Breakaway Classic Adventures
Breakaway Classic Adventures
Breakaway Classic Adventures

Restigouche & Matapedia Rivers
Gaspésie, Québec, Canada

"Without doubt, the Restigouche or locally called the 'Ristigouche' is one of the most important salmon rivers in the world. Forming a portion of the border between Quebec and New Brunswick, salmon of 40, 50, and even 60 pounds come to the fly of the fortunate angler. The first eight kilometers of the river offer public access. The rest of the river is private.
In Micmac, the word Ristigouche means “river that divides like a hand,” a reference to the numerous tributaries of the river including the famous Matapedia. On the public sector, nearly a dozen productive pools provide the opportunity to fish for salmon of trophy proportions during the early season."


The Restigouche and Matapedia Rivers, Matapedia, Québec, Canada are noted for their abundance of giant Atlantic salmon and have elevated the province of Quebec to the salmon capital of the world. For over a century they haved lured the world’s financial, political, sports and show business elite to cast a line into their waters to try their luck; the likes of King Edward VII, Princess Louise, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Ted Williams and Mr. White Christmas himself, Bing Crosby.  READ MORE...

SEASON: Spring season begins in April and runs through to May 31st. Large and explosive salmon enter the river early in May and a few anglers fish for them. Spring is the best time to catch the largest salmon of the season. Kelts are falling back and can be hooked as well but this trip is targeting the largest of the fresh fish running the river.

TRIP INCLUDES: Daily River Permits, Accommodations, Meals, QC Salmon C&R Fly Fishing License, Airport Shuttle from Mont Joli, QC or from the Matapedia Train Station and Guided Fly Fishing for both Single Handed and Spey Rods. Fishing is done from within the River Canoe and from shore wherever possible. Fly Fishing Equipment and Instruction included. Experience Level - Novice to Seasoned. Catch Rating - Difficult. Trophy Potential - Excellent. Reality Check - This is a no nonsense blue collar quest for a once in a life-time fish, don't expect to get pampered, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work hard, no sitting in comfy chairs and snoozing off in the middle of the river!

LODGING: Accommodations are in drive to safari style riverside tents on the banks of the Restigouche and Matapedia Riviers, with a short walk down to our classic 26' salmon river canoe. Deluxe glamping in private 10'x 12' wall tents equipped with comfortable oversized cots, rugs, tables and chairs for each angler. Meals are served in a separate dining and kitchen tent.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included. Beginning with a hot and healthy breakfast that will carry you right through to lunch served back at the camp. At the end the day sit down to a rewarding full course meal that will range from BBQ grade A steaks, chicken and 100% angus beef burgers. Refreshments of alcoholic beverages of wine or beer can be picked up in town just a drive away.

TRIP LENGTH: Flexible - Min - 3 days to a Max - 7 days or any number in between.

Restigouche & Matapedia River Gallery


• Bring along a few fly rods from 8-10 weights both in single handed versions and 13’- 15' spey rods.

• A quality reel with a smooth drag system is a must as is several hundred yards of 30 lb backing.

• Floating lines are the norm but when the water is high early in the season sink tips of varying densities can be used.

• Leaders and tippets range from 3' to 12' with a breaking strength of 10 lbs to 20 lbs.

• Good quality waders with boat friendly soles (no studs allowed).

• A rain coat, multiple layers for cold and windy days add to the anglers comfort and make for enjoyable long days on the water and protection against the elements.

• Don’t worry about biting bugs in the early part of the season, there aren't any, but do pack some insect repellent if we get an unusually warm spring.

• An inflatable fly vest or suspenders are a good substitute to a bulky life jacket and should be worn at all times on the water.

• Personal gear is up to you but you'll need a sleeping bag good to minus 10 degrees Celsius.

• All flies and tippet material are provided by your guide but visit our fly shop:

for specific Restigouche and Matapedia River Atlantic Salmon spring season flies if you prefer to purchase your own.


• 3 Day Restigouche River Trip - $2399.00 USD first rod, additional days at $695.00 USD.

• An additional rod is $695.00 USD per day with maximum two rods per trip.

• 7 Day Restigouche River Trip - $4995.00 USD for the first rod and $4565.00 USD for a second rod sharing guide.

• Not included - alcohol and tips.

• Rates are subject to change without notice.


The following applies to all trips booked and organized by Breakaway Classic Adventures:

50% deposit per rod of the total package cost for each trip is due at time of booking to secure the trip reservation.

Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure and start of trip.


Trip packages are non-refundable, it is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance in the event that you have to cancel, for any reason.


Indrek Kongats

P.O. BOX 442