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Great Miramichi Fall Salmon Run expected.

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 For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/

COUNTRY HAVEN MIRAMICHI

COUNTRY HAVEN MIRAMICHI

 

Miramichi Summer Salmon fishing... Best in Ages!!

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: Salmon: 2007-2011 average = 258 2012 = 166 2013 = 155 2014 = 41 2015 = 284 Grilse: 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 Salmon: 2007-2011 average = 513 2012 = 445 2013 = 298 2014 = 185 2015 = 421 Grilse: 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! For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Miramichi Summer Salmon Fishing absolutely amazing!

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. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

July 10th Fishing Report

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.
 

June 14 Fishing Report -The hits just keep on coming

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.
 

May 29 Fishing Report

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.
 

Grand Lake Stream Salmon Fishing

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.

Weatherby's Resort

Weatherby's Resort

 

Memorial Weekend Fishing Report

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.
 

Miramichi Summer Salmon season doing well - lots of fish!

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. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Miramichi Salmon Fishing getting closer...

Miramichi Salmon Fishing Time Getting Closer April 19th 2015 Doaktown..... Blackville 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 For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Great Fall Fishing - Miramichi Salmon Galore!!

Miramichi Fishing Report Charlie Mosher, Albuquerque NM Ron Halick, Jersey City, NJ Nancy Moy, NJ Andrew Moy, Spey Clinic October 6th - Anyone who has not seen fish on the Miramichi this week must not have been fishing as almost all of the holding pools are full of fish and there are a good number of fresh fish arriving every day throughout the Main river. All of our guests hooked and landed fish this week with many big Salmon among them. Some of the pools on the lower stretches of the river have had the best fishing in the last 10 years. Dave Goulet, former owner of Classic & Custom Fly Shop in New Hartford CT, who has been fishing the Miramichi for the last 40 years, says he is happy he did not listen to some of the reports before he left home as this week he has been enjoying his best fishing in 10 years. Even though we are seeing and hooking a large number of fish, we expect fishing might even improve over the next few days following the 20 ml. (almost an inch) of rain we received yesterday. This might also help the Cains which doesn't need more fish but does need water. East Coast Spey completed another successful week of Spey Clinics on the Miramichi with their anglers taking home some valuable tips on casting along with fond memories of salmon landed. Every week throughout the season there are so many special moments but this week's moment goes to Charlie Mosher from New Mexico who has been fishing with us annually since landing his first Atlantic Salmon on his 80th birthday in 2009. In every year since then, Charlie has not been skunked and he thought that might happen this year, however on his 3rd day on one of his last casts, he hooked a 15lb salmon as his 85th birthday gift. His long trip back to Albuquerque will now seem shorter. With current conditions we are still having the best luck using smaller flies like #14 Undertaker and Bear Hair. Doug Slink from Anglers Adventures landed two yesterday - one in the evening on a #16 Allie Cascade. So anglers must use low water techniques for now but the rain yesterday might change that a bit - we'll see! Tight lines. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Fish, Fish and More Fish on the Miramichi

