RIVER REPORTS

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2015 River Reports
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2015 SPORTSMEN'S SHOWS

We would like to take this time to thank everyone who dropped by to say 'hello' at the 2013 Sportsman shows and invite you to come and visit us again in 2014. Here is a list of Sportsman Shows Country Haven Miramichi will be represented at in 2015 so do stop by and say "Hi" and pick up a Country Haven Brochure.

2015 SHOWS REPRESENTED BY TIGHT LINES FLY FISHING & EAST COAST SPEY

January 23d - 25th - The 2015 Fly Fishing Show East - Somerset NJ, at the Garden State Convention Center

We will be represented at this Show by Tight Lines Fly Fishing Inc. and East Coast Spey, Pine Brook, NJ. Andrew May, Jody Plonski and Jorge Posada are all familiar with the Miramichi River and our Operation and will also be holding their 4th annual Spey casting Clinic with us here at Country Haven from (Dates TBA) and also (Dates TBA) 2015. Web site: www.tightlinesflyfishing.com/canada.htm

2015 SHOWS REPRESENTED BY BEARS DEN FLY FISHING

January 16, 17, 18th - The Fly Fishing Show East - Marlborough MA, - Royal Plaza, 1st Booth on right after entering.
January 23d - 25th - The Fly Fishing Show East - Somerset NJ.
February 17th - Bears Den Annual Fly Fishing Expo.
We will be Represented at these Shows by Bears Den Fly Fishing Co.. from Taunton, MA. Owner Scott Wessels has fished with us in the past. Stop by and pick up a Country Haven Brochure and have a look at all the Great fishing Equipment that will be on display. Web site: www.bearsden.com.


SHOWS REPRESENTED BY AFFORDABLE ADVENTURES in 2015

Paul Carleton and Tom Fabisak have been fishing with and representing us now for 11 years and know our operation very well. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have about fishing on the Miramichi. The Affordable Adventure Group will again be fishing with us this year.

  • Jan 10th - 12th - Rockingham Hunting & Fishing Expo, Rockingham Park - Salem, NH
    Booth # 003

  • February 19th - 22nd - Springfield Sportsman's Show, Big "E" Fairgrounds - Springfield, MA
    Booth # 810

  • March 7th & 8th - New Hampshire Fly Fishing Show, Pelham Fish & Game Club, 100 Simpson Mill Road, Pelham, NH


Country Haven Lodge Show Representations by:-
AFFORDABLE ADVENTURES
P.O. Box 3301
Portsmouth, NH 03802-3301
Tel/Fax (603) 431-8761
Web: www.affordahunt.com



2015 SHOWS REPRESENTED BY FINS AND FURS ADVENTURES

Carroll and Lila Ware are very familiar with the Miramichi River,
having fished it a number of times and will be fishing with us again in 2015.

                                - January 16 - 18th 2015 The Fly Fishing Show - Marlboro, MA
                                - January 23 - 25th 2015 The Fly Fishing Show - Somerset, NJ
                                - March 6 - 8th 2015 Orono Sportsman's Show - Univ. Maine, Orono ME
                                - March 21st & 22nd 2015 Presque Isle Sportsman's Show
                                - March 27 - 28th 2015 Maine State Sportsman's Show, Augusta, ME



2015 U.K. SHOWS

February 7th & 8th 2015 - Brian Warrington who fishes with us each year will be repesenting as at the British Fly Fair held in Stafford on the 7th and 7th of February, www.bffi.co.uk. He will be demonstrating and will be at the AAPGAI stand on both days. He will also be demonstrating at the Prince Albert Fishing Club open day on the river Ribble at Ribchester in Lancashire on the 8th of June. Brian knows much about the Miramichi River and will be happy to answer any questions about Country Haven and the Miramichi.

July 31st - August 2nd 2015 - Once again, we will be Represented at the CLA Game Fair, Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire by our UK booking agent

Peter McLeod has fished with us here at Country Haven and he will happily answer any of you questions about fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi.

Additional shows are:
We will be represented at these shows by Bryan Martin from the Devon Fishing Club. Bryan fishes with us each year and knows our operation as well as anyone in the UK. Bryan will be providing casting lessons at all these Shows and can be reached at 0 775 935 2194
- Devon Country Show, May 21st - 23d 2015, WestPoint Exhibition Center, Exeter
- North Devon Show, Aug 5th 2015 Umberleigh, Umberleigh Barton Farm on the A377
- South West Fly Fair, 28th March Roadford Lake, Devon, (Salmon and Trout Association).
- Game Angling Instructors Association Open Day. 2nd May Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham, Northunberland.



We would like to thank all those people who stopped by our booth at any of
the 2014 shows and we look forward to seeing you again this year.




YEAR 2015 River Reports


Summer 2015


July 24th


After so much rain and cool temperatures over the past week it is now hard to believe that only 10 days ago they were shutting down cold water pools because of the heat. Wow! When things improved, they did - big time - from last Thursday on, fishermen have seen as many fish entering the river in one week as they might have seen in any July in their lifetime.

Due to the earlier warm water conditions and negative reports there were not as many people fishing as usual but those who did were enjoying it as there were good numbers landed each day throughout the week, including approximately 100 fish in the stretch from the mouth of the Cains to Quarryville on Sunday alone! With the barbless hook being used this year, some anglers are losing half of their hookups, along with the fact there were not as many fishermen last week. One angler said these "100 fish days" could probably have been "300 fish days" in past years before barbless hooks and he is probably correct. With the perfect conditions and lower water in the lower stretches of the main River over the weekend, this is where the best fishing was. With the water levels rising every day this week, anglers are now enjoying good fishing throughout the entire main river system, the Renous and the lower stretches of the Cains. Overall, the most positive thing we have taken from summer fishing so far - even though we are catching and seeing many big Salmon (including some 30+ lb'ers) - is the great number of Grilse in the system - something we have not seen for a couple of years.

With the water still rising, fishing will probably slow down for a couple of days but with the large number of fish in the system, fishing should improve daily as the water falls, especially on the smaller tributaries. Most productive flies this week have been the #8 and #10 Undertaker during the low water, and #4, and #6 White Tail Green Machine after the rise.

Every year is different! With the numbers of returning fish in the system, some years are great and some not so great due to lower returns and sometimes more to do with the not-so-accurate counting systems on the rivers that can increase or decrease the numbers. The overall number counts vary by conditions more than the actual fish numbers. In good conditions the counters might be kept in place for an entire season, making for a good yearly count. In other years, the counts might not be as accurate due to high water or net removals due to floating debris - sometimes during the best times for returning fish like during the flood of July 2014. But overall, the counters give as good an indication as possible for the returning numbers from year to year. It is believed that approximately 7-10 percent of the fish moving though the system go through the counters each day depending on conditions.

Here is a photo of a 34 Lb+ salmon landed in Upper Blackville Wednesday by Tim Vickers and this fish has a story! This fish had a tag. It was tagged at the Millerton Counter in August 2013 and probably returned to the Sea in the spring of 2014 to return again in July 2015.

( With the short time it spends at sea, this Salmon is called a Consecutive Repeat Spawner. These Salmon are good for the River System. )

There is so much yet to learn about the wild Atlantic Salmon, including their life at sea. Why they return in greater numbers in some years but not others and often in years and times not predicted by the DFO and other Scientific Predictions, remains a mystery. For anyone interested in helping the cause of the wild Atlantic Salmon, the Miramichi Salmon Association and the Atlantic Salmon Federation are both great organizations to support.

Even though there is so much yet to learn about the wild Atlantic Salmon and only so much information available from studies, books and biologists, it seems to me that every year is different and I will never figure them out. But a good place to start learning is by spending time with some of the older and more experienced guides on the river as some of them have forgotten more about the river and the Salmon than what you might ever learn from all the studies that have been made. Every Atlantic Salmon angler who fishes the Miramichi should spend at least one day on the river with one of the true and genuine generations of guides, such as Wesley Curtis, Ernest Long, Vince Swazey, Pete Randall or Gary Colford. As an outfitter who has been studying the river and Salmon every day for over 15 years, I have discovered that every day provides a new experience as I am always learning! Some of my nicest memories from before my time on the river have been told to me by older locals and guides and even guests who have been returning to the River for generations.

Gary Colford has been guiding for us here at Country Haven since 2007, with 50 years of guiding experience, Gary started at Wades Fishing Lodge at only 15 years of age. There is not much Gary has not seen or knows when it comes to Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Miramichi, especially concerning past conditions, high or low water, years of good or years of poor fishing or banner years of returns in the 60's with the following year full of rumours about closing the river due to low returns. Low water river reports are now a concern but Gary remembers water levels close to 2 ft lower than levels fell during the past few seasons. Overall, what amazes me the most about Gary's knowledge of the river is with his fish predictions from year to year. With the lower numbers of returns reported last year, Gary kept suggesting we should get ready for this year - even though it's still early in the season - but as of now it's looking like Gary is correct once again. Of all the concerns for the future of the Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi, there are many that Gary shares concerns over! Even though the Striped Bass has been in the system for years, the high numbers we are now experiencing are the biggest threat to the Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi. I am starting to think that the DFO should spend some time on the river talking to locals and these older guides! They just possibly could learn more about the River and the Salmon.

For those of you who have not met Gary, here is a link to the video of Gary & the River.




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 conditions 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.

July 17th

  
20 years of fishing the Miramichi for these NY Boys
  
Ken doing what he does best

The news on the river this week has been more about the cold water pools D.F.O. has closed until conditions improve, 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. With cooler water temperatures, the D.F.O. will probably open up the cold water areas once the water temperatures remain constantly cool for 72 hrs. The decision to close some spots is 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.




July 9th


Andrew with a fresh grilse

Nancy Moy getting it done

The best young double handed Caster
on the Miramichi, Zac Colford

Taking a private lesson
from one of the best.

Fish, fish & more fish are all we have seen since the later part of June - a very positive outlook for fish numbers so far this summer season. Having good numbers of fish in the system is always the key ingredient for good fishing however, conditions also play a big part and with the warmer weather we have experienced since Monday, fishing has been slowing down. With high numbers of big Salmon in June, it is also encouraging to see high numbers of Grilse in the system. This is the first time in a couple of seasons that we are seeing more Grilse than Salmon.

As for water levels, some of the upriver pools on the main river are getting low. The Cains and Renous rivers are dropping too low for good fishing. So far, the Cains has not seen any great numbers of fish to speak of, as it's a "later" river, but with a rise in water levels, many of the fish presently holding at Black Brook are now Cains River bound. Some of the pools on the lower stretches of the river are only now becoming fishable, as they need low water and some of them never get too low for good fishing. The Coughlan, Orr, Mountain Channel and Ted Williams pools can drop a bit more to have improved fishing. So far, in these pools, fish have not been holding but merely traveling through, even with the warmer water. Our anglers have been getting the best results fishing pools closest to the tidal waters as every tide has been bringing in fish. We do need rain or cooler weather to improve fishing and it looks like we may get these improved conditions next week. Flies of Choice this week have been the #10 Undertaker and #8-#10 Blue Charm. As always, Andrew Moy and crew from Tight Lines Fly Shop from New Jersey hosted some great clinics in double handed fishing - one of the best instruction teams for sure.





