August 7, 2017 – following is an excerpt from The North Bay Narrative – a book written by former Salmon Hole Lodge guest Walter Staples and published in 1998:

shall never forget the pool, the details, or the experience of the next afternoon, June 29, 1980.  From their position on the ledge, (the guides) could look into the water and see several salmon and were trying to help me position my casts for the proper approach: “A little longer cast.”  “Too far beyond.”  “You’re getting close”.  A salmon they had not seen suddenly rose and took my fly. He streaked the length of the pool, the reel screaming, the line into the backing. He went to the deepest part of the pool and sulked for several minutes while I, shaking like a leaf, attempted to regain composure. There was help from the guides, verbal: “Keep your rod tip up.”  “Don’t let that line get loose.”  “Drop the rod tip when he jumps.”

That salmon was an acrobat.  He was in the water, out of it, and back in again. He came straight for me and made abrupt turns as if to climb the rocks on either side.  My line was loose, my rod tip down. Reeled almost to the net, he skipped across the surface of the pool in leaps and bounds again and again.  When Lewis finally netted that six-pound fish, I had no idea how long it had been since he took the fly.  I stood in a cold sweat, trembling and unsteady on the rock.  Lewis grabbed my arm, afraid I was about to fall into the river.  I think I was.  Resting, I sat beside Dunc (Duncan Smith – founder of Salmon Hole Lodge) and in all sincerity confided that I, as well as the salmon had just been hooked, hooked on Atlantic salmon fishing and on the LaPoile River in Newfoundland.’

Shown below, a photo of Duncan Smith, circa 1968, with a beautiful LaPoile River salmon!  – Scott Smith