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  • More than gold at the end of these rainbows

    Imagine standing by a pristine river, watching a vibrant rainbow arch across the sky and seemingly lead straight into the water. It's a picturesque scene that evokes a sense of wonder and magic. But what if I told you that beyond that rainbow lies an even more incredible treasure? Enter the Atlantic Salmon – the true pot of gold at the end of the rainbow river. Why Atlantic Salmon? Legendary Beauty: Atlantic Salmon are not just fish; they are living works of art. Their sleek silver bodies, accented with spots and hues that change with their environment, make them a sight to behold. Challenging Pursuit: Anglers often describe fishing for Atlantic Salmon as the ultimate challenge. These fish are known for their strength, agility, and acrobatic leaps, providing a thrilling battle for even the most experienced fishermen. Conservation Icon: Atlantic Salmon are not just a sport fish; they are also a symbol of conservation efforts. Their life cycle, from freshwater streams to the open ocean and back, highlights the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the importance of preserving habitats. Cultural Significance: For centuries, Atlantic Salmon have held cultural significance for Indigenous peoples and communities along their migratory routes. They are woven into legends, traditions, and ceremonies, adding depth and meaning to their presence in our waters. As you gaze at that rainbow leading into the river, remember that the real treasure lies in the Atlantic Salmon swimming beneath its surface. They represent beauty, challenge, sustainability, culture, and a connection to nature that transcends mere fishing. So, next time you're planning a fishing adventure, consider chasing the pot of gold that is the Atlantic Salmon – a treasure worth every cast.

  • Unveiling the Green Glitter: A Fly for Atlantic Salmon Adventure

    In the world of fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon, certain flies are legendary for their effectiveness and allure. Among these iconic patterns is the "Green Glitter," a fly that embodies the magic and artistry of angling for these prized fish. Let's delve into the secrets of this enchanting fly and why it's a must-have in every salmon angler's arsenal. The Green Glitter Fly: Intriguing Design: The Green Glitter fly is a masterpiece of angling artistry, combining vibrant green hues with subtle flashes of silver or gold. Its intricate design mimics the natural prey of Atlantic Salmon, making it irresistible to these majestic fish. Versatile Appeal: One of the standout features of the Green Glitter fly is its versatility. Whether swung in the current, skated across the surface, or dead-drifted in a deep pool, this fly can entice strikes in various fishing scenarios. Proven Success: Anglers worldwide attest to the Green Glitter's effectiveness in enticing Atlantic Salmon to strike. Its ability to trigger aggressive responses from fish, especially during challenging conditions, has earned it a reputation as a go-to fly for salmon adventures. Seasonal Adaptability: The Green Glitter fly is not limited to specific seasons. While it shines brightly during the summer and fall runs, it can also produce results during spring migrations and winter holding periods, making it a reliable choice year-round. Craftsmanship and Innovation: Fly tyers continue to innovate and refine the Green Glitter pattern, incorporating modern materials and techniques to enhance its appeal and durability. This ongoing evolution ensures that anglers have access to an ever-improving fly for their Atlantic Salmon pursuits. As you prepare for your next Atlantic Salmon adventure, don't overlook the allure of the Green Glitter fly. Its captivating design, versatility, proven success, adaptability, and ongoing innovation make it a timeless favourite among salmon anglers. Tie one on your line, cast with confidence, and let the magic of the Green Glitter lead you to unforgettable salmon encounters on the water.

