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SOME OF THE BEST ATLANTIC SALMON FISHING

A pure wilderness adventure where the Atlantic Salmon are fresh, aggressive and plentiful - all coming hard to your fly in one of the most spectacular, wild, remote and pristine habitats on earth.

 

Located near Charlottetown, Labrador, Canada, Hawke River boasts some of the healthiest runs of Atlantic Salmon in the world. A wide range of angling experiences await as you navigate from pool-to-pool by boat, Argo and on foot. Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime!

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Booking

INFORMATION

2024 Atlantic Salmon all-inclusive Fly Fishing Package

$6,275.00 CDN + HST (Periods 1 & 6 - 6 Days)

$6,775.00 CDN + HST (Periods 2-5 - 5 Days)

Includes:

  • Float plane to and from Charlottetown, Labrador to Camp

  • Meals & snacks

  • Accommodations

  • Guide, one per two anglers

  • WIFI and telephone at Camp

Booking time at Hawke River is often a matter of being patient and persistent.
Our booking policy is simple and awards our long-standing customers for their loyalty. Once you’ve had a chance to visit with us, you will be given the first option to book for the following year.

If you are a returning customer, you’ll have until September 30th to confirm your spot for the following year and will be required to make a 50% deposit by October 30th. After September 30th we will update the availability online, emails will go out to our waitlist, and new customers will be given the opportunity to book the available space. New customers will be required to make a 50% deposit when booking. 

 

Final payment is required by March 15th.

BOOKING

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GETTING HERE

Getting to the Hawke River is not an easy task and there are several options. Whichever way you choose, there could be delays. If you run into one, smile, continue on and get ready for an incredible salmon fishing experience.

Don’t be caught off guard by our Maritime climate. Check current Newfoundland & Labrador weather conditions and come prepared for your fishing adventure.

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OPTION 1

Fly by commercial airline to Deer Lake Newfoundland, rent a vehicle, drive north to St. Barbe, take the ferry to Blanc Sablon and then continue your drive to Charlottetown. We call this the scenic route, as travelling up the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and crossing on the ferry is beautiful. This trip does require some planning and we are happy to help you with that.

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OPTION 2

Fly by commercial airline to Goose Bay, rent a vehicle and drive the 5.5-6.5 hous to Charlottetown. This is a more direct, but less scenic route. If you do not want to rent a vehicle and make the drive, hiring a diver from Goose Bay may be possible to drive you down and pick you up on the return.

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OPTION 3

Some of our anglers drive all the way by travelling through Nova Scotia and taking the ferry from North Sydney to Port aux Basques Newfoundland. If you want to look at this as an option, please let us know and we will help you figure out the logistics.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

The main Camp at Hawke River consists of two buildings that offer accommodations for up to 8 anglers. The lodges are operated off solar power and back-up generators as no power is available in the area. The camps have comfortable rooms, hot and cold running water, shower facilities and Internet and phone service are available.

Several miles upriver, we also have an outpost camp at the Black Bear pool, which accommodates those anglers travelling to fish ” The Falls ” section of the river.

We provide home cooked meals, breads and desserts. If you have any foods allergies, please let us know well before your arrival, as everything needs to be flown into the camp and as such, supplies are not always readily available.

WHAT TO

pack

Remembering that you are limited to 50 pounds of gear, the following is a checklist of important things to bring and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.

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RODS

First, we’d like to suggest that you bring at least two fly rods as having an extra rod is always a good idea. 4pc rods are also easier to travel with than 2-piece rods.

 

Rods should be 8 1/2′ – 10′ designed for 7 – 9 weight floating lines. The Hawke River is ideally suited for one-handed rods.  A couple pools do offer options for two-handed rods – but they are not necessary to cover the water.

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WADERS & RAIN GEAR

Waders are an important part of your tackle. Please make sure your waders don’t leak before starting out on your trip. The Hawke River has a range of riverbed footing where quality wader soles are helpful. Chest waders are preferred over hip waders.





Just as waders are important, so is your rain gear. There is nothing worse than being cold and miserable on the river. Bring a good set of rain gear or a good quality wading jacket.

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REELS, FLY LINES & LEADERS

Reels should have a good drag system and should be outfitted with a minimum of 100 yards of backing with 200 being preferable.

Floating fly lines are the norm and, again, 7-9 weights matched to your rod are ideal.

Leaders again are a personal choice, in that some anglers choose to use tapered leaders and some use straight. You should have 6 – 12 pound tippet, which will provide for whatever the water conditions are when you arrive. Tapered or not tapered is up to you, keeping in mind that tapered leaders are easier to turn over and as such usually lead to a better presentation of the fly.

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OTHER

  • Ball cap or wide-brimmed hat

  • Insect repellent and/or wearable bug-netting

  • Sun screen

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Medications

  • Travel documents

  • Warm clothing

  • Reading material

  • Fly-tying gear (not necessary)

Flies

HAWKE RIVER

Pictured here are most of the popular Hawke River fly patterns. 

SIZE
ORDERING FLIES IN ADVANCE

You’ll note that looking at the pictures above that we use some pretty small flies at Hawke. Make sure when you’re getting prepared, you have some smaller sizes, both in wets and dries. Not uncommon for us to use flies in sizes down to 10’s and 12’s.

