This past April I had a chance to book one day for a flats trip while in Florida. Usually every spring we visit family in the Orlando area and enjoy the warm air. Well, after doing some research and talking to Captain Willy Le, owner/operator at Native Fly Charters I booked a trip. Just so happens to be, that my friend Brandon was headed to Miami and we met up for the day. Unfortunately for us, the one day we were able to coordinate schedules, it was windy. Like, a constant 25mph wind!
So with super low expectations we met up for our day of fishing. We hopped in Willy's super clean Maverick and off we went. After getting a bit wet breaking thru some big chop we made it to a somewhat protected area from the wind. It was along this area that we were able to site fish all day to Reds, Sea Trout, Jack, Bonnethead Sharks, a few Snook, and the difficult to eat sheepshead! It really turned out to be an awesome day. Which all can be accounted to great guiding!
Brandon managed a very nice Jack, which was a straight up bruiser to get in on a fly rod! I took to sight fishing for Reds. I had fished on foot in the area in past years and had missed opportunities and lost Reds in the past but had yet to land one. I was put on more Reds than I can count and I screwed up most of my opportunities, but I did have some success. I will blame it on all my bling striper fishing I do at night! Having the ability to watch the fish take interest in your fly I thought would make things easy! Wow was I wrong, my excitement got the better of me and Willy did a great job of calming down my retrieve so I could better feed the fish
All in all, it was a great trip and if you want to Flats fish the east coast of Florida check out Willy at www.nativeflycharters.com Stay tuned I will be painting some Florida salt species in the future!
Flies for Kids Flies for Kids started in 2013 with an idea from Kevin McKay of maineflyfish.com to try to make it easier for kids to get into fly tying. Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop joined forces with Kevin because we thought this was a great thing to do. There are many children out there who would love to get into fly fishing or fly tying but they have no one in their life that does either.The last two years Flies for Kids was such a great success that we’ve decided to do it again in 2016. In 2014 we raised enough money to buy 30 fly tying kits and last year we were able to buy 39 kits at a generous discount from Wapsi.
Here is how it works;
Fly tiers from around the country donate flies that we put into Cliff Bugger Beast fly boxes that are donated by Cliff Outdoors. As each fly box fills to capacity we add another fly box and start to fill that one.
We sell raffle tickets for chances to win the entire selection of flies and Cliff boxes that we have accumulated. Tickets are $10.00 each. We draw a winner the night after our Fly Fishing Expo which will be March 26th, 2016.
There will be a new incentive for the people who donate flies this year. For every dozen flies that you donate you will receive one free raffle ticket.
Guidelines: All that we ask of the tiers who donate flies is that they donate unused flies. Please don’t empty your fly box and send us those old, rusted, chewed up, fished once, flies that you’re glad to be rid of. These flies are meant to attract people to donate by purchasing raffle tickets.
Please send flies or money for raffle tickets, including your name, phone number and address to;
Eldredge Bros Fly Shop P. O. Box 69 1480 US Rt. 1 Cape Neddick, Me. 03902 ATTN: Flies for Kids
Email any questions that you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org
The last Two Years Winners!
I thought it may be fun to show a little of my personal process in relation to painting. I work sometimes hours away from home. For some reason when driving to work I seem to come up with ideas. Some of my inspiratiions are random and don't really work out or translate to canvas well. However, I always sketch them out just to see if they are doable. I try to abandon the fear of creating a bad painting or having to throw a messed up canvas away. I do not want to be inhibited by fear. A great quote that I love is, Dont think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if its good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. Andy Warhol
So this is where I began with my most recent painting "Bright Brown". I envisioned a layout of cubes. I wanted to create a picture that when looked at in its entirity was a "whole" picture of sorts, but when looked at closely had pieces missing. Something to really challenge the eyes and cross both the lines of reality and obscurity. My first step was to just clamp all of the canvases in a random shape that I felt I could sketch in the general shape and layout of the brown trout.
