For anglers of all skill levels.
|TRIP DATES||June 1 to August 1|
|TRIP DURATION||3 days, 3 Rivers|
|OPTIONAL||Longer sessions are available upon request
Rivers Options Guided by Explore Newfoundland include:
Humber River, Harry’s River, South West, Hughes Brook,
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE||Maximum of two Rods per Guide.|
||$450.00 per person based on two anglers per Guide.
$600.00 Based on one person per guide
- Experience 3 distinctly spectacular rivers.
- Enjoy the diversity of this regions .
- On the Door Step of Marble Inn Resort.
- Easy Access and close proximity to the Resort
About our guides
Our Licensed Guides are all locals with intimate knowledge of the Lower Humber waters and decades of fishing experience.
Together with you and/or your group, we determine how best to divide three days of fly fishing across one, two or three world-class west coast salmon rivers: Southwest Brook, Harry’s River, and the world renown Upper Humber River – to name a few. Each river with its own wilderness character to induce in the angler that meditative ‘zone’ only anglers know. The pools and steadies of these three rivers are within an hours drive from Marble Inn Resort. And with multiple rivers to fish during your three days, we can better work with the weather, especially rain/water levels, and how it affects the rivers and influences fish in their migration between the pools, runs and steadies.
The Upper Humber
The upper Humber river meanders lazily through 68 kilometers of Newfoundland boreal forest. Throughout its length the river passes through pristine, undeveloped territory until reaching the Town of Deer Lake. The landscape is striking along the length of the river as it twisted and turns through steep sided gorges of glacial origin. The river is a mature river system with a relatively flat shoreline profile. The banks are generally shale and provide generally good footing for wading. The Humber is provincially designated a heritage river with very good water quality. Because of the nature of its catchment the river flows well early in the season but can be prone to reduced flows and high temperatures later in dry years.
The Upper Humber River receives its main run of mainly female fish in the last week of June and first week of July each year. This run is normally between 15 000 and 20 000 fish in the range of 3-7 pounds with some fish being caught in the 10-20 pound range. A further smaller run of mainly male, slightly larger fish takes place in early August.
Experience shows that the fish in this river system have generally run quickly up through the lower reaches of the system and are fresh from the ocean during the peak runs. This provides exciting fishing with strong athletic fish providing a good play when hooked.
The river has the flat gradient and even water flow characteristic of a mature river coupled with the steep valley sides and rugged landscape more typically found in a young river. With a large catchment area it rises quickly in response to rainfall. Prone to flash flooding in heavy rain, falls quickly after the rain has ended. The bed of the river contains numerous shelves and heavy bouldering and offers reasonable wading conditions. The setting is very scenic, running through boreal forest along its entire length. The river offers 18 recognized pools along its length and the water is remarkable clear.
The river offers some of the best early season fishing for grilse but uniquely hosts a good run of large salmon starting early July which extends the season for this river and offers the opportunity to catch larger fish (up to 30 pounds). The best fishing on the river tends to occur between the end of June and mid-July.
Harry’s River is designated as a Class 3 river. Fishing is normally carried out using a single handed 9’ or 9’6” 9 weight rods using reels with at least 100 metres of backing. The river is fished using waders following a very short walk from access points. This river is primarily fished as a “catch and release” fishery. During peak season it is quite prolific with catch rates 2-3 fish per day; average catch sizes in the 6-10 pound range.
The entire length of the river is easily accessible. The old rail bed runs along the length of the river. It is a 45-50 minute van trip from Marble Inn Resort. A short (not more than 5/10 minutes) walk to the river bank. A fishing trip to Harry’s will normally be a 8 hour expedition. Start time can be early morning or noon. You will check in at our base and be transported to the pools known to our guides to be producing fish at the time. A shore lunch is provided. This trip is considered a full day excursion.
South West Brook
South West Brook is one of the smaller rivers we frequent. This meandering river system threads through some of Newfoundland’s most pristine forests. It is one of the few places remaining where you can see old growth Jack pines that where once predominate on the island. Its pebble bottom and shallow waters give it a brook like feel. It’s near nothing in the way of communities and its rarely fished heavy. Prone to flash flooding in heavy rain, falls quickly after the rain has ended.
The river offers some great early season fishing for grilse with an average weight of 4 to 6 pounds. The best fishing on the river tends to occur throughout June and typically the numbers of fish.
South West is designated as a Class 1 river. It is the perfect river for sportsman that like isolation, short casing, small fly’s and exploring pool after pool in search of holding waters. Fishing is normally carried out using a single handed 9’ or 9’6” 9 weight rods using reels with at least 100 meters of backing but we recommend a 7 weight rod. There’s no big water, success depends on your ability to pick out boulders and rip currents that hold fish in this classic small river.
South West Book is easily accessible. It is a 40-50 minute van trip from Marble Inn Resort. A short (not more than 10/15 minutes trail walk to the river bank. A fishing trip to South West will normally be a 9 hour expedition. Start time can be early morning or noon. You will check in at Marble Inn Resort and be transported to the pools known to our guides to be producing fish at the time. A shore lunch is provided. This trip is considered a full day excursion.
What to bring
Waders, rain gear but nothing else is necessary. We have it all.
All events/tours start at Marble Inn Resort in Steady Brook. Explore NL is affiliated with Marble Inn Resort. However, our participants are free to make pre-tour/post-tour accommodation and travel arrangement as they choose. If you need assistance with ground transportation or accommodations, we would be pleased to assist
IMPORTANT: The event itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather and other circumstances beyond our control.