With another season of salmon fishing almost in the books on the Miramichi, a few salmon have started to tug on the fly.
River conditions are very good overall and the little bump in the level of the river didn't effect conditions.
Temperatures are very cool in the mornings on the river with frost the last few days. River temperatures are in the low 50's and dipping into the 40's (F) some days.
The last few days I have been fishing with a few guys from Outdoor Canada and Serge Collins of tourism NB and we hooked over 8 fish and landed 5 at the Ledges Inn pools. Fly of choice was the marabou leech and samething Murray. The last week we have had several hookups at the lodge. Dr. Scott Boley limit out with four salmon on one of my #14 double green machines. Ralph Goodwin limit out using his Mintonion pattern. Tom Kleeman landed 4 salmon and his brother John Kleeman also landed a salmon. Fly of choice was green machine and ally shrimps. Diana Baker landed a grilse at big hole brook on a brown bug.
Gary Colford said the Cain's River raised about 10 inches from the rain on Monday night. The level is perfect and fish were biting Wednesday morning as a client landed a 14 lb salmon on a ally shrimp.
Country haven lodge has several fishermen in and hooking a few fish. They were hooking fish on many pools and most tributaries of the Miramichi system. Fly of choice was ally shrimps, green slimes, same thing Murray's.
Keith Wilson of Wilson's Sporting Camps said finally some good news for Miramichi anglers. The heavy cloud cover yesterday must have been the secret ingredient because the fishing sure turned on in this area of the river. We had 22mm of rain in the headwaters last night resulting in a slight rise this morning so conditions are ideal for both the Miramichi and Cains. It looks like we will wrap up the 2013 season on a high note after-all.
Fishermen around the mouth of Cains river are hooking a few fish. Conditions are a little higher than normal for this area and will likely not be down much lower this season for fishing.
Dan Bullock of Bullocks Lodge said the last few days have been very productive at the lodge. Several nice fish have been caught. Flies that have been productive include: Tippet Shrimp (again this week), Undertakers w/ Crystal flash in wing, RBM's (various versions). Last Thursday night saw Bill Jakobus from Vermont land three fish including one 15lbs and one in the upper 20's. Water levels are gradually dropping, however pools are in excellent shape with lots of fish showing. Spey rods and regular one hand rods are of choice. 3 of Dans photos are below.
As the season is winding down check out the local fly shops in many areas on route to fishing with great fall specials.
Tip for the last few days under the fall conditions are, wear warm cloths, try every fly in your box because you never know which one they'll take this time of year big or small, and last don't be shy to try a sinking tip even though it's difficult to cast.
I would like to thank all my readers for taking the time to read my reports this season. It was my pleasure to help out and give you what I see on the river as I see it.