UNIQUE FLY FISHING EXPERIENCE
Hunt River is gently flowing with periodic slides, riffles and steadies. Depending on the pool location fly fishing can either be from shore, wading or from a river canoe. 16 km of river is accessible from the Lodge via river canoes. The river is divided into two section with lower section from the Lodge to First Falls hosting 8 pools and the upper section is from above First Falls to Hunt Lake hosting 21 pools.
Guests landing a salmon greater than 20 lbs at any unnamed pool location shall have naming rights. Since 2011 we have had 10 pools named by our angling guests with more than a dozen remaining to be named which only have temporary names such as “the leaning Juniper” or “the Boulders”. The previous owner did not fish above the First Falls thus the unique situation of angling previously uncharted waters.
The Hunt River’s northern location and proximity to the Labrador Sea have kelts departing in late June and early July with fresh arrivals entering by mid-July. Salmon continue entering the river until mid September and spawning is concurrent with fresh water being its densest at 4C, which is generally around mid to late October at the Hunt River. The majority of Hunt River smolt depart at a river age of 4 years and hosts some of the highest parr density counts in the Northwest Atlantic. Since introducing a catch & release policy in 2012 the Hunt River returns have increased fourfold and the grilse to salmon ratio has reverted from 90:10 to 65:35.
Angling the Hunt River tidal estuary for char can prove very exciting during the last few weeks of July and early August before they migrate up Char Brook, which is situated just east of Hunt River. We encourage the use of small #12 – #20 flies for the ultimate technical angling achievement for char. As the char migration numbers continue to build into the latter part of August and early September at our Char Lake Outpost, its not uncommon for char to take surface flies such as small bombers.