Once I got the layout the way I saw fit, I had to then drill and bolt all the canvases together. After all that, I could actually start to paint. I have a tendency to always start with my backgrounds first. I feel with my style, the background really sets the mood of my paintings. I wanted this background to be dark with a sense of warm light kissing the edge of the fish. For the body I started with a yellow ochre base, giving a bright color to build all those wonderful brown trout tones off from.
Here is my little early morning painting buddy Gracie, complete with crazy hair! This shot shows the beginnings of the head.
I have always loved fish eyes. However, until I started painting them did I truly realize how important they are to the soul of a fish. You can really see in this picture how the eye really makes the fish, well, a fish.
What I had envisioned was to create a luminescent look, centering around the middle spotted section of the brown. You know that magical spot where the colors range from blues, teals, silvers, and purples on brown trout.
After working in some reflections, and glazing, finally done! "Bright Brown"
Great Miramichi Fall Salmon Run Expected!!
September 12th 2015
September 12th - With our having such good fishing in the first week of September, this past week we had to settle for much slower fishing as the third heat wave of the season arrived over the weekend and brought water temperatures up again by Monday, resulting in our anglers being shut out for the first time in a while! On Monday, however disconcerting, we still managed to have a successful week as almost all our fishermen landed fish - including Atlantic Salmon fishermen Jens Adamsen of Denmark who landed 7 and lost another two fish during the tough fishing days. Fishing improved by the end of the week and we did manage to hook another 20. With our having access to 21 private pools on the Miramichi River system, sometimes almost all of the pools are producing well but this week we were down to only three that were producing on the entire river system, but three is better than none! Every year we often wonder if it is worth the investment for access to so much private water, as over the years some pools are seldom used. Occasionally, times like these make it all worthwhile as an otherwise poor week would turn into a good week and all anglers went home happy. Each year days on the water can be so different as conditions change and so do the pools - sometimes even rivers - as to where the best fishing will be. There is an old saying which goes "never put all your eggs in one basket" or in other words, "a varity of pools is the spice of life when it comes to Atlantic Salmon fishing".
Now the good news is that we expect no more low and warm water for the rest of this season! With the good amount of rain we received all day yesterday, we are expecting the Main river to rise approximately 3 feet and the tributaries rising even more. Yesterday, With the water rising, anglers had good success, especially in the Doaktown area Main river and lower Cains. With so many fish in the lower river system now, good fishing should continue for some time on the upper stretches as these fish move up the rivers. With the rise in fresh water levels we can soon expect the start of our fall run as conditions this week should be perfect for bringing in more fresh fish. With our having access to 5 private pools on the Cains and this rise in water levels, we have many happy guides this morning as they know just how good fishing can be on the Cains in the fall when conditions are right!
Over the last few weeks anglers almost all used dry flies - and what a treat it is landing Salmon on a dry fly - but with the higher and cooler water, the wet fly patterns will probably work best from now on. The fly of choice this past week was the Peach Carter Bug. Recommended flies to use this coming week are the traditional summer wet fly patterns such as the Green Machine, Bear Hair and Undertakers as well as fall patterns like the GP, Allie Shrimp, Red Franchis and the Copper Killer.
- Tight Lines
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Miramichi Summer Salmon fishing... Best in Ages!
August 21st 2015
August 21st - For approximately a month, from mid-July to mid-August, we enjoyed some of our most consistent summer fishing in a long time, with good conditions and a great number of fish in the system. But, like they say, all good things must come to an end! As another summer heat wave arrived on Saturday, the fishing came to a halt on Monday. This is Canada and we do like having summer weather, but 30C (86F) is too hot for both me and the Salmon but ideal for canoeing, kayaking and swimming. With the warm water temperature, the D.F.O. again closed some of the cold water sections throughout the river system. In July the closures reopened after just two days but we expect a longer period this time as the forecast does not look as favourable as it did in July, so we could be looking at a week or so this time. Keep in mind that with these closures in place, they still only effect approximately 5% of the river system fishing, but with current warm conditions, it is not worth the effort to be fishing as the fish just won't take a fly in these conditions. On the positive side, although it might not be good for the fish, it is amazing to see just how many are holding up in these cold water areas throughout the system. On another positive note, we are reminded that we are in Canada and these hot temperatures won't last long for anyone to be concerned about warm water conditions! For September and October I think it would be a safer bet to bring along your "Long Johns" instead of your "Speedo's"! So, for now, make the best of the warm weather and get ready for some good fall fishing.