June 28th


Ernst & Young annual corporate event

Salmon landed by Ivan Toner, Bedford NS

Andrew Munn, Halifax NS
1st of 4 for the day

Ian Cavanagh releasing
his 1st summer Salmon

The Summer fishing season on the Miramichi "came in like a Lion" so let's hope it "goes out like a Lion" as well in October - a good start and a good finish! Reports from all the rivers have been quite positive, with good numbers of fish around and some nice catches as well with 16 hook ups and 10 landed on Thursday. We also had the first summer fishermen limiting out this week. Andrew Munn from Halifax landed four on a #8 White Tail Shady Lady. With the majority of the fish landed so far on the River being Salmon - which is normal in June - we also started landing some Grilse by Thursday and over the weekend. Since early last week, we have seen some good numbers of fish moving up the system daily. It sure looks good seeing so many fresh fish entering the system in June, but again, with June fish, it has a lot to do with timing - being in the right place at the right time is everything! The most productive flies this week have been the #6 Blue Charm, #6 Undertaker and #8 Shady Lady.

Events on the Miramichi in July

July 5th - 8th, East Coast Spey from NJ USA will be offering a spey casting School on the Miramichi.
www.tightlinesflyfishing.com/canada.htm

July 5 - 8th, The Miramichi Salmon Association’s 10th Annual Miramichi Salmon Classic
www.miramichisalmon.ca/salmon-classic



June 22nd


Nice 18 Lb'er landed by Bob Bowser

Chris Losier's 20 lb. Salmon

Rodney Colford's beauty

On the Miramichi there are a couple of weeks between the spring Salmon season and the summer runs where the time is spent mainly on Trout fishing or, in the last couple of years, Striped Bass fishing. Every year can be different as there are no set dates for the summer runs to arrive from the sea. In past years we have had excellent success as early as June 7th but in other years, not until the last week of June before having any success. One good day does not guarantee success the following days as these early run Salmon are travelers - some traveling up to 20 kilometers a day. These Salmon are the most challenging as it's hard to know where they will be at any given time. The guides fish the pools by the tides - sometimes moving from downriver pools to upriver pools - depending on the tides. Sometime it's more a case of being in the right place at the right time and more luck than skill. But one thing is for sure - every time an angler lands one of these June beauties, the fight and the fish is always worth the effort.

With our summer season now getting under way, reports from the Gaspreau fishermen downriver so far have been very positive as they have been releasing more salmon from their nets than they have done in quite a while. Canoers on the Dungarvon have been seeing fish now for a couple of weeks. Fishermen who have been doing canoeing and fishing Day Trips on the Nor'west are picking up some nice salmon. Also, there have been reports of Salmon landed on the Sevogal, Renous and some beauties on the Main Southwest Miramichi River system. So... we are starting our Summer season full of optimism for a good season to come.

Above are photos of a few Salmon landed on the System over the past week by Chris Losier, Bob Bowser and Rodney Colford. Chris & Bob's fish were landed on Wet flies. Rodney landed his yesterday using a Blue Bomber. Flies of choice for these early run Salmon were #4, #6 under normal June water conditions. With a bit of rain throughout the week along with cool water tempetures, more fish have been entering the system daily so find a good location on the river and brace your feet.

Tightlines!!!




Spring 2015

May 26th


Larissa Bryenton, 1st Atlantic Salmon, May 18th

Girls in the kitchen

Robert & Eric Hollenberg, Dundas Ont.

Jeremy with a real beauty!

Our Spring fishing season came to an end on Sunday - approximately a month since starting day this year due to a late ice out. But overall, it was a much better spring than anyone had expected after the late start and low DFO number count reports.

After a month on the water, guests had 4 days where over 100 Salmon & Grilse were landed, 5 days where over 50 fish were landed and 7 days where over 30 were landed! All other days of the month there were some fish landed every day from start through Friday with approximately 1000+ total landings for the month. After speaking with our guides and many long-time returning guests, this spring was as good as most and probably as consistent a producing spring as we have had in quite a while - and can only be described as another successful spring. The reason for the good fishing may have been due to no great water rises to speak of, or the fish moving down daily, or just more fish arriving than was expected. Another positive aspect of the good season was the high number of big female spawners in the system and the large numbers of big salmon overall. On the negative side, once again this spring had low numbers of Grilse in the system. Over the past five years we have seen a complete reversal of the Salmon to Grilse ratio on the river. This is good for the fishermen but who knows what it really means for the river in the long run! After the Salmon & Trout fishing slowed toward the end of the week, anglers enjoyed some great Striped Bass fishing to finish out the spring as our boats - with 2 to 3 fishermen per guide - landed approximately 100 Stripers per boat each day over the weekend. But even though it's fun, some fishermen tell us they would sooner fish all day for one Salmon than land over 100 Striped Bass.

Every year people ask us what the best times of the year are for the best fishing and the longer time goes by, it seems like the less we know about it as every year and season are so different. After another spring season, however, the only thing we do know for sure is that there were many more Salmon entering the Main River system than were counted, probably during the flood in July when the counter was damaged, or other times when it was removed due to high water and debris, and definitely after its final removal last year on October 16th. We hope the conditions will be better this year for both returning fish and fishermen over the remainder of the season as we will now be turning our attention to summer fishing as we wait for the fresh runs of June Salmon that could arrive any day. If history and statistics mean anything, then 2015 is the "cycle year" for good returns 2011 to 2015. We will also spend some time on the Cains River fly fishing for Sea Trout, which is great fun using light weight tackle. For anyone interested in Striped Bass fishing, there are miles of fishable water with a number of boat ramps and from May 29-31st there is Atlantic Canada’s premier Striped Bass fishing tournament taking place nearby in Miramichi. For more information, see miramichistripercup.ca .

Some Atlantic Salmon fishermen find it sad hosting the Striper cup on one of the most famous Atlantic Salmon rivers but there are lots of Bass, lots of prizes, and lots of fun to be had. Do remember, as the popular vehicle bumper sticker reads "Keep a Striper-Save a Smolt"!

Every season we look back and remember the good times and stories and with over 100 guests from around the world visiting us this spring, it was another great one for memories as 90% were returning guests and over the years, so many are now like family - having watched our youngsters grow up from kids to having them now guiding on the river, and from once teaching the boys to tie flies and knots to now needing it done for them - as they had taught them many years ago - as their eyesights are now not like they used to be.

Every day is a story and there are so many good ones, but each spring we have a chuckle with a group that has been coming to the Miramichi annually since 1967 as they fished with a number of other - now closed - lodges in the past before coming with us. 13 years ago we had a lodge owner call, telling us he was closing and that he had a group of older gentlemen who had fished with him for years and who were now looking for a good place to fish. They were nice fellows and were getting up there in years but we might get them for a couple of years. They are still laughing about this now, 13 years later, as some of them are now in their 80'S & 90's and still catching Salmon.

Another memory started this spring is of 14 year old Quinn Cavanagh who arrived from Halifax in search of his first Atlantic Salmon. History and stories had created a family tradition of catching an Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi as his great grandfather Lewis Brown was camp manager at Rocky Brook Camp from 1960-1969. His Grandfather and his father, Ian, landed Salmon on the Miramichi in the Doaktown area and this trip was his turn as he had lost some beauties over the last couple of years - but this day, with guide Gary Colford, he would have made his ancestors proud as he landed his first Atlantic on the Miramichi. We're not sure who was happier, Quinn , his Dad Ian, or guide Gary. We take such pride in having some of the best guides on the river and they all have unique differences, but one of Gary's many qualities, after guiding for 50 years and after landing thousands of salmon, is that he still gets as excited as the guests when they land their first Salmon.

Almost everyone knows of the great baseball player Ted Williams. Ted spent so many summers here, fishing Salmon on the Miramichi. How he loved the fight of the Atlantic and the solitude many locals gave him as we were hockey fans and did not care much about baseball. The nice stories of the great duo - Ted and his longtime guide Roy Curtis - made over the years, including one of the best traditions on the Miramichi - all of Roy's six sons are still actively guiding on the Miramichi River after so many years. Every so often a Ted Williams fan will show up to go fishing, with stories of Ted and baseball, but here is a different story - one of a side some may or may not have known about Ted as a person and an angler. Guide Ken Vickers tells us the story many times, of him being 12 and down at the river fishing with his brother's rod when Ted saw him, thought he was doing ok casting and then gave him a brand new Shakespeare autographed rod and reel which Ken still has today! Ted was right, as Ken is one of the best single-handed casters on the Miramichi River today.

Throughout the winter months we are sometimes lucky enough to spend time in the Florida Keys fishing and vacationing. We have seen Ted's place in Islamorada, where he enjoyed his winter fishing, a number of times. We enjoy listening to stories at places like Buds & Mary's, from guides who knew him. In January this year, at a local shop, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a fellow full of fishing stories about Ted and his dad. Ted's family and his family all enjoyed the memories and if you did not know better, you would think you were listening to one of the Curtis family members talking about Ted and fishing, and like Ken, Ted had given him his first fly rod that he still cherishes today.

After an airport pickup this spring we met Lodge owner Shawn Leadon from the Bahamas Andros Island. Shawn was coming to fish Atlantics for the very first time, accompanied by a friend who has visited with us many times. During the drive to the lodge we heard about his many interesting stories, his love for fly fishing and a guy by the name of Ted Williams who had fished for years with his Dad on the Island. Once again, same stories of a great fishermen with a big heart but different families with similar memories, and yes, Ted gave Shawn his first fly rod because he thought he had potential! Once again, Ted was right about his casting as today Shawn is one of the best there is! After visiting Ted's Camp on the Miramichi and after going through the guest book 20 years later it was nice for Shawn to see his dad's name written there. When Shawn came to the Miramichi he never knew Ted or that his Dad was here and thought he might have been the only kid Ted Williams had given a fly rod to! In the world of fly fishing we all come together and on the Miramichi, every day is a story with many stories having happy endings. If anyone is interested in visiting Andros Island and fishing with Shawn for Bonefish, Tarpon or getting permits then visit androsoutdooradventures.com.


Shawn Leadon and Art Mesher

Shawn Leadon & Ken Vickers



May 18th


Adam Curtis - nice Trout

Olivia Donahue and her Striped Bass

Keffer Pitfield, Toronto Ont

Colin Fisher, Toronto Ont

This has been a week where spring fishing was as it should be. Even though numbers of fish landed were not as high as in previous weeks, the nicer weather and ideal water conditions for casting made up for it and anglers had good success landing Salmon and Grilse throughout 50 Miles of the River, with the better fishing occurring in the stretch between Blackville and Quarryville, also we had some of the best trout fishing in years occurring between White Rapids and Quarryville. This past week was also the first time this spring that the fish started moving out and on Monday and Tuesday, what a sight it was to see hundreds of jumping Salmon and Grilse between Upper Blackville and Quarryville - one of the best couple of days in a while for watching jumping spring Salmon. It was a nice sight to see after not seeing many during last summer as most Salmon arrived later in the season or during high water conditions.

