Atlantic Salmon Fly-Fishing on the Miramichi
Miramichi Spring Atlantic Salmon flyfishing season getting closer!
It looks like opening day on the Miramichi will be another great one as the ice has now moved out of the river system. If these conditions continue until opening day, with so many fish now in the river system, it will be tough to keep them off your hook.
Even though the ice has gone it is still far too early to know how long good fishing will continue into the spring as much will depend on the conditions. From past experience with early springs when the ice has cleared out, the fish do not start moving down until the right water temperature. We have had early ice leaving seasons with fantastic fishing lasting into late May while there have been other years when the water dropped and warmed up early where the season was shortened by a week or more but this can still happen whether ice is gone early or not. Whatever the conditions, we know we will still have one of the longest spring seasons on the river due in part to our ideal location on the lower stretch of the Main Southwest Miramichi. At our location, we do not just get to fish for all the fish moving down the main river system but also the fish from the tributaries above us, like the Cains and Bartholemew, that swim by our door daily. The fish also tend to move out slower as they get closer and while adapting to the salt water. When conditions are right, our guides also enjoy fishing for the big trout in the faster water of the White Rapids as well as trout and salmon below the mouth of the Renous later in the spring. in Previous years when all the ice has cleared out early, the choice of options and quality of our guides always helps to ensure guests have the best fishing possible - no matter what the conditions are. On opening day our guides recommend using sinking lines and using flies such as 5/0 Christmas Tree, Renous River Special and the Golden Eagle
Although the fishing season is still a couple of weeks away, the guides start working early - fine tuning everything for opening day. This is the time to contact a fly Shop if anything is still needed as many are running spring Specials on equipment. Although most outfitters on the Miramichi have a large selection of flies to choose from there are local Miramichi Fly Shops who have everything you may possibly need to get off and running for another fishing season. Shops such as Doaks (http://www.wwdoak.com) in Doaktown, Curtis (http://www.miramichi...com/curtis.html ) in Blackville, George's Fly Shop (506 622-8226) in Renous and Syd Matchett (506 622-7598) on the Nor'west Miramichi
We enjoyed the past weekend in Bethel Maine where we went to view the "Gray Ghost Production Film premier of Turning Tail", a 70 minute film on Atlantic Salmon, with footage taken throughout Eastern Canada and the US. This is a "must See" film for anyone who has interest in the wild Atlantic Salmon. For more information on this Film, visit : http://www.ggpfilms.com
Not a lot to report so far on the 2012 fishing season except it's only one month until opening day on April 15th. As we get closer to opening day and when the season starts, we shall be posting weekly reports (with lots of photos) so do check back often - this year could be a banner one!
As for Spring Conditions we still have approximately 3 ft of Snow and Ice - still solid on most of the River System however with warm weather in the forecast for the next week, things could change very quickly. We are hoping for a clear river on opening day and with the high numbers of fish now in the System it should be a Great One.
Again, this year, we are being represented at many Sportsmen Shows around the World by some great Agents. If there is one in your area,drop by their Booth and tell then Country Haven Sent you - and be sure to ask for our brochure.
We are off to Bethel Maine the weekend of March 24th, for the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo and to Attend the Gray Ghost Production Film Premier on Atlantic Salmon as some of the footage was taken at Country Haven. We hope to See you there.