Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bright Fish Hooked on Miramichi

Colfords Miramichi Fishing Report from the lower stretches of the South West Miramichi River.

Did I ever pick a morning to take of from fishing! Myself, Joel Kitchen and Dale Geldert was planning on taking a trip to the North West Miramichi. Something came up and I could not make the day trip, and oh yes this is what he caught! about a 12 to 15 pound salmon. He was using a number 6 white tale green machine single hook. He hooked the fish right next to Dale's Leg! Dale said he was quite surprised when the fish took off from beside him! Joel said the fish gave a great fight and felt like it was about 25 lb's and also jumped several times before Dale tailed the fish. Joel said that was the only fish they saw today.

This is Joel with one of many nice trout they hooked during the day.

The weather over the weekend looks like rain 10 to 20ml and then clearing on Sunday and very sunny the beginning of the week. Highs from 13C to 22C for the next seven days.

There was also reports of a few other bright silver fish being hooked on the NW Miramichi this week. They seem to be on schedule to other years anglers are saying. I expect to here of one being hooked on the Main SW Miramichi River very soon. Lets hope its tomorrow!

There was also a very good hatch of May Flies on tonight but there only seem to be small trout surfaces to them.

All for today.
Tight Lines,
Guide Rodney Colford
Colfords Atlantic Salmon Fishing Ltd.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sea Trout on the Miramichi

Colfords Miramichi Fishing Report for the lower stretches of the Main South West Miramichi. Over the last week we have been getting a few trout. Such rivers like the Renous anglers have been picking up a few using fly and lures. The Bartholomew River has some trout being hooked on both fly and lures. Cains River is also producing trout on fly on the lower stretch from Shinickburn to the mouth of the river.

Zach with a 3 1/2 pound trout today.

There are a few trout being caught between the 2 to 6 pound range and several 1/2 pounders and up. Flies are small bombers, small trout flies like mosquitoes, black midges, and a blue wing olive. From size 14 to 8 singles.
Tommy Brennan with a 5 1/2 pound trout hooked on the Bartholomew River.

This is a couple anglers from Kedgwick area of NB and are fishing with me at Moores Pool on the Cains River.

The weather over the next few days looks good but calling for rain on Friday.

I have not saw any sign of fresh salmon yet on the SW Miramichi. Should be soon! I looked for shad tonight but did not see any sign.

If you have some photos of your fish that you want posted please email them to me at or if you have a report of the river in your area or mine please let me know and I will post it asap for anyone.

Be back in a couple days with your South West Miramichi River & Tributaries Reports.

Tight Lines,
Guide Rodney Colford
Colfords Atlantic Salmon Fishing Ltd.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fishing May be Better for the Miramichi by Weekend

Miramichi Fishing Reports and Conditions for the lower stretches of the SW Miramichi River.

Fishing is very slow on the lower stretches of the river with only a few being landed. Joel Kitchen junior landed a grilse and salmon on a blue smelt above the mouth of Cains River today. There is still several smelts around on the lower stretches of the Miramichi.

I was getting a few on Tuesday night and scooped a fresh trout about 10 inches long! It was a nice trout very silver in color and no black in its mouth, so the fresh trout must be on there way. I did release this trout back.

This top photo is today on the Miramichi.

I am seeing a lot of salmon jumping so there are still a few springer's around for us to hook while were waiting for a silver, chrome Rocky Brook Salmon! Just can't wait!

This is from Tuesday trolling in front of the camp.


The water temperature was 56F. There is a few may flies on the water. Last night we also had black flies and moskidoes (mosquitoes) our miramichi slang!

The weather for the next few days will be from 12C to 20C .
Tonight Clear. Increasing cloudiness this evening with a few showers. Wind south 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low 12.
Friday Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers early in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the afternoon.
Saturday Sunny. High 18.
Sunday Showers. Low 10. High 12.
Monday A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 4. High 14.
Tuesday Cloudy. Low plus 5. High 13.
Wednesday A mix of sun and cloud. Low 6. High 16.
Friday 10:23 am 1.39 meters High Tide.
Saturday 11:08am 1.29 meters High Tide.

Fiddle Heads
Nothing goes better with salmon and trout than Fiddle Heads. Fiddle heads are up in a few places where the sun gets at them and should be up very good by the weekend on the Miramichi area. I hear on other parts of NB they have been up for over a week.

This is a photo of a smelt.

