Fly Fishing Northern Newfoundland | Atlantic Salmon


welcome everyone to the new fly Fisher
I’m your host Phil Rolly on today’s show our coming to you from
the luxurious Tucker Moore Lodge located near Main Brook Newfoundland our quarry
today is Atlantic salmon we’re gonna show you everything you need to know to
katzie’s magnificent fish on the fly should be a great show so stick around on today’s show we visit the scenic
northern peninsula of Newfoundland near the seaside town of Maine Brooke as
guests of Tucker Moore Lodge Tucker Moore Lodge provides four-star
accommodations and it’s a short drive from a number of Atlantic salmon rivers
and streams in addition to Atlantic salmon this region offers ecotourism
along with a number of unique attractions such as Lansing meadows
national historic site Lansing Meadows is home to an ancient Viking village the
earliest recorded settlement in North America wildlife abounds in the area the
visitors can expect to see moose fox birds and whales during the summer
months humpback and minke whales along with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins work
the coastal waters icebergs are another natural beauty common to the area the
Atlantic salmon boasts a rich cultural heritage on both sides of the Atlantic
Ocean Atlantic salmon have a unique history
and mystique that traces back over 25,000 years known scientifically as
salmo salar or the leaper the atlantic salmon is one of the most aggressive
salmon species although it is more closely related to the brown trout than
its distant Pacific cousins Atlantic salmon are speed merchants capable of
bursts in excess of 20 miles per hour and able to leap heights of 12 feet
each spring thousands of Atlantic salmon hatched from eggs laid in the previous
autumn after consuming their egg sacs from the 11 stage
tiny Atlantic salmon fry wiggle free from their gravel reds and begin feeding
on microscopic organisms fry grow and progress into small part that are easily
identified by their aggressive nature and vertical markings PAR remain in
their natal rivers for 2 to 6 years feeding on array of aquatic insects such
as caddis larvae and mayfly names Parr transform into silvery Smoltz their
organs undergo a remarkable change enabling them to adapt to life in salt
water smoke migrate to sea where they spend one or more years fish that spend
only one year at sea are known as grills grills are smaller fish running between
1 to 2 kilograms or two and a half to five pounds salmon spend more than a
year at sea and range from 4 to 20 kilograms or 10 to 40 pounds got a little par here immature stage the
Atlantic salmon are so aggressive and it’s this aggressive tendencies we can
take advantage of later in the life when they return and much larger sizes and
the par rise Eve is very similar at times the rise of an adult’s a very
small almost smiting rise that can often be on large large Atlantic so I’ll let
this guy go see if we can get his older brother back at it but the biggest
Atlantic it’s looks like a grill switch is a in the life cycle of an Atlantic as
a fish that’s gone out to the ocean for maybe one year and has returned Atlantic
salmon can spawn multiple times throughout their lifetime unlike their
Pacific cousins there you go beautiful grills right there you can see the fight
a little girls like that gives imagine what a big brother is gonna be like so
we’re just gonna unhook them I’m gonna drink and we’ll let him swim off oops there he goes off behind so there you go
beautiful little girls we’re gonna head out there and see if we can catch us
another one as you can tell we’ve got a beautiful
day here one of the drawbacks of that though is its effect on water
temperature Atlantic salmon like any game fish have a preferred temperature
range there is about 58 to 62 so it’s always a good idea to carry a small
thermometer with you take a temperature reading and he’ll eliminate water that’s
perhaps too hot for the Atlantic salmon so we’re looking here at about 65 so
we’re a little warm here today so we’re gonna look for areas of oxygenated water
such as the current tongue as you can see behind me here so water temperature
is a critical element to finding Atlantic salmon Atlantic salmon like all fish in rivers
and streams use underwater obstructions to protect themselves from the tiring
effects of fighting currently most fishermen are aware of the natural
current breaks behind rocks and logs and other similar objects Atlantic salmon
loves to take advantage of the hydrodynamic cushion in front of large
rocks and boulders whether using dry wet or riffle hits wet flies target the
leading edge of large rocks and boulders using short accurate repetitive casts
the longer Atlantic salmon stay in the river the less and that’s reproduce so
what you have to do is when you see fish moving in an area and just off my left
shoulder we’ve had fish porpoising and rolling is repeatedly work that area
don’t try to cover a large amount of water just work the water over and over
again where they maybe with a dry fly a riffled wet or what we’re doing here is
