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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-20-2015, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Best time for the mirimichi

Thinking about the miramichi this summer/fall and was wondering what people considered to be "prime time". From what I have read, it appears that some prefer june/july while others like the last couple weeks of the season. I have a decent bit of flexibility so wondering what week you would pick if you had your choice. Obviously, lodge/guide availability may be an issue prime weeks but lets assume there is availability.

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Summer run fish........... the last week of June and first two weeks of July.

Fall run fish ................Last week of September and first two weeks of October.

You have to check regulations as to which sections close earlier in the fall.
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I've never had a great deal of luck in the early season. Fall at the Miramichi is absolutely beautiful, and my choice for a time to go.
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I always fish the second week of July and the third week of September and the first week of October (among other times more sporadically) and only one week in 20 years did I not hook a fish during those periods. There are sure no guarantees in salmon fishing.
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I've been thinking about this question all day, even before I read this. Don't ask me why...maybe winter is starting to get to me. I can't decide. I enjoy catching the summer fish more than the fall fish (though I'm happy with any fish). I like the nice long days in the summer, especially when fishing with friends or a guide who don't feel the need to only stay out for 8 hours total. The fall colors can't be beat. It's usually cooler and I don't come home looking like Jeff Goldblum from all the insect bites. It's a toss up...either way, I'm just happy to be there.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. If anyone else has thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Next question, would you recommend going the lodge route or going "DIY" with just hiring local guides and finding food/lodging on your own? A good experience is the number one concern, but if I can have an equally good experience while saving a few bucks, then that would be the way I would go. I like to camp and generally don't find lodge food to be anything great anyways.
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PM sent to you about lodge recommendation.
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Just read this the other day, could be some changes to the river this year http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-br...urns-1.2917460
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If you can handle it, I would suggest going with an lodge/outfitter. The problem with a local guide is that they normally do not have private water to take you to so you're going to be fishing public pools which are generally pretty crowded. You have to hire a guide in any event being out of province so you won't be saving any dollars in that area.

I think I can safely say that Gary's recommendations in his pm to you would be the same one I would endorse. It's a very easy place to fish and a nice place to stay with reasonable rates.

As Whiteman says there well may be some changes to the regulations for 2015
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Thanks guys to all who provided feedback. Good stuff!
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Like troutpunk, I want to visit this destination in mid of March with my few fellows. After reading this thread's posts I get a lot of new ideas and things about miramichi. I heard a lot of interesting things about this region but going there first time in my life. Now, I can plan my trip without any worry.
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Gerald55, if you go in March, this is very likely what the river will look like:

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Gerald55, if you go in March, this is very likely what the river will look like:

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Maybe even in April this year, Gary.
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I'll be up for the May 2nd MSA IceBreaker....here's hoping the picture changes, Richard!
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