The “Catching” – Summer 2012

Just got an email from a guest scheduled to arrive later this season. He wanted to know how the fishing was going this summer. Seems he’d heard some reports from fellows who had been to other lodges in Labrador this summer. The reports weren’t so pretty. And to add to his concerns, the sol-lunar tables predict a slow week when he is to be in camp. So to assuage his concerns and to tease inquiring minds out there, here is a report on the 2012 fishing at TRL.

White Crowned Sparrow

The fishing this summer has been glorious – as good as it has ever been here. Almost spiritual, in fact. Each traveling fly angler has, in their own way, found deep pleasure and fascination during their days on the water. I don’t think a one of them has failed to find much more here than they expected. Weather has been pretty cooperative for a sub-Arctic climate – with few high wind days and pretty dependable rains to keep the water up and cooler. The wilderness has been full of her best kept secrets – birds of every description, bears, minks, cloudberries, low-bush cranberries, and a good season for blueberries (finally). The fireweed bloomed three weeks early, the crackerberries abound with their beautiful, white miniature dogwood flowers, and the bog laurel is making a spendid show.

Bog Laurel

We’ve even seen some wild iris and calla lillies. One angler brought a picture of tiny, crimson mushrooms growing in Irish green moss alongside a small stream. Fascinating, as I mentioned. Looked like drops of blood. All these wonders of the boreal forest provide a soothing backdrop for days spent on the water.

The streams and rapids hold big, bright fish – much brighter in the early season than we typically find, probably due to the this year’s early ice-out and warm June month.

We are ahead of schedule this summer by a couple of weeks. The mayfly and caddis hatches came on early and pretty much ended last week. The blue-winged olives will continue hatching until snow-fall and the occasional caddis and drake hatch will come off. We again had great fun fishing Royal Wulffs and Elk-hair caddis patterns, thrilling the dry fly enthusiasts. With the end of dry-fly season, anglers turn to big streamer patterns like double-bunnies and Clousers and nymph patterns, all fished deep and down to the big fish.

So getting back to the question, how’s the fishing. Superb.

But I suspect the actual intent of the question was to get at the catching. Truth be told, this season, given it is ahead of schedule by two or three weeks and started with early June temps in the high 80s, has been a bit more challenging than the past two years. Fish have been in unusual places, namely, the white water. Warmer water means less oxygen content so the brookies have been hanging in the well-oxygenated rips rather than their usual deep runs. Most anglers have “solved the puzzle” and enjoyed very productive days.

JoAnne’s Surprise

Gravy Dave

Dave and JoAnne, both guests for many years, enjoyed their best season ever. Our corporate group to a person said that their tenth year here was their best. And all the other guests have had great successes with the brookies. Here are a few more:

Even Stephen

Michael Stole Byron’s Fish

Meg’s Big Char

Gloria Be

John’s Nice ‘Un

Kev, Tom and Biggie ‘On the Rocks’

Count the Halos

More to come, I’m sure.

Later.

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