Open for the Season!

21 06 2011

The time has come and we’re finally open for another season!

The river is teeming with water and the word has hit the street that the first of the salmon are in the river.

The men have been looking over the side of the Torrent River bridge for a sliver of silver and a few have wet a line in hopes of the first catch of the season.

In fact, we saw a picture yesterday of a taut line and a beauty of a fish. Indeed the season has begun!

Looking forward to big salmon returns, lots of visitors and an excellent year in 2011!

For more information about our site call us at (709) 248 4066 or visit our website at!


Children’s Story Time with Joy Barfoot

21 06 2011


A new feature of the Symposium that we’ve just added is a Children’s Story Time. Joy Barfoot from The Rooms, St. John’s, will be meeting with kids at 10:00am on Sunday June 26th. Kids are welcome to come and join us for a half an hour and then later in the afternoon join us for our second day of Kids Camp where we’ll be talking about Pirates, Superheroes and Salmon!!!


Tickets Available for Rufus Tribute and Salmon Dinner!

20 06 2011

The Symposium is now only five days away!

It’s unbelievable how fast time is flying! Tickets are still available for our big events of the weekend – but only for a few more days!

The Rufus Guinchard Tribute musical event tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased until Thursday evening. Special musical guests include Daniel Payne and Anita Best.

 A Fly Fishing Delights: Salmon Dinner tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased until Wednesday evening. Tickets include fly tying reception sponsored by Bacardi, delicious three course salmon dinner, international guest speakers Hans van Klinken and Kate Blubaugh, and a traditional kitchen party to close the evening!

You won’t want to miss all other events scheduled for the weekend as well. There’s something for everyone!

• Kids Camps – Geocaching, Pirates, Superheroes and Salmon!
• Local Craft Fair
• Walking Club Grand Opening
• Guided Tours of the Interpretation Center
• Presentations on the history of the Torrent River and of salmon fishing in NL
• Birding Workshop
• And more!

For ticket reservations call (709) 248 4066!

For more information read the blog posts below.

Salmon Symposium Schedule!

17 06 2011

The Salmon Symposium is only 7 days away!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Tribute to Rufus Guinchard music night, tickets are still available for purchase at $10.00 each!
The event will take place June 24th 2011 at 8:00pm at Maynard’s Torrent River Inn.

Also, tickets are still available for the evening of Fly Fishing Delights: Salmon Dinner. Tickets are $25.00 and are only available until Wednesday!
The event will take place June 25th 2011 at 6:30pm at Maynard’s Torrent River Inn.  

For ticket reservations or more information call Ashley Baker at (709) 248 4066.

Symposium – Only 10 Days Away!

14 06 2011

With the Salmon Symposium only 10 days away details are being finalized and the troops are being rallied! We’re ready! Tickets are still on sale for the Tribute to Rufus Guinchard music night on Friday June 24th at 8:00pm and also for the Fly Fishing Delights Salmon Dinner on June 25th starting at 6:30pm. Both nights promise to be incredible nights of entertainment!

Daniel Payne and Anita Best, along with the French Shore Fiddlers from the local high school will pay tribute to Rufus. International guest speakers, Hans van Klinken and Kate Blubaugh, will share on Saturday night about their fly fishing experiences respectively.

 We anticipate a busy and filled weekend of events you won’t want to miss! And the whole family is welcome to take part! Everything from Kids Camps, to guided tours, and workshops featuring bird watching, history of salmon fishing in NL, and in depth personal telling of the story of the Torrent River. Make the Torrent River your destination for June 24th-26th! Come where the waters still stir!

For more details and to make reservations call Ashley Baker at (709) 248-4066.

Big Catch Contest Hours Extended!

9 06 2011

If you’re a fisherman then you have no doubt pulled out your fly fishing gear in preparation for the season. Flies are secured in their boxes, leaders have been changed, rubber boots have been patched – you’re ready for the big one!

The Salmon Symposium will host a Big Catch Contest on June 25th and 26th. Registration is $20.00 and will take place at the Torrent River Nature Park. Any registered participant with the largest legally tagged salmon will win a Sage Rod (specifications listed on the poster below).

You must be registered for the contest in order to be eligible for the prize and for the win. Any fish caught before registration will not be considered eligible.

Registrations times include:
Friday – June 24th – 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Torrent River Nature Park 
Friday June 24th – 8:00pm-10:00pm at Maynard’s Torrent River Inn (Tribute to Rufus night)
Saturday June 25th – 8:00am-12:00pm at Torrent River Nature Park

It’s an incredible rod – a great prize – but really it’s all about the BRAGGING RIGHTS!

Big Catch!

Big Catch!

Special Musical Guests

8 06 2011

The Salmon Symposium will host a number of special musicial guests throughout the weekend, particularly on Friday June 24th for the Tribute to Rufus Guinchard.

Special guests include. . .  

Daniel Payne

Daniel Payne

Daniel Payne

Daniel Obediah Payne is from the town of Cow Head on the Northern Peninsula.For over a decade now, he has worked as a professional musician, performing the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as collecting songs and dance tunes from older traditional players around the province.
Visit his website at
Anita Best
Anita Best

Anita Best

Anita Best works from St. John’s as a university lecturer, ballad singer and storyteller, as well as a heritage consultant, with a specialty in cultural policy. She travels around Canada, in the US and Europe in her storytelling and singing career. Currently she is working with bookmaker Marnie Parsons on a small hand-printed collection of songs by Placentia Bay songmaker Peter Leonard, as well as a collection of five fairytales as told by her late father-in-law.
For tickets to this incredible night of music, contact Ashley Baker at (709) 248 4066 or send emails to