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Flies / Rods / Tackle

The fly list is only a suggestion, please bring along all your favorites. When traveling to Labrador you should bring rods in the 5-6 weight class with both floating and sinking line for salmon and trout. Bring a 7-8 weight fly rod with both floating and sinking line for pike fishing. Tapered leaders should be used and they should range from 6-10 pound test. You should bring around 24 leaders. As for tippet, bring plenty ranging from 4-12 pound test. You should also have some bite guard material for pike fishing. No matter what time of year you come to Labrador you should have some large dry flies in your box. Royal Wolf’s (size 2-4), Salmon Bombers (size 1-2) in various colors, Stimulators (size 2-4), Irresistible’s (size 2-4). We have plenty of flies and leaders for sale at the lodge, so don’t worry if you forget something. We also have Orvis fly rods that you are welcome to use.

Fly List & Rod Selection

Mid June - Mid July
Mid June the water level is high and continues to drop slowly (unless it doesn’t rain, then it drops fast) through mid July. Mid June the landlocked salmon fishing is great and fades out as the water levels drop. The brook trout fishing improves as the water levels drop into July and the caddis hatches starting heating up. Dry fly paradise! 5 or 6 weight fly rods with both floating and sinking lines are ideal. 6-12 pound leaders and 4-12 pound tippet material is ideal. We cut off and tie on lots of flies every day, so bring plenty of leader and tippet. Suggested flies are as follows: blue wing olives 12-18, stimulators 10-16, elk hair caddis 10-16, goddard caddis 10-16, royal wolf 10-16, grizzly and grey wolf 10-16, irresistible 10-16, wooly buggers (black, olive, white, some with flash and some coneheads) 4-8, pearl zonkers 2-6, streamers (grey ghost, black ghost, mickey fin, red and white, etc.) 2-4, muddler minnows (standard, conehead, marabou) 2-10, bright colored deceivers 2-6, nymphs (copper john, hares ear, caddis imitations, bead heads, pheasant tails) 16-20, salmon bombers in assorted colors.

Mid July – August
As a rule of thumb, the water level is dropping and the hatches are really picking up. Rods should be 5 or 6 weights with both floating and sinking lines. We still run sinking lines in the fast current. Tapered leaders in the 6-10 pound class are ideal, with tippet material ranging from 4-12 pound test. Fly selections are similar to the flies used during mid June – July with a few additions. You should bring: blue wing olives 12-18, stimulators 10-16, elk hair caddis 10-16, goddard caddis 10-16, royal wolf 10-16, grizzly and grey wolf 10-16, humpey’s (royal and yellow) 12-16, irresistible 10-16, deer hair mice 2-4, wooly buggers (black, olive, white, some with flash and some coneheads) 4-8, pearl zonkers 2-6, streamers (grey ghost, black ghost, mickey finn, red and white, etc.) 2-4, muddler minnows (standard, conehead, marabou) 2-10, bright colored deceivers 2-6, nymphs (copper john, hares ear, caddis imitations, bead heads, pheasant tails) 16-20, salmon bombers in assorted colors.

Mid August – September
The water level is typically low. Rods should be 5 or 6 weights. Tapered leaders in the 6-10 pound class are ideal, with tippet material ranging from 6-12 pound test. As for fly selections, you should bring: elk hair caddis 10-14, goddard caddis 10-16, humpey’s (royal and yellow) 10-14, irresistible 8-14, deer hair mice 2-4, royal wolf 8-14, streamers (grey ghost, black ghost, mickey fin, red and white, etc.) 2-4, muddler minnows (standard, conehead, marabou) 2-10, bright colored deceivers 2-4, salmon bombers in assorted colors.

Pike Fishing
You should bring a 7 or 8 weight fly rod with both sinking and floating lines. 12-20 pound leaders with bit guards on the end is necessary to protect against the sharp teeth. Flies to bring are as follows: deceivers (bright colors) 2/0-2, tarpon flies (bright colors) 2/0-2, deer hair mice 2-4, bass poppers in assorted colors 2-4, big bright colored streamers 2-4.