Main River hosts a healthy run of Atlantic salmon, ranging in size from 3 -15 pounds. The salmon run begins in late June with a four week season of absolute prime time for fresh, aggressive salmon.
The watershed around the Lodge consists of a series of steadies connected by river runs. There are 16 pools within 5 kilometers of the Lodge, with several pools minutes from the Lodge. Short boat trips across the steadies and a quick walk along boardwalks and groomed walking trails lead to more great pools. The wide river valley allows for shallow water wading and shore fishing, making this river section easily accessible to all anglers.
Our daily schedule is quite flexible and can accommodate the eager, early rise angler to the relaxed angler who would like to set his or her own schedule. Anglers can opt for a shore lunch or can return to the Lodge for a midday lunch and rest.
The summer months are typically very enjoyable and temperate with average temperatures ranging from daily lows of 9 degrees celsius to highs of 22 degrees celsius. Extreme temperatures can range from lows of 0 degrees celsius to highs of 30+ degrees celsius. As with any angling excursion to a remote location layered clothing is the best approach. Lightweight fishing pants, shirts, sweater, fleece, breathable waders with wading jacket are optimal.
Provincial regulations - As with all rivers in Newfoundland, floating lines with single, barbless artificial flies are required.
Main River Lodge is located on the Northwest Branch of the Main River, this tributary is designated as hook and release only. There is a 4 fish, hook and release limit per day.
Gear - Main River is a relatively small river which is ideal for single-hand fly rods of 7-9 weight. Breathable chest waders are recommended as fishing is from both boats and wading, depending on the location on the river system. There are short, 5-10 minutes walks through a combination of boardwalks and groomed trails along the river to access the next series of pools. Some fly patterns that generally provide a successful day are the Blue Charm, Silver Blue, Emson Blue, Green Highlander, Silver Grey and the Thunder and Lighting, sizes 6-10 depending on water levels. A riffling hitch is generally used on wet flies allowing for greater excitement of the surface take. Not to diminish any of the wet fly patterns, but the Orange Bug and the Orange Bomber (various sizes) provide the most success and excitement for salmon anglers.
The Lodge has a supply of angling equipment for those traveling without their own gear.