Striped Bass Fishing-A Day to Remember!!

My Biggest Catch of the Day.

My Biggest Catch of the Day.

Well, this season I am off to a slow start.  With that, I mean I have not been out fishing much.  Yesterday was the first time this year that I went fishing for the day.  Glenn was up to the Miramichi last week fishing for stripers.  He had such a great day that he decided to ask me to go.  Even though the outlook was not the greatest for the weather we decided to go.  We packed lots of warm clothes as it is no fun being cold when you are fishing.  We left around 7am and reached the boat launch around 8:45.  The tide was in, which made it easy to get the boat in at this location.  We were fishing right on the main Miramichi river, something I have never done before.  We got the boat loaded up and started fishing right away.  The night before we went and bought the baits that Glenn had success with the week before.  I am not sure what other people use to fish stripers but the baits we used worked very well.  They are called Mimic Minnows and you can buy them at the Dollarama.  They come in packs of 2 for $2.  They have different colors.  All the ones we bought worked well. Please remember you need to pinch the barb off the hook to fish them on the Miramichi.

When we first started fishing we were trolling back and forth across where we put in.  Glenn was using his fish finder to look for the fish and to also look at the depth of the water.  It was not long before Glenn had the first fish of the day on his line.  It was exciting for me because I have never seen a striped bass in person.  I have seen them in pictures on the internet after looking at this first one I did not realize how much they look like a smallmouth bass.  The only difference is their color.

Glenn's Best of the Day.

Glenn's Best of the Day.

It took me a little while but I landed my first ever striped bass.  It was about 14inches long.  It was great fun catching that first striped bass.  The couple of times I was out earlier in the season I did not really catch much, besides one chub so it was nice to feel that tug on the line knowing you were catching the fish you were trying for.  We went a little while without catching any and then Glenn started to catch a few.  We then decided to make our way up the river.  We continued to troll and hit a few more fish.  The weather turned on us some as it got windy and started to rain.  The true fishermen we are we stuck it out and about a half an hour later it stopped.  It was cold with that wind and rain.  Once the rain stopped it did warm up a little as the sun tried to pop out here and there.

Another Nice One.

Another Nice One.

It was probably close to noon and we probably had roughly ten fish in the boat.  I had nothing to compare it to but the week before Glenn and his two friends caught over 90 striped bass for the day so compared to their day ours was going quite slow.  We continued fishing up river and decided to stop the more as we got into a few fish.  The other day I think Glenn trolled all day as well so he suggested we cast and reel in.  Well, I think we found the sweet spot on this stretch of the river as the fishing turned on and I mean BIGTIME!!!  We found a ridge and stayed on the shallow side of it and the fishing was just unbelievable.

One of Glenn's Many.

One of Glenn's Many.

We got on such a roll that we were catching the striped bass on almost every cast.  We had double header after double header.  The wind would take us over the deeper part of the ridge and the fishing slowed down so we would motor back to the left and start on the shallow side again.  As soon as we did the fishing picked right back up again.  Most fish were in the 14 to 18 inch range which is a great size when we are smallmouth bass fishing.  Glenn caught a 24 inch striped bass earlier in the day and then I was lucky enough to also catch a 24 inch striped bass as well.  We stayed on this ridge and coasted back down the river.  Once we went quite a ways down the river we motored back up again and started all over again.

My Very First Ever Striped bass.

To me this number is amazing and I will probably never catch it again with just two people.  We caught a whopping 250 striped bass during the day of fishing.  Glenn tallied 140 and got 110.  I have never caught anywhere near that many fish in one day. Keep in mind that the first 3 hours we only caught 10 or so.  We had just an awesome day.  I certainly hope to get back up soon and try again.  It is always fun trying a new species of fish.  The striped bass certainly did not disappoint on this day.  It is a day of fishing that I will never forget and I will tell people about it for years to come.

I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy time on the water.  I hope to keep the blog more updated as I get out fishing.  Let me know if you are having any luck on the water.  Tight lines.


Fishing Season is Upon Us!!

Hoping for some more this year.