swinging a blue charm through the run using a fluorocarbon leader to help get
the fly down over and over and over again and induce a take that way just
one of the tricks you can do when salmon are holed up and don’t seem to be
chasing the fly very much sonna take a moment to go over the basic
equipment requirements for chasing atlantic salmon on the fly when it comes
to rods probably seven to nine wait nine to nine and a half feet in length reels
a good quality fly reel with an excellent drag system disc drag
preferred with lots of backing capacity these fish grow big and can really take
you for a run a floating line is all you’re allowed to use a new fluent
labrador by regulation lots to choose from up there you might want to consider
some of the salmon or steelhead taper lines they have nice long bellies to
facilitate mending and a tape front taper that allows you to present dry
flies delicately leaders anywhere from 12 to 9 feet from 8 to 12 pound is fine
you may want to consider fluorocarbon tippet for clear water situations so
there you go basic equipment not very complicated put a few special
considerations just thought I’d take a moment to go
through a series of flies you might want to consider when you go out on your
Atlantic salmon journey and we’ll start with the dry flies and believe it or not
your standard trout dries are a great place to start so this is a Crystal
winged royal Wolf’s any of the wolf flies are a great consideration royal
humpy White Wolf one of the myriad of bug flies that are
out there Baumer these are all great flies your
standard trout flies anywhere from size ten to eight similar size range for your
bugs and your bombers can be as big as a number two we’ve seen them in some of
the stores here but probably sixes and eights and maybe a four the most common
so there you go simple dry flies dead drifting is the best way to take
Atlantic salmon let me take you through a series of wet
flies you might want to consider you can use wet flies both to riffle hitch and
swing them traditionally through deeper runs and pools lots of them out there
traditionally these were all tied on feather wings and now the Hale wing
variants are very popular and a lot easier to tie so we’ve got a green Casa
boom we’ve got an undertaker a dark bodied fly blue charm a staple
throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for that matter thunder and lightning
and a silver doctor so there you go a simple selection of wet flies your
Atlantic salmon box does not need to be complicated have a cross-section of
light bodied flies dark bodied flies even some silver flies like the silver
dr. low water conditions maybe size 10s and 12s higher water bigger water number
fours then probably sixes and eights are your most common size it doesn’t have to
be complicated just pick the ones you like and stick with them it’s midsummer here in Newfoundland and
rivers like many across the continent are at their lowest flows please call
for low water tactics first of all think about being stealthy don’t go crashing
into the water nearest you fish those waters first often they hold fish fish
also seek the deepest most well oxygenated areas of the run off to my
right we’re sitting across from the deepest part of the run and we’ve
already seen a few salmon rolling there your fly box needs to be considered as
well you’re going to look at probably more sombre smaller patterns for this
time of year for example I’ve got an undertaker a common wet fly in use
typical flows you might use a number six and low clear flows you might want to
consider a size 8 a 10 or maybe even a 12 conversely you could dress a fly
low-water style this Undertaker has a size 4 hook but the body on the fly is a
number 8 you get the benefit of the weight of the hook plus the smaller body
on the fly so keep these considerations in mind the next time you’re faced with
low water conditions one of the primary presentation
techniques for Atlantic salmon here in Newfoundland and Labrador is the dead
drift dry fly the challenge with this method is getting your fly to drift as
though unencumbered by line or leader your fly line offers greater surface
area and tends to pull or drag the fly if this isn’t dealt with and one of the
techniques we use is to correct the line by using a mending technique either
upstream or downstream let me show you what I mean this is probably the most
common men you’ll use typically used on faster flows like I have in front of me
it’s gonna pick my cast up lay it down lift from a low rod position and lay the
line upstream of the fly just like that low and lift you want to be gentle and
deliberate with your movements you don’t want to jerk the fly so to pick it up
lay down low rod lift and lay upstream and allow the fly to drift downstream
dead drift the size of the water and the current speed will dictate how big
amending motion you have to make and how many times you have to make that motion
throughout the presentation to keep your fly drag free now going to go over the
downstream end and this run here is a classic example