  • Angling in the Golden Years: A Journey with Well-Seasoned Salmon Anglers

    As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the serene Labrador landscape, a group of seasoned anglers gathers by the riverside. What sets them apart isn't just their passion for salmon fishing, but the remarkable fact that they're well into their 70s and 80s. At Flowers River, we've been privileged to witness the enduring love for angling that transcends generations, turning fishing into a timeless pursuit. For many of our senior anglers, the call of the river has been a lifelong melody. They recount tales of their first catch, the thrill of the fight, and the joy of being in nature. Now, in their golden years, the desire to connect with the river, and the fish, runs just as deep. Understanding the unique needs of our older anglers is at the heart of our approach. Our guides, experienced and patient, provide the necessary support while allowing the anglers to revel in their independence. Beyond what we can offer, nature offers a wonderful gift to these anglers as well. Easy wading, sandy-bottomed, and slower moving with clear waters allows those who may not be as sturdy on their feet as they once were the ability to continue to wade if they so desire. Some of our guests will take a break from wading to fish from a boat, but we are thankful that Flowers River gives the option for those who are able. Salmon fishing isn't just a sport; it's a therapeutic journey. The gentle lap of the river, the rustle of leaves, and the crisp air combine to create a healing environment. Many of our senior guests attest to the positive impact of being surrounded by nature, contributing to their overall well-being. One of the most cherished aspects of our camp is the camaraderie that forms around the campfire, or a sociable in the screened-in porch. As stories of fishing triumphs and adventures from decades past are shared, a unique bond is forged among generations. The river becomes a bridge, connecting the experiences of youth with the wisdom of age. At Flowers River, we're honoured to witness the magic that happens when age meets the river. Our older anglers are not just guests; they're a testament to the enduring allure of salmon fishing. Through the seasons, they continue to inspire us with their passion, resilience, and the belief that, no matter your age, the river always has more stories to tell.

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  • Hawke River Lodge | Labrador Lodges

    LODGES REEL STORIES CONTACT More... BOOKING GETTING HERE ACCOMMODATIONS WHAT TO PACK FLIES FAQ CONTACT in the world 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! 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 AVAILABILITY PAYMENT NEW CUSTOMERS 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 PAYMENT 2025 Atlantic Salmon all-inclusive 6 Day Fly Fishing Package $6,275.00 CDN + HST (Periods 1 & 6) $6,775.00 CDN + HST (Periods 2-5) For methods of payment, we accept: wire transfer, Credit Card (subject to a 3% surcharge), E-transfer (in Canada), or cheques. Funds must be received in Canadian dollars or be done at a rate of exchange that does not have a loss on the Canadian receipt of funds. Our accountant will work with you on this, but please note that what you pay in US dollars is not calculated at the same rate when it gets deposited into a Canadian Bank. DEPOSIT Once you’ve made your deposit you have committed to come on the trip. If you cannot come, we will do our best to sell your spot and if we are successful, your deposit will be returned less a $500 administration fee. If however, we are unable to sell your spot, the deposit will be forfeited. The same policy applies to final payments. Given that a large percentage of our customers will be repeat customers, we suggest you pay close attention to our available dates schedule. This section of our website will be updated by October 1st to reflect what is available for the following year. After that, we will do our best to update the availablility schedule every two weeks. ​ Similarly, pay close attention in early November. Given that October 30th is our deposit due date for returning guests there are often a couple of rods that become available at that time. We also keep a waiting list we can contact should spots become available. Once you have fished with us for one season, you will get first right of refusal for your current dates or first “kick at the can” for any open spots from guests not returning. Returning guests have a better opportunity to switch to a more desirable date than new guests. ​ If you have questions or would like to be added to our waitlist, please contact Heather at Labradorlodges@gmail.com . NEW CUSTOMERS 2024 Availability updated May 2024. Please contact us directly for our most up-to-date availability or to be added to our cancellation/waitlist. 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. 1-888-247-2262 1-800-563-2800 1-800-563-2800 Labrador Marine 1-855-896-2262 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. FREQUENTLY ASKED Questions If you have questions or are ready to book, please fill out the form or contact Heather at the number below. 902.830.8593 Hawke River policies CONTACT © 2024 Labrador Lodges. Website designed by Haylo Branding + Marketing .