September 30th Miramichi Fishing Report Anthony Stuart, Pontyates Wales Bryan Martin, Devon England Brian Warrington's casting Clinic Andrew Done, Leysin Switzerland September 30th - Fish, fish, fish and more fish have been what fishermen have seen for most of last week as quite a few fresh fish entered the system each day however with some of the nicest beach weather throughout most of the week, catches were nowhere close to what they should have been considering the large number of fish in the system. On Sunday, Gary Berenstine from MA landed four on #8 wet flies but by mid week all the fish being landed were on small #14-16 wets. The water conditions are excellent on the lower stretches of the main river system as the lower it gets, the better the fish hold. Water levels are quite low for the rest of the system but but with the cooler water, these fall fish will still travel to the upriver locations and we are now seeing more fish in our upriver pools in the Doaktown and Blissfield areas than we have seen all summer. In the section of the river between the mouth of the Cains and mouth of the Renous we have seen the most fish in a number of years, due in part to the lower water levels and the fall run arriving at its normal time of September instead of August, like it did in the last couple of years. With fishing there are always excuses as to why the fishing may not be great and the excuse this week has not been the lack of fish but rather the sunny clear conditions. With cooler and cloudy weather yesterday, anglers had much better results than most days with the sunshine that we saw last week. With so many big fish in the system, a bit of rain to freshen things up would be just what the doctor ordered to finish off the season and we would probably have the best fishing of the season. It looks like there is not much rain in the forecast until next weekend so we are hoping for cloud cover and will continue using the smaller fly patterns for now. Last week we hosted our 8th annual UK Spey Week with a large number of returning guests, great instructors and with this group, even when fishing is not the best, it's always one of the most enjoyable weeks of the season. www.devonflyfishing.co.uk/miramichi.html. This coming week we will be holding our annual US Spey Week and we will again be hosting East Coast Spey from New Jersey with instructors Jody Plonski and Andrew Moy. www.tightlinesflyfishing.com . We expect another great week of fishing and clinics on the Miramichi. We opened our 2014 summer fishing season in June hosting April Vokey and we will be finishing off the season with April as she will again be staying with us on the Miramichi during the final week of the season. Flies of choice last week were #14-16 Undertakers, Orange or Red Butt Bear Hair, and #16 Black Bear with some anglers having luck using leaders as small as #6. It takes a bit of skill to land 20+ Lb. Salmon using 6 Lb. leaders but by using smaller flies it eliminates the big knot that would be in the eye of the hook, so the fly floats much nicer on the water. As always, every week our guides go "above-and-beyond" to provide the best chance for every guest to have success. With only 15 days remaining in the 2014 fishing season, there is no better time of year to be on the water and to find a pool with lots of fish and to enjoy the remainder of the season. Tight Lines. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Miramichi Fall Salmon Fishing Looking Good!

September 19th Miramichi Fishing Report Karl Arbogasd, Plains PA Roger Lailey, Newbury England Peter Cherry, Ann Arbour MI Peter Cherry and Guide Gary Colford Carol Cherry, Ann Arbour MI hooking 20Lb'er September 19th - With another week of fall fishing in the books it's not all doom and gloom on the Miramichi, in fact, depending on who you talk to, you might hear quite the opposite. We feel very lucky to have had as much success as we have throughout most of the summer and fall so far. Even though it has not been the best of years, we have had worse! This week our anglers did manage to land 23 Salmon with 3 exceeding 25 lbs, 2 grilse, and we lost another 11 Salmon with fishermen seeing close to 1,000 jumping or rolling fish throughout the week. Everyone fishing from the mouth of the Cains to the Blackville bridge area this week have seen fish. It's music to our ears when guide Gary Colford says he has seen as many Salmon this week as he has in any week since 2011. Our best results came over the weekend or earlier in the week with a couple of slower days mid week. Overall, numbers of fish landed this week have not been as good as in some past years but most fishermen have been quite happy with the numbers of fish seen - if not hooked - and were amazed at the large size of some Salmon. The Renous is still too low as is much of the Cains. Although conditions are perfect for most of the lower stretches of the river, a couple of feet rise in water levels would help to improve fishing on the entire river. We are not sure what next week holds as not a lot of rain is in the forecast but we will keep our fingers crossed that the fish keep coming and start taking flies better. Flies of choice this week were the #8 Woof Woof, #8 Undertaker and the Black Bomber. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/

COUNTRY HAVEN MIRAMICHI

COUNTRY HAVEN MIRAMICHI

 

