Brad Burns

Miramichi Salmon Blog – July 31, 2021

By Brad Burns / August 9, 2021 /

Fishing for Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi in 2021 continues to be good.  Fishing reports from up and down the river are uniformly upbeat. Photo from Marc D’Astous Eddie Colford, head guide BBSC with another nice salmon from this great pool. Eddie Colford of the Black Brook Salmon Club said that fishing there had been…

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Miramichi Salmon Blog – Winter Begins

By Brad Burns / December 17, 2020 /

  Mahoney Brook camp 12/7/2020 photo Jason Curtis The activity, including the just plain chatter, that normally accompanies Miramichi fall salmon fishing was the quietest during 2020 that I can remember.  Certainly a lot of that has to do with Covid and the lack of non-resident anglers.  Normally the fly shops in Doaktown and Blackville…

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Miramichi Season Ending Blog October 17

By Brad Burns / October 20, 2020 /

  Karl Furlaga, fishing out of Country Haven, caught this beautiful, bright salmon in the rising water during the closing days of the 2020 Miramichi season. On October 15th the remainder of the Miramichi River system closed to fishing for the year – the headwaters closed on September 30.  There are bodies of water like…

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Teddy’s Eve Atlantic Salmon Blog

By Brad Burns / September 29, 2020 /

Teddy’s rain band covering eastern NB at 7:00 Atlantic time. Tonight the remnants of Hurricane Teddy are bringing high winds and desperately needed rain to the Miramichi valley.  It doesn’t sound like there will be a major raise of water though.  First, the rain is falling largely over the Eastern portions and not the much…

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On the Cusp

By Brad Burns / August 22, 2020 /

We are up to our neck in ripe tomatoes, eating our first garden corn, and  I needed to put on a jacket to have my first cup of coffee outdoors a day or two ago.  This is that wonderful time of the year when it is still summer, but the first feelings of fall are…

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Ted Williams’ White Birch Lodge on the Miramichi

By Brad Burns / August 3, 2020 /

by Brad Burns Many of us who fish the Miramichi are fascinated by its history of attracting some remarkable people to its waters. At the top of that list stands Ted Williams who was not only a very high-profile personality, but someone who became much more involved with the river than simply spending a long…

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Miramichi Bright Salmon Watch and Spring Wrap Up for the Miramichi

By Brad Burns / June 1, 2020 /

Fishing Friends Tyler Coughlin of Country Haven with a very well-mended kelt. As of May 25th I have neither seen nor heard of a bright salmon yet on the Miramichi, but that is by no means unusual. Miramichi angler Bob Bowser e-mailed me that a friend of his had fished the NW Miramichi daily for…

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Surprise! Miramichi Salmon Fishing Begins Early

By Brad Burns / April 29, 2020 /

Jason Curtis’s Britanny pup Lattie watches him bring in a grilse on the SW Miramichi. Campbell’s Pool is in sight just downriver. Country Haven’s website says that this fish was caught within five minutes of beginning to fish by Larissa Bryenton. The start of the Atlantic salmon fishing season in New Brunswick, normally scheduled for…

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March Miramichi Salmon News

By Brad Burns / March 31, 2020 /

George Watson and his ghillie fishing the River Naver. A lovely male springer from the Naver on 3/14/2020. Fishing Friends – How quickly things can change. Three weeks ago I was packed and ready for my annual salmon fishing trip to the River Naver in the northern Highlands of Scotland. The news about the corona…

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Miramichi Ice Out Report

By Brad Burns / March 30, 2020 /

With the current state of world affairs, and the shelter-at-home situation that we now find ourselves in, I thought I’d start a blog that I will keep open until the ice is out of the Miramichi, tracking the progress on a ongoing basis. Actually I’ve been watching for a little while, and the first hints…

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On the Cains – New Book by Brad Burns is an Historical Tribute to the Cains River

By Brad Burns / March 17, 2020 /

The Cains River is the largest tributary of the Southwest Miramichi. The fishing and history of The Cains and Miramichi Rivers is inseparably linked. In many ways it was the development of week-long Cains River float trips by outfitter W. Harry Allen and his extended family of Wades and Allens that started things off at the…

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Miramichi Salmon News, Late Winter 2020

By Brad Burns / January 31, 2020 /

Fishing Friends – State of the Miramichi Atlantic Salmon Population:  The Canadian ocean fisheries branch of the government, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans or DFO, has completed a report of the Miramichi and Resitgouche River fisheries for 2019. The full report is not available to the public just yet, but highlights of it have…

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January 2020 Miramichi Salmon Blog

By Brad Burns / January 8, 2020 /

  A March run Naver springer salmon in fantastic condition. Fishing Friends –Your salmon fishing schedule for 2020Have you planned your Atlantic salmon trips for 2020? I have, almost, but I’m leaving a couple of things open. I’m headed to the River Naver in Scotland for the first two weeks in March as I have…

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