After three weeks of spring fishing we now know the fish did arrive in much greater numbers than DFO figures indicated. With water levels remaining at a good height for boating, fishermen should continue to land some spring Salmon into this coming week, along with some nice trout in the lower stretch of the Main River System as well as Striped Bass in the tidal waters. Only Fly fishing is permitted for Salmon and Trout but other methods can be used for catching Striped Bass however stripping Bomber flies across the surface is still the most rewarding method for hooking Stripers.

Most fishermen now adhere to a hook-and-release-only policy for most species but on the Miramichi - famous for its Atlantic Salmon - many believe in "hook and cook" when it comes to Stripers, as a new bumper sticker available in the Area reads, "Keep a Striper - Save a Smolt". So... anglers should get out on the water as there is still lots of good spring fishing remaining on the Miramichi for a while yet. This week floating lines or floating lines with sinking tips are working best when casting for Salmon and Trout but some anglers are still using full sink lines when trolling in the tidal waters. Best fly this week has been the 2/0 Gray Ghost for Trout and Salmon.



May 11th


Aaron Kroeker, St. Davids Ontario

Father & son Ian & Quinn Cavanaugh, Halifax NS

Gino DeBurra, Poland ME

Lobster Season now open. Mmmm...

Overall this has been quite a good week on the water but with such warm weather early in the week, the water levels rose and made for a couple of slow fishing days mid week. Even with the less-than-perfect water conditions, the large number of fish in the system made for some good fishing as almost all of our guests landed fish daily, with one guest limiting out on 4 of his 5 days with 10 landed per day. With the water levels falling by the weekend, some anglers started using lighter lines and smaller flies. On a positive note, the entire Main Southwest Miramichi River system is producing well overall, as fishermen are still landing fish in Boistown, Doaktown, Blackville and Millerton - approximately 50 kilometers/30 miles of Salmon fishing river. We had another week of large fish being caught as the ratio of Salmon to Grilse has been 75% large Salmon compared to 25% Grilse - good for the anglers but possibly not so good for the longterm future of the River - however fishermen are really enjoying it for now.

Our Trout fishermen have been landing some nice 20in+ fish in the faster water of White Rapids and in the Tidal waters. Flies of choice this week have been theBlack Ghost, Magog Smelt for Salmon and Gray Ghost for Trout. The real Smelts have now moved up into our stretch of the river making competition for the fishermen but great feeding for the Salmon, Trout and guests at the lodges. Lobster season has also opened so life is good on the Miramichi.



May 4th


Andy Lispky, Cumberland RI

Roger Lailey, Newbury England

Larry Brown, Haymarket PA

Bill Moor, PA

With the late start to our season we were hoping for nice weather and good fishing for much of the spring season since we had great fishing in the first couple of days in the season - it really looked promising! Although the fishing remained quite consistent, the weather for much of last week was something to be desired, with rain almost every day and below normal temperatures up until Friday, making it tough for anglers to really enjoy themselves - even on days when the fishing was good. All of our guests did land nice salmon this week - some 40+ inches - including a 47 inch'er by guide Gary Colford and his guest Bill Moor from Pennsylvania - despite the weather. Warm weather moved in on Friday and fishermen enjoyed temperatures in the 70's over the weekend, making it a great time to be on the water.

Trout season opened on May 1st and fishermen are catching some nice trout this year. With the water levels staying high and cold, it's too soon to know for sure how many fish are in the system as most are being caught close to shore and so far in the season it is looking like there is no shortage of big salmon. With warmer weather and falling water the fish should start moving more, making for increased hook ups while casting. Anglers were still using full sinking lines and 5/0 streamer's over weekend.



April 27th


Early season anglers

Bill Mather, Elgin Ontario

Nathan Mesher's beauty

Country Haven Cardinal

Finally, after one of the longest winters in years and slow ice-out conditions, anglers managed to get out on the water on Sunday. "All good things come to those who wait" and for fishermen who were lucky enough to have yesterday as their starting date, they enjoyed some great success as almost everyone limited out - once again, another season opening day with over 100 Grilse & Salmon being landed. After talking to other lodges and anglers who fished on the river from Boiestown to Quarryville yesterday, reports were very positive, with close to 1,000 Salmon & Grilse being landed on the main Southwest Miramichi System for a good start to the 2015 fishing season. It seems like each year it's a different fly that's most productive to start the season and this year it was our very own Country Haven Cardinal that was producing the best. However, with rain in the forecast, fishing might slow down for a bit over the next few days - depending, of course, on how high the water rises. The first Salmon of the season for us this year was a tie as Bill Mather from Elgin Ontario and Art Mesher from Waterloo both landed Salmon at 8.10 AM. Nathan Mesher landed the largest Salmon on opening day. With the delayed start to the season this spring, fishermen are expecting to have good spring fishing late into May for Salmon and Trout as well as Striped Bass later in May to early June.




YEAR 2014 River Reports

Fall 2014

(Many of the Atlantic Salmon rivers around the world experienced lower numbers of returning salmon & grilse in 2014 including the Miramichi River system. However, overall numbers for the Main Southwest Miramichi at the Millerton Counter saw an increase in Salmon & Grilse compared to 2013 results, including a higher number of returns than 5 previous years out of the last 16 years on record for the Millerton counter. This adds a positive note to returns on our stretch of river, considering the negative reports being issued throughout the Atlantic Salmon world in 2014.)

2014 count returns for Salmon & Grilse for the Main Southwest Miramichi river.
The 2014 counts are in for the Millerton trap net as of October 15th 2014.
2014 returns - 743 Grilse, 568 large Salmon
( 2013 returns - 466 grilse, 377 large Salmon )

These numbers are estimated to represent approximately 10% of the actual numbers of fish going through the counters. Based on this, the actual numbers of Grilse could be 7,430 and large Salmon 5,680 for a total of 13,110 for 2014. In 2013 the actual numbers were 4,660 Grilse and 3770 Salmon totalling 8,430. That's approximately an increase of 4,680 over 2013! There are so many factors in determining the actual numbers from year to year. The numbers for 2014 could actually be higher as in the early part of the season, the counters were removed after the hurricane and became more accurate during September and October when we had low water conditions - more like traditional conditions for the lower stretches of the river - without any counter interruptions. The 2013 count could also have been higher as the river received a number of rises, especially in August, resulting in a number of occasions where net counter removals were needed due to grass and floating debris. With rises of water that normally bring in fresh fish to most rivers in the world, if counters are not operating at the time, it is always hard to know the true numbers for that year. The only thing we know for sure is that there were more fish in the system in 2014 than some of the reports might suggest and if anyone didn’t at least see as many fish than they did over the past 5 years on the lower stretches of the Main River System during most of September and early October, and on the Cains in October, then they were probably not on the River. All this should make for a pretty good Spring Season in 2015.


Millerton Counter



October 16th


Jeff Dow, Paxton MA


Doug Slink landing Salmon on the Cains
(Anglers Adventures)

Thomas Hansen, Elsworth Maine
Fall Hookbill

Ray Ziener, Connecticut
Cains River

April Vokey, BC,
with an Atlantic Salmon

Garry Colford releasing April's Salmon


Although there still are a few fresh fish arriving in the lower main river system each day, most of the final week of the 2014 fishing season was spent on the tributary of the Cains River as it was the most productive location to finish off this year's season. Using three locations on the Cains, anglers managed to land some nice Salmon right up until closing day. We enjoyed finishing out the season with our regular returning guests. It was also a treat to open and close out our 2014 season hosting April Vokey as she filmed "Shorelines", a WFN Series with VP Media House which will be airing in January 2015. This week, almost all of our guests landed fish, including April and company. Our guided Canoeing Fishing Day Trips on the Cains, with shore lunch, are always days to remember. Overall, with beautiful weather, fish and great people, what better way to end the season! The most productive flies this week were the #8 Short Hair Undertaker and Black Marabou Leech.

More photos from the 2014 fishing season








Country Haven

April Vokey and Jennifer de Graaf

Canoeing the Cains


April Vokey Topher Browne and Byron
final day of the 2014 season on the Cains River

April Vokey holding a fish

Serge and Gary with fish

With the 2014 Fishing season now in the books, here at Country Haven it could be described as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! The good being that many of our fishermen landed fish throughout August, September and October. The Bad being the slow start to the summer season in June and the heat wave in July. And the Ugly being the hurricane in July that raised the water 12 feet and took any July fish that were in the system up to the headwaters. However, looking back - like they say - a poor start makes for a good end and the fall fishing this year sure made up for the poor start as for over a month, fresh fish arrived daily with some good numbers in September and October and with the good conditions on the lower stretches of the Main river, we experienced some of our best fall fishing on the main river in 5 years. It wasn't as good a season as 2013 or definitely not as good as 2011, but overall, a better season than 2012. Call it luck, good location, or right place - right time because as it turned out, it was another successful fishing season on the Miramichi, with over 400 returning guests from every province, 31 US states and 12 different countries.

Not everyone landed fish - especially in the early part of the summer with the poor conditions and lack of returning fish. We feel bad for each and every one who did not have success but very happy for everyone that did, and we hope that all those who visited with us in 2014 left with fond memories of the Miramichi. From all of us here at Country Haven Miramichi we would like to say "Thanks" for helping us make 2014 as big a success as it was and we look forward to seeing each and every one again in 2015.



October 12th


Jody Plonski, Middletown NY
Cains River Salmon

Walt Plonski, Seatle WA
Cains River

Wade Evans, Clifton Forge VA
Cains River


Doug Slink, Old Lyme, CT
(Angler's Adventures)
Cains River

With a bump in water levels this week many of the holding fish in the lower stretches of the river moved on, making for some good fishing in the upper stretches of the Main, Nor'west and Cains rivers.

With our having access to three of the better pools on the Cains, in the fall it's a tough job to keep the guides away from the Cains, especially when the river is full of fish like it has been since August. Although we did land some fresh Salmon on the Main river system this week, the majority of the luck for anglers has been on the Cains. With some fishermen limiting out this week, Wade Evans enjoyed landing two 20 pounders in 45 minutes on Wednesday, topping off one of his better fall trips in years. Good weather and good fishing - what more could we ask for to finish off the remainder of the 2014 season on the Miramichi. Flies of choice this week were the #8 Short Hair Undertakers.



October 6th


Charlie Mosher, Albuquerque NM

Ron Halick, Jersey City, NJ

Nancy Moy, NJ

Andrew Moy, Spey Clinic

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.



September 30th


Anthony Stuart, Pontyates Wales

Bryan Martin, Devon England

Brian Warrington's casting Clinic

Andrew Done, Leysin Switzerland

Nova Scotia Doctors retreat

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.



September 19th


Karl Arbogasd, Plains PA
 
 

Roger Lailey, Newbury England

Peter Cherry, Ann Arbour MI


Peter and Guide Gary Colford
enjoying the moment

Carol Cherry, Ann Arbour MI
Landing her 20lb Salmon

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.



