For the last 9 years, this outfitter has proven to be very successful for our clients — and also are fun people to work with. They have quite a variety, ranging from excellent black bear in Spring and Fall, to excellent Atlantic Salmon fishing (Spring thru Fall), to superb striped bass fishing, to good bird hunting. As to Spring bear success, their norm is about 90% to 100%. Atlantic Salmon fishing (flies only—catch and release) can be excellent – or not- but that is the nature of Atlantics! There is also brackish water Striped bass fishing can be very fast (spin fishing is fine) and you can keep 1 striper. ( fish 5 to 20 pounds). Sea run trout are also a possibility and can reach 10 pounds. There is a move to allow some additional stripers to be kept- nothing firm for 2014 yet. In 2011 the salmon fishing we excellent! Just realize Atlantics are never easy- stripers though are a pretty sure bet for action in the Spring. In 2014 they upped the bear limit to 2 bears!
As to the bear hunting; these folks have been at or close to 100% for many years! In 2012 they went 18 for 20 with all hunters having opportunities. They maintain many bait stations – far more than needed. The Lodge is practically new, of peeled cedar logs, with a gorgeous stone fireplace. The River is right in front of the Lodge, so a hot shower, and then sitting on the porch with a cold beer is a fine relaxing time! They very rarely have anyone go home without a bear! Bears will average between 5 to 6.5 feet, although most are in the middle of that range. One bear limit. We like the surroundings here, the nearby river and forest, the comfort and the food! Friendly folks, nice lodging, good food, fishing out the front door, and plenty of bears, and very close to the eastern Seaboard! And all this at an incredible price!!! One thing- Spring in the Northeast is bug season. Insect repellent and gloves and face masks- but buy and bring along a ThermaCell- they are amazing at keeping you bug free! About $50 last we looked. Fall bear is normally less buggy, bear success is about the same as Spring (meaning high), and you have the advantage of adding in a day or two of grouse shooting or fishing. Fall fishing is fly rods only and salmon season is roughly Sept 1 to Oct 15. Bear Season gun is Oct 1 to about Nov 7. Bow bear starts around mid-Sept. Bird season (ruffed grouse and woodcock) open Oct 1- just walk the roads! Spring bear usually starts around May 15 and runs to third week in June.
The Lodge is brand new and sleeps seven. It is a peeled log handsome structure. There is also a cabin and another new facility is now completed that will sleep twelve, so we have a lot of flexibility in terms of larger groups who want to stick together.
This trip is an easy drive for many folks in the eastern US. Heck of a deal too! Realize that many guys spend $4000 and more to fly fish for Atlantic Salmon! Also good striped bass fishing with spin gear. And with great high success bear hunting also available, you have all your needs in one place!
Currently, almost one-third of all two-sea-winter Atlantic Salmon (meaning 2 years in salt water)- that are migrating to North American rivers– were spawned in the Miramichi system. Truly, this river is a world treasure. And the bear hunting is also excellent to boot! Book either or book both! Same thing for the fall! Spring and Fall fishing for salmon is basically fly fishing only- although there is some trout fishing you can do with barbless lures; and some good striped bass fishing as well. Stripers are caught by trolling- and 20 to 40 fish a day is possible, in the 5 to 20 pound range. All must be released though. But if you tag your bear early (good chance)- the fishing will keep you busy! (BUTCH NOTE: Low water meant 2012 Salmon fishing was very slow!- But that is Atlantic Salmon fishing!- 2013 could go either way. )
Fishermen who want to fish for salmon need to speak with the outfitter about tackle, fly lines, leaders, flies, etc. Or ask about using or renting their tackle. Rental tackle is possible. Or fish for stripers in brackish water using spinning gear- great fighters that can exceed 20 pounds!
New Brunswick‘s famed Miramichi River needs no introduction to most fishermen. The river hosts a very strong run and solid population of Atlantic Salmon. Fishing is good most of the year, with kelts being caught in April and May (fish that spawned in fall, wintered over, and are feeding heavily as the drift back to saltwater). There is an early spring fishery (before bear season) which is more in the nature of a boat fishery- trolling flies- so even a non fly fisherman should be comfortable hauling flies behind the boat. Dates of the run back downstream for Atlantics ( (fish that have spawned and are returning) vary widely from year to year but figure early to mid April to early May for that. After that begins the regular runs, and what follows is a general guide.
Around late May and early June fresh silvery Atlantics start returning. At that time you will catch both mature Atlantics and also the smaller immature grilse. This time of year means fly fishing only for the salmon. And coincidentally it is also excellent bear hunting at the same time. If you are not a fly fisherman they will take you downstream for spin fishing for striped bass. You can spin fish for the striped bass and sea run trout using barbless hooks. One striper is current limit. Striper fishing is usually very good to Superb and fish can exceed 20 pounds.
Mature adult Atlantic salmon spawn in the fall and over-winter in the river. In spring after the ice melts, the kelts feed heavily on smelts and migrate out of the river between ice out and the end of May. Good fishing for them. On the Miramichi River, 15-20% of the Atlantic salmon will return to spawn again. These repeat spawners are typically larger trip fish that have never spawned, and make up between 25-40% of the eggs deposited in the river. Within these repeat spawners there are two groups of fish; alternate spawners which spawn ever second year and consecutive spawners which spawn every year. The alternate year spawners can be quite large, although 25” to 35” fish are typical. Salmon are all fly fishing only, although trolling flies is legal in early Spring.
