Kedgwick Lodge Outing

kedgwick lodge outing as told by gervais jeffrey

Our Kedgwick Lodge Outing began around 10.00 am on the morning of June 7, 2017. Gino Savard and myself, Gervais Jeffrey, are hitting the road. Our destination is the world-renowned Kedgwick Lodge, established in 1886. The Lodge is on the shore of the famous Restigouche River, located in New Brunswick. It is also the home of world class Atlantic salmon fishing.

canadian veterans

Project Healing Waters Canada members have been invited on a Kedgwick Lodge outing for a weekend of fishing. Six Canadian veterans are taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, fishing in the privately-owned pools on the Restigouche River.

Kedgwick Lodge Outing

Soon after our arrival at the Lodge, Gino and I are directed by the staff to our room. We are told that we will be having a quick lunch around 16:30 pm, just before our evening fishing session.  So we take our time to get our fly-fishing equipment ready before meeting the other participants.

At lunch time we are welcomed by Danny Bird, the Lodge Manager, who tells us the history of the Lodge. Danny also gives us the details of the weekend to come. We are told that we will be fishing from a canoe and with two Micmac guides.

micmac fishing guides

Since the beginning, it has been a tradition that the guides have to be from the Micmac community, and that there are two guides per canoe. So Gino and I are to be guided by Tony and Tommy for the entire weekend. Both of them are seasoned guides and have been employed by the lodge for many years.

Kedgwick Lodge Outing

I can tell you they know the river inside out; when we move from one pool to another, they have no hesitation about the direction and the way to get to the new location. Their advice is essential in order for us to have a chance to fight the mighty Atlantic salmon. If Tony tells you to use this fly, you’d better listen to him otherwise you won’t catch anything!

excellent fishing weather with great results!

We have excellent fishing conditions, plenty of bright silver fresh fish in all the pools, and everyone has a chance to connect with one of these beasts during this fabulous weekend.

Kedgwick Lodge Outing
Gervais, Roby, Wayne, Charles, Andrew and Gino

Danny Bird, Lode Manager, says:

“Our first party of the 2017 season is remarkable. Great memories have been made today for 6 former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Through Project Healing Waters Canada and Veterans Connecting With Atlantic Salmon, our special guests released a total of 10 big fresh fish (plus a few that were lost). They caught some nice trout, enjoyed perhaps some of the best salmon fishing in North America and some stress-free time in ‘Paradise'”.

In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Goodyear, the main owner of the Kedgwick Lodge, for inviting us and hosting us for this weekend. I don’t want to forget Andrew, who put this adventure together, and his father, Danny, who made sure that we were at home at the lodge.

To all the lodge staff and guides – thank you very much.

New Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator New Brunswick

New Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator New Brunswick
Chuck Boudreau
New Project Healing Waters Canada coordinator New Brunswick is announced

 

A New Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator New Brunswick is now confirmed and his name is Charles Boudreau. Known as Chuck, he originally comes from Bathurst.

Thanks to his Dad, Chuck was introduced to fishing and fly fishing at an early age. Consequently, when he was 13 years-old, he started tying flies. He is also a professional fly tyer and, as a result, continues to give lessons as a fly tying instructor.

In the late ‘70s, Chuck graduated from Bathurst High School and attended New Brunswick Community College for a degree in Electronics.

After graduation, Chuck took a position with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in northern New Brunswick. His role was field technician, involving Atlantic salmon enhancement on the Nepisiquit River in the province.

Chuck eventually joined the Canadian Air Force in 1984. He served in various locations, all the while with a fly rod by his side. In 2010, he retired and took a position with IMP Aerospace for a 5 year contract.

Now living in Burton, New Brunswick, Chuck shares his home with his lovely wife. Furthermore, the couple have two boys that are now out of the house and with families of their own.

In conclusion, Chuck is looking forward to teaching and helping fellow veterans. Most of all, he hopes to get them out to enjoy the great outdoors with tight lines, and maybe with a fly they tied themselves.

New Brunswick Miramichi River

Our New Brunswick Miramichi River trip took place between July 21 and July 24 2014, at Rapid Waters Lodge. Four veterans with PTSD took part. While most of the three days were too warm for fishing, we did enjoy fishing Carl MacKay’s private salmon pool.

New Brunswick Miramichi River
Fishing on the Miramichi River
New Brunswick Miramichi River
Fly tying demonstration al fresco
New Brunswick Miramichi River
Veteran casting his line
new brunswick miramichi river songs

Besides the fishing activity and a fly tying demonstration, we enjoyed “time on the deck”, a guitar night of Miramichi River and Newfoundland folk songs. Furthermore, the river also afforded us the opportunity to enjoy a three hour tube float trip. Throughout the trip, we also feasted on John Cook’s great food.

New Brunswick Miramichi River
Singing some Newfoundland and Miramichi songs
New Brunswick Miramichi River
Nothing like a trip on the river using a float tube!

Special thanks go to the following contributors and volunteers:

  • Rapid Waters Lodge and its owner, John Cook, who donated the great lodging and meals.
  • Isabel Loughead who made the arrangements for fishing the water and guiding.
  • Carl MacKay for providing his private fishing pool and the entertainment.
  • Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Geoff Giffin and Howie Gould who provided a fly tying demonstration. They also donated annual membership in the Atlantic Salmon Federation for the participants.
  • Lt. Connor M. Atchison, JPSU, and Glenn Park, OSISS, CFB Gagetown
  • Goguen Architecture Inc. who donated organizational services.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada gave each veteran a new Temple Fork Outfitters salmon rod, line, and reel. This equipment was donated by the Royal Canadian Legion.