With the fish counts up to August the 15th in, this leaves two months of counts yet to come. The numbers so far into the season are very good, especially when compared to last year. We all know the counts last year were not as bad as reported because of the counters being removed more times than in previous years, due to high water rises and during the flood in July. Normally, a good time for returns and the good number of spring fish moving back out to sea would be April and May. This spring also proves that the counts could not possibly have been as low as reported, but no matter how accurate the counts are, this season is looking very good compared to past years - especially the Nor'west, a river of concern over the last few years.
With the A.S.F. comparing the Dungarvon and the Nor'west counting fence barriers in it's latest report, it might be good to compare the numbers from the stretches of the Rivers where the majority of fishing takes place.
Counts as of August 15th at the Nor'west Cassilis trap:
2007-2011 average = 258
2012 = 166
2013 = 155
2014 = 41
2015 = 284
2007-2011 average = 912
2012 = 237
2013 = 364
2014 = 61
2015 = 1,257
The system used each year to determine the actual numbers, is based on approximately 7 to 10% of the actual number going through the trap nets. If this is correct, even at 10%, then the true number of returning fish as of August 15th is approximately 2,840 Salmon and 12,570 Grilse for a total fish count of 15,410.
Counts as of August 15th at the Main Southwest Miramichi Millerton trap
2007-2011 average = 513
2012 = 445
2013 = 298
2014 = 185
2015 = 421
2007-2011 average = 1,396
2012 = 437
2013 = 407
2014 = 283
2015 = 1,139
Again, if the System used is approximately 7 to 10% of the actual numbers going through the trap nets, the estimate at 10% the true number of returning fish as of Aug 15th is approximately 4,210 Salmon and 11,390 Grilse for a for a total fish count of 15,600.
These two counters combined suggest approximately 31,000 of returning Salmon and Grilse to the Miramichi River System as of August 15th!
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This has been a very busy summer for me. Trying to juggle work, painting, shows, family, and fishing has been difficult. In the past, I have been the only one in my family that fishes, aside from taking my kids here and there. Well as some of you know, my wife expressed a little interest earlier this summer. As long as it was NO PRESSURE! So, that is exactly what it has been. We have stolen an hour to fish a few times this summer near our home, and had a blast. Well, finally I was able to clear out my schedule for an entire day and spend it with just Gretchen.
Here she is getting geared up complete with her mandatory "Girlie Waders". Which on a side note, I think it is great the industry is paying notice to women's gear.
We spent time laughing and going over cast timing, wrist positioning, how to recognize rod loading, etc. All in a relaxed fashion though! We were able to talk over water. How to read its currents, seams, eddies, etc. We talked about fish behavior and food sources. We witnessed bug life and discussed different bug species and their very unique life cycles.
To see her smile and take in a trouts beauty was awesome! The surprise of seeing her enjoy something I love so much was indescribable. The joy of sharing fly fishing is unlike any other hobby i have had before. I think it is why I enjoy painting fish as well. To have people, who don't even fish, stop and look at the beauty of a fish i have painted, is just great. We need more non fisherman learning to properly love our natural resources. Anyways, I am getting off on a tangent. So, we really just soaked up the day, fished the cool morning hours, relaxed and napped when it was hot on a piece of nearby property we own, ate great food, then fished some of the late evening hours. All together a great surprise, and a spectacular day!!!!!
Miramichi Summer Salmon Fishing absolutely amazing!