If you are like me, you can feel the excitement in the air.  No, it is not December.  It is almost April 15th and many people in New Brunswick have their fishing tackle ready to go for opening day.  The past two years I was lucky enough to go black salmon fishing on opening day because opening day fell on the weekend.  This year it lands on a Monday so I need to rely on Glenn and Chris to send me some pictures via text of the salmon that they catch.  I really wish I could go but work comes first. Glenn said we would make a trip on Saturday to give the black salmon a try.

Glenn and I also really look forward to the bass fishing here in New Brunswick.  We will try some lakes in early May and then will spend many evenings walking the Canaan River like we did last year.

I hope you all had a nice relaxing winter and I hope/know you are as excited as I am to get on the water for some nice relaxing fishing.  Keep in touch and let me know how you make out on your fishing trips.  I always love hearing about them.


Still Alive

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to post a quick message stating that I am still alive.  This past summer (and still) has been very difficult personally.  I do hope to have some more time soon to put towards doing some posts and to spend more time on the water next season.  I hope everyone is well.  I hope Santa brings you all the fishing items you have on your list for this year :)

Take care and hoping to blog soon.


Fly Fishing Crooked Creek August 2012

Beautiful place to fish for the day.

Beautiful place to fish for the day.

My brother-in-law Dave is home and when ever he visits home from Calgary we always plan to do some fly fishing at Crooked Creek for some rainbow trout.  This year was no different as we were able to make our way to Crooked Creek twice.  The first time up we went up the system quite far.  I was anxious for Dave to see the difference in the system from the heavy runoff from two years ago.  He was very surprised to see the difference in certain parts of the river.

On our first day we were able to land three rainbow trout and had a great day walking the system.  It is always a beautiful place to spend the day.

Our second day at Crooked Creek, which was this past Tuesday, we decided to arrive early and make our way up as far as we could.  We started fishing at 8:30am, which is good for Dave :)   We started at our usual spot and fished our normal pools in this section of the system.  We did not have any luck at all.  We were not able to raise any trout at all.  The previous day that we were there, there were some guys fishing with worms so that, I am sure, did not help our cause.  We made good time moving up the system and as we got a ways away from the car we started to see some fish.  The way we fish the area together is that we would take turns being the first person into a nice pool or run.  On this day that did not really matter as, I think, three times I was the first one in to a pool and raised a rainbow trout.  I tried for awhile and then told Dave to try while I changed my fly.  All three times he caught the fish, which is great!!

Dave with a nice rainbow trout.

Dave with a nice rainbow trout.

As we continued up the system we fished the pools and decided to try some of the smaller runs just to see if they were holding fish.  Surprisingly, we did catch a few fish in these smaller runs.  I say surprisingly because the water was quite low because of our lack of rain this summer.

Me trying to catch a fish :)

Me trying to catch a fish :)

It was around 1pm when we decided to stop and have a bite to eat that we realized that we were getting really far up the system.  After we ate, we decided to keep going as we did not know the next time we would be back.  We found a few more pools and landed a couple more fish.  Around 4pm we hit a long stretch that the water level was very low with no pools in sight so we decided it would be a good time to turn around and make our way back to the car.  I had my handheld GPS and it was showing we were 5km away from the car.  This was a straight line so we knew wee really covered a lot of ground and that we would have to do the same to get back to the car.  We decided to only hit a few of the bigger pools on the way back down to make sure we reached the car before dark.  To be honest, I was getting tired :)

Dave with another nice one.

Dave with another nice one.

We made it back to the car around 7:30pm, which was good timing.  We got cleaned up a bit and were on our way home after a fantastic day of fly fishing on Crooked Creek.

We tried a variety of dry flies.  Dave had the best luck on a light brown caddis fly.  I used a brown bomber that peeked some interest.  We both really enjoy using dry flies here as we like to see the rainbow trout come to the surface to take the fly.  Normally I always use my personally made royal coachmans but I did not have and made.  For our next trip I will have to make sure I am prepared with a handful as they always produce very well for me on this river.  I was extremely happy that I was able to get to Crooked Creek with Dave twice on his trip home.  It is always one of the highlights when he comes home to visit!


Bass Flies

Bass I caught on the green popper frog.

