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Wilson’s Veteran Guide Staff Are The Best Of The Best

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The boys took a moment for a quick photo shoot before heading out this morning . The water is extremely high but with experienced guides like these guys on duty Wilson’s guests can rest assured that if there is a chance at all at getting into a salmon then these boys can get the job done for you . These guys are the real pros, they know their stuff and most importantly they know how to teach to do it right regardless of water conditions . Remember , a good guide can make or break your trip . Left to right front, Joe Stewart , Ernest Long , Karl Wilson II ( fifth generation ) , back row Danny Villeneuve & Kevin Jordan .
Hunting conditions are nearing prime and with the next ten days forecast of sunny rain free days , we expect good fishing and hunting for all .

Big Salmon starting to take too !

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Steve W. with the PWC group hooked into this monster on his first ever salmon fishing trip to the Miramichi River . He eventually lost the big salar but needless to say was more than thrilled with his trip . The boys had good fishing , mostly on one of Marcus’s creations , but standard fly patterns are doing the job too . The water is low but the fish are moving , so with the coming rain on the weekend we hope to get just enough water to bump it up a few inches , we don’t need a big raise at this stage in the game . All eyes are on the Cains to see what happens after the rain , based on reports from the lower Cains I think we may be in for some great action in there as well . PS: Expert guide Joe Stewart not only puts his man onto fish , he can also handle a camera . Correction: Steve did in fact land the big fish , and as quoted by Joe , “he done it like a pro “

Wilson’s Miramichi River Report Sept 17th

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Atlantic salmon fly-fishing conditions on the Miramichi River at McNamee as of Sept 17th . The Ruckno gang pictured here fished up until Sept 14th with mixed results but again a very successful trip according to party chief, “The Rev.” . The water has dropped off a little more since the 14th and the fish are still in the jumping mode . We have tried every fly in the book but it is still slow going and will probably remain so until these “fall fish” decide to turn on , which they always do. There are a few fresh fish but obviously the big fall push is not on yet . Small flys with long leaders is a suggestion and of course a good bomber presentation will work too. As for the weather , it is absolutely beautiful being on the water , it is sunny and only +15C. with very little wind and the fall colors are beginning to show . Fish on the line or not it is still the best time of the year to be on the river .

35 lb. Miramichi River Trophy

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Thanks to organizations such as the Miramichi Salmon Association and The Atlantic Salmon Federation giant salmon like this 35 pound hen salmon taken at Dudley Pool Sept 2006 are more frequent these days .The Miramichi River is fast becoming a “big fish river” too . [Read more…]

Another succesful trip to Wilson’s

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Keith, we made is safely back to Digby this afternoon. Thanks for the great trip. We had a great time and will recommend you to everyone we know. You have a beautiful place there on the river and your staff was very helpful.

We had a great time with EJ. We know we were very lucky to have him. We also know how lucky we were to have so much action for this time of year.

Here is a picture of the biggest fish. It was a 16.5 pound hen taken in the Coldwater Pool by Charlie. The next biggest was a 14 pound hen that I caught in the same pool. A grand total 20 fish hooked .
Regards, Mike P.

Learn Your Lesson The Hard Way

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Take it from someone who lives and breaths fly-fishing , always listen to your guide . Last week I was writing about the hazards of fishing with a trout rod and the problems you run into when hooking a large salmon , well last night I did it again , I ended up with my 5wt. trout rod in hand and that was not bad on the first four fish hooked , they were all grilse . But right at dark when I should have been heading home I rolled a fish four times [Read more…]

Good News from ASF

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Atlantic Salmon Rebound

August 18th, 2008

After years of decline, wild Atlantic salmon rebound in eastern North America
CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON — After years of decline, it looks like wild Atlantic salmon are making a comeback in the rivers of eastern North America.

While scientists and anglers are tempering their enthusiasm until a clear trend is established, there’s no question this is a record summer for young salmon called grilse returning to home rivers after one year at sea.

“People are talking about runs they haven’t seen for a decade or more,” says Gerald Chaput, a biologist with the federal Fisheries Department.

On the storied salmon rivers of New Brunswick, heavy rains and high waters are providing perfect conditions for salmon.

“People are seeing fish and they’re catching fish,” says Mark Hambrook, president of the salmon association on New Brunswick’s Miramichi River, which produces more than 20 per cent of North America’s Atlantic salmon. [Read more…]

Wilson’s Miramichi River Report August 19th

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Atlantic salmon fly-fishing conditions for the Miramichi River at McNamee on August 19th . Big question, what does all this high water mean for our upcoming fall run . The picture posted today shows a tiny spring that always dries up by early July . This high water is the same for all brooks and swamps that make up the Miramichi watershed . Normally a guide on this river is never one to complain about extra water , but we are concerned about what this means for our fall run . Over the last three or four days we are seeing more and more fresh -run salmon travelling and now that the river height is getting down to what would be considered a good June level , anglers in the upper river pools can expect good fishing from now on . As the water drops off to a normal late summer level we are predicting the entire river system to really turn on for the fall . We hope the “fall run ” will come in on normal schedule and all camps and guides have an excellent fall .