I returned to Maine on Sunday after spending the last two weeks of the season on the Miramichi and the Cains.  I’ve got a lot of experiences and information to share with you about that trip and the entire 2016 season.  It will be a little while before I can get that all together, but we have all winter now to reflect on the past season.  I’m still excited about this great Cains River cockfish,, …Read More →

    Another Week of Back to Back Raises We had 40mm of rain over the Miramichi and Cains River watersheds just before last week’s trip, and it brought the water level to 1.6 meters on the Blackville gauge. That was the most substantial raise in a while.  The water then dropped fairly quickly only to receive a half inch of rain again on Friday.  I’m not saying this is all bad, but every weather, …Read More →

Fishing has been generally slow on the Miramichi, with tiny amounts of rain and mostly dry and sunny conditions.  The second half of this week, though, saw a decent amount of fish moving up the lower river.  Some with sea lice were reported, but many of the fish were dark and getting them to take was no easy task.   We did manage to hook a few of them including this nice 14-pound fish that took a smaller, …Read More →

Recent Fishing Okay, but Not Remarkable I just spent 3 days at camp in Blackville fishing the Miramichi and the lower Cains. We had a decent raise of water from what seemed like quite a moderate rain, and I guess the ground up there – unlike here in Maine – was soaked from various rain events in late August.  In our section of the lower river there has been a fairly steady trickle of, …Read More →

Hitting it Right! The Miramichi is blessed with a 16 week season during which one can reasonably hope to hook a bright salmon. That’s the longest Atlantic salmon season in North America, and while it is a wonderful blessing there are some issues to deal with during the middle of most seasons.  The most important of these issues are warm temperatures and water height.  All those who regularly fish the river try and end, …Read More →

The 2016 season so far and the coming fall run This morning, Tuesday August 10th the water temperature from the automated station in Doaktown is a relatively cool 67F.  After an even cooler start yesterday the temp reached about 74F, and that is not too bad for an early August mid-afternoon reading.  It will be warm the next two days, but then it looks like much needed rain for the weekend  – and hopefully, …Read More →

Fishing Friends – Early last week I canceled my planned fishing trip to the Miramichi. I follow a number of the websites that I list on bradburnsfishing.com that show current water height and temperature and recent rain at various points in the Province.  I put that info together with the Canadian Govt. weather forecast and try to estimate what fishing conditions will be like.  The weather looked far too warm despite the encouraging reports, …Read More →

July is definitely a time when temperatures on the Miramichi can get too warm for optimum salmon fishing. They were that way for a few days at the very end of June, and now they are again getting higher than we want.  For a blessed week and a few days just ended, though, days and nights in New Brunswick were much cooler than normal, and we had some perfect-sized rain events.  All this coincided, …Read More →

What has been a good run of June fish that are difficult to catch seems to be continuing on the Miramichi.  Before I began fishing last Thursday morning the 23rd I was standing by the bench talking to Jason Curtis. We were carefully watching the pool.  In the space of a minute or two I saw several fish roll on lies where fish are likely to take a fly.  The level of activity was, …Read More →

The end of last week and the weekend on the Miramichi was disappointing for us after seeing and hooking a number of fish the previous trip.    The water was a great height but the days were clear and sunny.  The best we could muster was to roll three salmon while in camp.  Temps started with a very cool morning on Thursday at 4C (F=1.8C + 32) but on Sunday reached the mid 80s.  The heat will, …Read More →