Bass I caught on the green popper frog.

If you are like me and love to go smallmouth bass fishing then perhaps you have tried to to catch them with your fly rod.  If not, you really have to give it a try as it is great fun.  We usually fish for smallmouth bass with our spinning gear but we recently spent an evening fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the Canaan River. We had such a fun time that when I got home I decided to buy some more bass flies, from what is becoming a very popular online store of mine, The Angler’s Dream Flyshop. I have mentioned the online store a few times in previous posts.  The latest order did not disappoint for sure.  The flies seem to be made with great quality and the prices, including shipping, are very fair indeed.

Green Frog Popper

Green Frog Popper

I love top water fishing, no matter what type of fishing I am doing, so the bass flies I bought this times were all top water flies.  Two of the flies I bought are poppers.  It takes a handful of casts to get use to the heavier weight at the end of the line but it did not take long to be able to cast it where I wanted to.  Once the fly hits the water you can grab the fly line with your other hand and start tugging the line in to make the fly move or flick the rod with your other hand to make the fly do the same thing.  When I tried both these techniques, they both worked well.  The poppers did a good job pushing the water to attract the smallmouth bass.

Red and White Frog Popper

Red and White Frog Popper

A third fly I bought this time was a big ole fat swimming frog.  It is not a popper but is nice and big and should be easy for the smallmouth bass to see and hear on top of the water.

This time of year the smallmouth bass are done spawning in the Canaan River and leave so we will certainly try fly fishing in this area next May and June.  When we go for bass now we will have to try the Oromocto River or some of the other lakes we know about.  I am certainly going to bring along my fly rod in the boat each time I go to try these flies out.

Swimming Frog

Swimming Frog

This online fly store is in Arlington, Texas and I live in New Brunswick, Canada but that does not make me hesitate to order from their store.  The shipping is a good price.  They use a sturdy cardboard box to ship.

Just typing this post has me excited to get the fly rod out and go try for some smallmouth bass :)

I hope all of you are having as much fun as I am fishing this year.  Let me know how you are making out.  Tight lines.


Fishing Crooked Creek July 2012

A beautiful place to spend the day!

A beautiful place to spend the day!

I actually went fishing last evening with James on the Canaan River to see if the bass were still in the system and when I got home my friend Nathan had left a message to see if I wanted to go fishing this morning.  I called him back and we decided to go fly fishing at Crooked Creek.  This is one of my favorite places to fish in New Brunswick.  The water is crystal clean and the scenery is beautiful.

Nathan picked me up and 5 am and we were off.  We arrived where the first bridge use to be at 6 am.  There is actually a 4-wheeler bridge there now so at least they can cross the water.  We got ready and hit the water shortly after we arrived.  Nathan fished below the bridge and I started just above it.  We both decided to start with Royal Coachman flies.  As I have written in previous posts, this is my favorite fly to use at Crooked Creek.  For what ever reason, it always produces well for me there.  I slowly made my way up and threw my fly in a little run and right at the end of the run I had on my first rainbow trout of the season.  It was nothing huge but was still fun to catch.  It was hopefully a sign of good fishing ahead for the morning.  Nathan caught up to me and we hit the first pool of the river.  We fished it for a few minutes and continued up the river.  We made our way to the covered bridge and fished there for a bit with no success either.  We walked the road for a couple of minutes and then got back onto the river.  Just above where we got back into the river there is another nice pool.  The water was running a little hard here but it always seems to at this spot.  We did not see any action and I moved just above the pool and fished another little rip.  Right at the end of the run I caught my second rainbow trout of the day.  It was roughly the same size as the first one.

We continued fishing our way up the river without seeing any other trout.  We tried a few more nice pools and then made it to a pool that my brother-in-law and I call The Dam.  When we got here Nathan threw in his Royal Coachman a couple of times and then I saw a rainbow trout come up and hit the fly.  I saw the bend in his rod and then the fish was gone.  I figured it just got off his fly but as Nathan brought his line out of the water his fly was gone.  His line had snapped.  He mentioned to me after that he had a knot in the line and we discussed that when we are on the water fishing it is hard to take the time to snip the line and put the fly back on because we do not want to lose time on the water but in the long run it is certainly worth it as you do not want to lose fish because of it.