July 31st 2015
July 31st- "WOW" is all that can be said about the runs of fish so far this summer! They started out well in June and have not stopped - even in the warm first week of July where they were still entering the system. The numbers at the MSA trap net in Chatham said it all on Tuesday. Although it's the same as all the Miramichi counters - only an estimate based on the actual numbers of fish going through the Counter - but if calculations are right, there could have been between 3,475-13,900 fish moving up the river system on Tuesday alone. Fishermen say they have never seen so many fish moving through the system as they are now seeing, especially during the last two days. We are seeing both Salmon and Grilse but again, this week, more grilse are being landed than Salmon. At our location, overlooking the river, we see the majority of the fish that swim past and it has been nonstop action daily, especially after each high tide. 2011 was a great year and it is still early in the season however the guides are saying this has been a great July - one to remember! Throughout the season and with over 400 guests each year we see a number of great casters but every now and then someone comes along that just blows you away. Throughout the year, with our busy schedule and having so many excellent guides on our staff, I personally do not get out on the water with guests as much as I would like to, but on Sunday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Bob Lanzare & Malinda Barna. Malinda is the owner of Malinda's Fly Shop in Altmar, NY. What a treat it was! Not only is Malinda one of the best casters, she is also one of the best anglers we have ever seen, as she covers the water and pools as well as anyone! Her efforts never went unnoticed as she got into some nice Salmon and Grilse while on her stay with us.
Although most of the fish are on the move there are a few places where they are holding up. A single angler, Randall Connors, rolled 15, hooked 6, and landed 4 in a 90 minute period yesterday morning, all holding fish in a little pool in Upper Blackville. Some fish are also starting to hold on the Cains and Renous rivers. As August arrives, so do the Bomber fishermen as most years, during August, the lower stretches of the Main River see the best Bomber fishing as the fish hold up more at that time. Flies of choice this week have been #8 Christmas Tree and #8 Undertaker for wet fly. It was a tossup between the Peach Bomber and Blue Bomber for dry fly.
Over the years there have been many wonderful books written about the Miramichi by writers from around the world, including some I will never get tired of reading over and over - written by local Miramichi'er Wayne Curtis. I have just finished reading another one called "Closing of the Season" by Brad Burns. With our having access to five pools on the Cains, this book is very interesting as much of it is about the Cains and fall fishing on one of the best little Salmon rivers in the world. It is a "must read" for Atlantic Salmon Fishermen. For anyone who has fished or would like to fish the Cains River in the future and would like to know more about this book, visit www.bradburnsfishing.com/product/closing-the-season.
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It's cheeseburger season on all our rivers. There is no other time quite like it. Golden stonesflies have begun to show. They are nighttime hatches so you won't see many around during the day. The best indicator that golden stone are around is fish start trying to eat your strike indicator when you're nymphing. Have a close inspection of the shoreline along the river and you should fine plenty of shucks on the rocks and on the bark of any cedar tree.
It's time to dust off your box of big bugs and step-up your leader diameter considerably. Bigger flies are not very aerodynamic and will corkscrew when cast twisting your leader. We'll go to 3X or 2X leaders to stop the problem. These days we're using size 8 or 10 Stimulators and Tarantulas. They will bring the biggest fish up in the deepest water and when a bigger fish shows they means business. It's great stuff.
The ponds are in full bloom with drake hatches. They are just getting going and trout are making pigs of themselves dining on what will be their last feast before they retreat to spring holes to wait out the heat of summer.
Water levels remain excellent for wading and water temps are just now reaching 60 degrees. It's a great time of season.
Have a great weekend on the water.
Support your local fly shop. There aren't many left.
Mayflies have now been hatching for over a week on the rivers dominated by Hendrickson and Red Quill hatches. They have just about run their course though. Afternoon hatches are producing fewer bugs with less prolific lighter color mayflies now showing. There will still be some Light Cahill and March Browns around but that game will soon end.
At the end of the mayfly hatches when there are few bugs on the water and very fish showing it's time to switch from the adult dry to a parachute style fly. Fish are less likely to go for a fly floating high and dry when there aren't many naturals around. A parachute style fly lays flat on the surface with a better profile making it an easy tidbit that fish can easily sip. It makes a big difference in the number of fish you'll bring to your fly.
Now everyone is patiently waiting for caddis to kick in.