Southern Maine Report

Well I finally managed to get away from the salt for a day! Liz and I ventured up into the White Mountains to camp for a night, and fish for some trout the following day. The water was low at the first river we went to, but we walked for a bit and started spotting fish. They weren't feeding on the surface, but we both wanted to fish dry flies and that's what we did. They weren't interested in the normal bag of things that we throw at them, but finally we got them interested in a small tan hopper. I managed 4 rainbows 9-13". Liz got several takes but couldn't get a good hook set on them. We moved on to another spot and got into a bunch of little native brookies. After a nice lunch by the river, we moved on to the third river for the day. Liz got some more little brookies, and I managed another couple rainbows and the best fish of the day a fiesty 16" brookie. It was a nice change of pace getting up into the mountains. But the next morning we were up early to go fish with our friend Bruce on his boat for stripers. The weather was beautiful, but the water was cold around 57 degrees. I got a schoolie at the 2nd spot we anchored on the crab pot. As the tide came in we moved to another spot and after dropping the anchor I looked to where Bruce had casted and saw a good size fish on his fly. It didn't take. Another cast or two later and he hooked up. The fish flashed and it looked good size, it started to run a bit and then stopped, and then it took off getting into a little current and going into well into the backing. Bruce was fishing a 10wt and it had a good bend in it. The fish put up a good solid fight for a while with a bit of a stalemate at one point. But finally it came to hand. A nice healthy fish at 35" on the crab pot. We moved around a bit in the area we were at, and I picked up 4 more schoolies. We kept moving around and saw several different small schools of fish. Then we decided to cruise through another area. I stood up on the bow, we were in about 4ft of water with great light and the visibility was good. After cruising a ways I spotted a single fish. Maybe 100ft later my heart stopped when I spotted a school of BIG fish. I yelled at Liz to cast, I think I was freaking out and she froze up. Bruce cast, then Liz cast, and then I did. I could see fish turning and grabbing food off the bottom, but we couldn't get a take. They circled around us and we kept throwing and finally Bruce got one to take. His fish wasn't small, but it was absolutely tiny compared to some of them in that school. He landed the fish and it was 30 inches. We could only speculate as to how big some of those fish were, and I don't think any of us can stop thinking about it. We came up on the school of fish 2 more times but couldn't get them to take. It was awesome just seeing those fish though. James Browne

Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop

Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop

 

Fall fishing is just around the corner. Thirty days and counting.

Fall flows are starting earlier this year. Do to all the water we have left over from a summer of measurable rainfall river flows are already being increased on many of the rivers. Of particular interest to many is the Roach River. First Roach Pond is essentially full so our fisheries biologist decided not to wait until after Labor Day to crack the gate and let around 200 cfs start flowing on Friday. Reports from fishermen say nice trout and salmon have already made it to the upper pools. The entire river should be full of fish in a few days. The Moose River is currently at 1600 cfs. Normally it would not see an increase until mid-month. It's a bit high for good wading at this level but guys with canoes and motors will soon find good fishing in the upper pools. Moosehead is still brim full so the water has been turned up there as well. It is high for wading for the time being but it too is filling with fish. New fish entering the river on their spawning run tend to be very aggressive so it's time to start swinging streamers again. Fall patterns like the Shufelt Special, Montreal Whore, or Fox Hole Special begin producing fat, chrome silver salmon and brightly colored brookies, all eager to chase streamers. The stars are lining up earlier than usual this season and it should prove to be a fall to remember. NEWS FLASH !!! Due to a late cancelation we now have an opening for a 3 day trip for two people to the Fox Hole on September 22-24. It's a favorite trip. We are after the fall run of salmon in the upper west branch of the Penobscot. If you are interested go to our website for details and costs. http://www.maineguideflyshop.com/fox_hole-trip.php

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Dry Flies working well in August

August 14th - Miramichi River Report August 14th - Did someone say this was an "up and down" season, or what! Last week, the first few days saw a lot of fish holding in some of the pools and as a result there was good fishing, but a two foot rise in water made Thursday and Friday very tough fishing days. However, by Saturday evening, a splash of fresh fish started moving into the Main River system again so some anglers had decent fishing on Sunday and Monday on the Main river and on Tuesday and yesterday on the Cains. Some of the fish landed over the weekend were 'hook bills' with sea lice. The flies of choice have been [#8 Undertaker] for Main River fishing and #10 Whiskersand #6 Peach Carter bugs on the Cains. Water temperatures are great and levels are falling to a good height for our low-water pools on the lower stretch of the river. The Lower Cains is still a good height and the Renous is now a bit too low but they are not being fished much as of now in any event. The weather forecast is calling for more rain tonight and tomorrow so we are hoping it will not be too much for our stretch of the river. August is always one of the best months for dry fly fishing and this week was no exception as all the fish we landed were hooked on dry flies. Some anglers who return each year from places like Ireland and Scotland, that come in August, say that rolling 10-12 fish a day using dry flies - even without landing any fish on some days - can be as much or more fun than landing fish on a wet fly back home, where salmon seldom take dry flies. Anyway, again this year, so far, our anglers have been doing better in August than they did in July so we are hoping this trend continues. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Miramichi Summer Salmon Season - Looks Promising!

