Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grilse and Salmon running on the Miramichi

The Miramichi river had good runs of Salmon and Grilse this week.
15 year old Zachery Colford with a chrome beauty 

Fly fishing conditions were very good this week on the NW, LSW and Sevogle rivers. Temperatures were around 60' degrees (F) and crystal clear with great levels for fly fishing and canoeing.
Flies of choice for many anglers were green machines, butterflies, black ghost and glitter bears.
Zachery with his first salmon of the season
The main SW is still on the high-side for the lower stretch of the river but anglers are hooking very good numbers of salmon and a few grilse all week.

Doaktown area is improving to almost perfect levels and lots of fish being hooked.
Adam Murphy releasing a nice grilse
The upper stretch of the river is starting to see some salmon and grilse, and with great reports of large sea trout landed. Chris Legere landed a 7lb speckled on fly. Many other trout were landed in the 2 to 4 pound range. Conditions are very clear and temps are hovering around 60 degrees on the SW Miramichi.
Chris Legere and his huge trout 6 to 7 lbs in the head waters
Chris Legere again with his speckled trout

John Vickery with his first of the season
Tributaries like the Renous, dungarvan, bartholomew and Cains river are all at very good levels with salmon and grilse being hooked.
Tommy, Stanson & Rod with Renous Grilse
Stanson Donovan 

Tommy Hallihan

Picture of the Renous by Stanson Donovan
Flies of choice are green machines, butterflies, blue charms and undertakers. Dry flies were blue bombers and brown bombers.
Eric Smith releasing a grilse
Other reports on the river.

Derek Munn of The Ledges Inn said fishing was very good with lots of fish. We landed over 12 salmon this week and 3 Grilse. One salmon was close to 30lb landed by Malcolm Mackillop of Ontario on a green machine. Our trout lakes fished very good this week with a couple days having over 50 trout landed each day. Contact the Ledges Inn if your interested in fishing or find us on Facebook.
Malcolm Mackillop

Larry Van Pearson with a nice salmon on dry fly
My son fifteen year old Zachery Colford landed a 20lb salmon on a blue bomber and released two other nice salmon near the mouth of Cains River. Eric smith and Adam Murphy each landed a grilse. John Vickery landed a couple salmon. Larry Van Pearson landed a couple salmon. Steven moody landed a 15lb salmon.
Another pic of Zachs salmon

Keith Wilson of Wilson’s Sporting Camps brings you good news all around . He said the river is in superb shape with higher than normal water, and cool temps . And best of all they are hearing good reports from anglers up and down the river of good fishing . Last week it was mostly larger salmon but this week there is a good mix of grilse showing up . Green machine and Bonnie Bell seem to be the fly of choice .
Bonnie Bell

So with a great week on the river and early into the season things are looking very good for the 2013season. If the salmon keeps coming like the past week and with the river dropping we should see very good fishing this weekend and into the next week.
Zach holding my salmon on the Miramichi
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Tight lines and may your reels be screaming on the river.

Rodney Colford