Miramichi Fishing Reports for Colfords Atlantic Salmon Fishing by guide Rod Colford. The conditions on the SW Miramichi River is improving very well over the past week. Anglers are reporting several huge salmon being hooked and now starting to hook more and more grilse. High numbers of fish are reported in the head waters going through the barriers and most are huge salmon says the Miramichi Salmon Association. There are good numbers also going through the counters where they usually get about 5% of fish heading up stream. Today alone they estimated about a thousand salmon & grilse heading up stream, that should keep fisherman very happy for a few days.
The past few days I have saw mostly grilse on the lower stretches of the Miramichi River, unfortunately I only rolled a few and hooked none! not a nice word to say for any fisherman or guide. But other anglers have been telling me they are hooking some nice salmon from the 15 to 25 pound range. We had a 22 pound salmon landed this morning on a shady lady at the lodge. Kenny Walls in Blackville landed a salmon. Don Roy of Fredericton had a buddy with him that landed two fish up in the Cains River on the lower stretches of the river, so much for the Cains being a fall river eh! If the water is up the fish will be up the Cains all season.
Ron Steeves landed a grilse on the NW Miramichi. Shelly Gildert landed her first of the season. Her father Dale Gildert also hooked into a few. And Dale Steeves hooked a few on the NW Miramichi.
Hopefully we will not get to much of a raise from the rain we had this morning and the fishing be tight lines for all. The fish on the lower stretches are starting to hit the dry flies more and more so dig some out of your box and hook into one of those 25 plus pounders. And with only a few showers tomorrow and no rain until the weekend it should be an awesome week of fishing. So if your looking for prime times to fish and you are only a few hours away this would be the week to get out on the water.
And for keeping fisherman happy, Mark Hambrook of the Miramichi Salmon Association kicked off the 2009 Salmon Classic today at the Rodd in Miramichi. Along with Casting Instructor Joan Wulff attending and another 160 fisherman from all over the world. There were lies being told even before the start tomorrow morning! And who says fisherman don't lie. After hearing several lies we all settled down to another amazing dinner. There were lots of new and old fisherman from the last 3 years classic's to this years classic.There were several guides that donate there time to this special event to help MSA raise some funding. And for beginners that have attended this event it has turned some into salmon fisherman that not only hooked there first fish but hooked there self into a sport of a life time to keep coming back for that great take of the Atlantic Salmon.
Good luck & tight lines!