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B-Fast Charters 07-14-2002 07:59 PM

Labrador Salmon
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Just returned from the Hawke River in Labrador. Given the conditions—low water and ice still in Hawk Bay until three day before our trip---we had awesome fishing. 71 degree water, 100 degree temps and no rain for weeks made for a tough first two days of fishing. Nevertheless, we hiked to the falls pools and found the “Gold Mine” was loaded with salmon waiting for rain as we were. Catch and release limit of 4 grilse each was the results. The rain came on Wednesday bringing in the fresh run of fish. Four anglers released 60 grilse/salmon in 6+ days of fishing. The best salmon of the week was, of course, caught by a rookie Lou Sorgion his first salmon trip-- 40 ½ inches long and 25 pounds.
Six salmon were landed –25, (3) 15, (2) 12 and 9 pounds, respectively. An equal number were lost including two estimated in the low twenty pound class. All the fish had sea-lice and were caught on 4 or 6 glitter green-butts tied low-water on partridge hooks and fished with the “hitch”.

Capt. Mike Bartlett
B-Fast Charters

juro 07-14-2002 08:29 PM

That's awsome Mike! Sounds like you really hit the motherlode. Wish I were there!

jcc_00 07-19-2002 11:42 AM


What else did you try for flies, other than the green-butt and what rivers did you hit?

Great picture and thanks for the report.

B-Fast Charters 07-23-2002 01:08 PM

We really didn't need to try addtional flies as the glitter Gree-butts worked so well. However, undertakers, silver-tip, marlodge and blue charms work well. Dry flies did work. Bombers with orange hackle tied palmer and larger Rat-faced MacDougalls worked well. We flew into the Hawke and didn't fish other rivers.


jcc_00 07-24-2002 04:14 PM

Labrador Salmon (cont.)

Is the Hawke one of many rivers you have visited? I'm trying to get a feel for timing a trip to the same sort of location and, while you can never be very sure, there are some months that work out better than others for water height , fish returning, etc.

So, any other comments are of interest to the next wave that might trek up there sometime soon.


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