Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cool Mornings Starting On The Miramichi

Cool mornings have started here on the Miramichi and we are also seeing some trees changing colours along the river which shows the signs of fall on the way. The cool weather is great, but we really need rain and lots of it to help improve our fishing on the river. 

With the colour change and cooler temperatures starting to take place we should start seeing some different selections of flies on the river being used. 

A good place to find Fall salmon fly patterns for the Miramichi and other rivers is at the NB Flytyers page on Facebook managed by world renowned fly tyer Jerome Malloy of Saint John, NB. There you will find many world class tyers and patterns.

And with the fall fishing approaching us very fast will we finally get some fresh fish in the river. Well according to the Mark Hambrook of the Miramichi Salmon Association it should happen if we get a raise in water.

 Fish numbers are way down from last year and numbers at the daily counting stations are 0-3 fish per day. The Miramichi Salmon Association has also heard that DFO is thinking about opening the cold water pools back up if all goes well by Monday September 3rd and get fishing back to a normal day everywhere on the river.  

 The 17th Annual Fredericton Conservation Dinner will be held at the Fredericton Inn on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. It is expected that another capacity crowd of 500+ will be welcomed at a 5:30 reception, with dinner to follow at 7:00 PM.  The evening will end with a Grand Auction of exclusive fishing trips, fishing equipment, works of art and other exciting items.  You can get tickets by calling Jo-Anne Linton 506-457-2220 or Nola Chiasson 506-622-4000.

Beer and Releasing Atlantic Salmon-they go together.
The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation has made arrangements with Picaroons to create a special beer to be available in NB Liquor stores by August 27th. Check out to see the bold label of the brew that celebrates the Atlantic Salmon and in what has been a very tough season for the species. Also enter the Live Release Contest on the site.

The past week at the Ledges Inn we have had very slow fishing. Water is very low in the Doaktown area and rain is badly needed to improve the river conditions. Temperatures should start being better over the weekend with cool nights starting. River temperatures the past week have ranged from 63 F (17.2) C to 75 F (23.9) C depending on how hot the day got. 

Fishing near the Mouth of Cains River at Black Brook Salmon Club conditions are also low but with a few cool nights they managed to hook a few fish the past week. Guides at the lodge said mast fish were still held at the mouth of the brook which is still off limits to fish. 

Mountain Channel Lodge in the Blackville area said the water raised about 3 inches from the rain but fishing was still very slow. They saw a few fish on Tuesday and hooked 1. River temperatures were 66 on Wednesday. 

The reports from the North West Miramichi is there were a few fish caught over the past week but low water and warm conditions are still the big topic on the river and not many anglers fishing. 

The Little South West, Cains River, Renous River and many more tributaries are all still very low. Canoeing and Tubing are very tough going on these rivers at the moment. 

If you like salmon fishing you will like this one time opportunity. The Dieppe Fly Tying Club has organized a trip to the biggest Fly Fishing Show in the world in Somerset, New Jersey, USA. They have a bus taking 55 passengers to the show leaving Thursday January 24th, 2013 and returning Sunday January 27th. For more information on price and lodging please contact Jacques Heroux at 
Perhaps we will be lucky enough to get some rain from Isaac. Or maybe we will get the rain we need in the next week. According to the weather we are suppose to receive lots of rain next month. Well its soon approaching. 

Lets hope our lines will be very tight on the Miramichi soon. 

Rodney Colford 

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