September 13th


Peter Gubb, Hampshire, England
Main river fish

Peter Gubb, Hampshire, England
Cains river Salmon

Pippa Lloyd, Bath, England


Mike Parker,Johnstown NY
Main river fish

The first week of September has seen a good number of fish in the lower Cains with anglers picking up fish on most days - many on Bombers and #8 & #10 wet flies - with a trickle of fresh fish arriving daily in the Main river system, right on time after the full moon and high tides. In the lower stretch of the river there has been a big push of fresh fish over the past three days in the lower stretch of the River and the water is at a good height for holding fish but with the cool conditions, they are travelling right through. Fishermen saw over 100 travelling fish in some of the pools yesterday, with many big salmon among them. The 8 salmon and 1 grilse we landed yesterday all had sea lice on them while the fish landed on the Cains did not. Flies of choice this week were the #4 Black Bomber on the Cains with #8 Undertakers and #6 Montreal on the Main river. Anyone sitting at home waiting for statistics from the counters to decide on when to go fishing have been missing some good fishing this week as most locals do not put much stock in the counters. We should also remember that the actual numbers from the counters are approximately 7 to 10% of the actual number of fish moving through - according to the DFO. All that matters is that there are lots of fresh fish in the system, conditions are ideal and water height is great for the lower river pools - especially from Blackville to Quarryville - with pools like the Orr Pool and home pool at Ted Williams White Birch lodge having the best water levels in years for the fall runs. However, water levels that are good for one stretch of the river may not always be good for other stretches of the river or tributaries and as of now, even though the lower stretch of the river is ideal, the upper stretches of the Main river, Cains and Renous could all use a couple of extra feet rise in water levels for better fall fishing. On the positive side - for the upper river lodges and pools where low water and the water temperatures are this good, the fall runs will travel through much lower water than the summer fish would to get to their destination. If all the fish we are seeing this week continue to move up the Main river then there should be some good fall fishing throughout the entire main river system.

Here at Country Haven we get 90% of our fishing guests returning throughout September and October because of our access to good private fall water from the Main, Cains, Renous and Nor'west rivers. As of now, our fall season is almost fully booked however we work very closely with a number of other local outfitters who may still have openings and whom we would be happy to recommend to anyone who has not yet made a booking.

With Atlantic Salmon fishing - and nobody knows for sure what can happen - it could be a good fall to be on the river if these fishing conditions continue. "Tight lines and listen to your guides"!



Summer 2014

September 1st


Guide Dan with a Cains River Salmon

Ladies do it best

Good Luck Kiss

Lobster time on the Miramichi

As September rolls in on the Miramichi, so do many returning friends and fishermen - many who have been coming to the Miramichi for as long as they can remember.

With reports of lower-than-normal returns for much of the season so far, everyone has an opinion. Some who are worried that the lower returns might last into the fall - but just can't stay away, and those that say the fish will come - if not in summer, then in the fall. With the latter in mind - even though we again did have better fishing in August than in July this year, we did not have the four big rises of water that we experienced last August. Those rises brought in a lot of fish that normally might have waited until September or October. So, without any major surprises like a flood or a heat wave, conditions are looking good for an old fashioned fall run. With the run traditionally starting around September 10th it is always a great time of year to be on the Miramichi river system. Even though the Main river is normally the most productive river in the system, Guide Gary Colford likes to spend the remainder of the season on the Cains, and Darryl Tucker will do the same on the Renous if conditions are right. One thing we do know for sure is that the Cains will certainly have fish!

Every week our fishing guests are made up of many great people from almost every walk-of-life from around the world. This past week we again enjoyed the company of Jim Buckmelter who returned again - for the 7th Year. What amazes me most about Jim, is his passion for Atlantic Salmon fishing. Each year he drives all the way from New Mexico to spend 3 months fishing for Atlantic Salmon at some of the best places in Eastern Canada. He started in Labrador in mid June, July in Newfoundland, August in Nova Scotia on the Margaree river and here, with us, on the Miramichi, then off to Quebec for much of September. Jim may be getting on in years but he is really enjoying the life that most Atlantic Salmon anglers can only dream of. Although this is not his best year of fishing, so far he has landed over 30 Grilse and Salmon with most fish landed in Labrador in June but he landed his largest fish and has seen more fish on the Miramichi and its tributaries in one week than he saw in all the other stops on his trip combined, so.. depending on whom you talk to, it's not all doom and gloom. Although this past week was not as productive as last week, there were still a good number of holding fish in pools in the lower stretches of the Main river and lower stretches of the Cains in pools that traditionally hold fish at this time of year, with a sprinkle of fresh fish arriving daily. Many of the anglers who put the time in on the water were rewarded including local guides Pete, landing 2 in his pool on a #10 Undertaker over the last couple of days, and Jim Steves, landing 4 on an Orange Carter Bug Black Hackle. Anglers who were fishing stretches of the river between the mouth of the Cains and Blackville over the weekend - including the Brad Burns Campbell pool - saw the most fish of the season so far - approximately 100 on Sunday alone - so with the cooler and wet weather over the next few days and a bit of rain forecast for this coming weekend along with a bit of luck from the fish gods, we could have a great fall. Still... always remember two things that my uncle - who was a fishing guide - said a number of times over the years, "It's not the money you make, it's the money you save." and "It's not the fish that's gone by but the ones that's coming" that determines success. So "Tight lines" and Welcome to another fall of fishing on the Miramichi.



August 21st

Photos of three of David Turberfields six fish landed in the past 3 days - 5 on a wet fly, 1 on a bomber.

Erin Manion, Delafield, Wisconsin
Erin Manion, Delafield, Wisconsin

In the later part of last week we had fairly good dry fly fishing for holding fish. We were hoping this would continue but another big rain and a 6 foot rise in water levels made us think that there might not be much fishing until later this week but with high dirty water and not a lot of wading pools being fishable, anglers that did fish from the river bank had good fishing on Sunday, Monday and yesterday on the lower stretch of the main river, where the high water brought a run of fresh fish into the system. There was also a bit of good news for the upper river fishermen for the upcoming week and weekend as unlike the last couple of schools of fish that passed through our stretch of the river and then went up the Cains and Baltholomue rivers, these fish appeared to be Main river fish as yesterday, a good number of grilse were seen in the Upper Blackville area above the mouth of the Cains. However, when water is this high, it is hard to know just how many fish are moving up because they travel all over the river - especialy the big Salmon - and like so many other times over the past couple of seasons, these fish won't be counted in the Millerton counter due to the fact that they remove the nets because of the high dirty water. It seems that for anyone wants to catch fish on the main river system they need to be fishing in every conditions as it changes daily and it's all about traveling fish and being in the "Right Place at the Right Time". Now that the water is falling and some wading pools are again becoming accessible, if these numbers continue, we could have some good fishing for quite a while. All of the fish hooked since Saturday have been on a #6 LT Special until last evening at least when David Tuberfield from Connecticut landed 2 nice Salmon using a #4 Christmas Tree. There still is high water on the Main river and the guides have been watching some nice Salmon moving upriver past the lodge all morning. If these fish that we are seeing continue up the Main River System - with the water a bit lower in the upper stretches of the river - it should be a good time to be on the water in the Doaktown and above areas - especially over the weekend.

Bob Bowser from Moncton caught a nice Grilse in Pete's pool Thursday evening when this big Bald Eagle decided to give him a fight for it. We are not sure if this means that they are scarce or that it just looked good to him! Bob is a "hook and release" guy so he released the fish - the Eagle probably did not approve. Click on the photo for a larger view




August 14th

Jezkava Bowen, Kingston ONT
Jezkava Bowen, Kingston ONT
Steven Scott, Fredericton, NB
Steven Scott, Fredericton, NB
United Rentals Group
United Rentals Group

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 Whiskers and #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.



August 7th

Neighbour Peter Clark
Neighbour Peter Clark
Johnathan Ingram, Edmonton Alberta
Johnathan Ingram, Edmonton Alta, 1st Salmon

We have had great conditions and some decent fishing for anglers that were on the water this past week. There are not a lot of fresh fish entering the system but some of the holding pools that normally hold fish this time of year are looking great with hundreds of fish in a couple of them. With fish holding more, it gives fishermen a better chance as they can now go to the pools and know they will actually see fish instead of just trying to be "in the right place at the right time" as has been the case for much of the season so far. Neighbors' on the river - Peter and Sylvia Clark - had a great morning yesterday with both of them limiting out. Peter had 2 salmon and 2 grilse while Sylvia caught 4 grilse. 7 of the 8 fish were landed on Peter's own #10 Burdock Dry Fly. They are two of the better anglers on the river with Peter being considered by many to be one of the best Trout fishermen in the province - especially on the Cains.

August is a good month for dry fly fishing and the #8 Green Whiskers has been working well for us this week.

We have had a bit of beginners luck this week as 12 year old Tyler Murdock, from Ottawa, landed his first Atlantic Salmon on Monday and 9 year old Johnathan Ingram, from Edmonton Alberta, landed his first Salmon on Wednesday.

Conditions on the Cains are good but water levels are rising a bit after the rains we had yesterday. The lower the Main river gets, the better it will be for us as long as the temperatures stay cool - we have a number of low water pools that we haven't had a chance to fish often due to higher-than-normal water levels over the past couple of seasons.

In any event, over the past few seasons, August has had better conditions than July and with conditions being so important to Atlantic Salmon fishing, we are hoping for good fishing to continue with the fish holding as they are and for more fresh fish arriving in larger numbers which would improve the fishing even more for the remainder of the season.



July 30th

Fresh from the Sea
Fresh from the Sea
William Martin, Fayetteville Arkansas
William Martin, Fayetteville AR
Ted Ramsaur, Cedar MT, North Carolina
Ted Ramsaur, Cedar MT, NC
Showing how it's done
Showing how it's done

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



July 24th

David Baeza from Valladolid Spain
David Baeza from Valladolid Spain
Jason Andalo  West Roxbury
Jason Andalo, West Roxbury
One of the Big Salmon Tyler Coughlan has been putting through the Counters
One of the Big Salmon Tyler Coughlan
has been putting through the Counters
Jeremy with a beautiful Atlantic Salmon
Jeremy with a beautiful Atlantic Salmon


With the high water conditions resulting from Hurricane Arthur last week, it seemed like the best place for fishing would be upriver as the anglers who were lucky enough to be fishing in Doaktown or above had the best luck from the run of fish that went through our area during the high water the previous week. Depending on who you talked to on the river, some said it was the worst week ever, while others had good luck being in 'the right place at the right time'. Fishing Atlantic Salmon depends very much on conditions - even when there are good numbers in the system - so if numbers are below normal and poor conditions exist, it can make for tough fishing. Most of last week was again 'hit and miss' for most anglers on the river - including us - as we fished close to 20 pools throughout the week with our best luck being from the weekend on as the river is finally starting to look like a salmon river once again as some of the better numbers coming through the counters are now reaching us. Most of the fresh fish that we are now catching are Grilse, even though there are a lot of big salmon going through the counters, such as the "fish of a lifetime" that Trout fishermen Jamie Heine of PA. hooked into on his first day of Salmon fishing on Monday - taking all his line, all his backing and almost his rod.