If you’d like to order flies in advance of your trip, Daryl Burry or Brian Sweeney will be happy to fill your order and have it waiting at the lodge for you. Please note that fly orders will have to be placed well in advance of the season to insure that your order is ready.

Daryl Burry  salmonghillie.db@gmail.com

Brian Sweeny  bsweeney@eastlink.ca

BARBLESS HOOKS
PREFERRED SUPPLIERS

Angling for Atlantic Salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador is only permitted with the use of a single barbless hook. This is a government regulation and the enforcement of same will be strictly regulated at Camp. Please make sure that your barbs are pinched before you get to camp and please make sure to bring a good pair of pliers, just in case.

If you’re having difficulty sourcing equipment for your trip, the following suppliers are ones that we have dealt with in the past and will be able to assist you in getting ready.

The Tying Scotsman

Fishing Fever Fly and Tackle Shop

WW Doak and Son 

Minipi Outfitters

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  • What is included in my Fly-Fishing Package?
    Airport shuttle & ground transportation in Goose Bay Bunkhouse accommodations in Goose Bay, including continental breakfast. (Double occupancy - one night pre and post time in Camp) Float plane to and from Goose Bay to Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and evening snacks Accommodations - Double Occupancy Fishing Guide, one per two anglers Wifi
  • What can I expect once I have picked my dates/booked my trip?
    First, you will receive an invoice from our accountant for your 50% Deposit. Shortly after you should receive a booking package via email. This will include an online area you can return to and includes: A copy of our camp policies that will need to be signed virtually. An angler profile form for you to fill out. Including allergies, medical issues and special requests. Liquor and Snack Orders Forms. A travel information form (for us to know when you are arriving in Goose Bay) You’ll also receive a reminder email a few weeks out from your trip. If you have any questions or need help/clarification you can contact us anytime.
  • What does a typical day at Flowers River look like?
    We aim to be as flexible as possible with our guests preferences - so not every day would necessarily look the same. You can choose to have your lunch on the river and come back and heat your dinner up whenever you return to camp, or you can choose to have all three meals in our dining room. The schedule below is based on all meals at camp, so you know when they occur as well. You will daily be assigned an area of the river to fish. Because of the varying physical abilities of our guests - guests won’t always fish the areas of the river in the same order. 7am - 8:00am Breakfast in the dining room. Our breakfasts are made to order - so you will fill out a sheet the day before and our cooks will start your breakfast as you have requested when you arrive in the dining room. 8am - Guests start to head out on the water. 12pm - Lunch at the Dining Room (or you can choose to have a lunch packed and enjoy it on the river) 5pm - Dinner in the dining room. (If you want to fish through dinner - it will be plated and available for you to heat up when you return) 8/9pm - Anglers off the water.
  • Can I have a private room? Request a specific guide?
    Currently, we cannot guarantee any specific accommodations. We do have two single rooms and you can request one. We always try to honour requests, but with a six-guest turnaround every three days, it can be challenging to meet everyone’s requests. Much like rooming requests we always do our best to honour requests for a specific guide - but we cannot guarantee a specific guide.
  • What do you recommend for gratuities?
    The following are what we recommend for gratuities. (recommendations in CDN dollars) Guides – $500 per angler per week Chef/Kitchen – $160 per angler per week. Housekeeping – $80 per angler per week Shore Person – $80 per angler per week Otter Creek Bunkhouse Team - $60 per angler per week Envelopes will be provided at camp and can be given to the camp manager before departure from the Lodge.
  • Do I need to have my own gear? Do you have any rental equipment available?
    We do not supply fishing gear, waders, or boots, and we do not have rental equipment at the lodge. We recommend our guests bring their own setup as well as backup equipment. We do have a couple of field kits should someone’s rod not arrive (Though we recommend carrying them on with you whenever possible) or if something breaks while at camp. There are a few extra pairs of waders as well for the same type of issues.
  • Do you welcome guests of varying skill levels?
    Yes, we enthusiastically welcome anglers of all ages and skill levels! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, Flowers River is designed to provide a welcoming and enjoyable fly-fishing experience for everyone. Our professional guides are great teachers.
  • What is the best time of year to come to Flowers River? Can we talk numbers?
    We attempt to be open only when historically we have had good to great fishing, with our opening week and September weeks being the only weeks we would qualify as off-peak. Historically the businest part of the run is from mid July to mid August but fresh fish are coming in until consistently until after the river closes in September. As always weather, water levels, moon cycles, fly selection, the skill of the angler, and a variety of other factors play into how many fish you may hook or land. Therefore we are very careful when making suggestions of how many fish you should expect to hook on any given day or week at camp. We will say however that one of our guides has said he has yet to go a day over the last two years when his sports didn’t hook at least one fish per day.
  • What happens if I have to cancel or if I can’t come?
    Due to our limited seasonal operation and income capacity, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds for payments unless a replacement for your spot can be found, either by yourself or by us. Similarly, we are unable to carry forward deposits or payments for the same reason. We strongly recommend purchasing "cancel for any reason" travel insurance. This type of insurance provides coverage in case of illness, travel complications, or unexpected family events that may prevent you from attending. It offers flexibility and peace of mind, ensuring you are financially protected in unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in adhering to our policy.

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