Last week’s rain has certainly provided enough water to get us through the rest of the season which ends a week from today on October 15, with a few exceptions. Fish were moving and certainly in a better taking mood. Enjoy the long Thanksgiving Weekend!
W. W. Doak and Sons in Doaktown said the river was starting to settle down after last week’s rain, and was getting close to perfect height in the Doaktown/Boiestown area, although a little high, but fishable, in the Blackville area. Anglers started catching fish on Saturday on very large flies. One angler caught two hook-bills, one weighing in the 20-pound range, and two grilse. There were also other reports of anglers catching fish. The water was clear and cold, and conditions should be perfect for the long weekend.
Flies of choice were Streamers, Same-Thing-Murrays, LT Specials, General Practitioners and Ally’s Shrimps on nos. 4 & 6 hooks by the weekend.
Derek Munn of Ledges Inn in Doaktown and Mountain Channel in the Rapids area said they were catching a few here and there. Their over all average was about a fish a day. After last week’s rain, the water had dropped to a fishable level, and should be perfect by the weekend
Flies of choice were Green Highlanders, LT Specials, White-tailed Green Machines and a variety of Marabous.
Herb Barry Sr. of Herb’s Fly Shop on the Station Road in Blackville said anglers were picking up a few fish. The water was still high late Tuesday, but fishable. They were still using motorboats Tuesday.
Flies of choice were a variety of Fall patterns such as Ally’s Shrimps. Tippet Shrimps, General Practitioners, LT Specials: just about any Fall pattern, especially if it had orange in it.
Curtis Miramichi River Outfitting in Blackville said the river there was still a tad high on Tuesday, but fishable. Anglers were catching a few, but both water levels and catching should really improve by the weekend. Canoeing should be great with the Fall foliage starting to hit stride.
Flies of choice were large White-tailed Green Machines, Undertakers, Tippet Shrimps and Ally’s Shrimps.
George Routledge of George’s Fly Shop at the Mouth of Renous in Quarryville was unavailable for comment this week. However, one angler told me he drove by Tuesday and the water looked a bit high. No one was fishing at the time.
Jim Laws of Miramichi Hunting and Fishing in Newcastle, Miramichi reported high water conditions on the weekend, but a gradual settling early this week. A few fish were being caught and the weekend should be great for both catching and water conditions.
There were only a few Striped Bass reported, and catches were late in the day close to darkness, rather than tide times being a big factor.
Flies of choice were Bombers, Ally’s Shrimps and General Practitioners.
Syd Matchett of Trout Brook Fly Shop on the Northwest Miramichi said fishing was good and water levels were perfect. One crew who was out on the weekend caught two trout, a salmon and two grilse. Ernst Zewalen of Switzerland had some Swiss friends out Sunday and caught a nice salmon at Wayerton Bridge. Some of the camps were also reporting catches, and over all, anglers were seeing very good numbers of fish. With cooler and nice days in the forecast, and bird season open, the weekend offers a great chance for some “Cast ‘n Blast”.
On Tuesday I saw a salmon and a grilse hooked at Wayerton. Dave Ingersoll released a nice 3 to 4 pound trout.
Flies of choice were General Practitioners, Ally’s Shrimps and Copper Killers.
Debbie Norton of Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures on the Little Southwest Miramichi said they were doing some catching, but were fishing hard for them. Ken Dugas of Key West, Florida had caught a grilse, Bruce Gans of Massachusetts a grilse, and Bill Matthews of Virginia three salmon. They also picked up a few trout and had some bumps. The water was high and dropping slowly.
Flies of choice were big Marabous.
So with the last weekend of the season upon us, it is time to get out and “on the water”.
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Until next week