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Fishing regulations

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 here.

  • 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.

Beat conditions

Individual owners will also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, what ghillies are provided (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.

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You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.

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