The Miramichi is considered by many to be the mother of all Canadian salmon rivers. The SW and NW Miramichi combined with their famous main branches the Cains, Dungarvon, Renous, Little SW Miramichi and Sevogle have historically been home to roughly as many salmon and grilse as all the rivers of the Gaspe Peninsula combined.
Over the last hundred years nearly every famous Atlantic salmon angler including the likes of Ted Williams, Lee and Joan Wulff, and artist Ogden Pleissner have fished the Miramichi.
Because of its great size and diversity of watershed terrain, the Miramichi offers everything from fast-flowing, hill-country streams, to the late fall runs of the gentle and gravelly Cains. And with many repeat spawners in its population the Miramichi system provides anglers with a chance to hook a real, trophy-sized Atlantic salmon.
Kelts April 15 to May 15
Brook Trout April 15 to September 30
Bright Salmon May 15 to between September 30 and October 30 depending on the location of the fishery.
Diverse is the word to describe the Miramichi. Much of the system is large enough to be fished from long canoes, yet the predominately gravel bottom and moderate gradient provides comfortable wading for anglers of all abilities.
Fishable numbers of salmon begin to enter some of the branches in late May, and fishing from mid June through July is considered the summer peak. The Miramichi is also famous for its fall run, with fishing lasting until October 15 in most sections.
Miramichi Angling Heritage
The history of Miramichi salmon angling is so important to the world of fishing and especially to the people of the Miramichi valley that the river boasts its own museum.
Generations of New Brunswick men begin their working lives guiding at the great lodges and clubs up and down the river, and eventually retire from these same institutions. Their boots are often filled by their sons. The current generation of guides know all the ins and outs of salmon fishing in their home stretch of the Miramichi.
The famous Green Machine wet fly, and Bomber dry fly, are used on both sides of the Atlantic to catch salmon, but were developed by fishermen and fly tiers on the Miramichi.