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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-02-2012, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Margaree, Cape Breton

Having said "Yes" to the last minute invitation, I am off to fish the Margaree in less than 10 days...

But I haven't been able to find the current fishing conditions online; I have heard it's been a hot and dry summer but it's also been raining, raising the water level on the Margaree recently.

Can someone please chime in regarding the flies / rods to bring and maybe a common method of fishing there?

Any input you can provide is appreciated...

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I would carry shrimp flies in various sizes, and colors, hair wings like cossebooms, Ross Specials, Undertakers, Rusty Rats, in sizes from 2-10, some marabous or rabbit strip patterns in 2/0-4, and any classic flies, Dees, Speys, etc are well worth having. All flies must be un-weighted, and barbless.

Unless fishing a dry fly, the fishing is all swinging. Unless you have the pool to yourself the general rule is " take a cast, and a step down." If you have any questions feel free to ask another angler, most people are super friendly and willing to help out. Depending on the water conditions a sink tip can be very helpful, assuming it is used correctly. Don't get too flustered if someone makes a comment about fishing a sink tip though, there are some people who frown upon them. Many people, including me, fish them and it is not as faux pas as some will make it out to be.

Here is a link to a water chart for the river- http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/grap...ml?stn=01FB001

Enjoy your trip, it is an amazingly beautiful watershed. I'll be there this Friday to Monday and can't wait!!
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Hi Brett:

Many thanks for the info.... from the limited research, I did get the feeling that sinking tips were not all that welcome at times...

I checked the water flow but it doesn't show the mean water level so it's difficult for me to gauge what a normal flow is for the Margaree... I can see that today, the water level (~ 1.3 metre) is twice the height of August 25th... But that doesn't tell me much because it's been an unusual year for the lows in the summer... Any idea of the water level might be for this time of the year?

I truly appreciate your help and look forward to the Margaree....

how about a fishing report upon your return?

tight lines and leaping Salar -

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Someone else please chime in if I'm incorrect, but I believe around 0.9 would be fairly prime.

I'll let you know how she's doing when I'm back.
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I look forward to your fishing report!!

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Hi Jimmy,

We have had record rainfall in NS for the month of September...3 successive weather events with approximately 100mm rain each.

Every major watershed is running at maximum capacity. That said, we have clear weather in the forecast and the water is receeding.

The Margaree is great for swinging 2 handers, and sink-tips are perfectly legal (if not a complete pain in the behind to fish). Your chances of success will improve if you have them with you. I have a close friend who only uses single handers and sink tips, and his numbers would impress...so it's up to you. Remeber to rotate through the pools and you will see some great shots at fish. Also, heavier (7-9 weight) set ups are the norm for Atlantics (especially on this river)...if you hook a 20lber on a 5wt, you will be waterskiing to the North Atlantic! Seriously though; it's a catch and release fishery and light gear puts extra pressure on the fish.

Welcome and have a great trip.

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Brett you must be in the ballpark as .7 seems to be ideal in the summer the way I see it, it is certainly running high right now but everything is.
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Smile mighty margaree

I will try to be there as well for this Friday and Sat.
i had fished the river a few times but never been lucky so far ! maybe this time. However, I have seen fish landed every year on very different flies. the patterns mentioned above are all good I believe but do not be afraid of thinking outside the box as this is salmon fishing.It is indeed a gorgeous valley! worthwhile the trip and people are very friendly indeed!
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"but do not be afraid of thinking outside the box as this is salmon fishing"
Those are some very wise words
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Brett, Chris:

Thanks again for the encouragement - I am tying flies feverishly, but I also realize my Steelhead flies would probably work just fine...

there is just something about taking a Salmon "properly"... Hence I am taking my own 11-ft bamboo Spey rod with me....

See you on the river!

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Thanks for the tips as well ...

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the rivers 0.8 and a little bit of rain for the weekend, should be a good week with fish about
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.8= perfect flow
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I am pumped for my first week on the ree, and water is going to be perfect!
Flies are tied, rods are prepped, waders... waders still leak a bit but not as bad as before
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Any word on the Margaree? I could use a road trip and oh that fall foliage!

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