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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-19-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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A friend of mine and his son are planning a trip to New Brunswick this spring (I believe in May). He is interested in spending a weekend salmon fishing. They are novice flyfishers and may be best served by a full service lodge. However, I would be greatful for any recommendations on lodges or otherwise. Thank you in advance.
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If you're after salmon the season only opens the first week of June. You will need to purchase a non resident license and also have a guide. You can buy 3 ,7 day passes or a season pass.they are at approx. 70.., 130.., 200 dollars. I usually get a season pass as I get about 20 days there. There may be a kelt season in may but I'm not sure. It is possibly the same as in nova scotia where you fish for trout and are not targeting salmon and that they are incidental.
I havent had to hire guides as my family live there and I have brothers and friends who have guide tickets. Be sure of your guide and his ticket as there are two types of guide. One guide can fish along and the other must sit or fish for you but not at the same time. I got caught in this mess a few years ago... And did I sweat bullets. Bring your fly dope you will need it.
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The spring salmon season in NB goes from Apr 15 to May 15. Things can really peter out towards the end of that season, and it can be tough sledding in late May and early June trying to find any new fish coming into the system at that point in time. But you never know.

There are quite a few very good outfitters on the Miramichi, with varying degrees of services. www.doak.com has a list of outfitters on a link portion of their website. Good place to start.

To amplify Pere's comments about guides: A Guide I is for hire and may not fish with or for you. A Guide II can fish with you and may not charge for guiding you.

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Pere/ Gary: Thank you so much for the information!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 01:32 PM
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As already stated,that mid-May to mid-June timeframe is the absolute worst month of the year in terms of salmon numbers in the Miramichi system.The kelts have dropped back and the first bright runs have yet to start,but the NW branch will start getting fish in early June.
The consolation prize however is that same timeframe is prime time for searun brookies up to 7-8lbs if that interests you?It's all about timing with the seatrout though,as they move thru pretty quickly and provide some hot fishing for a week or less on each stretch and you need to chase them upriver and into the smaller tribs to find them into June,but a good guide/outfitter will know the run status and should be able to move you up or down river to find them.
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