They have probably already started in the smaller rivers but the big river haven't seen any just yet. The first will be bright green bodied elk wing caddis. The term for a major mayfly hatch is "Blanket Hatch" where mayflies cover the water. Caddis hatches are referred to as a "Blizzard". Caddis become adults subsurface and are in full flight as soon as they break the surface. When a big hatch happens the air is thick with adults. It is truly a sight to witness. Once caddis begin in earnest hatches will continue well into the summer.
As a result of rainy weather the Moose and a river are currently running high. But the Roach, West Outlet and the a river in Maine are perfect. The run-off down the a river in Maine is slowing and the flow from at Brassua has been cut in half so things are looking up for the weekend.
Word has it the small trout ponds are "Boiling with trout". That says it all. Mayflies are still hatching and trout aren't ready to stop eating them just yet.
Don't forget to support your local fly shop.
As a result of the summer like weather we have been experiencing water temperature in our rivers is now mayfly friendly (50 F) and Hendricksons are starting to show. Even though blanket hatches haven't started as of yesterday enough are around to have trout and salmon looking up. Hendrickson must be like bacon for fish. Every fish in the river will make a pig of itself aggressively grabbing everyone they can find. A couple days ago there weren't many hatching or many fish showing but the guys drifted Hendrickson dries over water where we knew fish were holding and salmon would rocket to the surface and inhale our imitation. We had to cut the leader and give a number of fish our flies because they had taken them too deep to try and extract without harming them. They hooked every fish that took. That only happens with Hendricksons.
When the hatches begin they'll grab anything on the surface take even comes close to the real thing. There are days when you can't do anything wrong. After a few days of Hendrickson hatches Red Quills make their appearance. Weighing in as a size 12 or 14 they are considered big in the mayfly world and easy for our aging eyes to follow.
It all sounds simple enough but there is one little catch, you absolutely have to present a drag a free drift over a fish or they won't play. Fish will shy away from anything but a prefect drift.
If you spot a feeding fish don't be in a big rush getting a fly over it. That fish has to get back to the bottom regroup and prepare to rise again. If you put a feeding salmon or trout on the clock it will not show again for a minute or two so you have plenty of time. There is absolutely no rush, that fish isn't going anywhere. If a fish rises to your fly and refuses it change it. Don't hound a fish with something it doesn't want. When the right fly goes over a him he'll will eat it especially during mayfly season.
Only one thing can be said about the trout pond. They are on fire. The mayflies are keeping bankers hours trout are eagerly eating like clockwork.
All the rain associated with the thunder storms has the East Out and Moose running higher than we would like but it shouldn't last that long. For now fish any soft water beside eddy lines and you'll find fish.
The Penobscot flow on the other hand is just about perfect.
One last thing. When you are nymph fishing be sure to finish the drift and let your flies swing up come to the surface. It imitates insects drifting to the surface to hatch. Fish will hit aggressively and set the hook themselves.
Have a great weekend fishing. The hay days are here.
The salmon are in the stream, pretty much top to bottom now. Flows are low so the fish are concentrated. Hendrickson's started yesterday, caddis to come in a week or so. Wooly bugger - nymph rigs work well in the AM. Hatches start at 1 PM sharp! Don't miss the action.
With low water our river can get crowded. Please share the water. Don't be a pool hog.
Stop into our shop at Weatherby's for flies, licenses and reservations if you need a place to stay. You can call us at 877-796-5558 or visit us at www.weatherbys.com.
Fishing is well underway and plenty of fish are coming to the nets.
If you're a trout pond person you're in for a good time. Even though major mayfly hatches haven't kicked in just yet they are not far off. My guess is by the weekend trout will be lapping up the first of the Blue Dunn hatches. The good news is you likely won't need to use your sinking line very much. Trout are already eagerly grabbing hornbergs and muddlers fished just beneath the surface. Retrieve'em slow and steady and watch for the boil. The next couple of weeks will be the very best our trout pond have to offer. Don't forget your Ben's if you're heading for the woods.
Mayflies will start hatching right in the middle of the day and last all afternoon shutting down just in time to make happy hour.
