Three Rivers Lodge

     “Shorelines”

A Newsletter from Our Fly Fishing Camps in Labrador - Winter 2014

    “Kev and Frances, We Hardly Knew Ye!”

   Kev Barry and his wife, Frances, took the reins of TRL back in 2000.  As manager and head guide, Kev has solved every niggling problem that has inevitably cropped up in our wilderness enclave. He maintains all the equipment - generators, motors, etc. - and still has time to interact intimately with each guest and, week after week for fifteen seasons, prescribe for each soul, sweet days on the river. Kev is the reason the coffee’s hot at 6 a.m. and your camp is warm when you return from the water. Whatever it takes, he ‘gets it done.”

  Frances is the head cook and housekeeping guru. Her menus are profoundly satisfying and their preparation has never spawned a complaint in all her years. Cabins are fresh every day. First aid issues, leaky waders, comfort details are her specialty. And you can cry on her shoulder and dump your troubles in her lap, hear her counsel and soon return to the harmony you’ve lost. She IS the spirit of Three Rivers Lodge and if you’ve never met her and her husband, you should.

   2014 will be Kev and Frances’s last season with us. They are retiring to their childhood community back on Newfoundland Island. All of us - guests, staff and guides - are blessed to have shared time with them and so to carry though our lives their example and good will.

   Many TRL friends are returning this summer to celebrate their kinship with Kev and Frances.  Summer 2014 should be our ‘finest hour’.

What’s Up for 2014? 

Don’t want to wish away even one day, but will this cold winter ever end?? Surely its days are numbered and spring will soon find us enjoying open water with rod and friend. Year seventeen up in Labrador will unfold as most of our past seasons. The staff and guides will get in just after ice-out and spend a week or two preparing the camps for summer. We’ll make repairs, level cabins, fire up the equipment, and fine-tune each system. Gilles Morin, our pilot, will arrive in his Beaver, order av gas, and the boats will be floated and secured to the dock.

   Guests will arrive on June 20th and the adventures begin. If you been thinking Labrador and haven’t yet made the jump, this will be a fine year to commit. You will not regret your investment.

  Our availabilities are: June 20 to 27 - 5 rods; July 25 to Aug 1 - 3 rods; Aug 1 to 8 - 4 rods; Aug 8 to 15 - 2 rods; Aug 15 to 22 - 2 rods; Aug 22 to 29 - 2 rods.

(Those last two weeks are in our “Late Season” package.  Visit web site for details.)

If you want to discover Labrador, give us a shout.  There’s plenty of time remaining to make your plans.

 

(For further details and availability, please send your inquiry here. And/or spend a few moments on our web site at www.trophylabrador.com)

Preparing for Labrador

(A dozen or so committed 2014 guests have asked for this article that appeared in our last newsletter.  If the pols are correct, there may be more interested folks.)

   So you’ve finally done it – taken the plunge and booked your trip to Labrador - big land, float planes, big fish!      

   Like most traveling fly anglers who have Labrador in their sights, you have probably spent many quiet hours day-dreaming about this “land God gave to Cain” – are the rivers that pure? can I wade them?  are the brookies really that amazing?  Fish daydreams can be fun with their haunting visions of slabs of trout rising in freestone rivers (visions inspired, no doubt, by cool drinks on lazy, Sunday afternoons).  But such imaginings may not always be that close to reality.  One fantasy dreamers seem to have is that in wild places like Labrador there are creel-loads of unsophisticated lunker trout savagely fighting over each drifting fly.  Truthfully, such marvels do occasionally happen.  But such an anomaly is very unlikely to coincide with your trip.  Daydreams typically are and should be overly optimistic.  Like night dreams, they can be rehearsal for coming challenges, a big help in preparing for your adventure.  At their best, daydreams can get you fired up for the awesome adventure you’re about to take.  But at some point, you got to snap out of it!  You’ve enjoyed your fantasies, now get to work. (continue reading here.)

The images below are some of the happy faces from our 2013 season.  You can read some of their stories on our Fishing Log.  Check it out, sign up there for future updates, and forward this newsletter to any of your fly fishing buddies who love wilderness fly angling.

Fly Angling Review - 2013

   Our summer #16 in Labrador, “Sweet Sixteen”,we thought going in. Cold Sixteen is what we got.  Cold, snowy, rainy and worst of all, incessant winds driving all the wet nasties right through Gortex an into our bones. So what!  Go on and test our spirit. We’re made of sterner stuff. Our rugged guests came prepared and determined. Not one day was lost to the surly weather. (OK, a half day in July when the temps dropped to 26 F and brought a four hour snow storm.)

   Later on in early August, we had four straight days of 6”-plus rain - over two feet in a half-week.  The lake came up as high as we’ve ever seen it, including the pre-camp weeks just after ice-out.

   So what did all that weather turmoil mean? Cold, high water.  Paradise for the Salvelinus Fontinalis. Granted, the heftier trout settled into new lairs and feeding lanes and left many of their regular haunts for the two-pound peanuts. Soon enough though, the guides figured out their new strategies and put bundled up fly anglers on as good of fishing as we’ve ever had through our years.

   Unlike the previous year when we hosted quite a few anglers from overseas, 2013 brought us 100% US citizens representing 19 states, primarily the mid-west and New England.  More unusual was the low count of women anglers - only two.  We did, however, enjoy our first visit by a minister, who inspired us when singing old gospel hymns at the Thursday night hootenanny.

   True, for too many days we were tested by the wrath of the weather gods, but every evening meal was as sweet as ever and the post-dinner camaraderie brewed the fondest of memories.

   When the season ended, we all agreed that it had been the warmest of cold summers.

Contact Information:    Three Rivers Lodge •  threeriverslodge@gmail.com  •  617.791.5614  •  www.trophylabrador.com

. . . and one more thing. . .

It is hard to describe before you arrive the deep, lasting impact of a week in a true wilderness. The unspoiled vistas, clear water, native wildlife and quietude soak deeply into your soul.  We anglers rarely have the opportunity to share a place that has never been compromised by human intervention, where native fish eat only what nature provides, where rivers run ancient and have yet to be manicured to suit the human eye.  Labrador is still out there, ahead of the rush of humanity.

(The image below and several other images in this newsletter are courtesy of Tim Minich, TRL guest in 2013.)