Water Level : Perfect
Last Level Change :dropping
Temperature : 50s
Water Color/Clarity: tan
#8 or 6 Micky Finn
Should be seeing some Sea Trout very soon!
Have made two trips to Guttamoose Lodge on Little Magagudavic so far this season and have had some good Smallmouth fishing. The landlocked salmon proved a bit tougher and that may have had somthing to do with the early spring.
The same hot dry weather all over the east coast! The Northwest is very low now, a lot of the pools are hard to fish and hold few salmon some of our pools are holding a pile of salmon but they just won’t look at a fly. We are hoping that this change may pep things up. There has been no new fish entering the lower Northwest, it seems that we may well miss the fall run unless the forecast is wrong and we get some rain this week. The Little Southwest has good water and it has not been busy so far. We have hooked a few salmon but it remains tough as well. The Southwest still has enough water for fish to move and there are bright fish. Randy Roth landed a nice salmon below Blackville on Saturday. Today we will be back over to the Southwest Miramichi below Blackville to see what we can find.
Sometimes all you need is a change. After a few poor days of swinging flies over hundreds of uninterested salmon something changed. On Monday morning all it took was a front to move in, the skies to gray and the pressure to drop and BANG the salmon were on!!! We landed 6 salmon on 4 rods all coming on Allies Shrimp's and all on the lower Northwest Miramichi. A couple of the salmon were summer fish but one in particular had not been in the river for very long.
Wed September 26th
A few slow days and no rods in camp today. A full compliment of anglers will be back out on the water in the morning and it looks like we have a good amount of rain forecast over the next couple of days
if we get this rain things should pick up with plenty of salmon holding below the head of tide just waiting to head up and join all the summer fish already in the river.
Lets just hope we get what they are calling for!!! 7-13th two rods available
Sunday Sept 23rd
Fishing has been slow on most of the systems with the Northwest being the lowest. However we are still hooking fish and there are plenty of summer fish in the river. There are also reported to be some new fish entering in the last couple of days. We fished the Southwest this morning and had a little action on the dry fly and a bit of a show was put on by the salmon.
Thursday September 20th
Yesterday a small low pressure front moved thru and got the salmon going. Charlie and David Hershbell had one of those days that you dream about, four takes on a dry fly and a 36 inch salmon on a wet.
That was the exception this week as fishing was real tough. Talking with guides on the Little Southwest and they tell me things have slowed way down since the last raise of water. The Northwest is low but we have good number of salmon in our pools and the river gives them up once in a while. Some of the pools on the Southwest produced good fishing early in the week but slowed a bit yesterday.
We have yet to see good numbers of fall salmon but there are a few on the Northwest.
We really need a good rain to turn our fall season around!!!
Tuesday Sept 18th
Monday was not as good a day as we had thought it would be. After a good rain and a nice rise in water we had a big day planned for the two rods in camp. It was a slow day with only a few fish rolling and jumping. In the evening it seemed as though there were some new arrivals at the head of tide so we head out this morning with the knowledge that there are plenty of fish around and the conditions are as near to perfect as one can get.
Things are looking good for this week. We just had a good rain and the water is on the rise. The past week saw anglers catching fish but not the number we had hoped for. The good news is that there are salmon in every pool, all they needed was a little freshet to get them going. I expect the next few days to produce excellent fishing.
Its a shame, but we do have space available Monday to Friday this week. I sure would like to have more rods on the river. If you can make it on short notice this would be the time to give me a call.
We find ourselves watching the weather and looking for rain. Water levels are low but not desperately low. There are good numbers of salmon in most of the pools but they are slow to take a fly. Yesterday saw the first few fish interested in bright orange fall patterns like the GP and Allys Shrimp. We have seen a few fall fish arriving and moving up into the lower river in the past few days but we need a good rain and water levels before things can really get going.
Well its hot as heck and there has been no rain to speak of in the Northwest Watershed. We have shifted our focus over to the southwest where the water levels are a much better. I still don't think that the next day or so will be any good at all as the air temps have been in the 90s. Relief may be on the way with cold nights and cool days forecasted for next week. We , if lucky, may even see some rain from Tropical Storm Gabrielle. That is if it take a more northerly track than currently forecasted. Only time will tell, as we have plenty of salmon in the system it will only be a mater of water and temperature to wing things around.
Not a bad day for Dave and Charlene!!!
August 31st 08
Well we are back on the river now after a short summer break.
I had some important fishing to do with my best pal and great salmon fisher.
The river has been in good shape all summer an there has been a few nice fresh
salmon take in front of the lodge in the past few days. Its raining right now and
the water is on the rise. I fished for a while last night but the tide came in and
flattened the water out. I watched several big salmon rolling below the
bar before the tide and can only assume that they moved up once the bar flooded.
It looks like the weather is going to be perfect this week with cooler nights and
moderate days. I’m looking forward to what should be a great fall on the
Great water conditions and steady fishing holds us thru what is normally a slower time on the Northwest. The great news is the counts for the end of July are way up over the 10 year average. The Northwest has near 10,000 salmon and grilse and a very healthy percentage are salmon. In a year that has left many rivers lacking fish it seems the Northwest is the bright light.
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As things slow down on the Northwest proper the upper tribs are fishing well. The best news is that the Northwest had a run of salmon and grilse with 10 times the numbers compared to the last five years. Up to July 15th 5570 Salmon and grilse have entered the Northwest.
Another inch of rain has brought the river back up. The water above Portage River was nice and clear but it seems that Portage river is dumping in a lot of dirt. Fishing has not been as hot on the rising water. It looks like it has crested and things should get hot today.
The water levels are way up. The headwaters of the Northwest received about 3+ inches of rain over the last 48 hours. The river should peak by midday today and I expect the fishing the best we have experienced in years.
I have space available next week-fishing 9th,10th 11th. If you can make it on short notice this would be the time to do it!! Give me a call..we have a price that cant be beat as well.
Rain brought the water up a good 12 inches over the last 24hrs. Excellent reports from up river for last week with Sunday and Monday slowing a bit. Plenty of large salmon and the odd report of grilse although we have yet to see or hook any grilse. The water levels have peaked and will be starting to drop today. With the highest tide being mid morning things should be good for the rest of the week.
Mike French hooked played and broke off what may have been our first bright salmon today. Oh well there always tomorrow.