July 30th - Miramichi River Report July 30th- We have recently experienced a bump in water levels which has kept river temperatures cool. On Sunday there were 47 Grilse and 25 Salmon and on Monday, 20 Grilse and 17 Salmon passing through the Millerton counter- a better start this week than most recent weeks on the river. These numbers don't always seem to mean much as everything depends on conditions and they are based on approximately 7-10% of the actual fish that might be moving through the main river system. If we assume 10% is reasonable, this means there could be 720 fish on Sunday and 370 fish on Monday. These estimates are not great numbers compared to previous July counts but but on the bright side for the river, if not for the fishermen, we are seeing and catching more Grilse than Salmon this week. So often, including spring fishing, we see a ratio of 3 to 1 Salmon over Grilse, so seeing some of these fresh Grilse with sea lice has looked good to the guides. We hope this trend continues for a while and that these fish are part of the Grilse runs we normally catch earlier in July. Conditions are good for all rivers in the system, with better numbers of fish being seen in the lower stretches of the main river and the Cains. This week we have not seen as many fish on the main river above the mouth of the Cains which makes fishermen think that many of these fish may be heading into the Cains. We have not had a lot of success on the Renous so our anglers will continue to fish the lower pools on the main river and lower pools on the Cains as August arrives and we will hope for the same success we saw last August which turned out to be the most successful month of our 2013 summer fall fishing season. Over the years, on our stretch of the River, we have had some of the best fishing success in August, when fish tend to be plentiful. If water levels are high, the fish keep moving through so we catch them from shore - like much of last August - but in the lower stretches of the river when the water levels are low, fish tend to hold up more than they do in June and July, making for some great dry fly fishing. Anyway it's "goodbye" to 2014 June and July fishing so bring on August, September and October! Lately,#10 Undertaker and #10 Christmas Tree flies have been the most popular choice For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

Fishing Springholes for summer brookies

The heat of summer is upon us. Drake season is about over in this neighborhood and trout have retreated to their air conditioned summer homes. Somewhere in every small trout pond their is spring water entering the pond from the bottom. Because of this 55 degree spring water trout manage to survive the heat of summer and mid-seventy degree bath water by lounging around on the bottom in the bubble of cooler water. It's known that trout will not leave a spring hole until fall like temperatures cool the pond enough so trout can roam about again in search of a meal. I will say the location of spring holes on trout ponds are very guarded secrets because fish stack in an area about the size of a foundation of a house. Fish anywhere else in the pond and you are fishing in bath water with no fish. The one dead giveaway of a spring hole is the splash of small trout chasing tiny caddis that hatch and skip around on the surface there. If you are on a shallow trout pond and see this activity you should anchor within casting distance and use a full sinking line with some sort of drake nymph. A maple syrup works well. Cast as long a line as possible and let it sink enough to be close to bottom. Now retrieve your nymph slowly with your rod tip aimed down the line and close to the water. When a strike comes try to strip set the fly with a straight tug on your line keeping the rod tip low. If you miss the fish your fly will only move a few inches encouraging the trout to strike again. Lifting the rod to set a the hook removes the fly all together with not chance at another strike. Fish the hole from all angles until you start getting fish then concentrate on that area. Fish will stack in the coolest water and are often eager to get grab a nice morsel of food close by. Summer springhole fishing is very technical in nature but very productive when you zero in on the right spot where the biggest trout of the season can be found stacked in a small area. River fishing is holding up nicely. Daytime hatching are far let frequent during the heat of summer. Caddis hatches have progressed with an orange body caddis currently out. Bigger fish are getting harder to find. They are best enticed with a larger fly like a stimulator and a bead head nymph as a dropper. Concentrate on the head and tail of pools. Fish that are actively feeding can be found in either end.
 

