This website is designed to introduce the book Closing the Season, Salmon Fishing on the Miramichi and Cains Rivers, and to share with my fellow Atlantic salmon devotees information about the Miramichi River’s Atlantic salmon fishery.
Closings, as it has become known between Duncan Barnes – editor-emeritus of Field and Stream Magazine – and myself, is available directly from me through this website. If you request, I will be happy to sign your book to you personally.
Also, no matter where you buy Closings, if you want me to sign it, just send it to Brad Burns 18 Merrill Rd. Falmouth, Maine 04105 along with $8.00 to send it back to you. I’ll write either my name or whatever special message you may want.
Do you have any questions for me about the Miramichi or Atlantic salmon fishing in general? Just e-mail me and I’ll do my best to provide you with a thoughtful answer. If I don’t know the answer I’ll try and point you in the direction of someone who does.
Check out my blog from time to time for regular updates on the Miramichi salmon fishery in both the on and off season.
If you accept that the Miramichi season begins on June 1 and ends on October 15, and that is fair enough even though the first two weeks of June are sparser than their October counterparts, we are right now at the midway point in the season. Yesterday I checked the July 31 trap number updates for both Millerton and Cassillis – two posts back I explained how this counting system works. The report was, …Read More →
Guide Jason Curtis With A Beautiful Miramichi Grilse Completing An Aesthetically Perfect Scene I got back on Sunday from a week of fishing on the Miramichi and Cains Rivers. The Cains River season is just starting, in fact we may have caught the first fish on the Cains for the year. When I arrived on Sunday a heat wave had just ended and in it had rained, and then it rained even more that evening. , …Read More →
The NB government maintains fish traps in the estuaries of both branches of the Miramichi. Perhaps the best known one is Millerton, a few miles below the famous tidal pool at Quarryville on the Main SW Miramichi branch. The govt counts and fish from the traps and tags them. These fish are later captured further up in the rivers and the percentage of tagged to untagged fish is placed in a formula to calculate the size, …Read More →
I’ve just spent 4 ½ days at Campbell’s. Three rods landed 6 fish, so nothing to brag about, but not a skunking either. I’ve added a few pictures to the post including one of me holding a nice chromer of about 18 pounds. The rest of our landed fish were grilse. It is certainly good news to see a strong grilse run in progress, and we do have one. Not that there aren’t some, …Read More →
June is an iffy month on the Miramichi. Over the years there are many very good seasons that had almost no June component, the numbers in the government’s Millerton fish trap used to count fish bear this out. Other years the early run is at times quite good, but the fish have on the after burners until they are above the mouth of the Cains. There may be certain conditions that cause this, but, …Read More →
I just got back to Maine from Blackville, New Brunswick. The opinion of Mark Hambrook of the Miramichi Salmon Assoc. is that the season is off to a better start than others of recent years. We didn’t land any fish, but I did hook two, and we saw them every morning and evening. Another friend reported getting a salmon and a grilse at the tidal pool in Quarryville, and there were reports of a, …Read More →
It was reported today by the Miramichi Salmon Assoc. that 4 salmon and 1 grilse were reported in the Millerton trap. The Millerton trap, a few miles below head of tide on the Main SW Miramichi branch, captures about 5 to 6% of the run over the course of the year. At this time in June any day with more than a couple of fish is considered decent. It has been one here and, …Read More →
Here is a photo of two, harvested sea-run brook trout sent to me yesterday by a fellow Miramichi fisher. Another friend and I spent three solid days fishing the Main South West Miramichi and the Cains up above Muzzerol. We never saw a salmon – not terribly surprising, but we had hoped – but we did get a few brookies, both sea-run and river resident. At one point Jason Curtis and I had finished, …Read More →
Springers on the Eastern side of the Atlantic and brights in Canada, different names for the earliest run salmon that are now starting in from the sea. Just this week Pete Dube and the Restigouche River Lodge reported big bright salmon from the Restigouche and Matapedia, last night Jason Curtis said that Larry Porter – manager of the Hershey Camp on the Miramichi, located about one mile upriver from Campbell’s and Keenan’s – said, …Read More →
The spring salmon season on the Miramichi is now more or less over. It has lasted a bit longer than normal, and from my conversations with a some of the outfitters and guides who fished it nearly every day, I’d say that it was a better than average fishery for salmon and a bit below normal for grilse. It was, though, quite satisfactory and anything but a disaster. There were some good and consistent, …Read More →