Nathan trying to catch a rainbow.

Nathan trying to catch a rainbow.

Sometimes The Dam is where Nathan and I turn around and fish back to the truck but today it was still early so we decided to keep going.  This was good because it gave Nathan a chance to see new parts of the river and me a chance to see how much the upper parts of the river changed from last year. Read this post about our trip last year where I also mention the changes in the river. We actually made it quite a ways up the river and yes, some places were actually quite different.  There was one deep pool that I liked to fish in the past and it was completely gone.  I fished the run above it and had a nice one on.  I was bringing it close to the rocks and it got off.  Shame on me for not setting the hook properly :(

Me trying to catch a rainbow.

Me trying to catch a rainbow.

We decided to go to one more pool before turning back.  Nathan fished it first, still using the Royal Coachman.  I followed using the same fly.  Neither one of us saw a fish.  He decided to go around the corner to try one one run.  I decided to stay at the pool and try a White-Tailed Green Machine.  These are mainly used for salmon fishing but I decided to give it a try.  After no success with that fly I put on another salmon fly, a brown bomber.  On my second cast I had on another rainbow trout.  I got this one in for my third of the day.

Nathan with his ctach of the day.

Nathan with his ctach of the day.

I did not see Nathan for a few minutes so I decided to go around the corner to find him.  He was at another nice run in the river.  When I got there I asked if he had any luck and he said he caught one.  He showed it to me and I took a pic of him and the fish.  It was the nicest catch of the day so far.  With four fish in the basket we decided to start our way back to the truck stopping at the pools to give them another try.  I decided to keep the bomber on.  When we got to a pool where we did not see any fish on the way up I threw the bomber in a few times and I had a rainbow trout come up and take a look.  After another handful of casts it came up hard but missed the fly.  We kept fishing the spot and it came up a third time for my fly, this time jumping right out of the water.  I just love dry fly fishing for this reason.  I love seeing the fish come up to hit the fly on the top of the water.  We kept trying the pool to get that fish but we will have to wait for another day :)   That is part of fishing.    We made it back to the car around 1:30 and got changed and we were on our way home.

Have you fished Crooked Creek yet this year?






We both decided to use our waders today.  Usually I just wear jeans and mu hiking boots to keep cool on the hot days.  This morning we were happy we wore the waders because it was actually quite cold but by around noon I was dreading wearing them.  I just wear the regular waders that do get very hot in the sun.  When my brother-in-law comes home in a few weeks I will certainly not be wearing my waders.

We only used very few flies today.  We used the Royal Coachman, White-Tailed Green Machine, and a Bomber.

I am very happy that Nathan called and asked me to go today.  It gave me a chance to do one of my favorite things: fly fishing for rainbow trout at Crooked Creek.


A Long Day of Fishing

Mist on the water at 6:40am

Mist on the water at 6:40am

Glenn and I decided to spend the day fishing on Monday.  When I say the day, I mean the day.  We left Riverview at 12:30 in the morning….yes the morning, for the Miramichi.  We got there close to 2 am and decided to have a 2 hour sleep and then head into the hole.  We woke up close to four and headed to the spot.  When we arrived, it was still dark and not surprisingly, there was no one there.   Glenn wanted to go back to sleep but I would not let him.  It was close to 5am and it was light enough to see to get ready so we did.

On this stretch of water, the rip is pretty close so we did not have to walk far.  Being nice, I let Glenn go through the run first.  I followed close behind.  We did not have any luck the first time through so we went through the run three different times using different flies.  Unfortunately, we did not raise any salmon.  I caught a small salmon pare and an eight inch trout but that was it.  Glenn said he has seen people fishing the corner in the past so we decided to give it a try.  People came in behind us so we thought it would be a good time.  It was tricky crossing the river as they had thundershowers there on Friday and the water was up some.  When we got  to the  corner we realized that this would be a great place for some fish to be holding up.  There was a nice run with some calm water on both sides.  Again, we did not have any luck.  We did see any salmon move or jump in the 4 hours we spent there.  It needs to be said: That is salmon fishing.  You need to be very patient.

