4/28/2015 – my annual black salmon – kelt – trip to the Miramichi was delayed twice by ice, and finally I headed up alone for a quick two days on the water with Jason Curtis.  It was as much to check out the camps as anything.  It is still winter this year in Blackville.  There were snow drifts all over the place, and from the camp windows I could see deer day and night moving, …Read More →

It’s been on helluva winter in the North East.  The season opened on 4/15 with the river still frozen, but now it is running out.  Jason Curtis sent me these great videos from his home.  So far this is a pretty and gentle ice-out.  The ice doesn’t appear to thick because it was well insulated with snow.  This is good because it will produce the least damage to the river bed and river banks., …Read More →

4/17 – This year NB has put an online licensing system in place.  No matter how it is handled – online by you or in a shop – a portion of the process must be done online in order to get a special identifying “Outdoor Card” number that will be used in any other hunting or fishing licensing you participate in.  Here is the link.  Even if you plan to buy your license in camp, …Read More →

The picture immediately below from guide Jason’ Curtis’s deck this morning 4/16 is a big, open lead on the west shore of Main SW Miramichi.  According to Jason the ice will go in a day or two.                 The picture below from the day before where open water was starting to appear on the opposite shore from Jason’s house.  The shift across the river shows that the whole ice, …Read More →

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has decreed that for the 2015 angling season there will be no retention allowed by Miramichi anglers of salmon or grilse, and that single, barbless hooks will also be required on salmon rivers throughout the Province of New Brunswick.  While to some this measure may seem harsh we applaud it.  It can only help to release alive all the salmon that do make it back to the river, …Read More →