Sunday, April 18, 2010

Opening Week of Spring Fishing On Miramichi

Fishing on the Miramichi was far from fun as the weather was not cooperating very well with reggit temperatures, rain, snow and hail hitting us most of the time as anglers were fishing.

Most boats on the lower stretch was catching fish as we passed them by and the nets out ready to get the fish in the boat and back into the water with a easy release from there barb-less hooks. The first day saw some huge fish from 32 to 40 inches in size. Also some trout in the mix from 10 to 16 inches or so. With water being so low most boats were turning to there trolling methods to cover more area of the river. The group landed 40 fish opening day of the season and most hooked on Renous & Christmas Tree patterns.

This is a photo of Danny Colford of Howards landing a nice salmon at the ferry block pool! Danny was guided by his brother David driving the boat.

Monday April 19th:
This is Ron Falusy enjoying a rainy day on the Mighty Miramichi River after releasing a salmon that was hooked in the dorsal fin and took us 300 yards down stream. Ron also landed a salmon with the ado-pis fin punched and a tag in the dorsal fin.

River conditions are a little slow but there are fish around. We had the chance today to see several fish in the shallow water and they would not take any of our flies we threw at them. We did manage to land 2 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. The fish we saw seem to be holding, lets hope the river will raise a bit and get them moving.
For some information on the area we are fishing please drop by the local Atlantic Salmon Museum for your copy of there map book. Or you can have them send it to you and it's a great way of finding all the open water pools on the Main South West Miramichi River. Web site for the museum is and ask for Linda Gaston.

Flies of choice for the week were Christmas tree, Renous Special, Golden Eagle and Black Ghost. We were using 3/0 hooks with pinched barbs and it really made releasing them easy.

For more information or want to have your report posted please give me a shout at and I will post it for you and your friends to see.

Tighter lines,
Rodney Colford

Friday, April 2, 2010

Miramichi Looking Up For The Start Of The Season

Colfords Miramichi Fishing Reports for the lower section of the Main South West Miramichi River.

No worries for gravel bars today on the Main SW Miramichi River with water being very high and a beautiful day with a high of 17 C and makes you want to be on the water fishing.

These photos from Doaktown to Quarryville are over the last couple days. My last post said that the fish would be out of the river by the 15th? I meant that for the Cains River and not the Miramichi. And who says I no for sure if there going to be out of the river? As we all no that Atlantic Salmon have a mind of there own and what we think we no of them it can change the next time. Maybe what keeps us fishing them.

Here is a photo of the river in Doaktown today as you can see very little ice about eh! Don't forget to stop at W.W. Doak for supplies when in Doaktown for Sage products.

Looking up from the Upper Blackville bridge and feeling the pain of wanting to go out there fishing!!!! Taking that sinking line and casting or trolling and feeling that line tighten when it grabs your fly over the long winter months of not being able too! I'm sure you feel the same way.

This is a photo off the Howard Road looking at the river between Upper Blackville bridge and the Mouth of Cains River.

This photo looking at doctors Island yesterday and had plenty of ice in the river.

And here you can see lots of ice in the Quarryville area of the river.

As for salmon flies I still have lots available and still taking orders for more if you want them ready for what looks to be and could be one of the best seasons to come!!! I have talked to older guides like Pat Brophy and Malcolm McCormack and they said the fish will no when to get out of the river and usually when the 15th of April gets here is when they start to make there way down the river. And said the water will come up as high as the ice along the shore line and yes its up that far now!
And for any information you need please ask me anytime like Samuel Poirier with a photo of his first Atlantic Salmon ever last fall, he also asked for a few tips on fishing.
For more reports on the ice conditions along the river and tributaries else where check out Doug Underhills reports of the Miramichi and Keith Wilson on the upper stretches of the SW Miramichi river. And for the the Lowest Stretch on the Miramichi river check out Byron Coughlan reports of Country Haven.
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So until next time tight Lines,
Rodney Colford

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