The MSA US fund raising season is history for another year, and thanks to the generosity of the many donors and financial supporters it was the most successful in memory. All the auction winners have been notified and the auction items are being fulfilled. Next year we expect to be back with a hybrid event that will have both in person and virtual formats. The date of Feb 4th 2023 is already reserved at the Portland Country Club – please put it in your calendar now. We want to thank all the donors and the individuals who patronized our Winter Event, auctions and raffles. We’re always uplifted by the breadth of support for Miramichi salmon. One raffle winner was from London, England, and another was from Ann Arbor Michigan, the distance between them being 4,000 miles.
While we are looking forward to next year’s events, what is really on our mind now is a season of salmon fishing! My year starts the week of March 7th on the River Naver in Scotland. It will be my 15th season there, though I’ve missed the last two with Covid. The Miramichi opens for spring salmon on April 15. That’s now less than 60 days away. It should be a good spring considering all the great fish that poured up the river during June and July last year.
My personal plan is to try a little more spring fishing from shore with a Spey rod than I have in the past. Last spring I got an e-mail from Wayne Curtis who fished right off the shore below Campbell’s in Blackville and caught two one afternoon. I remember him saying that afterward he sat in the sun, protected from the wind by the little shed that we have by the shore. He ate his lunch sandwich while he watched the river, and nodded off a little bit in the sunshine. It painted a picture that sounded awfully good to me.
If you haven’t booked your spring kelt fishing trip it is time to do it. That fishing is very popular and dates can fill up fast. Country Haven, Upper Oxbow, The Ledges, Wilsons, and others that I don’t mean to offend by forgetting to include all do a lot of spring fishing and are great choices.
We have drawn the MSA US raffle winners. We do this with random number generating software. All aspects of ticket purchases and the number selection process are documented by the software, and I have taken screen shots of all the drawings. These are available if any raffle ticket buyers want to see them. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the winners:
160 Years of Salmon Stories won by Casey Cramton from Maine
Jerome Molloy Salmon Flies won by John Johnston from New Brunswick
Luther Hall Cains River Pool won by Chris Lloyd from England and New Brunswick
Orvis Mirage Reel won by Warren Tompkins from New Brunswick
Rio Fly Line of choice won by Ralph Vitale from Massachusetts
Sage Fly Rod of choice won by Peter Cherry from Michigan