The water was starting to warm up a bit yesterday but the cooler weather and showers made for a great morning for fishing this morning. It has been such a crazy start to the fishing season this year and it again reminds us how lucky we are to have what we consider to be the best group of guides on the river, because no matter what the conditions are, they never stop trying their best - each and every day - to put our guests on fish. Every day we see these results from the guests who might not have had the best of luck on their fishing trip but still re-book again for next year - all wanting their same guides. Sometimes when fishing is not the best it makes us feel so lucky to be running an Atlantic Salmon lodge and not a different species lodge because Atlantic Salmon fishermen are undoubtably the very best. Some of our guests have been returning to the Miramichi for 50 years and have seen it both good and bad, and like a longtime Atlantic Salmon fishermen from the U.S. told us last week - "a bad day of fishing for Atlantics' is better than a good day for all the other fish species combined! If you can get only one it is worth it." We suspect that is why true Atlantic Salmon fishermen stand out from all the rest. Rich or poor, professional or novice, on any given day everyone can be equal when it comes to fishing, especially for Atlantic Salmon. We are not sure what to predict for the coming week as conditions look promising on all the rivers we fish and there certainly are fish entering the system, but this year has been proof that we can be fooled. The flies that have worked best are #8 Christmas tree , Undertakers and a #10 New pattern Peacock Body Green Machine that Jenna Tucker just landed 3 grilse on.





July 14th

Amber/Ernst & Young crew at Country Haven
Amber/Ernst & Young crew at Country Haven
Geoff Giffin playing an Atlantic Salmon Island pool
Geoff Giffin playing an Atlantic Salmon island pool

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.




June 26th

April Vokey, Chilliwack BC with the Country Haven crew
April Vokey, Chilliwack BC with the Country Haven crew
Wade Evans, Clifton Forge VA
Wade Evans, Clifton Forge VA
Landed by April Vokey
Landed by April Vokey

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.




June 15th

Country Haven Miramichi
Country Haven Miramichi

At Country Haven Miramichi, our Summer fishing season will officially start tomorrow with great water temperatures - just a bit higher than normal - and already, reports of a few nice Salmon and Grilse landed on the Norwest, Renous, Dungarvon and on the Main Southwest Miramichi.

With the higher water levels, on opening day, anglers will be fishing high water pools using larger wet fly patterns. Even though there are reports of some grilse already in the system, fishermen should expect to land Salmon between approximately 17 to 22 lbs. for this time frame in June.


Among our guests this week we will be hosting April Vokey, Field Editor for Fly Fusion Magazine
and an Avid Angler as well as Steelhead Salmon and Trout guide. (www.flygal.ca)


We get approximately 90% of returning guests annually and we all look forward to seeing each one again.

'Tight Lines' to everyone fishing the Miramichi this Summer and Fall. We hope you and the Miramichi have a great Season - from all of us here at Country Haven Miramichi.


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Spring 2014

May 26th

Keith Bolt, Potsdam NY
Keith Bolt, Potsdam NY
Nathan Morency, Quebec City
Nathan Morency, Quebec City
Steve Morency, Quebec City
Steve Morency, Quebec City
Father & Son Steve and Nathan Morency,  Quebec  City
Steve and Nathan Morency
Quebec City - Father & Son
Father & Daughter, Angus and Jackie Henderson  , Oakville Ontario
Angus and Jackie Henderson
Oakville Ontario - Father & Daughter


Even though there are quite a few Spring Salmon still working their way down through the system, not many anglers are fishing for them but the ones who did still had some luck. A couple of fishermen from Maine landed Salmon each day in the morning, casting with floating lines, and also were successful with their bear hunts in the afternoon. Most anglers have now turned their attention to Trout fishing and to landing some of the big Striped Bass that are in the lower stretches of the river. With the water finally starting to warm up, this past week has seen some of the best and biggest Striped Bass of the spring being landed. Starting today, anglers can still fish for Stripers but hook and release only is now in effect until August. Flies of Choice this week have been the smaller streamer patterns - Gray Ghost, Black Ghost and Mickey Finns for Salmon, with Gray Ghost, Muddler Minnows and Woolly Buggers for Trout.

With the Spring Salmon season now all but over for another year, it turned out to be a much better one then most expected when around mid April, it looked like old man winter wasn't leaving. Even though it was one of the coldest and wettest springs in history, the conditions made for a longer spring season by keeping the fish in the river longer. The downside was that with so much runoff, conditions were poorer with higher-than-normal water levels. Fishermen had some washout days with not many fish landed but when water started falling and good conditions returned, there were some very productive days, including 5 days where over 100 Salmon and Grilse were landed and 9 days where over 60 were landed for the Lodge. Overall, it was not as good as many springs in the past but the bright side was that poor days were due to conditions and never for a lack of fish. The good days were productive throughout the entire river system, making one believe that with the number of fishermen on the water who had caught their limit, there might have been a few days of approximately 2,000 landed for the day in the system. On the bright side for anglers, good numbers of large Salmon were landed - one of the best seasons in years for large Salmon. Approximately 70% of the fish landed this spring were Salmon - good for the anglers but with low numbers of Grilse it might not be so great for the river system. Many anglers suspect that the lower numbers of Grilse might be due to high numbers of Striped Bass calling the the Miramichi river system home over the past few years. Many think the Salmon Grilse run in three year cycles. If this is true, since 2011 was one of the best years since the 1960's therefore 2014, being the 3rd Year, could very well be another banner year for both returning Salmon and Grilse in the Miramichi.

With every season there always are a lot of returning guests and friends and great memories. There are too many to mention but with our specializing in Father Son/Daughter trips to the Miramichi, a few from the Spring stick out. A dedicated angler is Keith Bolt from Potsdam NY. Even though no one else in his family fishes, he loves it and enjoys fishing locations like the Miramichi so he talks his Dad, Erick, into flying their small plane here so he can fish and his dad can watch - much like any other sport but probably more fun. They always enjoy their trips here and we enjoy their company. There is also the case of seven year old Nathan Morency and his dad Steve from Quebec City, who returned for a second time this spring with Nathan landing 4 Salmon, all on his own. Nathan is starting out early and is one of the best at his young age.

Every year a number of lady anglers from around the world travel to fish in the Miramichi. Here are a few who had luck with us this spring;

Rene Karpiak, Edmonton Alberta
Rene Karpiak, Edmonton Alberta
Jennifer Glasqow, Montreal Quebec
Jennifer Glasqow, Montreal Quebec
Amanda Poland, Labrador City NL
Amanda Poland, Labrador City NL
Jackie Henderson, Oakvile Ontario
Jackie Henderson, Oakvile Ontario
Fabry Christy, Boothbay Harbour ME
Fabry Christy, Boothbay Harbour ME



May 17th

Jeff Phinney, Moncton NB
Jeff Phinney, Moncton NB
Striped Bass
Striped Bass

Angus Henderson, Oakville Ontario
Angus. Henderson. Oakville. Ontario
David Sirucke, Agatha Ontario
David Sirucke, Agatha Ontario


It's another great week to be on the Miramichi, with nice weather and great fishing. Weeks like this make lodge owners wish all of their earlier guests, who did not always have the best of fishing luck due to poor conditions, could be here now. With the water falling to a good height for casting, anglers have also been catching some nice fish using floating lines and smaller flies. Again this week, there still are a lot more big Salmon in the system than Grilse, with some dark Trout around and the lower stretch of river still full of Striped Bass. Even though there still are lots of spring Salmon in the system - and that should be the case for a while - they may probably become harder to catch as the season continues due to lower and clearer water or they are feeding on Smelts, but we have to remember that after May 15th, summer rules apply so catch-and-release will be limited to 4 per day instead of the 10 allowed during spring salmon fishing. But there always is lots of Trout and Bass fishing after landing the four Salmon/Grilse daily limit. With the nice weather we are having, some of our fishermen are taking packed lunches and fishing around the lodge area for Salmon in the morning then after releasing the daily limit of Salmon, Trout fishing in White Rapids and finishing off the day with evening Striped Bass fishing in tidal waters. With 3 different species of fish around, it's always a great day had by all. The guides are calling it "Grand Slam Days". For Salmon fishing, the better flies are the Smelt patterns. For Trout fishing the Gray Ghost is working best and for Striped Bass fishing, well.. they take anything, maybe even the kitchen sink, but some fishermen are doing well using fly rods, skidding bombers across the water surface but unlike Salmon, they are more interested in skidding Bombers then floaters. It's a bit early for the Sea Run Trout but still a great time of year to be on the water for anyone interested in fishing. The fiddleheads are now up and they sure go well with a nice feed of fresh Miramichi Smelts or Striped Bass.


May 12th

Dr. Phillip Moss. Saint John NB
Dr. Phillip Moss. Saint John NB
Jeff Dow, Paxton MA
Jeff Dow, Paxton MA

Jennifer Gasgow, Montreal Quebec
Jennifer Gasgow, Montreal Quebec
Miramichi River Guide Tyler
Miramichi River Guide Tyler


What a difference a week has made for Atlantic Salmon fishing on the Miramichi! Since Tuesday we have been enjoying some of the nicest weather and some of the most consistent fishing this year and after so many rainy days it's such a treat to have this nice weather. Earlier in the season, even though we had some very good fishing days, they always seemed to be followed by a couple of not-so-productive days due to a rise in water levels. This week, however, has been our most consistent weeks of the spring fishing season with nice looking and good fighting Salmon. Again this week we have seen many more Salmon then Grilse in the System. The Blue Smelt, Maggot Smelt, and Miramichi Smelt have been the flies of choice this week.

With such good numbers of Salmon still in the system, and not moving a lot so far, It's looking like there may be good spring Salmon fishing for quite a while yet. Combine that with good numbers of Trout in the system and the million or so Striped Bass in the lower stretches of the river and we can't think of a much better time to be on the Miramichi for anyone interested in fishing.



May 5th

Double hitter, Art Mesher & Luigi Miceli, Kitchener Ontario
Double hitter, Art Mesher & Luigi Miceli
Kitchener Ontario
Paul Carlton, Portsmouth NH,   Affordable Adventures
Paul Carlton, Portsmouth NH,
Affordable Adventures

Michel Legere, New Durham NH
Michel Legere, New Durham NH
Donald Dimambro, Barrington NH
Donald Dimambro, Barrington NH


Another good week for fish catching especially the first part of the week but fishing slowed down big time over the weekend due to a rise in water levels. It has occasionally been less than perfect weather this spring, with more rainy days than sunny ones, but we are having a good year for big spring salmon on the Miramichi. With any type of fishing, conditions play such a big part and it is no different with spring fishing as anglers have been limiting out on good condition days - sometimes before noon - but with days where water rises, they have been lucky to land any at all.

Once again, this week has seen great reports coming in from the entire river system. This week was one of our best in years for big salmon with over 30 landed which measured over 40 inches, including a couple exceeding 48 inches - BIG salmon! 48 inch Salmon are seldom landed in summer even though they are in the river, as they are much more pickier at choosing a fly in the summer and fall than in the spring, also anglers tend to use heaver leaders in the spring so they don't break off as easy as in the rest of the season. Another good thing about the fishing this spring has been the high quality and great fighting nature of these Salmon. Again, the only negative so far has been the weather as all the rain has been making for poorer conditions, and that's tough with so many quality fish in the river. Another concern for the river overall is that even though the river is full of large Salmon, which is good for the fishermen, apparent low numbers of grilse in the system so far may not be good in the long term. So far this season, anglers have been landing 5 Salmon to every Grilse.

