To experience the thrill and excitement of a fishing trip in one of Newfoundland’s greatest frontiers, look no further than Mayflower Outfitters. We can offer you rewarding and challenging fishing trips at affordable prices, while ensuring your stay is most comfortable at our guest lodge located at Lanes pond, 30 minutes north of the town of Roddickton.
Newfoundland & Labrador Atlantic Salmon
For many years Newfoundland has been a secret well kept when it came to fly fishermen knowing that this is the best place to land Atlantic Salmon. Pound for pound, the Atlantic Salmon is probably one of the strongest fish in the water. Grilse are commonly found in our waters. Getting several jumps of four feet in the air once they are hooked.
There is no age limit to fish in the province of Newfoundland Labrador, we have had many father & son groups throughout the years.
Roddickton can be accessed through the Viking Trail highway, route 430, by turning right at the Grenfell Drive route 432 and 433. Your voyage will be comforted knowing that the largest Super ferries in North America operates from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland. You can make reservations by calling Marine Atlantic at 1-800-341-7981 or visiting their website.
The closest Airport is St. Anthony Airport, about a one-hour drive from Roddickton. Airport Pickup from St. Anthony is included. Airlines have two flights daily flying into St. Anthony via St. John’s, Newfoundland. For reservations with Provincial Airlines call 1-800-563-2800 or visit their website to book online.
The other flying destination option would be to into Deer Lake, NL via Air Canada. You may book this at www.aircanada.com . Many of our guests like to rent a vehicle at the Deer Lake airport so they to get the opportunity to experience Gros Morne National Park during the drive to their Mayflower Outfitters fishing experience.
The primary waters that are fished by Mayflowers guests is the Cloud River, this river is only accessible by boat. Due to the remoteness, the Cloud has very few fishermen. Mayflower Outfitters also fish other rivers nearby – Beaver Brook, Northeast Brook and Salmon river.
Newfoundland weather is unpredictable even in the summer months. The mornings arecool roughly 10 degrees C (50F). Each day it will warm up to nearby 20 degrees C (68F).
Rain can be expected a couple days each week. The sun does come out and it warms up so it is a good idea to bring along a light pack to put away your rain gear and warm clothes. It is wise to pack warm clothes for those cool mornings.
The Fishing season opens at June 1st each year but the main run of Atlantic salmon will usually be the last week of June to the beginning of August. The season is open until mid September. Therefore, you have approximately 5 weeks to get in the ultimate fishing experience for Atlantic salmon.
If you wish to take some time off fishing to break up a long week, our guides are very knowledgeable of the area and can escort you on a full or half day sight seeing tour, this will prove to be an eventful journey. Or take advantage of our 24 foot Zodiak Whales & Iceberg boat tour experience on the waters off the eastern side of the Great Northern Peninsula. This is an adventure that you will never forget. Many of our guests love to take a day to see the famous L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada
Our guides they are avid fishermen who for many years have been exceptionally devoted to the love of the land and the sport of fishing. They understand the requirements of each individual fisher and are more than willing to share their knowledge, deciphering the river’s concealed spots where fish lay just awaiting a fly to ripple the water’s surface. There is one guide for every two fishermen. Depending on your physical ability, your guide will arrange your fishing excursion to suit your particular requirements.
Clothing and Waders
Comfortable lightweight waders are best suited for walking and wading, especially since you have to wear them for the whole day. From breathable Gore-Tex Micro-Fiber waders to neoprene waders, there are plenty of wonderfully designed equipment out there today, you have a great selection to choose from. If you don’t like wading in cold water then be sure to wear good quality underwear. Boots that have a slip resistant padding is a must since rocks on the beaches of our rivers tend to become very slippery when it rains.
Warm but light clothing is recommended for those cold mornings, fleece is great forwarmth even when wet. A hat to keep the sun or rain off is a great idea.
We suggest you bring…
Polarized sunglasses which are necessity on those bright sunny days to erase theglare from the water, giving you a better chance to see those fish coming before theytake your fly.Insect repellent is a necessity on days that there is no sun and no wind. Fly nets are not needed, as the insect repellent will keep them off sufficiently.Sun block is recommended to help protect you from becoming sunburn since you will be on the river all day.A vest to keep all your things in place, i.e.: fly box, insect repellent, extra leader material etc. is a must.
Equipment and Tackle
The main pools on the river range from 10 to 30 yards wide. It will take a nine-foot fly rod to place your fly in the proper position in order to entice the salmon. As youknow, it is the presentation of your fly that does the work. A seven/eight weight fly rodis the best for the size of fish caught. It gives the ultimate feeling for handling for thesize of salmon in this area.
A good reel and line that will compliment your fly rod are a necessity. You will also needa 100-yard backing line for those fish who like to put up a good fight. 6 & 8 lb leadermaterial is required. Dark leader works very well as the waters are dark from the run offfrom the peat moss. Number 4 to number 8 size hooks for your flies are the norm andare proven to be the most effective.
Meals (Breakfast, lunch on the river, and a full course of mouth-watering Newfoundland cuisine dinner at the end of the day), accommodations, guide service, transportation during fishing, and fish care & freezing.
Individual prices based on two persons fishing
$3,000.00/per week (7 nights and 6 days fishing)
Personal guide: additional $150.00/day