THE MIRAMICHI RIVER SYSTEM

FOR GENERATIONS, THE FAMOUS MIRAMICHI RIVER HAS ATTRACTED FLYFISHERMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE OF ITS UNMATCHED ABILITY TO PRODUCE THE WILD ATLANTIC SALMON. THIS ONE RIVER PRODUCES MORE ATLANTIC SALMON ANNUALLY THAN ANY OTHER RIVER IN THE WORLD INCLUDING THE ENTIRE QUEBEC RIVER SYSTEM AND IS CONSIDERED THE 'MOTHER' OF ALL SALMON STREAMS. MUCH OF THE FISHING ON THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI RIVER TAKES PLACE IN PRIVATE WATER. ALTHOUGH THIS RIVER CONSISTENTLY PRODUCES THE MOST SALMON, THE TRIBUTARIES OF THE NOR'WEST, LITTLE SOU'WEST, RENOUS, CAINS, DUNGARVON AND BARTHOLEMEW ARE ALSO GREAT RIVERS WHEN THEIR SALMON RUNS ARE ON.


THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI RIVER


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THE HEADWATER OF THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI TRICKLES DOWN FROM THE HILLS ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF JUNIPER AND FLOWS NORTHEAST THROUGH THE PROVINCE OF NEW BRUNSWICK FOR SOME TWO HUNDRED KILOMETERS BEFORE EMPTYING INTO THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE. DUE TO IT'S SIZE, IT PRODUCES MORE SALMON CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE ANGLING SEASON THAN ANY OF ITS TRIBUTARIES. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LATE MAY, FISHERMEN CAN HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF LANDING SALMON ANYTIME THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE FISHING SEASON. AFTER SPRING FISHING, THE FIRST RUN OF SUMMER FISH BEGIN ARRIVING IN EARLY JUNE, DESTINED FOR TRIBUTARIES UPRIVER SUCH AS ROCKY BROOK, WITH ITS MAJOR RUNS ARRIVING IN JULY AND AUGUST, THE FALL RUN DESTINED FOR THE CAINS AND BEYOND ARRIVES IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER IN GREAT NUMBERS. THIS MAIN RIVER IS ONLY ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING RIVERS IN NORTH AMERICA WHERE FISHING RIGHTS ARE STILL PRIVATELY OWNED. WITH ITS MANY MILES OF SHORELINE AND HUNDREDS OF PRIVATE FISHING POOLS, MUCH OF THE FISHING IS DONE IN ON THIS RIVER'S PRIVATE WATER.


THE NORTHWEST MIRAMICHI RIVER

THE NORTHWEST MIRAMICHI RIVER BEGINS IN THE WOODED HILLS OF NORTHEASTERN NEW BRUNSWICK, RUSHING THROUGH WILDERNESS, OVER GIANT BOULDERS AND LEDGES, WITH LITTLE ACCESS EXCEPT FOR THE CROWN RESERVE STRETCHES. FARTHER DOWNSTREAM THERE ARE MANY MILES OF OPEN WATER, WITH THE TRIBUTARIES OF THE SEVOGLE AND THE LITTLE SOUTHWEST ENTERING INTO ITS SYSTEM BEFORE IT EMPTIES INTO THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI RIVER. THE NORTHWEST IS THE MIRAMICHI'S EARLIEST PRODUCING TRIBUTARY AND PRODUCES MOST OF IT'S FISH IN JUNE AND JULY, AND IS CONSIDERED THE MOST PRODUCTIVE TRIBUTARY OF THE MIRAMICHI RIVER SYSTEM. MUCH OF THE SUCCESS OF THIS RIVER DEPENDS ON WATER CONDITIONS. THE LOWER STRETCHES ARE IDEAL FOR CANOEING AND FISHING TRIPS IN EARLY SUMMER.


THE LITTLE SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI RIVER


THE LITTLE SOU'WEST MIRAMICHI IS A FAST-FLOWING TRIBUTARY THAT BEGINS IN THE CHRISTMAS MOUNTAINS AND TRAVELS APPROXIMATELY 80 KILOMETRES BEFORE JOINING THE NOR'WEST MIRAMICHI. TOGETHER, THEY TRAVEL ANOTHER 20 KM BEFORE EMPTYING INTO THE MAIN SOU'WEST AT MIRAMICHI CITY.

UNLIKE THE MAIN SOU'WEST MIRAMICHI THAT OFFERS MOSTLY PRIVATE ACCESS, THE LI'L SOU'WEST HAS MILES OF GREAT PUBLIC WATER FISHING AND DUE TO THE REMOTENESS, MANY POOLS REMAIN UNCROWDED THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE FISHING SEASON.




