You wake early; sun is just coming up. A quick look down at the Pool and the sight of splashes quickens your heart rate. A high tide has brought a fresh run of salmon and they are vying for positions at the prime holding areas in the Pool. You notice a guide already waiting. Jumping out of bed you pull on your clothes, tip toe to grab a coffee and make you way down to the river.
The Pool is alive with rolling and jumping salmon. The guide's instruction is to allow the Orange Bomber to swing. First cast you are into a 6-pound grilse. While releasing the salmon you can't miss other larger fish showing throughout the Pool. The guide notices you have found new targets and stands back as you cast at the larger ones 50 feet away. A 16 pounder immediately does a surface slash for the fly but misses it. As the fly sweeps across the Pool, four other salmon rise for it but won’t follow for fear they will lose their position in the pool.
Next cast the guide suggests mending the line upstream so the bomber dead drifts directly down river. Sure enough; a large salmon boils with such ferocity that you are at first startled and then shocked by the reel ripping out line at an alarming pace. The salmon is now cart wheeling at 90 degrees to your fly rod. You look over your shoulder to see if others are awake to witness the spectacle and within a split second you’re thinking - “Great – time for another one!”
So begins another day in dry fly paradise.
We have taken extraordinary measures in the design and construction of the Lodge as a fitting tribute to this incredible river and world class Atlantic salmon resource that remains virtually unknown to the angling fraternity.
Introduced to this angling paradise by Harry Steele and the late Craig Dobbin, we have angled the St. Lewis River since 1995.
The “Lewis” in late June - is our definition of the ringing in the New Year.