TRAVEL: Fly to either Fredrickton or Moncton, NB. Airport pickup and return is a modest $40 roundtrip!! Or drive. Remember, you must work with us to get your Canadian gun permit- very simple procedure, we have done it many times! Cost was about $25 last time we looked.
LICENSES: Bear: $184.19 plus tax; Deer approx $150. Outfitter will assist. You supply the info for Licenses. Salmon fishing license: 3 day $59.00 plus tax; 7 day $113 plus tax;
SEASONS: No Sunday hunting! seasons are approximate!
Sept. 1-Nov. 1 (fall)
Sept. 21-26 (bow or crossbow only)
April 18-June 25 (spring)
Spring salmon — 4/15 to 6/1 (guide ratio then is 1X1- flies for salmon.)
Summer run– 6/2 to 10/15- guide ratio 3 to 1. FLY FISHING ONLY!!!
2017 PRICES: (OBSERVERS $500)
5 Day (1×1) One Bear Hunting Trip: SPRING OR FALL $1995
TWO Bear Hunt $2495 if you book both bears up front saving $250
All hunts include a few hours of free fishing in the morning as the season provides.
Must buy fishing licenses.
Add fall grouse hunting at $150/day (limit 6) It is possible to also add on grouse hunting days. We’ve been told you will find excellent bird shooting in the fall.
MOOSE: $3795.– 1×1 GUIDING. You must apply and draw a tag! Pls inquire for details.
BEAR EQUIPMENT NOTES FROM BUTCH: We Strongly suggest good bug protection, especially for sitting for the bears. Black flies AND skeeters can be obnoxious. Buy and bring a Thermacell with refills. About $40 last time we bought one—but worth its weight in gold! All the major retailers sell them. Face nets, gloves too. Raingear too. Choice of gun or bow and ammunition, rain gear, sunglasses, hunting gear, mix of warm and light clothing that you can layer.
Remember, ask us for the Canadian gun import forms. Very simple- honestly! ( But– If you ever had a felony or serious arrest, or a DUI or drug problem- talk to us before booking. You will need to go through some procedures that can take several months to complete.) Otherwise it is a piece of cake- about $25 and 5 minutes!
For the bear license, the lodge will need your name, address, telephone number and birth date. They usually also need a Firearms Safety Card (NRA) or bring along a current hunting license from elsewhere. They will take you to get your licenses, once you arrive. We understand that US Passports are required. Get applications from Post Office- takes some time! You will also need a US Customs form 4457- again easy and no cost to obtain. It simply is proof of ownership from US Customs. Mandatory basically! Go to nearest US Customs office – bring gun along.
ATLANTIC SALMON FISHING
This is a real Miramichi River salmon fishing camp! Fish Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada! The Lodge is a stunning and traditional outfitters lodge, offering experienced guides, hearty meals, and some very fine salmon fishing. The Miramichi is world famous!
Spring salmon fishing on the Miramichi is a unique Atlantic salmon fishing experience. From about April 15 to May 15th– you will be catching so called “black salmon” – spawners that over wintered and are ravenous as they feed their way down river toward the Ocean. These fish will be slim, but weight from 5 to 25 pounds- and action can be very fast as these fish are feeding! You can cast if the water is not too high- but usually Salmon fishing at this time of year means you travel the River by motor boat and troll flies, with a guide at the helm. It is an exciting time of the year to be fishing and the trout and salmon runs are good. From April 15th to June 1st the customer/guide ratio is 1:1. Five to Ten fish days are not unusual
Summer and Fall salmon Miramichi Fishing is world renowned and starts to get good around the last week of June and lasts through the summer. This Lodge is located on the Main Southwest Miramichi River and sits literally on the famous Quarryville Pool! The high fish catch numbers for this Miramichi salmon pool can be backed up by the province’s salmon counts which can be found on line. Data from the Southwest Millerton trap net is indicative of what goes to your doorstep (Quarryville Pool). Notice that it consistently has one of the highest (if not the highest) salmon counts in New Brunswick! From June 2nd on the customer/guide ratio is 3:1; and you will be fly casting. Salmon fishing rivers utilized by the Lodge include the Main Southwest Miramichi River; the Renous River and the Bartholomew River.
Spring salmon fishing: April 15th to June 1st
Summer through fall salmon fishing: June 2nd to October 15th
EQUIPMENT FOR FLY FISHING: Gear to bring for a spring Miramichi salmon fishing trip: an 8 1/2 to 10′ fly rod, sinking fly line or sinking tip line (number to suit your rod), also a floating line; tapered leaders 8 to 10’ long which should be at least 8 – 12 lb test, at least a hundred yards of backing, salmon flies, rain gear, sunglasses, a personal flotation device, a mix of warm and light clothing that you can layer. We strongly urge the use of Thermacell mosquito repellant devices. Insect repellent too – but be aware some can ruin your fly line finish.
June 2012: “Excellent outfitter. Camp was clean and well run. Guides, both hunting and fishing, were very professional. Glenn maintains a large number of active bait sites with metal ladder tree stands. They were very accommodating to me as a bowhunter. Both my son and I killed bears. My son saw eight and I saw two. Our bears were in the 200 – 250 lb range. Hides were nice – dark black with little to no rubbing. Another hunter in camp killed a nice 300+ bear. To be honest the weather was windy with light rain for much of the week which negatively impacted our hunting. Salmon were not in the river that week but we still enjoyed fly casting in the Miramachi River. Caught some small brook trout and learned much from our knowledgeable guide. I would recommend this outfitter”. Bob F