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Catch and release

The Miramichi River system permits fly fishing only. Spinning and bait casting are prohibited by law. Non-resident anglers in New Brunswick require a guide and all salmon and grilse must be release unharmed. Currently, New Brunswick has a strict no retention policy for Atlantic salmon and grilse.

For a complete guide to fishing regulation in the Miramichi region please click the link.

  • Remember, use only single barbless/pinched hooks.
  • Retrieve and release fish as quickly as possible.
  • Keep fish in the water during the release process.
  • Using a knotless meshed landing net is preferable over tailing a fish.
  • Carry and use needle-nose like pliers/forceps to quickly remove hooks (if possible one angler nets then holds the fish, and the second angler removes the hook).
  • If hook doesn’t remove easily, cut the leader and leave the hook in the fish.
  • If you must handle a fish, use bare wet hands (not gloves which will remove important protective slime).
  • When taking a photo, remember only 5 seconds out of the water.
  • When releasing, cradle the fish with one hand under the chest and the other holding the fish gently by the tail. Point it upstream in a natural swimming position. Let the current flow naturally through the gills; do not push/pull the fish back and forth. Don’t hold the fish too long. Release it when you begin to feel strengthening tail movement. The less handling the better.
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