So far, as of today, May 5th, due to the late spring and colder and rainy conditions, the fish have not yet moved downriver so fishermen are expecting one of the longest spring seasons in years, with some of our best fishing still to come when they do start to move. There is warmer weather in the forecast for mid-week which should warm the water and get them started, so everyone is expecting another productive week on the Miramichi. This week, the most productive flies have been the Country Haven Cardinal, Christmas Tree and Golden Eagle.



April 29th

Hockey Player/Fisherman Gregory Yoell, New Minus NS
Hockey Player/Fisherman Gregory Yoell, New Minus NS
Gino DeBurra, Poland ME
Gino DeBurra, Poland ME

John Torgan, Providence RI
John Torgan, Providence RI
Andy Lipsky, Barrington RI
Andy Lipsky, Barrington RI


Even though this year it was a late start to the fishing season due to a longer winter, anglers have really been making up for it since opening day. With the exception of Thursday and Friday, because of poorer conditions due of rain, fishermen have been limiting out almost daily, with our guests landing over 100 salmon and grilse on Sunday and again yesterday.

It has been many years since fishermen have landed so many big salmon on opening week - many were over 40 Inches. This is good news for the River and the people who are on the river and who really see how many fish are in the System. Most fishermen we have talked to from above Boisetown to below Quarryville - over a 60 km. stretch - have been limiting out at 10 fish a day this week when there were good river conditions. The most productive flies were "Christmas Tree", "Blue Smelt" and the popular "Country Haven Cardinal". The Trout and Striped Bass season opens on Thursday May 1st but with the great Salmon Fishing we are enjoying, there will probably not be as much interest in these for a while.



April 23d


John Hoffman, Kitchener Ontario
John Hoffman, Kitchener Ontario
Art Mesher, Waterloo Ontario
Art Mesher, Waterloo Ontario
Tyler Coughlan, Gray Rapids, N.B.
Tyler Coughlan, Gray Rapids, N.B.

As of this morning the river is looking great, with water levels falling daily and clearing up nicely. Yesterday was one of our better days on the river in a while with over 50 fish landed. It's funny how fast things can change, from Monday morning with ice floating again in the river and two days later with a river full of fish. Even better news is that two of the big ice jams upriver, in Doaktown and Porter Cove, have now gone, making the river almost ice-free from Boistown to below Quarryville with only one more ice jam remaining at Norrads Bridge above Boistown. If the water continues to fall and continues to clean up then fishing should improve daily. Our anglers landed 10 Salmon on Monday but had very much better results yesterday. The only negative news is that the weatherman is calling for some rain on Wednesday and depending on how much we receive, that will determine if fishing will continue to improve or not. If water rises again because of a lot of rain then some of the ice we now have on the shore could get pulled back into the river. With rising water, fishing is not as good. The good news, as of now, is that fishing is looking great. The only question is how long this will last. As with any type of fishing the conditions form a big part of how much luck you have but one thing we are certain of is that there is a lot of good fishing to come this spring. The best Fly of the Day was the "Christmas Tree".



April 20th

First 2014 season Salmon, Art Mesher, Waterloo Ont.
1st 2014 season Salmon, Art Mesher, Waterloo Ont.
Ice almost gone - time to fish
Ice almost gone - time to fish
Upriver from Country Haven
Upriver from Country Haven

On the Main Southwest Miramichi, much of the river is ice-free from Boisetown to Quarryville, the Cains and the Renous, but there are still a few ice jams, approximately a couple of miles in length, in and above Doaktown.

The river is starting to look very good this morning as it is now almost ice-free. Over most of the last few days there has been more ice passing in the evening than in the morning. The water has been dropping and clearing up daily. Throughout the rest of April, any time we get a rise in water could result in a bit of ice still running in the river as it will be picked up from the shore. The few ice jams upriver will eventually leave with a rise in water or just melt away. Most of the time it does not create much of a problem by the time it travels down the river to our location but if going out boating at this time of year, it's always wise to keep an eye open for floating ice.

With the slow start in the season due to the late ice leaving, most anglers will be just getting started this week. A few of our fishermen fished this morning with Art Mesher from Waterloo Ontario landing the first salmon of the season. If the water continues to fall and with the later ice departure and higher numbers of fish in the system we should see some great spring fishing - probably some of the best May fishing we have seen in years. With these conditions, a heavy sink line and big streamer fly will work best.



April 11th


Blackville
Blackville
Quarryville
Quarryville
Renous
Renous
Doaktown
Doaktown

Even though there should be more fish in the river this spring compared to last year, due to higher numbers of returning fish and the ice leaving later than many of the last few seasons, the excitement of opening day this year looks like it might need to be postponed. Much warmer temperatures are expected this week and next and with so much snow melting, we are hoping a sooner opening but it will probably occur sometime during the week of April 20th if these warmer conditions continue. The weather is so difficult to predict and a few degrees in temperature either way can make the difference. Today is the first day we have started seeing a bit of open water along the shores and there are no snowmobiles on the ice - which are both good signs spring might be coming. If anyone has a trip booked early and it does not work out this spring and your outfitter can rebook you into a later date - even in late May - this year, fishing might be good. When fishing is good in May we always enjoy it best as the weather can be warmer,the fish fatter after feeding on smelts and they take a fly better on a cast. A few dates stick out in our mind from past late springs where good May fishing occurred. Raymond Hill, from Virginia, who has fished with us for years, always fished on the 11-14th of May. Some years he limited out daily and in 2003, before daily limits were in place, he landed 74 fish in 4 days and the Lodge landed 60 on the 21st of May in another year. Every year is different but with this old fashioned winter and spring season we should have close to a month of good spring fishing after the ice leaves this year. The guides are getting anxious so let's hope it happens sooner than later!


YEAR 2013 River Reports


Fall 2013

October 16th


Jens Adamsen, Frederica, Denmark,   Main Southwest Miramichi Salmon
Jens Adamsen, Frederica, Denmark
Main Southwest Miramichi Salmon
Tom  Ellsworth, Maine, Nor'west Miramichi Salmon
Tom Hansen, Beddington, Maine
Nor'west Miramichi Salmon
Fred  Goldburg, Olympia  WA,  Cains River Salmon
Fred Goldburg, Olympia WA
Cains River Salmon
Country Haven staff
Country Haven staff

This week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday showed a big improvement from last week, with fishermen landing in a number of our pools and with some of the best luck we have had in a few weeks on the main river in the Upper Blackville Area. Early in the week the Nor'west was also producing well but another rise in water levels on Wednesday put the damper on any great fishing to finish off the season, as fishing slowed daily from mid week until closing day yesterday. There was not not a lot of holding or fresh fish in the Main River at week end and even though some of the tributaries like the Cains are full of fish they apparently have things on their mind other than a Darryl Tucker tied fly hook.
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Overall 2013 was a very good year for returning fish, even though on occasion the catching was not the best due to a week of hot weather in July and higher-than-normal water throughout much of the summer and fall. Our Spring season did not last as long as most years but it was a much better spring then many had predicted after the lower runs in 2012. Our first runs of summer Salmon arrived early and from late May until closing day there was always a chance of catching fish. This year was not as good as 2011 but much better then 2012. With so many fish arriving on the high water in August and early September, the fall fishing late in September and into October was a disappointment compared to past years. Many folks here believe there are still more fish to arrive, as has been the case over the past couple of seasons with fall runs of Salmon until mid November. With the exception of Spring fishing, our most productive days occurred in the last week of July and the best month this year was August.

For all of us here at Country Haven, it was again a great year with over 85% of previous guests returning - from 16 Countries, 42 U.S. States and every province in Canada. As each year passes, I am always amazed at just how many wonderful people there are in the fly fishing community - many travelling for days, from around the world each year to visit the Miramichi and fish for the wild Atlantic Salmon. As so many long-time salmon fishermen have told me, including Jens Adamsen from Denmark, who told me that he has fished almost every Atlantic Salmon river in the world and that Atlantic salmon are addictive - once you hook one you are hooked for life and you will travel anywhere to fish for them.

From all of us here at Country Haven we would like to say "thank you" to everyone who fished with us this season. We hope your stay with us was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2014.


October 7th

sight fishing for  salmon
sight fishing for Atlantic Salmon

Andrew Moy, Towaco NJ, Main River Salmon
Andrew Moy, Towaco NJ
Main River Salmon
Ron Halick, Jersey City, NJ,  Cains River Salmon
Ron Halick, Jersey City, NJ
Cains River Salmon
Annual Spey Clinic with East Coast Spey
Annual Spey Clinic 2013
with East Coast Spey
Andrew Moy from Tightlines Fly Shop NJ
Andrew Moy
Tightlines Fly Shop, NJ,
Lobster time on the Miramichi
Lobster time on the Miramichi

This has been a very good week for weather and fishing conditions - better than most weeks since July - as water conditions improved daily throughout the week. Even with the great conditions this week there were not a lot of hookups - probably one of our slowest weeks ever for the first week of October. The Cains river is full of fish thanks to the the higher water. Many entered that river early and as the water keeps falling they are holding up more in the pools ever day. Our fishermen picked up only a few fish each day this week even though they were fishing three of the best fall pools on the Cains. There were not nearly as many fish in the Renous or Main river but they were taking better when anglers found them. Once again, this week, the Nor'west produced a few nice salmon for our fishermen. Flies of choice this week were the Lt Special, Red Francis and Ally's Shrimp.

This past week East Coast Spey from New Jersey were again here for their annual U.S. Spey Clinic that we host on the Miramichi, and as always, a great time was had by all.


September 30th

Bryan Martin, Devon England,  Nor'west Miramichi
Bryan Martin, Devon England
Nor'west Miramichi
Brian Warrington, Manchester England, Nor'west Miramichi River
Brian Warrington, Manchester England
Nor'west Miramichi River
Piaras Kealem, Dungiven Ireland,  Cains River
Piaras Kealem, Dungiven Ireland,
Cains River
Robert Hays, Belfast Ireland,  Cains River
Robert Hayes, Belfast Ireland
Cains River
John Hicks, Neath England, 46 inch beauty
John Hicks, Neath England
46 inch beauty
John Hicks, Neath England, Renous River
John Hicks, Neath England
Renous River

Traditionally this is normally a prime week on the Miramichi, as many long-time fishermen will tell you, but results for these past two weeks over the last couple of years have not lived up to that tradition. I would highly recommend August over September again this year for fishing on the Main River. There have been too many big rises in water levels since July, taking many of the holding fish upstream with fewer-than-normal fresh fish replacing them. This has kept our guides busy fishing our pools all over the river system these past couple of weeks. The bright side for us is that when conditions are not the best, we have great access to private water throughout the Miramichi and also our fantastic guides who will travel to all the tributaries seeking the best results for our guests. This past week we fished 17 private pools throughout the Main River and 4 tributaries with 38 salmon and 6 grilse landed for the week. This is good, considering the overall results on the river for the week, but not as good as our weekly high of 137 landed only a few seasons ago. The great news for the fishermen this week was the size of some of the Salmon landed, including two over 30 Lbs,. - both landed on the Renous. As it has been for much of the season this year, there was a big difference between the number of salmon landed compared to grilse - good for the anglers, but it does make us wonder where all the grilse are. Once again, the majority of fish landed this week were female so it looks like we are still waiting for our fall run of males to arrive. Until some greater numbers of fall fish start arriving in the Main river, our anglers will be spending more time fishing the Cains, even though the fish there might not be taking the best. One thing is for sure however - right now there is no shortage of salmon in the Cains pools we have access to. Flies of choice this week were the Undertaker, Red Francis and on the Cains, the Black Slime seems to work best.

