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Whos going? Predicitions (hopefully better than the past year)?

One thing of concern is that we are now halfway through the winter and snow in the Chic-Chocs is only roughly 1/4 average totals (and a bit less than 1/3 the total for 2011-2012 which we all know was an extremely low water year in the early season). Lets hope for a few dumpings of snow...
 

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They got a few cms but they are too far west. They dont typically get the same weather patterns (ie the Noreasters) that hit New England and the Maritimes.
 

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I'm going and hoping, but I don't make any predictions. I do know that while I'm tying for a trip, they are getting hooked! But, I do remember last year where not many did.
 

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Heading back out that way again.
Will do Cap-Chat again, and may try a day or two on the Bonnie with the 24 hr draw.
Only the one fish last year, but I am so hooked on the region that you would swear I've caught a bunch.
 

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As usual, I'm booked June 1-13.
By June 10 in 2012 (loooowwww water spring) we were using 6lb tippet and tiny flies. Looking like it's going to be that kind of spring again, although I hold out hope that more snow will come and that it will be a wet spring. Last year, buckets of snow fell in Feb and March. That said, I'm already thinking of showing up a couple of days earlier if it still looks thin by March.

As for the runs, I'm not expecting dramatic recovery, but am hoping that the number of 2SW fish gets the predicted bump. Essentially I'm going without expectations - last spring was pretty tough on morale. :(
 

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I hear ya, Salvelinus. Hoping for the best myself. Who knows, even with low water there could be a significant increase in fish or maybe not and this is the start of a bad trend.

Im actually thinking the opposite this year. Rather than the usual early June Im going to go a bit later and do some bomber fishing. Oughta be a change, whether a good or bad change remains to be seen I suppose!
 

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I had a quick look at a couple of sights online - not sure how reliable. Anyway, for what its worth; one sight mentioned the average snowfall for the town of Gaspe (1981-2010) is 371 cm. Current snowfall total for Gaspe (January 28) is a total of 277 cm. With January low accumulation (approx 55 cm) as mentioned.
 

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Warm spells before the holidays melted a lot of the snow that had fallen earlier in Nov and Dec so there's not a lot on the ground. Fortunately didn't melt everything and rain a lot so as to flood the rivers like it did in the 2010/2011 winter.
I start getting squirrelly around this time of the year - watching the weather, looking at the Irish and Scottish river reports, etc.
 

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I'm not committed to going anywhere, but the tentative plan is around 6/20-6/28. Rivers to be determined as of now, though probably the Bonnie and/or the Matapedia & 48 hour draws. It sucks not being able to commit and enter the November draws, but the scheduling flexibility has paid off in the past as far as moving to where conditions might be better (possibly to a different province). I'm gonna bookmark this thread and say a prayer for all of us. ;)
 

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-40 C along the Matapedia and lower Restigouche valleys last 2 nights .Ice u to 8' high . .The early fishing all over Gaspe will depend on temperatures before and during 1st snow last fall .THAT will dictate early levels and also if they remain @ good levels throughout the summer . A couple of FYI's .The battle for total C&R continues. The Matane will probably have reserved sectors available in 2016 .
 

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I was on the Bonaventure during the last week of June 2014. The scars of the poor fishing are just starting to heal. We are due for a decent season and are hoping that 2015 will be an improvement. Let us hope that the Gaspe snow fall in February and possibly March will make up for a decent snow pack.

One theory is the salmon have a 7 year cycle and 2008 was a good year on the Bonaventure. This would make 2015 a good year for returning fish, if they have water to swim upstream.

Keep hoping for snow in the Gaspe, but no more in Massachusetts.

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I was on the Bonaventure in late June last year also, and experienced the very slow fishing as well. But, on the previous year my son, and I had spectacular fishing so I don't know about a particular cycle. Will see what 2015 brings.
 

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Spring Run

I'm planning to work the 48-hour draws either the first or second week of the season for 6-7 days.
My preference is the York, but open to St-Jean and Dartmouth as well.
Planning on either camping out or staying at the cegep/motel if the weather is bad.

I'll be going alone so looking for other anglers to pair up with. PM me if interested.
Got plenty of gear to share and experiment with, I speak English and French. aged 36 yrs. Driving there from Montreal, willing to ride-share. I've fished the York two weeks last season, so familiar with the locale.

Karl, if you see this, get in touch! its Brian, the guy you sold his first twohanded rod. You have a certain responsibility now that I have 9 such rods, twice the reels and four times the lines. What an obsession!

Also doing the Margaree in the Fall for two weeks...
 

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Lots of snow here now, and ice too, February was the coldest on record in Quebec. The bays and the gulf are loaded with ice, the rivers are piled high with snow, we'll see what spring brings but the water levels should be good... Last year was the 4th year after the October flooding throughout eastern Canada, this may have had an impact on the spawning beds, let's hope we see it pick up in 2015!!!

As for fishing plans only the full moons booked so far on the Bonnie, St Jean and Petit pabos, going to play the new moons by ear, hope to see a few of you on the water
 

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Lots of snow here now, and ice too, February was the coldest on record in Quebec. The bays and the gulf are loaded with ice, the rivers are piled high with snow, we'll see what spring brings but the water levels should be good... Last year was the 4th year after the October flooding throughout eastern Canada, this may have had an impact on the spawning beds, let's hope we see it pick up in 2015!!!

As for fishing plans only the full moons booked so far on the Bonnie, St Jean and Petit pabos, going to play the new moons by ear, hope to see a few of you on the water
Interesting "rumours " coming out from your territory ;)
 

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Any more news out of Gaspe on snow-pack and such?
Starting to think more and more about my late June trip!
 

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Any more news out of Gaspe on snow-pack and such?
Starting to think more and more about my late June trip!
Still lots of snow here, got some last week and the beginning of this week. I'm taking bets from those of you with low water predictions. I was out last weekend in near perfect conditions on my backcountry sled, we are going to the mountains again this weekend. I could always post pics of the bank in the front of my house, but I wouldn't want to spread rumors.

:)

Someone quoted the average snowfall for the Gaspe being around 380cm, this is true, as of the 25th of March we've received 471cm, and there are a couple of flurries still in our forecast...
 
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