Peter Basta Vermont Guide Service and Outfitter


Top of the Rattle, Big River Located in a remote coastal region of Labrador is a salmon and sea-trout river that is one of Labradors best and most consistent. The Big River, located 120 miles from Goose Bay, is a gem of a river to fish. Easy wading, beautiful remote settings and fish fresh from the sea very willing to take your fly!

The river drains an extensive series of lakes which culminates in White Bear Lake. The Big river flows 40 miles from there to the coast. It is near the mouth where the river flows around a series of islands that the Big River lodge is located.

The lodge was first built in 1967 and it is still operated by the original Outfitter, Bob and Edith Skinner.

The lodge is comfortable with many modern conveniences including electricity, full bathroom facilities, radio and fringe phone communication, double occupancy rooms and the staff to support this sport fishing establishment.

A Bright 2SW Fish of 12 lbs
Big River Valley from the air


The run of fish appear in the Big River the first week of July. From that date til mid August, large salmon (11-18 lb.), grilse (4-6 lb.), as well as sea-run Brookies (2.5-5 lb.) enter almost daily.

The Outfitter encourages catch and release fly fishing with single hook un-weighted flies. Anglers are allowed to take home with them 2 days possession limit of salmon which is 4 fish. Each 2 anglers is provided with a guide for the week and most pools and beats are very close to the lodge.


In late July I put together hosted trips to the Big River to experience this very special place. I act as the coordinator and will cook and escort when we travel away from the main camp.


Transportation to the Big River is via float equipped aircraft from Goose Bay, Labrador. The outfitter coordinates logistics and transfer from Goose Bay. For more information on the Big River, fees and deposit requirements, contact me directly.

Happy guest with a nice grilse

Box 540 · Dorset, Vermont 05251

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