June is my favorite time of the year to fish the Miramichi. That’s because the fish are in their finest condition, and we catch some of the largest ones of the season.
Because the fish are so aggressive we can use large flies, and most of the time I have a #2 wet fly on my line. When the water starts to drop back later in the month I will go down to a #4. These larger hooks really help land big, hard-fighting, early-run fish.
There are three flies that I seem to keep coming back to year after year. These are the Black Ghost, Silver Rat, and the Yum Yum. Recently I’ve added the John Olin to that list, mostly because I like the shiny gold body in the otherwise black fly. We did well with this fly in 2019, and I’m adding to my stash for 2020. The Yum Yum is the name that members of the Black Brook Salmon Club gave to a Green Machine that I tied with a krystal flash tail and variegated chenille rather than spun bucktail.
This donation is for 3 each each of the 4 patterns, 2 of each on #2 hooks and one on a #4. 12 flies in all. They will arrive in an old, but functional LLBean clear plastic box that I’m just throwing in. Don’t growl about the box being used…it’s got some great karma…
The estimated 28 lb June hen salmon in the photo was taken on a #2 Silver Rat at Papa’s Rock, Keenan’s on June 15, 2018.