We decided to go into Blackville and try fishing from the boat for some salmon.  Did I mention we brought Glenn’s boat????  We did :)   The water was running quite hard here.  We only stayed about an hour as there was no action at all.  We packed up the boat and headed to Chipman for an afternoon and evening of pickerel fishing.  Yes, I had to drive and let Glenn sleep in the car.

My pickerel and Glenn's thumb.

My pickerel and Glenn's thumb.

When we arrived in Chipman, the first thing I realized was that the water was extremely high for this time of year.  The heavy rain we had the week before must have done it.  We put the boat in and fished a little cove for a bit and had some chasers.  There was a another boat around so we decided to go to the main river and explore some.  We fished along the banks by the grass and had a few chasers but we were not getting any into the boat.  We kept exploring around the river.  I finally had one on while using a bubblegum colored senko.  It is the one of me in the picture.  It was a decent size.  We kept roaming around and I caught another one but it was smaller.  IN another area Glenn finally landed his first pickerel of the day using his top-water frog.  It is a great bait as it makes a racket on the water.

Glenn and his pickerel.

Glenn and his pickerel.

We were getting tired but decided to cross over to the other side where we started.  We went to the other side of the cove and actually  started getting into some pickerel.  It gave us some much needed energy at this point of the day.  We fished around this area for about another hour and a half before decided to head home so we did not have to drive in the dark as we were both really tired.

Even though the fishing was very slow, we both had a great day on the water.

Glenn trying for some elusive salmon.

Glenn trying for some elusive salmon.

While fishing for salmon, some of the flies we used were the white-tailed green machine, brown bombers, and yellow-winged butterflies.  When we were fishing for pickerel we used different colored senkos.  We also fished them wacky-style for awhile.  We used different poppers.  I also used a diver while trolling for awhile.

Here’s hoping the water drops soon.  I hope the rest of you are having some luck on the water.


Flyfishing for Bass on the Canaan River

Glenn and I decided to go for an evening of bass fishing last Sunday. ( I have been busy with school…so posting now).  I told him I had some bass flies so we decided to just use the fly rods and see how we make out with them.  I bought the bass flies quite awhile ago but never used.  We thought it would be a good night to try.  I had a variety of them but had two of the same popper.  Glenn used it first but I decided to use a top water mouse.  He started to get a few hits but no takers.  ON my side of the river I was not getting any actions so I decided to put the popper on as well.  It was not long after that I started to see some movement.  I must say it was not difficult to fly fish with these flies but they are heavier than regular flies so it did take a handful of casts to get use to the action and distance.  With the popper fly you just cast it out and grab the line with your other hand and pull back on the line to make the fly move towards you on top of the water.  I was very impressed with the action it made.  Here is a picture of the fly.  This is the link to the online store I bought them from.  The next day Glenn and i bought more from them.  They are in the mail now.  I do support local fly tying places but see no harm in buying online either.  The online store is The Angler’s Dream.  Give them a visit.  I recommend trying some of their flies.  ON their menu bar at the top, you select what type of flies you want to look at.

It was not long that I had my first bass on.  It was not big but it had been 3 or 4 years since I caught a bass using a fly rod.  Trust me, it is great fun!!!!  We continued down the river and I caught a few more, while Glenn was getting many chasers but no takers.  It was around this time that I saw a little mound of dirt with a bush on it and thought it would be a great place for a bass to be hiding.  I casted the fly but there was no movement.  I casted again and BAMB!!!!  I had on a very nice bass.  It certainly took my drag I few times.  It felt great on the fly rod.  It did a few jumps out of the water.  Glenn was a bit in front of me.  When I got it out of the water I asked Glenn to come take a picture.  My the time he got to me, my arm was tired from holding the bass.  I was very pleased with the catch.  See picture for details :)

Bass on the Fly.

Bass on the Fly.

As we moved down the river we each caught a few more.  We were both very pleased that we decided to try the fly rods.  The Canaan River is a great place to fly fish because it is wide open.

