hrs of fishing I was able to move two fish on a huge bug. Best of all it was right beside the boat. The huge salmon came up twice, and of course turned at the last possible second. This fish was knowingly teasing me and giving my heart a good check. After resting the fish, and then reworking the "window" of the fish's lie, I decided to move to different tactics and focus on different water.

Fully disheartened as I thought this was my only chance, I began to swing a wet, down and across, at a lonely boulder in a flat bowl. Cast, swing, strip out a foot of line, repeat. I repeat this over and over, my hands are blistering and my attention span disappearing. I of course look away on the swing of cast number 400 and something, only to look back to see what was the remnants of a boil, and my line tightening at a real quick pace.

FISH ON. Finally, my first Sea Run Atlantic Salmon. 15 lbs of muscle pulsating through the air, then downriver 200 ' in 3 seconds, then again in the air. My knees again are moving like engine pistons, my mind is rushing with thoughts and my heart bpm was unchartable.

Several more runs away only to turn on a dime and come right for the boat. Uh OH, there is no way I can catch up to the fish. Well I did.

After a great 15 minute battle, my guide handled the beautiful male, with a great quick release.

I now have a memory that will forever be engrained in my head, and be the subject of many great daydreams at work.
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I am glad that you had a good trip and got a fish.I was lucky enough to land a 25 lb fish last night and on another member's tube fly which made it more interesting.Fishing has been poor on the Lower Humber this year,but there are still a few big ones hanging around.
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