This past week was our annual U.K. Spey Clinic week - always a great time with wonderful guests and with world class instructors Bryan Martin and Brian Warrington from England.


September 23d

Taken on the Cains
Taken on the Cains
Glen Nepin, Lancaster PA, Cains River
Glen Nepin, Lancaster PA, Cains River
Lee Gallant, London England,   Main River
Lee Gallant, London England, Main River
Main river Atlantic Salmon
Main river Salmon

We have been picking up a few fresh fish daily on the River System but like much of August and September so far, the high water has kept the fish moving which is good news for the fish but not as good for the fishermen. With the high water and not yet having great numbers of fall fish arriving on the Main river, our anglers have been having better luck on the smaller tributaries of the Cains and the Renous where they have been fishing for holding fish. Overall, a few nice salmon have been landed daily on the river system but nothing compared to results for the same week in some past years. With the higher water, the fall patterns such as Red Francis, Ally's Shrimp and the LT Special have been working best.


Summer 2013

September 12th

Chris  Lloyd, England
Chris Lloyd, England
Terry Nab, Lewiston Idaho
Terry Nab, Lewiston Idaho
Cains River Salmon
Cains River Salmon

Overall August was a very good month for fishing. Even though the water was too high for the rivers most of the time, anglers had good success, especially when the water was falling. The beginning of September has not been our best so far but fishermen are landing some nice 20+ lb. Salmon as we head into the fall fishing season. It's been the same through all of August and so far into September - almost every week we have been receiving too much water. When water is rising fishing is not good but when water is falling it is quite a different story. Water levels are now starting to get back to a nice height again for good fishing but the forecast is not looking too good for over the weekend. Most of the fish we have been landing are still August Salmon with only a few grilse and/or fall salmon so far. If we do get another rise in water and a full moon next week we should expect to see more of our fall run of fish arriving by next weekend. The most productive flies this week have been The GP Green Highlander and the LT Special.


August 26th







Maison des jeunes de Verdun / Verdun Youth Club Web Site web

It was another week of good and cool higher-than-normal water and there are still quite a few fish in the system so no one is complaining. We had one angler from Boston who told me that he has been fishing the Miramichi for over 10 years and this was the first time he has fished a full week and landed at least one fish every day without ever having to step into the water. The best fishing is still from shore but the water is falling and many of the pools are again wadable but some of our best fishing is still from shore in the pools. This week we again landed fish on both the Main River and the Cains. There are still more Salmon than Grilse but we did land a couple of fresh Grilse with Sea Lice early in the week.

We have another great Miramichi Story about a youth Group from Montreal who spent close to a week of lodging and 4 days fishing with us on the Miramichi and we can't say enough about this fine group of youngsters, their leader Mario Viboux and the whole organization as a whole. Our guides said it was one of the most enjoyable week of guiding ever, watching kids from ages 9 and up putting on casting clinics daily while fishing with both single and double handed rods - a job well done.

If the water keeps falling as it is without another big rise, the conditions should be absolutely perfect for September fishing and the fish should now start holding more in the pools - that will be a welcome sight after a year of running fish. Conditions are now great for the Cains, much of the Renous and improving daily on the Main River. Tight Lines for rest of the season.
This week, best flies were the #8 Undertaker, White Tail Green Machine and dry Peach Carter Bug.


August 19th

William Garrard, Minneapolis, Minn
William Garrard, Minneapolis, Minn
Bill Blanchard, UK
Bill Blanchard, UK
Bill Blanchard, UK
Bill Blanchard, UK
Bill's Boat
Bill's Boat

Overall It has been another good August week on the Miramichi. There still are high water conditions with anglers seeing, rolling and landing some fish daily. August is a month for Salmon and this is what we have been seeing most of this month with some big ones among them! For most of August so far, with the higher water conditions, the Salmon are moving and not holding like they normally would in this lower stretch of River.

Every week some good stories are made and told on the Miramichi - first Salmon, largest salmon, the one that got away or just a great story told by our guests, including this one told by Bill Blanchard from Northampton, UK. Bill's Dad left this area for England in 1939, as a soldier in World War 2, but unlike many soldiers who returned home with a war bride, Bill's Dad remained in England, married and raised a family. This week his sons Bill and Zane returned to the Miramichi to catch an Atlantic Salmon and visit the places their Dad talked so much about. Another interesting part about this story is that Bill is probably the only person in the UK that has a boat Called the "Miramichi" with the City's colors and Logo.

The flies of choice this week were the wet "#6 & #8 Glitter Bear" and dry "Peach Carter Bug"


August 13th

Karl Janelle, Hubbords NS
Karl Janelle, Hubbords NS

Nathan Mesher, Waterloo Ontario (Nathan's 1st Atlantic Salmon)
Nathan Mesher, Waterloo Ontario
(Nathan's 1st Atlantic Salmon)
Art Mesher, foggy morning on the Miramichi
Art Mesher, foggy morning on the Miramichi
One of many Randall landed this August
One of many Randall landed this August

Aug 13th River Report: There has been lots of cool water and plenty of fish! So far this August, anyone who has not been having fun fishing, has not been fishing! With the exception of Saturday and Sunday and with too much water due to the heavy rain on Friday, fishing has been good although it has been tougher to find places to fish, but anyone wanting to make the effort or stand on the river bank has been well rewarded. The first week of August has been one of the river's best weeks of fishing this year. Bob Bowser from Moncton landed 10 in three days in a number of different pools - seeing fish in all of them. If the water had been this cool and a bit lower with as many fish in the system as there are now, we hate to think of how good a first week of August it would have been.

Lots of fresh fish have been arriving daily due to the good water temperature, however high water conditions have been allowing them to keep on moving right through. The high numbers of fish are making for good hook ups. If these great numbers of fish continue then this might make August being our best month for fishing in 3 of the last 6 years! Beggers can't be choosers however and we hate to say anything after the low and warm water in July, but less rain now would be okay for our pools on this stretch of the river. As we all know, the lower the water in our stretch of the river, the better the fishing if conditions are good.

So far this August, the Main River has been fishing the best but we were still landing fish on the Cains and Renous before the rise in water over the weekend. It will take a couple of days for those pools to start producing again. This month we are catching more salmon than Grilse. Guide Jeremy has been having some luck on a fly he tied - a cross breed between a Green Machine and a Red Francis. He calls his fly "Francine" - and says it reminds him of a girl he knew years ago from his boat building days down on the Bay. The fly is as good at hooking salmon as she was at hooking men. Fly of Choice recently has been a #6 White Tail Green Machine and a #4 Francine.


July 30th

Jeff Morneay, Quebec City
Jeff Morneay, Quebec City
Karl Arbogast, Plains PA
Karl Arbogast, Plains PA
Nathan Morency, Lac Beamport Quebec
Nathan Morency, Lac Beamport Quebec
Steve and Nathan Morency, Lac Beamport Quebec
Steve and Nathan Morency, Lac Beamport Quebec

Did someone say the water was too low and warm last week? Well, they should look again! The river is full of salmon, there is water in the woods and temperatures are in the mid to low 60's. Isn't it funny what a couple of days and 4 inches of rain can do for a salmon river. Last week, into the weekend and the early part of the week, fishing was as slow as it can get due to the warm water, and we did not see any fresh fish moving into the system off the tides for 4 days in a row. This is the first time we have not seen fresh fish daily since early June. However, by mid-week, with the cooler nights and fish moving out of the cold water areas, fishing started picking up on Wednesday. The D.F.O. had no choice but to open up the cold water areas by Thursday Morning. Anglers had some of the best July fishing on Thursday and Friday. on Friday, in one pool alone, our anglers hit, rolled or landed close to 60 fish on Bombers -something that a couple of long-time fishermen said they had never witnessed before in there entire lifetime of summer fishing. With the rise in water on Saturday, Sunday was a washout but surprisingly, with high, dirty but falling water, Monday fishermen that had a place to fish - mostly from riverbanks - starting hooking fish again and had some of the best fishing of the entire year Monday and yesterday. This rise in water is great for the river and the fish as it will be a good buffer for a while if conditions do again change to warmer weather. Over the Years, when warm weather conditions have occured, this has made for not-so-great July fishing so August has turned out to be our best month overall for the entire Season. We're hoping that these cooler conditions and Fresh Run Salmon will continue into the fall. With high water conditions there is not as many pools to choose from on the Main River - only a couple locations on the Upper Renous and Cains - but as the water falls, expect some great fishing on these rivers.

Every week that passes makes for a number of great fishing stories to remember for a lifetime -including the 110% turnaround in the fishing from the start to the finish this week. Someone we shall never forget is our little 7 year old fishing buddy, Nathan Morency from Quebec. In all our years of operation we have never seen such a dedicated 7 year old who dressed, fished and acted the part of a seasoned fly fishermen. Guide Jeremy said that if all our anglers could cast like Nathan does then what a fun job guiding would be. #4 and #6 flies should be the flies of choice until the water falls.


July 17th

A morning at Blissfield Pool
A morning at Blissfield Pool
Taken on the Cains
Taken on the Cains
Relaxing at Country Haven Lodge
Relaxing at Country Haven Lodge
Bear Watching Tours
Bear Watching Tours

With a few days of record hot temperatures and the water becoming warmer each day, fishing has slowed down big-time since June and the first week of July. The water is still at a good height for our lower river pools but a bit low for upriver pools and tributaries but with the salmon concentrating more in cold water areas, they are not very interested in taking a fly. Even with the lesser conditions we did have some beginners' luck over the past week with first-time fly-fisherman 16 year old Garon Molyle From Edmonton Alberta who landed a 20 Lb'er, and 12 year old Danny Hamilton from Ottawa who landed a 16 Lb'er on the first morning. With the salmon staying in these cold water brooks, the D.F.O. has decided - starting today - to close some of these areas to fishing until the water cools. Closing these areas does not really effect much of the river system as most of these spots are not where most anglers like to fish, so it's still 'fishing as usual' on the Miramichi - even though the Media might make it sound like fishing is over for the season. If you already have a trip booked to the Miramichi, you should check with your Outfitter to see if any of these closures will effect your particular fishing trip. We do suggest using dry flies as much as possible if fishing in areas where salmon are pooling up and also taking extra care while playing and releasing fish. If these conditions continue, your Outfitter will probably work with you to reschedule a later date if possible.

On the brighter side of this week's report were the strong numbers of returning fish. Even with the warm water, every day fish have been arriving with the tides and travelling upriver past our lodge.

Once again, the annual Salmon Classic was held on the Miramichi and some of the participants had better fishing than they were expecting with these conditions, but not quite as good as in the past. Over the years, these dates have been considered prime time for summer fishing on the Miramichi but not the past couple of summers due to the hotter conditions. The number of fish in the system at this time - compared to last year - is high so all we need is a good rain to make for a great end-of-July and a good August. Although fly-fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi is our specialty, we also offer our Country Haven guests a number of Tours throughout the Province that can be very popular on poor fishing days. Our Black Bear and Whale-watching tours have been very successful this week with good sighting of both species.