Other River & Fishing Reports

Times & Transcript - Miramichi outfitters up and down the Miramichi River are enthusiastically boasting excellent salmon runs, pristine water conditions, and strong booking numbers so far this spring season.
But even though the fish are jumping and Canadian and: read more BY Kris Mcdavid
Times & Transcript Staff

Doug's Underhill's Fishing Report
Friday May 15 is the beginning of a two-week period where trout anglers can use their spinning equipment on some portions of some rivers, such as the Renous. On June 1 angling returns to fly fishing only. Friday is also the opening day for lakes and ponds. Doug's reports on all the rivers on the Miramichi and Tributaries: read more

Miramichi Salmon Classic
Just a reminder that registration is open for the 2009 Miramichi Salmon Classic. The Miramichi Salmon Association will hold their fourth annual Miramichi Salmon Classic from July 12 to July 15, 2009, a four day event with three days of fishing on the Miramichi River. You are invited to come to Miramichi and experience fishing the Little South West Miramichi, Renous, Dungarvon, Main South West Miramichi and many other classic tributaries with Miramichi Salmon Association volunteer guides. A three day hook and release license is also provided. Last year's event took place at the peak of the grilse run and the grilse run in 2008 was the best in the past 15 years. Also read more on the 2009 MSA Kelt Tracking Program.
For more information and to register check out there web site at or call at 506.622.4000.

Special Links
Peter Clark Penniac Books
Atlantic Salmon Museum
Giffin Art Works
Fredericton Outfitters & Anglers

All for tonight will get back to you all over the weekend with hopefully some better reports of fish being caught.

Tight Lines,
Rodney Colford
Colfords Guiding

Monday, May 11, 2009

Colfords Miramichi Fishing Report

Monday May 11th 2009,

River conditions for the SW Miramichi River lower stretches from Quarryville to Doaktown. Water levels are perfect on the lower stretches of the river. We are still seeing fish jumping so there is still time to get out and catch a few for you guys that are thinking its to late, its not. With smelts still hanging around salmon are feeding along the shores on the smelts and are taking the fly very poorly. In front of the camp tonight we saw a salmon scoot right in along the shore feeding on the smelts. I expect a few days when the smelts are gone the fish will take a bit better.

The weather for the next few days looks very good with highs of 12C to 19C with some rain in the forecast on Friday. Maybe with the warm days we will get some better fiddle head picking for the weekend.

Anglers are picking up a few black trout and some reports of them being around the 1 to 2 pound range in the tide water and also around the Blackville area.

My grandfather Malcolm McCormack in this first photo and long time guide of Wades Fishing Lodge fished last night at the Mouth of Cains River. He saw a few fish but only had a few hits and nothing hooked up.

My cousin & guide Nick Keenan who also was fishing with granddad last night and hooked a nice trout well over a pound and it managed to wiggle its way back in the water before getting his hands on it. Nick it would off been good for breakfast! Next time eh.

Also other guides on the river said there only catching a couple salmon a day and are saying the smelts are surely the cause of them not taking the fly near the Blackville area. They are hoping for the smelts to turn and head out again.

I will keep you posted on the smelt situation over the next few days. As for the fresh sea run trout I am thinking it will be more close to the end of the month before they make there way up the river. Usually that is the time they arrive and then the shad seems to get here around the beginning of the second week of June.

Back in a couple days with the Miramichi Fishing Reports by Guide Rodney Colford.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Weekend Looking Good for Miramichi River

Colfords Miramichi Salmon Fishing Reports from the South west Miramichi River by guide Rodney Colford. The last few days we are still seeing a lot of fish in the lower stretches of the river from Upper Blackville to Quarryville. Chances are very good for the weekend if your looking to hook up with a Atlantic Salmon.

Weather & Water Levels
Water levels are very good for this section of the river and very clear despite a little raise. The temperature is at 46 F and the barometric pressure is holding at 100. kpa for the last 10 to 12 hours. The weather for the next few days is from 8C to 22C for the Miramichi area.

There are reports of smelts up as far as the Blackville area. But I have yet to see them near the mouth of Cains River. Salmon are jumping all over the river from shore to shore on this section of the river, nice to see so many fish still in the system. Also some reports of trout being hooked near Quarryville but anglers said they appear to be black trout on there way out.

Long time friend and Marketing director Greg Davidson for Colfords Atlantic Salmon Fishing Ltd. and son Adam had a great day fishing with me on the lower stretches of Miramichi river by the Mouth of Cains.

Adam landed his first ever Atlantic Salmon using a golden eagle and said it was a little stronger than a brookie. Way to go Adam! Greg was trailing behind and the pressure was building to catch one!

Then I hooked one on a black ghost! and we were really making him sweat to catch one. We had a couple each before he finally got this beauty on a blue smelt pattern. Way to go Greg! but it was fun for Adam and myself to put the first few in the boat!!

