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Q - When is the best time to come fishing?

A - This is a very common question asked, yet difficult answer. Scientists say that Atlantic Salmon are non feeding fish once in fresh water . Therefore we are not trying to figure out feeding habits. Water temperature, barometric pressure, river levels all play a role in how well salmon "take the fly".

Q - How do I know which fly to use?

A - This will depend on water levels, clarity and a variety of factors. Your Guide will assist you with fly selection based on their expertise and experience. General rules of thumb to remember are: faster moving or deep water - use larger flies . Conversely lower or slower moving water - smaller flies . The colors - black and green are magic on the Miramichi, never a bad choice. Fall (September on) - orange, gold, reds are a smart choice often in streamers.

Q - Are the bugs bad?

A - May through mid July is considered worst. After that much more moderate. A "bug jacket" is advisable if you have one, and of course fly repellent is a good idea to bring along.

Q - How long do we spend on the river?

A - On average about 8 hours a day. This is typically split between morning and evening sessions. These are considered to be the most productive times to fish for salmon.

Q - Why do salmon jump?

A - This is an age old question that there are many answers - non of which we know for sure are accurate. For fun ask your Guide!

Hook and Release

Basic Release Technique

1. Once hooked, keep a good tension on the line keeping a large bow in the rod. If the fish isn't moving try applying "side pressure" by dropping your rod to 45 degrees to the water. This often gets the fish moving.

2. Try to bring the fish in as quickly as possible. Over playing a fish will lessen the chance of survival.

3. Get the fish out of current to a slower area of water roughly 12 to 18 inches deep.

4. Use a dip net with soft scale friendly netting.

5. Place the net in the water avoiding quick or sudden movements. Try bringing the fish over the submerged net, lifting the handle once over the hoop.

6. Once in the net, keep the fish fully submerged in the water.

7. Remove the barbless hook from the fish quickly. Use hemostats if necessary. If the fly is down into the throat or gill area, simply clip the leader leaving the fly in the fish. This can help prevent bleeding.

8. Gently grasp the fish by the narrow section ahead of the tail, supporting its weight with the other hand under the belly area. If a photo is desired, have a friend get the camera ready to snap before lifting the fish out of water. Make sure it is only out of water for a couple of seconds or still partially submerged with water flowing through the gill area.

9. Once ready to release hold the fish head facing up river in the same manner as outlined in # 8. Let the water flow through the gills. This can sometimes take up to a few minutes. Once the fish is ready to go, it will kick its tail and be gone.