THE RENOUS RIVER

THE RENOUS RIVER STARTS IN CENTRAL NORTHEASTERN NEW BRUNSWICK FROM TWO SEPARATE BRANCHES. THE SOUTH BRANCH STREAM STARTS FROM GUAGUS LAKE AND THE NORTH BRANCH STREAM FROM THE NORTH RENOUS LAKE. THESE TWO LITTLE RIVERS HAVE UNIQUE FEATURES BUT ARE EQUAL IN THEIR BEAUTY AND IN THE FISHING. THEY JOIN TOGETHER AT A POOL CALLED 'THE FORKS' AND TRAVEL TOGETHER FOR APPROXIMATELY 20 KM THROUGH A TALL JACK PINE FOREST BEFORE MERGING WITH ANOTHER GREAT LITTLE SALMON RIVER, THE DUNGARVON, THEN EMPTYING INTO ONE OF THE BEST PUBLIC POOLS ON THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI SYSTEM, AT QUARRYVILLE. MUCH OF THE RENOUS IS OPEN WATER WITH THE LOWER STRETCH CONSIDERED TO BE AN EARLY RUN SALMON RIVER, BUT THAT IS DUE TO THE SALMON MOVING THROUGH THE LOWER STRETCH DESTINED FOR THE EARLY RUN TRIBUTARY OF THE DUNGARVON. THE UPPER STRETCH OF THE RENOUS HAS ITS BEST RUNS IN LATE JUNE, JULY AND THE FALL.


THE DUNGARVON RIVER

THE DUNGARVON RIVER ALSO BEGINS IN CENTRAL NORTHEASTERN NEW BRUNSWICK AND IS A SMALL FAST FLOWING RIVER THAT TRAVELS ALMOST 100 KM BEFORE ENTERING INTO THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI VIA THE RENOUS RIVER. THE DUNGARVON IS MAINLY AN EARLY RUN SALMON RIVER AND BECAUSE IT IS SPRING FED, IT CAN STAY COOLER THAN MANY OF THE LARGER RIVERS. THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST, THE DUNGARVON CAN BE MORE PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE OF ITS WATER TEMPERATURES. OVERALL IT IS PROBABLY THE MOST CONSISTENT SMALLER RIVER OF ALL THE TRIBUTARIES. MUCH OF THE DUNGARVON IS PUBLIC WATER BUT DUE TO ITS PROXIMITY TO THE MAIN RIVER THAT IS SO CONSISTANT OVER THE ENTIRE SEASON, THE DUNGARVON OCCASIONALLY GETS OVERLOOKED, WHEN FISHING THERE JUST MIGHT BE GREAT.


THE CAINS RIVER

THE CAINS RIVER IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC LITTLE RIVERS IN THE PROVINCE. IT IS RENOWNED FOR ITS GREAT RUN OF FALL SALMON. WITH GOOD WATER CONDITIONS, FISHERMEN CAN HAVE GREAT SUCCESS LANDING BRIGHT SUMMER FISH FROM JULY ON. THE CAINS IS THE LONGEST TRIBUTARY IN THE MIRAMICHI SYSTEM, COVERING 100 KM THROUGHOUT NORTHEASTERN NEW BRUNSWICK WOODLAND, ENTERING THE MAIN SOU'WEST MIRAMICHI APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES ABOVE THE TIDE WATER NEAR BLACKVILLE. THE CAINS RIVER IS NINETY PERCENT OPEN WATER AND HAS MANY HOLDING POOLS THROUGHOUT ITS SYSTEM. WITH IT'S NATURAL BEAUTY, WOODED HILLS AND GENTLE WATER FLOW, ANGLERS HAVE RETURNED ANNUALLY FOR GENERATIONS, FROM AROUND THE WORLD, TO CANOE AND FISH THIS SECLUDED RIVER. THE CAINS IS PROBABLY THE BEST FALL ATLANTIC SALMON RIVER IN NORTH AMERICA.


THE BARTHOLEMEW RIVER

THE BARTHOLEMEW RIVER BEGINS APPROXIMATELY 15 KM NORTHWEST OF DOAKTOWN AND EMPTIES INTO THE MAIN SOUTHWEST MIRAMICHI AT BLACKVILLE. THE SMALLEST TRIBUTARY OF THE MIRAMICHI FRESHWATER SYSTEM, THE BARTHOLEMEW HAS ITS BEST SALMON RUNS IN JULY AND EARLY AUGUST.

A WINDING AND SECLUDED LITTLE RIVER, IT MAKES FOR SOME GREAT CANOEING TRIPS WHEN THE WATER CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT.





WITH ALL OF THESE RIVERS IN SUCH CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EACH OTHER AND ALL PRODUCING AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE ANGLING SEASON, IT ISN'T ANY WONDER WHY THE MIRAMICHI RIVER SYSTEM HAS BEEN THE DESTINATION OF CHOICE AMONG SPORT FISHERMEN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.

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