Yesterday was the close of the 2019 season. My party caught no salmon yesterday, and that ended the toughest October I’ve known in my 17 seasons on the river. After 9/30 the salmon and grilse run really slowed down, and it seemed that the salmon we did contact were intent on moving quickly up the river. Hopefully the headwaters have collected a good supply of spawners and the Miramichi system will again produce a strong year class of young fish.
In a few days we’ll have the 10/15 trap numbers. As soon as possible I’ll put together a season wrap up blog. I’ll be busy, though, as the copy edited text of On The Cains is waiting for me to review. It needs to be back to the publisher in a week. Thanks for following these reports throughout the season.
Water on the Miramichi is at ..88 meters and dropping. I didn’t take the water temp yesterday, but it is cold probably around 8C/47F. Conditions are good. A major rain is forecast for the 17th, but fishing is over on most rivers. There are a number of small NB rivers that are open until the end of the month.
We are using mostly medium and large flies, especially the traditional reds and oranges of fall. Big marabou slime flies have traditionally worked well at this time, especially in slower pools. Green and purple are popular colors for marabou, though I’ve done well with orange too. Traditional black flies and the venerable Green Machines in #4,6 will also work.