|The home pool after the rain|
As I reached the tailout of the pool, I became even more focused as this is the area where salmon hold. Thunder could still be heard in the distance. I made a cast close to 90 degrees as I was told the salmon prefer a very fast swung fly in the warmer waters of the summer. As my fly swung through the sweet spot, the water exploded beneath as a large salmon came up and rolled on my fly. My heart beated quickly. I turned around,"Lanny did you see that?" I yelled. "I sure did." Lanny quickly walked over to where I was wading and instructed me to take a step back and make the same cast. I did as I was told and after a few casts, my guide Lanny quickly changed my fly to a Green Machine. No dice. Lanny thought the fish had continued to move up river. "They usually will take the fly if they are there, the fish are fresh in from the ocean," Lanny said. I continued down the rest of the run and missed a fish on the dangle and it was soon time to walk across the river back to Doctor's Island where I was staying. Dinner was going to be served soon and I was looking forward to relaxing and having a nice glass of bourbon on the porch.
|Watching the dogs play while sitting outside on the porch|
|Cloudy morning, perfect salmon conditions|
I was fortunate enough to meet some members of a private club on the Miramichi River and was invited to come up and stay at their camp to fish. It was my second time chasing the ever elusive Atlantic Salmon. The only other time that I've fished for Atlantic Salmon was in Norway on the Laerdal. The camp is situated on an island in the middle of the Miramichi River in the town of Blackville. A quick flight to Bangor, Maine and then a 4.5 hour drive north to New Brunswick Canada gets you to the camp.
|Camp on the island|
The camp is perfect and is a beautiful place. The only way to get on the island is by a small boat. I was joined by another member of the camp who was my host for the 6 days while I was there. The camp has a lot of history and has been around since the 1940's. All the meals are prepared by a great staff and we ate and drank well every day. I really enjoyed sitting on the back porch with my host watching the sunset and seeing the wakes of salmon as they continued their journey upriver.
|The main club house|
Salmon fishing isn't for everyone, the fish are hard to come by. And still its uncertain why they are willing to take a fly. Its the unknown that makes it attractive to me and the methodic rhythm of casting and covering water. It's also very much the all around experience of being at camp, waking up in the morning having breakfast, spending time fishing with others and returning for lunch, dinner and drinks. Salmon fishing also takes one to some of the most pristine and beautiful places in the world. The Miramichi being one of them.
|My cabin during my week at the end of the island|
|Back of my blue cabin|
I love the look of salmon flies and the equipment we use. Long spey rods and classic reels are just beautiful.
|Plenty of flies at Curtis' fly shop|
|Salmon flies tied by one of our guides|
|My hardy bougle reel|
|Same Thing Murray just finished on the vise by one of our guides|
|A Bogdan reel, doesn't get more classic than that|
There is a lot of tradition when it comes to fishing for salmon and a lot of history. This log book of the camp dated back to 1972. I was hoping to make an entry in the log book with one of my catches, but alas I did not land any salmon except for a few small salmon par. Still, very much a good sign for the future of salmon on the Miramichi.
|The log book|
|Heading back to camp after a day of fishing|
The club where I stayed also had a handful of private pools which we fished. They were all unique. One of my favorite pools was Vickers. Here we saw plenty of salmon rolling and jumping. Unfortunately, none were willing to take our swung flies.
|Watching others swing through the Vickers pool|
|Catching up on news of the salmon in the river|
|Covering the pool|
|A beautiful way to start the morning on the Vickers pool|
Although no fish were caught during my week, it was a fantastic all around experience and I spent a fun handful of days fishing with my host. I've been invited back to fish in the fall and I look forward to returning then. Hopefully I'll get an Atlantic Salmon on the next trip, but if not i'm okay with that.