Another very neat part about the night was that we must have passed a thousand shad that were in the system.  We tried to catch some using different flies but we did not have any luck.  It was very cool to be able to get as close to them as we did.

Glenn's bass on the fly.

Glenn's bass on the fly.

If you ever have a catch to go bass fishing on the fly….I strongly recommend it!!  Happy fishing and tight lines everyone.  Thanks for taking the time to read this blog.  I appreciate it.


Getting Some Bass Fishing In

Chris' Oromocto River Pickerel

Chris' Oromocto River Pickerel

Have no fear everyone, I have been out fishing a little bit.  I am just getting to blog about the times out now.  My wife got her knee operated on two weeks ago.  I know what you are all thinking.  Did she not know it was fishing season???  Really, I do not think she knew :)   Just kidding honey :)   I have been doing my best to take care of her and things around the house while she is recuperating.  Yes, the house is still standing and the kids and dog have been fed.

Canaan River at 6 am

Canaan River at 6 am

I have been able to get out fishing a little bit as of late.  Last week, Glenn, Chris, and I went to the Oromocto River to try some bass and pickerel fishing. We put in at the campground on French Lake that connects to the river system.  As soon as we arrived we realized the water levels were actually very high.  We thought since it was a pretty easy winter that the levels would have been lower.  We went up the river system stopping where we thought there should be some bass.  There are many downed trees that sit in the water on this river.  We did not have any luck at all on the river for bass all day long.  Since this was happening, we decided to to some little inlets to see if there were any pickerel sitting in the weeds or grass.  This was the middle of May so there were not many weeds yet but there was a little grass growing in places.  We found this one inlet and we fished it for a little bit.  We each caught a few little pickerel and then decided to keep going up the system. On the way back down we decided to try this place again.  Chris was on fire using a bubblegum colored senko.  Before we left the inlet he caught the two biggest pickerel of the day.  Glenn and I were happy to watch and take pictures :)   I would say it will be a good three weeks before the water drops to good levels to fish for bass properly.  Perhaps they were not even in the system yet?  We are fairly new to this river and have lots to learn about it.

Glenn with a nice catch

Glenn with a nice catch

It was quite a slow day fishing-wise but it was great to spend  the afternoon on the water with Glenn and Chris.

This past Friday night after work, the three of us decided to walk the Canaan River trying for bass.  Glenn had tried the river a couple of times during the week and had some luck.  It was a great night for fishing as the weather was very nice.  We started at the bridge and made our way down the river until it was close to dark.  Again, it was a slow night fishing.  I caught my first bass of the season, which was nice but we did not get much else besides that.  Again, itr was nice to walk the river.  The water level was good.  We were able to walk it with ease.

Glenn and I went back to the same spot Sunday morning.  We arrived at 6am and we fished until 8:30 as Glenn had to be home.  We did not see any fish at all.  The water levels dropped a bit from Friday night.  Glenn and I tried different baits but mainly stayed with top-water lures.  When I got home I texted Glenn to see if he wanted to go back for an evening fish.  I told him we should try the other spot a little farther down the system……and boy am I glad we did.  This stretch is deeper than at the bridge area.  We got in the water and started walking down the river, each taking a side.  Again, we both used top-water poppers.  Along this stretch of the river we each caught 4 bass.  All eight bass were quite small but we were both very happy just to finally get into some bass.  We continued down the river and talked to a guy who was fishing from sure.  As we got closer he asked if I was the guy who did the blog.  He said I looked familiar.  I thought that was pretty cool.  We talked for a bit and then we continued down the river.  It was on this stretch that we finally got into some nice-sized bass.  We each caught two of these bass.  We both really enjoy fishing top water baits because you get to see the bass hit the baits.  It was getting dark by this time so we fished back up river a little bit and then walked back to the car.

Me and my bass

Me and my bass

It is my experience that the bass stay in this stretch of river until the end of June, so we hope to fish it a handful more times before that date.  This was definitely our best night of bass fishing so far.  We each ended up catching 7 bass each.

I hope all of you are getting some success with your spring fishing, no matter what species you are going after.  Leave a comment and let me know.  Until next time, tight lines.


Opening Day 2012- Black Salmon Fishing

My best catch of the day.

