The Hawke River has long been one of the best producing salmon rivers in Atlantic Canada. Current fishing regulations dictate catch-and-release of all large fish. For more information on angling in Newfoundland and Labrador, please view the Angler's Guide 2011-2012.
Guests arriving to do battle with the legendary Atlantic Salmon are rarely disappointed. Our early runs of salmon range from eight to twenty pounds and later the Hawke River becomes the home of the grilse, averaging 3 to 6lbs. During the grilse run, numerous fish can be seen jumping and rolling all day long. From the novice to the most experienced angler, these fantastic fish will challenge you to the utmost.
Popular Fishing Flies
There are many popular patterns on the Hawke River. Among guest favourites include:
- Black bear green butt
- Green butt buckbug
- Blue charm
- Thunder and lightning
- Blue charm green butt
- Silver doctor
- Green highlander
- Dry bugs, bombers, and white wulffs are also effective for much of the season
Our Fishing Guides
Hawke River Outfitters handpicks guides for their experience on the river, as well as their experience in working with guests. We want to provide you, our guest, with the best fly fishing experience possible.
For years Aster has waded the banks of the Hawke River, and many of the rivers of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland where he has honed his skills as an angler, guide, and outdoorsman. Aster's knowledge and attitude are second to none, which make him pivotal to our operation. In addition to being a great guide and angler, Aster possess a rare gene where he would actually prefer to see you catch a salmon than himself.
Dave has developed the same love of the river that his brother Aster has. His hands-on approach has helped scores of anglers have great experiences for many years, both in Labrador and on the rivers of Northern Newfoundland. Not forgotten is his commitment in keeping his guests on top of the fish.
Hailing from Brig Bay, Newfoundland, Wally is a commercial fisherman where he fishes for lobster, cod and even eels. Wally has guided some fisherman in Labrador and Newfoundland for most of his life. His general knowledge of the river and the outdoors, combined with what can only be described as a huge sense humor, make him a pleasure to have around. Also, when given the chance, he’s capable to show even the most seasoned angler a thing or two.
Sam comes to us from the community of Plum Point on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland where, like Wally, he is a commercial fisherman. Sam shares a great love for the outdoors and the river, and is willing to go the extra mile to see his guests receive the best possible fishing experience. One more thing you need to know about Sam is that when put together with Wally, the two are a comedy show for sure.