Miramichi Salmon fishing improving

July 14th - Miramichi River Report July 14th- We've had a less-than-optimal start to our 2014 summer fishing season but are hoping that the worst is now behind us. We had a slower-than-normal start in June because of the lower numbers of returning fish - due in part to a later-than-normal spring. By late June, better numbers of fish started entering the system however a heat wave hit - a week of 100F weather - which brought fishing to a a quick halt. After the week of abnormal heat and everyone on the Miramichi doing a rain dance, we finally got our cooler weather and rain - all 150 ml./6" of it - in the form of a hurricane called Arthur, with a 10 foot rise in river levels which cooled the water. This brought in some nice fish that swam as fast as possible to get to the headwaters to avoid all the anglers. By mid week, with the water falling, fishermen again started landing fish on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We did not fish on Saturday and it turned out to be one of the better days in a while on the river. With the main river water still higher than normal, fishermen landed some fish yesterday on the lower stretches of the Cains and the Renous rivers. So with improving conditions, everyone is hoping for much better summer fishing throughout the coming weeks. If the old saying "a poor start makes for a good end" proves true, come fall we will need to hide in our basements to avoid being run over by all the Salmon. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

The Hits Just Keep on Coming!!!

It doesn't get much better. July 18 The drake hatches may be winding down on the trout ponds but the river angling is still RED HOT. River water temperature continue to be in the low to mid-60's and caddis hatches continue day after day. Big Alder flies (Zebra caddis) just keep on coming. A couple I passed on the river today said fish were after caddis that were "Poppin' like popcorn." A good drag-free drift will get you fish but hop a pair of caddis around any eddy line and fish often come out of the water after them. A dark brown, mottled caddis is doing the job but there are at least 4 or 5 different caddis around and we have been getting fish on tan, orange, & olive body elk wing caddis as well. We have been nymphing them with caddis pupa, golden stones, and a hare's ear. Talk to ten different anglers and you'll hear 10 different success stories. The photo above is typical of the fishing lately. Constancio LEAL from Mexico is all smiles with his 1st ever salmon on his first ever fly fishing trip. Water levels couldn't be any better and fishing should hold up for some time. After all tiny black caddis and the big rusty orange belly caddis will be joining the hatches before long. Our fisheries biologists have been busy monitoring the passage of trout and salmon through the fish ladder at the East Outlet dam. If you are interested stop by the dam any morning and you'll likely find the guys checking on the daily catch. We spent a day with with them a couple years ago and made a video about their operation. Here the link, you should find it very interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46qd7MjkaNg These are dedicated guys keeping a watchful eye on the health of our fishery. See you on the water.
 

Summer Salmon fishing on the Miramichi looks promising!

June 26th - Miramichi River Report April Vokey, Chilliwack BC with the Country Haven crew Landed by April Vokey Wade Evans, Clifton Forge VA June 26th - The 2014 summer fishing season on the Miramichi has been under way now for over a week and the first week was nothing to write home about, however, the past three days have looked promising - probably as a result of the high numbers of fish that passed through the trap net near Chatham on Friday. 28 Salmon and 42 Grilse were counted. We all know that these counts are not always accurate as the numbers counted represent only 5-10 percent of the actual numbers of fish entering the system, but it suggests that there could have been between 700 to 1400 fresh fish entering the system on Friday. The days before and after Friday have seen lower numbers so it's tough to know the true numbers from these counters - so much depends on the conditions each day. High Water, low water, and sometimes, with very high water when fish like to travel the most due to dirt and debris in the rivers, these counters are sometimes not used for days. Overall however, it does give an idea of approximately how many fish are entering the system and on high number days we can usually see the results upriver within a few days with more fish sightings and hookups Since Sunday there have been higher numbers moving past our stretch of river. Yesterday, from noon into the evening, we have seen the greatest numbers this year resulting in some nice salmon being hooked on both the Main Southwest and the Renous rivers. Traditionally - with the exception of the Rockey Brook Salmon that enter the Main River early June - the Main river summer season has always been the best from late June or early July on. In the past few years, however, some anglers have become spoiled with good fishing from early June on. This year, with a later spring and colder ocean water, many locals think the better fishing should be just starting. Last week saw more Striped Bass hooked than Salmon and some of them were over three feet long. Taken on #6 and #8 Salmon flies, some were hooked as far upriver as the Doaktown area. Stripers generally put up a so-so fight and are not quite as much fun to catch when you are fishing for Salmon. With the better daily numbers of Salmon we are now seeing and the water at a good height and temperature after a couple of rainy days, we are really looking forward to some good summer fishing over the next few weeks The fish we did land this week were landed on #6 White Wing, Butterflies and #6 Christmas Trees Our first 2014 Summer Fishing season Atlantic Salmon was landed by April Vokey. April and crew will be fishing with us again from October the 10th through the 15th. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
 

