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.
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.
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.
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.