We ended the morning with 9 fish and had several more hits.
All our fish were hooked trolling and full sinking lines out to the backing.

This is my son Zachery fishing trout at Black Brook Falls and his first time using a spin cast rod.

This is where Zach & Laura had no idea about fishing trout with bait. They said dad it would be much more easier fishing with the fly rod!! It may have been better with the fly rod? we never even had a strike with worms. They had a fun time and looking forward to the next time again.

To all the Fisher-Ladies that read my fishing reports Happy Mothers Day and tighter lines in the coming days fishing.

From the Banks of the Famous Miramichi River this is Guide Rodney Colford.

Quote of the week
“A fishing pole is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool on the other”
Quote by Samuel Johnson

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Water Rising again on Miramichi

For Colfords Miramichi Fishing Reports May 2nd 2009.

Fishing on the Miramichi was awesome up and down the river yesterday! But with the rise in water over night it has made the river very dirty and leaving unlimited places to hook up today. The lucky ones that could find a place near the mouth of a brook were finding it more clean to fish.

Rob Strange of Fredericton managed to land a salmon today but said the water was very dirty in the Blackville area and decided to quit early. He also said he landed two from the bank last night.

There was a few other anglers with fish on but most were saying the same thing that water was to dirty with grass and debris catching the fly.

Fredericton Outfitters & Anglers also has the Miramichi Angling River Guide Map books for those who are interested in purchasing one.

Fly Shops
Fredericton Outfitters & Anglers Fredericton
Curtis Miramichi River Outfitters Blackville
W.W.Doak Doaktown
Rip-Tide Bait and Tackle Amherst, NS

Back in another day or two with the Miramichi Fishing Reports from the Lower Stretches of the South West Miramichi River & Tributaries.

Tight Lines,
Guide Rodney Colford

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fishing very good on the Miramichi River

Miramichi Fishing Reports and Conditions for the lower stretches of the SW Miramichi River.

Although there is heavy rain hitting the Miramichi River area we are at the moment having awesome fishing from the Lower stretches to the Middle stretches of the river. Its been raining very hard for the best part of the day and more expected tomorrow. This should bring water levels up again. If it does not exceed to high the fishing may stay good for the weekend.

Fishing over the last couple days were very good from the Upper Blackville Bridge to Quarryville. Doaktown anglers were also hooking fish in the Bogan's where some clearer water was available. It was clearly visible that the fish were on the take! when you see nets out on almost every boat as heading back to camp for lunch! It gets you very excited. Cains River is still fishing very well on the lower stretches up as far as Sabbies River.

Our group was using Golden Eagles and Smelts with no flash the last few days. Most were being hooked on a cast and a very long line way out into the backing. Trolling was also working with a line just at your backing and were taking very close to the bushes along the shore lines.

The water temperature is 38 F Very Cold! With temperatures from 10 C to 18 C over the next 7 days on the Miramichi. The barometric pressure is still falling at 100.24 kPa. For water levels go to

Trout Season
Trout Season is under way today. If your out on the brooks and small streams, Please be cautious of the high water and try to have a fishing buddy with you if you can. Let us know about your catch and I will post it for you. Good Luck!

News From the Atlantic Salmon Federation

In a last minute decision, Maine cancelled the Atlantic salmon season scheduled to begin May 1. The move to call off the season may be related to a pending decision of the federal government whether to list the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin Atlantic salmon runs as threatened or endangered: read more

River Maps
I have had readers asking for information on the rivers, such as how to get to pools and what rivers to fish. I am adding some links for you for some Maps of the rivers and hope this will help you find that section of the river and hook up with a fish of your dreams. If I can help or you need my guiding service please email me at anytime.
Salmon Map Room
South West Miramichi Angling and River Guide maps are available at the Atlantic Salmon Museum in Doaktown. They are a great book to have in your truck or boat, I had mine laminated and its always handy when I need it while canoeing and fishing the river. For more info please contact the Atlantic Salmon Museum or Curtis Fly Shop and WWDoaks for the map books. All proceeds go to the Museum.

More links to fishing reports:
Fly Fishing Conditions
Reel Reports
W.W. Doak

I still have some openings for Spring & Summer Salmon Fishing and Trout Season so call or email soon. Contact Info.

I also have tickets for Larry's Gulch Trip Restigouche River, NB at $50.00 each and only 100 tickets sold. Dates are for June 8th - 10th , 1 rod for 2 people. Draw date is May 25th, 2009 NBOA 2009 Fundraising Raffle.

Tight Lines
Guide Rodney Colford
Colfords Atlantic Salmon Fishing

A photo from trout season last year 2008 on the Cains.