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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2008, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Nova Scotia Fishing?

MY SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW JUST BOUGHT A "COTTAGE" IN CHESTER, NS THIS YEAR. ARE THERE ANY RIVERS THAT WOULD REQUIRE ME TO BRING A SPEY ROD?

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You are actually quite close to many productive salmon rivers such as the Gold, LaHave, St Marys and are also about 4-5 hours from the Margaree River as well as all the other fine CB rivers. There is the east River in Antigonish which is a good fall river and you have the East, Middle and West Rivers in and around New Glasgow. Head to Oxford and you have the River Phillip which is a great Brown Trout fishery as well as a gem of a fall salmon stream.
To answer your main question though,, yes,, most all of these systems will handle the shorter speys and some will work with the 13'-14' rods. I fish alot of these rivers with a 12'6" rod as well as an 11'6'. I sometimes use a 14' on the Margaree but that is as big as i go.
Feel free to PM with specifics if you need any help in and a round NS
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Thanks SC, that's great news!
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For the past 12 years my wife and I have gone to Cape Breton for salmon fishing . The rivers we have fished are the Margaree , the Middle River , the Baddeck and the North River . Cape Breton is beautiful and the people are incredibly nice the weather in October ( I think the best month to fish ) can vary wildly from warm to frosty cold . The rivers may not be what they once were but the still have decent returns . The Margaree is the largest and a spey rod of 13 ft is fine . I use a 13 ft or 14 ft if windy . The other rivers would be great for a switch rod or single hander . All the water is public and you do not need a guide . That being said I think a guide for a day or two would be very helpful . I have two I could suggest . There are a couple of books by Jim Gray on the Margaree and the rivers of Cape Breton that might be helpful . They can be found at antique booksellers . Also , in early October there is a Celtic Music Festival that goes on for about a week and it is great . If I can answer any questions please feel free to contact me . It is a beautiful area ! jeffp
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I checked on flights from SF to Halifax - about 750 US on Air Canada RT.
Last week of September is looking good. Will take a couple of 7 weights - 13 - 13.5. Read somewhere the locals frown on sinking lines - is skagit a bad habit in Nova Scotia?

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The use of sink tips depends upon water conditions . Barbless hooks on the Margaree this year. In Oct. I have used everything from floating to type 6 . Godd luck . jeffp
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