July 8th

Jim Caputo, Fairport, NY
Jim Caputo, Fairport, NY
Karsten Anfrae, Fairlawn NJ
Karsten Anfrae, Fairlawn NJ
Andrew Moy, East Coast Spey's Clinic
Andrew Moy, East Coast Spey's Clinic
Beautiful summer salmon
Beautiful summer salmon

This was another great week of fly
fishing on the Miramichi with our hosting another annual Spey Clinic with Instructor Andrew Moy from East Coast Spey, NJ. Andrew's clinics always make for a fun-filled week of fishing and instruction by one of the best teachers in the world. The week started out great, like it has been throughout much of the season - cool water temperatures and lots of fish - with almost all anglers landing fish every day, but later in the week, after some of the hottest weather so far this season, fishing started slowing down. Fish continue to arrive with the tides but have become more selective. Throughout much of the season fish could be caught in just about any pool on any fly but now the colder water pools are starting to hold the most fish. The weather man is calling for some rain and cooler nights this week so everyone is hoping the improved conditions will keep the fish moving and anglers happy throughout July. Once again, the Main Sou'west Miramichi has been the most productive river with some fish landed on the Renous and the Lower Cains. The pools we fished on the Nor'west that were very productive earlier in the season have slowed down a bit throughout the week and need a bit more water, but the main river pools are cooler and are now at an ideal height for great fishing. So far, we would have to say, there have been some of the best numbers of returning fish in the main river that we have seen in quite a while, including 2011 which was a record setting year. With so many fingers crossed, we hope this continues until late October. The most productive flies are #8 White Tail Green Machine, #10 Bear Hair, Glitter Bear and Undertaker as well as dry Peach Carter Bugs.


July 1st

Peter Cherry, Ann Arbour MI
Peter Cherry, Ann Arbour MI

Carol Cherry and guide Gary Colford landing a Salmon
Carol Cherry and guide Gary Colford
landing a Salmon
Guide Ken Vickers
Guide Ken Vickers

Lee Davidson from Snake River Outfitters, Rigbi Idaho
Lee Davidson from Snake River Outfitters,
Rigbi Idaho

With the exception of only a couple of hot days, lots of rain and cool water conditions in June has been good for fishing and has brought some of the best numbers of fish into the Main Sou'west Miramichi System for the month of June in years.

Ideally, fishing would be fantastic if the water was a bit lower but with the large number of fish in the river, no one is complaining. If these conditions continue then fishermen should have some great fishing throughout July. Anglers have also had good results fishing on the Renous and lower Cains but a drop in water would be ideal with the fish that are moving up these rivers. #4 and #6 White Tail Green Machine are still the "fly of choice" among fishermen.


Spring 2013

June 15th

Country Haven Miramichi
Country Haven Miramichi
Country Haven Miramichi
Country Haven Miramichi
First Atlantic Salmon
First Atlantic Salmon
A nice June Salmon
A nice June Salmon

The start of summer fishing has been just what the fishermen ordered - lots of water and plenty of fish moving through the system this early in the season. With good early results on the Nor'west in May and now some nice big salmon landed on the Main Southwest, Renous and Dungarvon over the past couple of weeks, it's making for an early start to this year's summer fishing. Depending on conditions, June can either be great - with fish arriving early in good numbers - or just trickling in until late June or early July before the big runs start. Even with higher-than-normal water levels for summer fishing, anglers have been experiencing good results. It's a bit early yet but with the great numbers so far, anglers are starting to hope and talk about a repeat of 2011 when the salmon started in early June and continued daily until closing in October. There might not be as many fish entering the rivers in June as in later months - even in a good year - but one thing is for sure - they are some of the nicest, freshest and silver salmon, and pound-for-pound, the best fighters of the season. With June always being so "hit-and-miss" and different each year, we choose to book the majority of our angling guests from June the 15th on - to be safe rather than sorry - and as a result, in some years, we miss out on good early fishing. Again, this year, some of the fishermen we did have early have seen some fine action. With the higher water, fishermen have been landing most of their salmon on #4 and even #2 flies but the majority of fish have been landed on White Tail Green Machines.

Country Haven Miramichi offers guests a choice of all-inclusive or self-catering packages in three main lodges, or private two or three bedroom Cottages, with access to fishing in 11 private pools throughout the Miramichi River System. With a 90% return rate from guests each year, we do book up early but we still have some openings remaining for the 2013 Season. If dates you are interested in are not available we do work closely with a number of great outfitters on the river who might have openings left so we would be very happy to recommend one of them.


May 15th

Lobster is in Season on the Miramichi
Lobster is in Season on the Miramichi
A day on the Water
A day on the Water
Mike Price MA, fishing the Miramichi since 1962
Mike Price MA, fishing the Miramichi since 1962
Bernie Pelech  Portsmouth NH
Bernie Pelech, Portsmouth NH

With our Spring fishing season all but over for another year, it turned out to be a much better spring than we all expected, after the hot dry summer we had last year. With the exception of a couple of slow days early in the season due to high dirty water and a few slow days toward the end due in part to low clear water and not as many grilse in the system compared to other springs, fishing was quite good including 9 straight days with all our anglers landing fish. Overall, the Salmon numbers were good with many 40+ inch fish landed however the grilse numbers were disappointing. The counters suggested 2011 had the highest numbers of return fish since the 60's with 2012 being the lowest. Overall, there was not a lot of difference in the 2012 and 2013 fishing seasons, proving once again that the local old-time fishermen must have been correct when they said the fish will come in - if not during the fishing season - then after the fishing season. Overall, the spring numbers were quite good, all things considered.

There are still a few spring salmon in the system but any hookups now will probably be by anglers fishing for trout. The Gaspereaux are now entering the system so we expect the Sea Trout soon. We have had no reports of any Bright Summer Salmon yet but it should not be long. This time of season is normally what we call the In-between-season - too late for Spring Salmon and too early for Bright Salmon. Some fishermen are spending their time fishing for Striped Bass in the Lower stretches of the River and the catches have been fantastic. Fishermen from Boston, New York and Rhode Island, who have fished for Stripers for years throughout the Eastern Coast of the U.S. said they have never seen so many bass after fishing in the Miramichi area a couple of times last week. They stated that they come to the Miramichi each year for the Atlantic Salmon, the King of Game fish, and will never come to fish only for stripers - no matter how good the striper fishing is. However it is a good change of pace on slower days of Atlantic Salmon Fishing.


May 7th

<CENTER>Howard Kilguss, Rehoboth MA</CENTER>
Josephine Connors, Cebu Philippines
Steve Vaccarello, South Orange NJ
Steve Vaccarello, South Orange NJ
Angelo Sacks, Edgecomb Maine, 1st Atlantic Salmon
Angelo Sacks, Edgecomb Maine, 1st Salmon
Brett Quinn, New Glasgow NS
Brett Quinn, New Glasgow NS

Another great week of weather. good conditions overall and quite decent fishing. Although this weeks numbers for salmon landed might not be as high as in some past years, the high quality of the salmon landed and the great weather have made it a great week on the Water. With the lower levels of clear water, the anglers who had the best results were casting using floating lines and smaller wet flies - the faster the water, the better the results. There still are a few reports of salmon quite far upriver but the fishermen who are fishing the lower stretches of the Main river have been landing nice salmon as well as some trout between 1-5 Lbs in the White Rapids and Quarryville Areas. Most fishermen come to the miramichi to fish for Atlantic Salmon but the ones who did fish for Striped Bass were landing one every time they casted in the Tidal waters on the Miramichi. .


April 30th

Howard Kilguss, Rehoboth MA
Howard Kilguss, Rehoboth MA
Joe Linares, Feeding Hills MA
Joe Linares, Feeding Hills MA
John Torgan, Providence RI
John Torgan, Providence RI
Shya Kane, Milford NJ
Shya Kane, Milford NJ

We have enjoyed perfect weather, perfect conditions and quite consistent fishing this week with all our fishermen averaging between 2 -10 fish daily. The ratio of salmon to grilse has been 75% salmon and 25% grilse with some really large salmon hooked daily, including a 50 inch beauty landed yesterday - something we have only experienced a couple of times throughout the years. The anglers who were casting had the best results using sinking tips. Yesterday and over the weekend as well we even hooked a few using floating lines - lines we might normally use later in May - as the great conditions this week have been more like May than April. The Gray Ghost, Black Ghost and Magog Smelt have been the most productive flies.

We are expecting strong spring fishing for a while as the conditions are good for keeping the fish in the river longer and we are receiving reports of quite a few fish still far upriver. Over the weekend, anglers have reported seeing fish jumping - the first sign that they are starting to move. Over the past few days, fishermen have also started hooking some nice trout in the 3-6 Lb. range, especially in the lower stretches of the Main River and on the Renous. With the Trout and Striped Bass fishing season opening on May 1st, anglers should be able to pick up some of both species while fishing for Salmon throughout the month of May. .


April 23d

Craig Williams, Alexandra NH
Craig Williams, Alexandra NH
Jonnie Jackson, Stamford CT
Jonnie Jackson, Stamford CT
Mike Legere, New Durham NH
Mike Legere, New Durham NH
Newbury England Group
Newbury England Group

With the exception of the first two days of the season, conditions this past week have not been the best as the water was rising almost daily until this past weekend. Fishing was not as good as it should have been for the first week of the new season. However, with the water now falling again, we expect that our best spring fishing has yet to come. Even though the conditions have not been that good, what with the dirty water, fishermen who were casting had the best luck. There have been many reports of fish throughout the entire river system which is good news for the river. The most productive flies were large bright streamers with Marabou patterns working the best.

We would like to say "Thank You" to Paul Carleton, owner of Affordable Adventures who has been sending us fishing guests and personally fishing with us now for many years. Paul has landed hundreds of Atlantic Salmon while fishing the Miramichi with us over the past 10 years. Here are a few photos of some of the Atlantic Salmon Paul landed while here with us for three days. Even though conditions were not perfect, Paul still landed some great fish. Here are photos of some of the fish he landed. Any one of these beauties would make any angler happy. Congratulations Paul, on 10 great years of working together in bringing anglers to fish for Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi River.








April 16th

Big fish caught on opening day
Opening day resulted in an average 10 fish landed per angler
Local rumours appear to prove true - many fish arrive after fall counters close
A big season start bodes well for a fantastic year at Miramichi Country Haven

OPENING DAY: It was a great start to the 2013 fishing season yesterday as almost all of our guests limited out at 10 fish each for the day. The first salmon of the day was landed by Art Mesher from Kitchener Ontario. The largest salmon caught was 48 inches and was landed by Hal Hutchen from N.Y. Overall, it was as good a start as we have seen on opening day for the past few years.
After talking to other Outfitters in Boisetown and Quarryville, it appears that there were lots of fish throughout the entire river system on opening day, which seems to add proof to the theory - which locals believe - that a lot of fish enter the system later in the year after the fish counters close in mid October.

Even though fishing was great, we could still use a slight rise in water levels to continue good fishing into the month of May and we will probably get that with the warmer weather in the forecast. Flies of choice were the Christmas Tree, Golden Eagle and the Country Haven Cardinal.




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