Moosehead Lake itself is in the post smelt spawn mode when fish leave the mouth of the streams and spread about. Spencer Bay is already fishing well. Trolling tandem streamers can be great fun and the scenery couldn't be better. The back side of Mt. Kineo and the north end of the lake around Northeast Carry are favorites because they annually fish well this time of season.
All you moving water fans should see favorable flows over the weekend. We've had days on the a river when we couldn't do anything wrong and all we needed was a #4-Grey Ghost. That tells us fish are throughout the river. Other days we had to really work for fish when nymphing caught as many fish as streamers. I will say because the Hendrickson hatch hasn't kicked in yet fish are still not looking up so don't leave the sinking lines at home.
The Moose is flowing a bit high but the good news is smelt have begun drifting through the gates at Brassua Dam so there is now a surplus of fish there banging away as they pass by. This is when our floating smelt gets a lot of attention around that neighborhood.
The Penobscot below Rip Dam is in it's per-hatch funk. Many fish are still stacked down by the deadwater. Tasty Hendrickson's and Red Quills will start hatching there first then work their way everyday further and further up-river with lots of the salmon in tow.
The a river in Maine is currently flowing at 250 which has fish right in downtown Kokadjo. I'm guessing there are salmon in all the pool all the way to the lake.
Streamers on sinking lines are still the best bet. We are still doing most of our business on bigger smelt patterns especially the Grey Ghost.
Because it's early in the season, water temperature remains in the mid-40's. Every mayfly, stonefly and caddis is crawling around the river bottom waiting their turn. We kept a salmon the other day to broil over the campfire, and in it's stomach were black and brown stones, bright green caddis lava, olive lava and an assortment of mayfly nymphs. As a result we have been picking fish on all the above. We'll put a weighted stone fly on and hang some kind of caddis or mayfly as a dropper then start changing the dropper until we hit on something. What worked today may not work tomorrow. Until hatches really start that's the way it's seems to goes. Once the Hendrickson's start popping all you'll need other than the dry is a standard pheasant tail and it could work for the better part of a week.
In regards to the anticipated sucker spawn there are lots of willing participants in a holding pattern around the gravel bars. Water temps only have to rise a couple more degrees and they will begin spewing spawn everywhere. Trout and salmon will start lapping up everyone they can find and we plan to have our little imitations mixed in. Here's a link to a video we did a couple season ago during the sucker spawn. It's one of those windows of opportunity that will leave you babbling if you lucky enough to hit it right.
Have a great Holiday Weekend.
I have to admit I have been feeling a little bad for myself this spring. I haven't been able to fish as much as past years, and it has been bothering me. When I have gotten out I have been feeling the pressure of needing to make the outing count, and do well, or land a big one. I know wah, wah, wah, right! Well with a mild day Saturday and the flows being down I decided to gear up the raft and take the family out for our first voyage this year. Wow, was it exactly what I needed. It reminded me of why I enjoy fishing so much. We had the greatest day!
Gotta love seeing the kids first fly rods, in neon, strapped to the truck!
Gracie at the front swinging a bugger while I clean up behind her.
Abner trying things out in the front!
Not a bad view making coffee, and getting things warmed up for kielbasa and onions.
The girls staying warm and cheering on the boys
Did a little catching, and working on fish handling skills. I love this little guy, his excitement is infectious!
It was amazing how the kids stayed clean all day.......until we got to the takeout. I remember how much fun mud looked like when I was young to. Abner had a different take on the whole mud thing. Somehow Gracie did not look quite so excited.
I find it hard in today's world to maintain a healthy balance in life, and I have been feeling this big time. However, this past Saturday was exactly what I needed to unwind, destress, and remember what is important. Ahhhh, just what the doctor order!
Glad you found the Tenkara blog, my name is Dan Pierce and I live in central Maine with my wife, son, and yellow lab. Everyone says no matter where you grow up in Maine you get exposed to the water early on wether it is the ocean on the coast, the lakes inland, or the streams in western and northern Maine. For me it was no different, being raised in the Belgrade Lakes area of Maine, I was on the water at a young age.
