If you are someone who has thought about giving Black Salmon fishing a try I would strongly suggest it. Over the winter months my friend Glenn had talked to me about taking me to the Miramichi on the opening weekend of fishing season to try some Black Salmon fishing. He told me to mark Saturday, April 16th on my calendar. I always do what I am told so I marked the date. As this weekend came closer the plans were finalized. Glenn and Chris were going up Thursday night with some people and they were going to fish on Friday and I was going to go up Friday night with one of their friends and fish Saturday.
On Thursday we received an email stating Glenn’s friend was not able to go up as he had other things he had to get done. Glenn told me that he and Chris would drive back to Riverview Friday night, pick me up, and drive right back to the Miramichi. I told him not to be so foolish and that I could go some other time with him as I did not expect them to drive all the way back here to get me. Well, am I ever happy that they did.
Chris with one of his many Black Salmon.
We arrived at Glenn’s friend’s camp on the Main South West at 11pm, got settles in and watched a little TV. The guys were tired out from the long day on Friday and I would say everyone was asleep by midnight. We woke up around 7:30, got some breakfast and set up for the day. We were not in a big hurry as it was -4 degrees out at 8am. Once we had our gear ready and dressed properly we headed down to the boat. We dressed in layers so we could take off a sweater or two if it warmed up enough. Glenn, Chris and I went in a boat and three other people went in another boat. It was cold out but there was no wind so it was not too bad on the water.
Once in the boat we headed right on the river. Just a few meters down the river there must have been 10 or more people fishing from the bank.
People fishing off the bank.
We headed past them a little ways and put the anchor down by the right edge of the river. We stayed on the right side the entire day. We decided to put the anchor down and cast out and let the current take the fly own river. The current was quite strong so it did not take long for the fly to get down river. The set up we were using was wet flies, with sinking line as the Black Salmon mainly stay down this time of year. Glenn and Chris had many different colored wet flies. Glenn used a light blue colored fly, I was using a yellow one and Chris used the yellow one plus a few different ones throughout the day. I am new to salmon fishing and do not know all the names of the flies. I will talk to Glenn and comment later with the proper names.
My first-ever Black Salmon
As we started fishing Glenn had a hit on his third cast. The Black Salmon hit as he was retrieving the wet fly. I was obviously very pleased to see a fish on right away. We used a net to help land the Black Salmon throughout the day. We continued to do extremely well right away as we landed 7 Black Salmon within the first half hour. Chris caught the second one and then it was my turn. As it was the first Black Salmon I have ever caught I was very pleased. At that moment I told the guys I was very glad they came back and picked me up Friday night.
We continued to fish in this area and lift the anchor and float down a few feet and then put the anchor back down. As the boat settled we had very good luck fishing this new area as we got strikes almost every time we fished over new water. None of us changed our flies in the morning as we were all having good luck with the flies we started with.
The guys said on Friday that they did catch some very good sized fish. As of this time in the morning we were catching grilse and did not see any big salmon. This did not matter to me at all because I felt catching these grilse was awesome fun.
Just a little bit before lunch we decided to do a little trolling with the wet flies. As we were doing this I had a very good hit and I told the guys that the hit was hard. As I started to reel in the line the fish came in quite easily but soon I started to feel a more resistance on the line. The other fish came to the surface of the water fairly fast as well. This one was not coming to the surface at all. It did feel heavier then the other fish I was catching in the morning so Glenn stated that I must have a nice salmon on the line. After a bit more time went buy the fish finally surfaced and I was very excited as I quickly realized this was the biggest fish I have ever had on the other end of the line. It took me a little longer to get the fish in the net but we did land it. The picture below is me with the Black Salmon, a picture I will not soon forget! It measured in at 32 inches long.
My catch of the day!
After this we went in to the camp for lunch and to warm up. At around 2:30 we went back on the water and we back to the same area and did the same type of fishing. We did some casting and some trolling. Glenn had a big afternoon as he landed two very nice sized fish. The biggest one he caught was 36 inches.
Glenn with his biggest Black Salmon caught.
As the day finished, we each landed our limit so we could not ask for a better day. Glenn said hit was the best day of Black Salmon fishing he has ever had. I am certainly glad I was there to be part of it.
If you are someone who has thought about giving Black Salmon fishing a try I would recommend finding a way to give it a try. Thanks to Glenn and Chris for the fantastic day. It will be a day I will remember for a very long time.