My best catch of the day.

Well, if any of you like fishing as much as I do, you must have been extremely excited for April 15th to arrive.  Glenn, Chris, and I had made plans to go black salmon fishing again this year in the Miramichi.  Last year was the first time that I have ever tried.  It was a great time.  You can read my post about last year here.  Before we went on our hopefully to be annual trip, Glenn wanted to take his boat for a test run as he and Chris had patched up some holes this spring.  He also wanted to give the motor a good run as well.  Last Wednesday evening after work we went to Cole’s Island with another guy, Kirk, to try the boat out.  Kirk bought himself a used boat (jealous) over the winter so he wanted to try his as well.  It was a beautiful night as it was nice and warm and there was no wind.  We took the boats up the system where never fished before so it was nice to see the new territory.  Supposedly it is good bass fishing up there in May and early June.  We will have to find out :)

The boats for the trial run on Cole's Island.

The boats for the trial run on Cole's Island.

With the trial run out of the way we just needed to wait for April 15th to arrive.  We could not wait this long and went to the Miramichi on the 14th.  We stayed at Glenn’s friend’s camp again this year.  A big thank you to James for letting us stay there again this year.  It is a great place to stay because it is right on the river.  We arrived around 6pm.   We put the boat in the river and went for a ride around to check out the system.  The water levels were probably 2 feet lower than last year.  Once we were finished in the water we went to the camp and ate.  There ended up being seven of us at the camp.  It was a great evening of sitting around talking and having a few good laughs.  We went to bed at around 12:30 and were up around 5:30 to get ready to hit the water.

Chris' big catch of the day.

Chris' big catch of the day.

We went down to the boat just after day break.  As we got to the boat there were already probably around 15 people fishing from shore.  We got into the boat and made our way down the system.  Surprisingly there were no other boats on the water yet.  It was probably a couple degrees above zero at this point.  We were all dressed warm but it was still pretty chilly.  I was fine except my feet got cold.  I will have to invest in some insulated boots for fishing early in the year.


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There were two different ways we fished from the boat.  One of the ways was we would cast out from the boat and let the wet flies go down the river in the current.  We would let out a lot of line, let it straighten out, and then strip it back towards us.  The other way was that we would troll.  Last year we had great luck the first way but this year we had much better luck trolling.    It goes to show that every year can be different and it is good o try different ways.

We each used different colored flies throughout the day.  Different flies produced throughout the day but ones that had a light blue worked very well.  part way through the day Chris tried one that had lots of pink on it and i think he ended up catching 4 or 5 fish with it.  At one point he let me use his road and I could one with it as well.

Glenn's big catch of the day.

Glenn's big catch of the day.

We had a fantastic day on the water.  There were lots of boats on the water but we were still able to go basically anywhere we wanted to.  At times, you just wait your turn until someone is done with a spot and then take your turn. We fished until 1pm and then went to the camp for lunch (and to warm up) and then went right back to fishing.  We fished until 7pm and then packed up to come back home. Fishing wise, Chris and Glenn had very good days.  Me, on the other hand, had a very slow day.  It is important to remember fishing does not always go your way and not to get too frustrated.  I was happy to be on the water and happy to be with two good friends for the day.  Chris ended up landing 9 salmon and one trout, Glenn landed 8 salmon, and I landed 2 salmon and 1 trout.  Glenn and Chris also had a handful of other real nice salmon on but they got off before we could land them.

One thing that really caught my attention while we were on the water was the amount of ice that was on the river banks.  Even with the winter we had last year there was none last year when we were there.  This year, it was along much of the river.  At places, it was 12 feet high.  later in the day pieces were falling into the water.  At one point, a huge piece broke off and fell into the water just by us.

Ice along the river.

Ice along the river.

If you have never fished in the spring for black salmon, I strongly recommend it.  It is a great deal of fun to hook into and to land these fish.

If you got out fishing yesterday, I hope you had a great day whether you caught any fish or not.  Please leave a comment and let me know how your day went.  Now that fishing has started I will keep my blog up tp date.  Please come back and visit often.  I truly hope you have a great time fishing this season.


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