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Insect activity in Labrador heats up in late June with the emergence of large stoneflies and mayflies. July is caddis month when the evening hatch can approach blizzard conditions. Mayflies predominate in August along with a few lingering large tan caddis.
By September, the weather has cooled and large streamers are the most productive. Labrador Brook trout and Landlocked salmon will pounce on a dry fly, nymph or streamer, giving you the opportunity to implore different techniques during your stay.
Lake trout and Northern pike populations are abundant and fly fishing for them can be extremely exhilarating. Large streamer patterns, fished on a floating line, imitate native baitfish. More often than not, this technique provokes a vicious, predatory strike that will leave even the most seasoned angler in awe.
The majority of Lake trout are in the 5 to 15 lb class, Northern pike range from 5 to 25 lbs. Both Northerns and Lakers must measure a minimum of 28 inches to be retained. Pan-sized Brook trout and salmon under 12 inches are fair game for shore lunches.
The Labrador interior boasts one of the last remaining strongholds on Earth for trophy Brook trout. It is no surprise that this species is highly regarded among legions of fly fisherman.
The Labrador Brook trout’s distinctive marbled pattern and remarkable color variations are magnificent. Combine the Brook trout’s sheer beauty with blistering runs, acrobatic aerial displays and pristine, unspoiled wilderness and you have all the ingredients necessary for the trip of a lifetime.
Labrador Brook trout range in size from 1 to 10 pounds and are abundant In the Atikonak system. Brook trout are carnivorous. Tactics and fly selection vary depending on the time of year.
Lake trout are found throughout the Atikonak River early in the season, and most are caught on large streamers. The majority of Lake trout here are in the 5 to 15 pound class, although many large fish, some up to 40 pounds have been hooked, on occasion.
Like the Brook trout, Lakers require clear, cold and well oxygenated water. The Lake trout’s diet consists mainly of bait fish and insects.
Labrador Lake trout are worthy opponents. Their aggressive nature coupled with their size, equivocates into a game fish that is extremely amendable to pursue with a fly. They frequently prowl the shallows in spring hunting baitfish. If you can get the streamer in front of them, they will most certainly attack it.
Labrador’s Landlocked Salmon, commonly referred to as Ouananiche (pronounced wi-na-neesh) are a subspecies of the Atlantic salmon. Labrador is one of only a handful of destinations in the world where a quality Landlocked salmon fishery remains intact.
It is believed that near the end of the last ice age, glaciers and global water levels receded and Atlantic salmon became “land locked” or cut off from the ocean. Over time the species adapted and survived in the highly oxygenated headwaters of their respective natal systems.
Our Landlocked salmon range in size from 1 to 10 pounds and are explosive fighters, capable of powerful runs and aerial maneuvers, usually taking anglers deep into their backing.
Northern pike are the ultimate ambush predator, they often remain completely still as they wait for their prey, striking at the last second, with an incredible burst of acceleration.
Northern pike prefer a habitat that consists of shallow weed beds and rocky shoals where baitfish congregate, Labrador's Atikonak system provides just that.
The northern pike in Labrador range in size from 5 to 25 pounds and are abundant. Their predatory disposition, violent takes and screaming runs, make the Northern Pike a force to be reckoned with. At the very least, one afternoon should be devoted to enticing them with popping bugs.
Whitefish are common in this fishery and range from 1-7 pounds