A few years ago I stumbled upon a little known (until about 7 years ago) Japanese style of fly fishing called Tenkara. The philosophy behind Tenkara aligns with my desire for adventure and freedom perfectly and has brought back my passion for the water. Hopefully you catch some of the passion for Tenkara, and adventure, in the posts a head.
Miramichi Summer Salmon season underway - looking good!
July 18th 2015
July 18th - As of today, all the cold water locations the DFO closed on Tuesday have now reopened as the water is again at a good temperature. Congratulations to the DFO for reopening them in a timely manner when onditions improved. Let's hope the DFO and the Media do as good a job reporting the reopening as they did with the closures. Today was another good day on the Lower Main River System with lots of fish and some nice fish landed.
The news on the river this week has been more about the cold water pools D.F.O. closed as the hot weather this week brought water temperatures up into the high 70's by Tuesday. With cooler temperatures - as low as 46 F last night - and a bit of rain on Wednesday, water temperatures have again dropped to 64 F this morning - great conditions for fishing the Miramich. Even though water temperatures should remain low into the weekend, next week's forecast is looking good with over an inch of rain expected early in the week. The decision to close some spots was based on water temperatures in Doaktown remaining at 68F or above for 48 Hrs. The closure of these cold water locations does not affect much of the fishing on the river system as only approximately 5 percent of fishing throughout the river is impacted leaving approximately 95 percent of the river still open to fishing. The Miramichi River System is the warmest Atlantic Salmon river in the world, after all, so we should expect these closures from time to time. With the cooler water we had a good run of both Salmon and Grilse moving into the system yesterday with some nice fish landed throughout the lower stretches of the system. The Millerton Counter has been reporting high numbers throughout all of July and results have been consistent with the number of fish we are seeing. Even with the warm water over the past weekend, the counter had the highest consistent four days (Friday through Wednesday) of fish moving up the system this year. If these numbers of fish keep coming and the water keeps cooling, it looks like some of our best summer fishing could occur over the next couple of weeks! Flies of choice this week have been the #8 Undertaker, #8 Highlander and #8 Blue Charm.
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Miramichi Salmon Fishing Time Getting Closer
April 19th 2015
Country Haven Black Rapids.......BB
Over the past week, River ice conditions have improved big time with much of the ice between Boiestown and Quarryville now gone with the exception of some areas around Boiestown, Upper Blackville, & Quarryville, but it's moving out daily so we should have an ice-free river very soon. There will be fishing on the River this week but results will depend on how much rain we receive through the coming week as there is rain in the forecast. If there is not a lot of rain and the river clears up and falls then the fishing could be great. However, if the water rises and gets dirty then we might see slower fishing for the start of the Atlantic Salmon fishing season this year. Nevertheless, it will be great to finally get on the water after the long winter and we are looking forward to a good spring overall with good fishing into late May for Salmon & Trout and into May & June for Striped Bass.
"Tight Lines" from Country Haven & Crew
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Wow, I hope everyone has been able to get out fishing. I know I have felt like I am working to much and not fishing enough. But this is probably every fly fisherman's feeling this time of year. I have been getting my raft ready for the flows to drop a little and the water to warm. I can't wait to take the kiddos out. I of course have also been painting. I will be displaying a majority of my work at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from June 1st through the month of September. Here is a sampling of what I have been working on as of late.
Hi, my first name is Alex. I am 33 years old and live in western Maine. Fly fishing is a passion, or rather, more of an addiction of mine. It has lead me in many different directions and I am the better for it! In fact, I love every aspect of the sport and have come to know some great people because of it. I can remember, being young and having this picture in my head of a old man, standing in the water, casting and casting and casting. Not really fishing or catching anything, just flogging the water, doing things the hard way. The hard way, so that he could look down on everyone else for taking the easy way out. The image I had was of a stuck up, pretentious fisherman. Wow, was I ever wrong. I have more fond memories of sharing tales, stories, flies, lunch, etc. in Maines backwoods with people I had just randomly met out there, then I can remember. I believe fishermen have a different soul than the average man. Maybe I'm wrong, but that is a talk for another time. Anyway, I will be sharing my art and fishing adventures here, so please check in, and if you are ever in my area I love to fish with new people so send me a message.