  • Labrador Lodges | Fishing in Labrador | Labrador, Canada

    YOUR LABRADOR FISHING adventure awaits Lodges 3 GREAT CATCHES inLabrador, Canada Discover unmatched fly fishing in Labrador's pristine beauty. Our camps offer access to premier destinations, offering a unique fishing experience you won’t soon forget. Cast into the gin-clear waters at Flowers River and watch as the Atlantic Salmon rise for your dry fly! Perfect for anglers of all ages and levels, our easy wading, beautiful scenery, and steady run of Salmon are just a few of the reasons you’ll want to join us. LEARN MORE Nestled near Charlottetown, Labrador, Hawke River is famed for its thriving Atlantic Salmon runs and pristine wilderness. Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty and unparalleled fishing opportunities of this remarkable location. LEARN MORE Experience the ultimate in Trophy Eastern Brook Trout Fishing in one of Canada’s last unspoiled frontiers. In trout, Crooks Lake and the Eagle River offer large Northern Pike which you can target as well. LEARN MORE of a lifetime BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE Discover world-class fly fishing in the wilds of Labrador, Canada. Target the majestic 'King of Fish' as thousands of wild Atlantic Salmon migrate through our waters. Alternatively, indulge in the ultimate trophy fishing for Eastern Brook Trout in one of Canada's last unspoiled frontiers. BOOK BOOK BOOK Seriously, WE CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP "Over the course of the week we encountered a good mix of fresh and seasoned fish from feisty grilse, to acrobatic fish in the mid-teens range as well as several larger fish that left us saying WOW." Matt Dort, Nova Scotia Reel Stories Indulge your angling interests! Angling in the Golden Years: A Journey with Well-Seasoned Salmon Anglers 39 Post not marked as liked More than gold at the end of these rainbows 39 Post not marked as liked Unveiling the Green Glitter: A Fly for Atlantic Salmon Adventure 30 Post not marked as liked

