The Joy of Fly Fishing in New Brunswick

The Joy of Fly Fishing in New Brunswick

Chipman Chain Pickerel on Canada Day

Posted: 03 Jul 2011 05:01 AM PDT

canada-dayIf you’re a proud Canadian I sure hope you enjoyed doing something you love on Friday.

I enjoyed my Canada Day fishing the Chipman area with a Jamie and had a great day.

Here is some of what took place in Moncton on Canada Day while Jamie and I were enjoying the fishing off Salmon river.

Thursday evening I checked my email, right after checking my little veggie garden. There was a message from Jamie. All it said was, “Call me when you get this message.”

I was dialing the phone within seconds.

In case you’re not sure who Jamie is he’s the owner of and he loves to fish, maybe even as much as I do.

Fishing Fun in New Brunswick
Fishing Fun In New Brunswick

I think I wanted to leave right then but finally we decided 5 am was a better time. He probably heard from Jenny, my lovely wife, that I snore like a freight train. Ha, she lies.

Set the alarm for 4am but didn’t need it as I was awake long before the alarm went off.

Everything was ready the night before so once I gulped down a bowl of home-made granola, a banana and a hot cup of Java I started pacing the floor hoping Jamie would be early like my friend Casey is.

He was about 15 minutes early and all my gear, clothing and food were ready in the driveway. We were on the road by 5am and fishing about 6:30am.

Was That Fog Or Heavy Rain Clouds

As we came up over a hill on highway 10, the road into Chipman we saw a huge mountain that wasn’t there the last time we were here.

Well it turned out that the mountain was a mountain of fog which we quickly moved through and from then on it was clear sailing all day.

Is That A Mountain Ahead?

As we came around the corner to where we planned to start fishing we could see that the water was like glass. Man I love it when it’s like this.

Perfect Day For Fishing The Chipman Area

Jamie backed down to the water and in just minutes we were fishing. It’s so much faster when we can get the car close to the water so we don’t have to lug every.

As you can see in the image above the water was very calm. This is the type of day I love getting out the top water baits.

I know I say it all the time but man we have some beautiful scenery here in New Brunswick.

Breath Taking Scenery in New Brunswick

Friday was cloudy which helps keep the heat down a bit but even better their was little to no wind all day making it easier to control the canoe.

I have been fishing this area for more than 20 years and always take new fishing friends to this area as I am seldom disappointed.

I practice CPR, catch, photograph and release so we don’t keep any pickerel at all. I have caught thousands of pickerel along the Salmon river over the years.


I think I was practicing my victory pose early but I was feeling like a champ already.

First we fished at Redbank, my favourite spot to start fishing pickerel.

We started on the riverside of the road first before moving through the culverts to the other side for a while.

culvert-pickerelJamie guided the canoe through the culvert so I was the first to get to the other side and of course got that first cast. I wasn’t disappointed.

That almost makes up for the day Jamie got the first cast toward the culverts and hooked and landed a huge smallmouth bass. All the years I have fished there I have still never caught a bass.

Such a show off.

I landed a nice little pickerel on the first cast. He was just sitting there waiting for a meal. We actually had a number of strikes here, even a few perch.

We called it quits here early afternoon and headed to Gemseg and the Saint John river for a try at some bass fishing, but that’s for another post.

When we arrived back home at about 9 pm where we drove into rain and by the time we got to Moncton we could see they got a lot of rain. I am sure my little veggies were very thankful for the rain.

I ended my Canada Day watching the Moncton fireworks from my bedroom window as I drifted off to sleep with a big smile on my face thinking about my day of fishing.

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