July 12 Fishing Report - It's Cheesebugger Season

There are a lot of memorable times throughout the open water fishing season. We all have our favorite outings like the first Hendrickson hatch or when caddis season kicks in on the rivers and when the monster mayflies begin on our remote ponds inspiring big trout to make pigs of themselves right before your vary eyes. Right now the mid-summer golden stone fly hatch is on. There are plenty of caddis still hatching and more to come but there comes a day when fish attempt to eat your strike indicator and not just one now and one then. When that happens you know the big summer stoneflies have made an appearance and it's time to break out the big stuff like size 8 Stimulators, Tarantulas and Rogue Stones. They come in many different body configurations and colors but in a salmon's brain they all mean stonefly, the cheeseburger of summer. It started just the other day. Even though fish still feed heavily on whatever caddis around the sight of something big on the surface gets the interest of the biggest fish in the pool. And when they make the decision to grab one they come with conviction and don't mess around. Be on your toes and get-em on the first take because they likely won't be fooled a second time. We often put whatever caddis that's in season as a trailer about 2 feet behind a big Stimulator. Don't forget to skip the flies around at the end of the drift to fool'em into believing they are trying to take to flight. Or maybe tie on a bead head as a trailer and use the big dry as a strike indicator they can actually sink their chompers into. The small ponds have been electric with Drake hatches. Everyone's been having a grand time and reporting some very impressive catches. Oh, the conciliation price from the high water flow (650 cfs) on the Roach River after hurricane Arthur passed through last week is another run of salmon. The flow has been dropped back to 200 cfs and the fishing is again excellent. They're taking everything from Grey Ghosts to beadhead caddis and stonefly nymphs. Does it get any better.
 

It's Green Drake (Hex) Season

The Green Drakes are in full swing on many of the low elevation ponds. If you have ever had the good fortune of being on a wild brook trout pond during the beginning of Hex season you are still talking about it. Hexagenia limbata or Green Drake as we call them in Maine' north country are one of the most geographically widespread mayflies in North America. It is found from coast to coast as well as from Florida to Canada and often constitutes an important part of the food chain in clear water lakes and ponds. In suitable habitats Hexagenia nymphs may reach populations densities of nearly 500 per square foot of lake bottom. Female Hexagenia and most other mayflies deposit their eggs directly on or in the water. Individual Hexagenia females release as many as 8,000 oval eggs, each less than 1/2 mm long, which sink to the lake bottom. After several days to several months (dependent partly on the water temperature), a tiny nymph hatches from each egg. It immediately burrows into the lake sediment to feed on particulates and to construct a U-shaped burrow, with two openings at the sediment surface. The nymph continually enlarges its burrow as it grows, so that the burrows of mature nymphs can be as much as 5 inches deep. By undulating its body and moving its feathery abdominal gills in sweeping motions, the nymph keeps the burrow oxygenated. The nymphal life of Hexagenia lasts from about one year in warm climates and usually two years or more in colder regions.it leaves the burrow at dusk or soon after and rapidly swims to the lake surface, where its exoskeleton splits lengthwise down its back. From the raft-like exoskeleton emerges a fully winged subimago or (dun), which after only a few minutes takes flight. The winged Hexagenia is the only stage in the insect's life cycle that most people see. During the night or the following day, male and female duns molt a final time, leaving behind a subimaginal exoskeleton. They are now sexually mature imagoes or (spinners - adults). Neither the duns nor spinners eat, because their mouthparts are not completely developed. At dusk or at night, female spinners fly into a large swarm of male spinners. The males and females mate in flight during darkness. Within minutes of mating, the female spinner settles down to the lake surface, extrudes her eggs, and dies. This is called a spinner fall where life begins again. Be sure to take your best selection of big dries and nymphs. With a sinking lines and a good Hex nymph you can have good fishing before the main event then switch over to dries as soon as you see the first adult appear. Caddis are still hatching on all the rivers and the golden stones as well. Water levels have been increased in anticipation of major rainfall from the approaching hurricane coming up the east coast. Keep an eye on our Water Flow page for daily updates. They have begun to drop to more fishable levels. Visit our website www.maineguideflyshop.com for lots of fishing info about fishing the Moosehead Lake Region in Maine
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