Opening Day 2012- Black Salmon Fishing
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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