  • Flowers River Lodge | Labrador Lodges

    LODGES REEL STORIES CONTACT More... Flowers BOOKING GETTING HERE ACCOMMODATIONS WHAT TO PACK FLIES FAQ CONTACT in the world SOME OF THE BEST ATLANTIC SALMON FISHING Flowers River is ideal for new Atlantic Salmon anglers who don't have a lot of wading experience, or for fishermen who may not be quite as steady on their feet as they once were, but still love to wade. ​ The river, under most flows, is gin clear. In many of the pools, you will be able to see the fish, and we challenge you to try and not pull too quickly when you see a 20-plus pound Salmon leave the bottom mouth open and head for your dry fly! There are anglers who claim, and even swear to the fact, that they’ve hooked fish in the forty-pound class, but can’t hang on to them. Come and see for yourself - maybe you’ll be the one to finally land one! Booking INFORMATION 2024 Atlantic Salmon all-inclusive, 6 Day Fly Fishing Package – $11,299 CDN + HST Includes: Airport shuttle & ground transportation in Goose Bay Bunkhouse accommodations in Goose Bay, including continental breakfast. (Double occupancy. One night - Pre and post-trip) ​ ​ Float plane to and from Goose Bay to Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and evening snacks Accommodations Fishing Guide, one per two anglers Wifi BOOKING AVAILABILITY PAYMENT NEW CUSTOMERS Booking time on great salmon rivers like the Flowers is often a matter of being patient and persistent. Our booking policy is quite 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 15th to confirm your spot for the following year and will be required to make a 50% deposit by October 31st. Between September 15-30th we will email our waitlist, update the information below, 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 will be required by March 15th. BOOKING PAYMENT 2024 Atlantic Salmon all-inclusive, 6-Day Fly Fishing Package: $11,299 + HST For methods of payment, we accept: wire transfer, Credit Card (subject to a 3% surcharge), E-transfer (in Canada), or cheques. Funds must be received in Canadian dollars or be done at a rate of exchange that does not have a loss on the Canadian receipt of funds. Our accountant will work with you on this, but please note that what you pay in US dollars is not calculated at the same rate when it gets deposited into a Canadian Bank. DEPOSIT Once you’ve made your deposit you have committed to come on the trip. If you cannot come, we will do our best to sell your spot and if we are successful, your deposit will be returned. If however, we are unable to sell your spot, the deposit will be forfeited. The same policy applies to final payments. Given that a large percentage of our customers will be repeat customers, we suggest you pay close attention to our available dates schedule. This section of our website will be updated by October 1st to reflect what is available for the following year. After that, we will do our best to update the availablility schedule every two weeks. ​ Similarly, pay close attention in early November. Given that October 30th is our deposit due date for returning guests there are often a couple of rods that become available at that time. We also keep a waiting list we can contact should spots become available. Once you have fished with us for one season, you will get first right of refusal for your current dates or first “kick at the can” for any open spots from guests not returning. Returning guests have a better opportunity to switch to a more desirable date than new guests. ​ If you have questions or would like to be added to our waitlist, please contact Heather at Labradorlodges@gmail.com . NEW CUSTOMERS 2024 Main Lodge Down River Availability updated May 2024. Please contact us directly for our most up-to-date availability or to be added to our cancellation/waitlist. GETTING HERE There are scheduled flights to and from Goose Bay from most major International, Canadian, and U.S. cities through Halifax, St. John’s or Moncton (direct flights into Goose Bay are limited) 1-888-247-2262 1-800-563-2800 You will need to arrive in Goose Bay the day before your departure to the lodge. (so if you are Booked Aug 14-20, you will need to arrive in Goose Bay no later than Aug 13. We will have a representative from the lodge meet you at the airport, take you to our Bunkhouse, and then to the float plane the next morning. We will do the same on your departure date. Ground transfers in Goose Bay and your room (double occupancy) at our Bunkhouse one night before and after your time in camp are included in your package. We provide coffee and continental breakfast at the bunkhouse, however other meals in Goose Bay are not provided. ​ Please note: if you miss your charter flight into camp, or your bags do not arrive in time, getting them/you to camp will be at your own expense. OTTER CREEK BUNKHOUSE We purchased and renovated what we call “The Bunkhouse” at Otter Creek 2017 and accommodations here are now included as a part of your fishing package. We know it’s not always easy to get to Goose Bay, so we want to make sure it’s as easy as possible once you get to us. A room at the Bunkhouse (double occupancy) is included the night before your week at camp as well as the night you come out. ​ On any particular evening, we may have single rooms available at an additional charge. Please speak to our staff if you’d like to see if one is available. ​ If you want to arrive a day for time zone adjustment or a safety net for travel, you can check with us and add nights to your stay for $125 + hst per night. A continental breakfast is included and there are kitchen facilities available if you’d prefer to cook a meal than to go out. BAGGAGE It is important to note that we have a very strict policy when it comes to baggage weight. This is because the charter equipment used is designed to carry a certain payload for maximum safety, and safety is our main concern. Max weight of baggage is 50 pounds per person and, unlike commercial airlines, this is NOT 50 pounds for a checked bag plus a carry-on – it’s