This episode was one of our favourites of the season because it showed a lot more than just fishing. This was about the flavour of Newfoundland; it’s landscape and especially it’s people! To be honest we have “never” come across any negativity when the subject of Newfoundlanders comes up. They simply are the salt of the earth.
But we certainly didn’t forget about the fishing on “the Rock”. It’s known for outstanding Atlantic Salmon and its Speckled (Brook) Trout. This trip was to try and connect with both.
Going back in time, Angelo had been trying and trying to find an opening on a Fish’n Canada shoot in which he could have General Rick Hillier as a guest. Rick’s been on The Outdoor Journal Radio Show but never on Fish’n Canada. As the former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces and a true national hero, Angelo wasn’t about to let this thought drift away. By the way, Rick is also a born and bred Newfoundlander.
IT’S ONLY A 10 MINUTE WALK IN
Low and behold, August of 2013 both parties were available and the shoot was on!
Their Newfoundland home base was the Torrent River Inn located in Hawke’s Bay at the mouth of the Torrent River.
The Torrent has a great run of Atlantic Salmon as well as a healthy population of Brook Trout. It’s made up of river sections and “Pools & Ponds” of which all are named and definitely known for their great fishing. Long Steady, Western Brook Pond, Middle Pond, Pikes Feeder Pond are just a few of the names on this unique system. These pools & ponds though are anything but easy to access. The running joke of the trip was the locals telling Ang and Rick “it’s only about a 10 minute walk in” and meanwhile as Angelo states “it’s an hour and a half and we’re still walking!”
Now to add to the rigorous seemingly endless walks, it rained pretty much for the entire trip. “There’s no problem fishing in the rain” says Ang “but trying to record stunning imagery as driving rain hits the lens… impossible!”
Luckily with the odd weather break here and there, the crew had moments to turn on the camera.
As far as fishing is concerned, our team used both Spinning gear as well as Fly gear but they mostly concentrated on Fly Fishing.
MUSIC IN THEIR BLOOD
“One of the most surprising tactics” Angelo says “was trolling dry flies straight up the river channels. We would simply let our flies drop back and not too far I might add and the Specks would come up and nail it, oblivious to the boat and motor.”
Of course they fished the traditional wading style in riffles and pools and landed some gorgeous Brookies. Rick hooked and fought a fire-cracker of a Salmon but in true river run Atlantic fashion, it threw the hook after 6 spectacular jumps.
Getting back to the local Newfoundland flavour, Angelo and Rick attended Kitchen Parties, Garage Parties and pretty much every other type of party known to the East Coast.
“The Newfoundlanders have music in their blood” says Ang “and there’s no shortage of jamming here. It seems like everybody can play almost any instrument! These people definitely know how to entertain!”
If you are looking to book an East Coast fishing adventure, it’s a must that you look into a trip to The Rock!
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s great East Coast fishing adventure I first flew from Toronto to Deer Lake in Newfoundland. Next I drove north on hwy 430 along the beautiful coastline of the Gulf Of St Lawrence to the town of Hawke’s Bay. Finally I arrived at my home base the Torrent River Inn.