I’ve got faster water out where I want to present my fly and slower water close
to me the slower water is going to grab and hold the fly line which will drag
the fly so it won’t present naturally in the faster water so to do this we have
to use a downstream end lay it down lift and reposition and then follow the fly
down no matter which mending technique you use a longer rod will allow you
greater mending ability I prefer rods nine feet or greater everybody likes to get salmon on the dry
fly or riffled wet when when salmon are active they’ll come up and chase these
flies but right now it’s late in the season the salmon are getting less and
less active and you have to go down and get them and we’re doing that with an
old traditional method called the wet fly swing I’ve got a number six blue
charm about nine feet of fluorocarbon leader and typically use fluorocarbon
because it sinks faster than traditional mono or copolymer leaders and we’re just
making a quartering cast basically off my shoulder allowing the fly to sink on
a tight line and following it around and just feeling for a bump or hopefully a
good grab as a fish takes it and it’s as simple as that the wet fly swing it’s
very effective when fish aren’t willing to chase the fly that was a fish subtle subtle Peck
thought I’d ticked a rock but that’s what we’re doing we’re just trying to
stay as tight to the fly as we can mend and sink and the flight the takes are
coming in this lower quadrant the cast up here is to sync the fly and get it
down when we cannot use weighted flies so we have to use a combination of the
fly’s weight and a fluorocarbon leader and time to let the fly drift through
then we know we’re getting down because we’re hooking bottom from time to time
you’ll get the fly back oh just out of take fish on fish on fish
on yeah all right swing in the wet fly just at the mouth
of the river hear the fish are stacking up there a little dour they’ve been in
the river a while all this is a magnificent fish magnificent get them on
the reel the nice thing is hopefully if I can
keep them on cuz these are like supercharged freak trains that I can use
the shallow water my advantage because he’s got no rocks and things hopefully
to wind me around but you’ve what a magnificent jumping fish that’s why they
call them the salmo salar the leaper and it’s just a gorgeous fish it’s a nice
nice salmon I think we’ve run into grills and other areas but this seems to
be a beautiful looking salmon right here juniors got his glove on he’s the
tailing gloves to get a good grip on the fish without doing any harm and he’s
right here in the shallows well he’s trying to go back out into the current
you use the full butt section of this eight weight to hold the fish yeah wants
to go back to the to the current doesn’t like the shallows that we’re offering so
I’m just going to back up a bit here sieze jr. there than wanting to do with
that sorry just going around your legs chief
let’s go around behind he’s over here in the shallows I think we might be gaining
the upper hand that’s a nice fish yeah nice and silver look at that there’s
that blue charm right in the scissors of the jaw good catch G okay good job let’s
take the hook out here it’s got my glove on oh look at that
that a beautiful fish look at that and you see why they call him the leaper
this thing was cartwheeling so we’re gonna give it time to recuperate get
some breath and let her go and we’re again we were just doing the wet fly
swing when the fish you know they’re not willing to move to the fly so we’re
going to drift the fly down to them and in a tight line swing it across and they
just reach up and grab it but they’re not taking it hard it’s late in the
season they’re getting focused on the job at hand which is reproduction so
we’re just gonna let this one swim graciously out of our hands and the way
we go there she goes Wow so there you go it’s there won’t
take a riffle hitch there a swan or I’m dead drifted dry fly try swinging a wet
fly in a traditional way fish on okay there we go just bring her in she’s
showing her sides there we go just reach around one more swing ought
to do it and oh they are slippery they’re one of
the most slit I’ve caught lots of trout and salmon and steelhead on the fly but
these Atlantic’s are tough tough coryza there we go there we go I’ll have junior
pop the fly out for me I don’t really go stuck around the mess grab the rod there
June all right let the folks at home look at her gorgeous fish and there’s
much much bigger in here these fish can grow well in excess of 20 pounds so
gorgeous fish so we’re gonna let her go and we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s show
hope you’ve learned a little bit more about how to fly fish for Atlantic
salmon magnificent fish if you get a chance come out to Newfoundland and try
this for yourself they’re a magnificent sport fish and this one wants to go it’s
time for us to go so for all of us here at the nuclide Fisher hope you enjoyed
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