fifty pounds, total, period. ​ Asking the plane operator to take more can compromise everyone’s safety and that is unacceptable. We highly recommend that you weigh your bags prior to leaving home as if you are over the limit, you will be required to leave any excess at the float plane dock in Goose Bay. WEATHER Labrador weather is unpredictable, to say the least, and can sometimes be challenging. We suggest that you pack a set of warm clothes should the weather drop to the low end of the range, which would be about 5 degrees Celsius. At the same time that we tell you to pack a set of warm clothes, please remember that it’s not uncommon to see the temperature reach 30 degrees Celsius ACCOMMODATIONS The Main Lodge at Flowers River was constructed of red cedar logs some 60 years ago and houses our kitchen, dining room, and two private bedrooms, each with their own en-suite. We also have two log cabins that accommodate two anglers each, and our newest building is a stunning three-bedroom, six-person log cabin. The grounds also have a large screened-in wader room, which most evenings, becomes the center for a lot of great fishing tales. The entire property is powered by solar energy and has satellite wifi 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. RODS First, we’d like to suggest that you bring at least two fly rods. The camp will have few sets of spare gear, but 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. If you use a two-handed rod, the Flowers is an ideal spot for you. ​ Rarely do we have a problem with close quarters for back casts and under average water conditions, we have some pretty large pools. ​ ​Two-handed rods, including switch and Spey rods, are useful on some pools. Rods ranging from 10 1/2′ – 13′, casting light Scandi heads in the 390-480 gram weights, are the most useful. ​ Our pools are very “quiet”, so touch-and-go Scandi casts are favored over the Skagit style, water-born casts. 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 Flowers is an easy river to wade and most wading soles will work well. 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. REELS, FLY LINES & LEADERS Reels should have a good drag system and should be outfitted with a minimum of 100 yards of backing, 200 would be better. ​ Floating fly lines are the norm and, again, 7-9 weights matched to your rod are ideal. ​ ​Leaders again are a personal thing, 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. OTHER Ball cap or wide-brimmed hat Wearable Bug netting if desired. Insect repellent Sunscreen Polarized sunglasses Camera iPad Medications Travel documents Warm clothing Reading material Fly tying gear Flies FLOWERS RIVER Pictured here are most of the popular patterns you’ll need at Flowers River. I say most of the time, because someone always seems to be inventing a new one that works well. Come equipped with these and you will be good to go. SIZE TIES ON SITE You’ll note that looking at the pictures above that we use some pretty small flies at Flowers. 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 run short or need something special, several of our guides are world class fly tiers who will be happy to sell you flies at the camp. Keep in mind that they spend long days on the river and don’t have that much time to tie, so come prepared and use them for back up. ORDERING FLIES IN ADVANCE 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 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. PREFERRED SUPPLIERS 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 FLOWERS LOWER RIVER Adventure For the past several seasons, we have been exploring a section of river downriver from the Main Lodge and the waters we traditionally fish. In 2020, we built a tent camp space and made booking available for two rods. ​ We need to let you know that this is roughing it. Your accommodations will be a well-appointed tent camp, complete with bunks, mattresses, wood stove and cook stove. The tent is surrounded by a bear fence. We have added an outhouse and shower facility. On the last night of your trip, you will be taken by hovercraft back to the main camp. You will sleep in our bunkroom and enjoy a late dinner in the dining room and the opportunity to share stories with other anglers. ​ You will access the the lower river by way of our hovercraft and once dropped off, you and your guide will have a 20’ canoe and motor, with which to visit the many pools and runs. You will also be responsible to help with Camp chores such as cooking, dishwashing, and firewood gathering. We will have communication devices available, so that there will always be contact with the main Lodge, and have added Starlink Internet Service as well. If the above description seems a little harsh, it’s because we wanted to paint a very clear picture of what to expect. However, you can also expect an incredible experience. ​ Imagine this: you will be camped out in the pure true wilderness of Labrador and have unlimited access to an entire section of river that the rest of our guests cannot fish. Come and go as you please, relax when you want and fish when you want. Step outside the camp into the water and fish, or explore the lower river. As a reminder, there is no private water in all of Newfoundland and Labrador. The inaccessibility of Flowers River makes it difficult for anyone other than our guests to get there, however it’s not impossible. We make this statement as there may be times in your Downriver Adventure where you encounter another angler or two. ​ **Downriver Pricing is the same as Main Camp Pricing** For further details or to make a booking, please contact Heather at labradorlodges@gmail.com or call at 902-830-8593 . 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. FREQUENTLY ASKED Questions If you have questions or are ready to book, please fill out the form or contact Heather at the number below. 902.830.8593 Flowers River Lodge Guest Policies CONTACT © 2024 Labrador Lodges. Website designed by Haylo Branding + Marketing.

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