The Joy of Fly Fishing in New Brunswick

The Joy of Fly Fishing in New Brunswick

Now I Know Why I Like Getting In That Last Cast

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 08:38 AM PDT

I only took about 30 years to actually get around to fishing the Saint John river and now that I have I just can't get enough. The only thing is that it can be a bit nerve racking fishing from a small canoe.

Even though we wear life-vests we still don't care to be swamped. It happened once with my canoe and it wasn't a fun thing at all. Not to mention the gear we lost.

Our plan is usually to check the weather and if it's little to no wind we will head to the Jemseg bridge and launch from there if the river is calm. Just like it was on Saturday morning about 7am.


We had fun and caught a few smallmouth bass as well as one chubby Chub however once those recreational boaters came on the scene it was time to pack up and move to a less traveled area, like Salmon river bays and coves.

We headed back to Salmon river to a few spots we knew we'd be able to get out of the wind.

The action in these spots have not been so good this year. The only reason I can come up with is the fact we have so much extra water for the fish to disperse in making them fewer and further between.

Saturday on the other had was a reminder of years past with plenty of action.

I cast into one spot and had nice strike but I it was gone as quickly as it had struck and didn't seem to want my bait on a second attempt. Jamie attracted a nice pickerel on the other side of the canoe.

This guy wanted Jamie's bait and wanted everyone to know it by jumping clear of the water and coming down on top of his bait. What an explosion.

Jamie now had the biggest pickerel of the day. I still had the first and the most fish for the day so I could still hold my head up.


Then as we were coming around a point heading back to the car I made a few casts to the point but nothing. Just before we hit the bank where the car was parked I turned and gave another cast from the opposite direction.

I made a couple of turns on the reel then something to my left caught my eye. I turned away for just a second and of course I had the strike of the day. Jamie got to see this pickerel come flying out of the water and smacked my bait.

Sure glad I had checked the drag on my reel. I immediately had visions of taking first place for the day.

The fight was on and Jamie was quick to grab his new rubber net and was ready but it wasn't going to be as simple as that as the sun was directly in Jamie's face and to make it worse it was glaring off the water as well.

I didn't think we were going to land this guy and he looked bigger than Jamie's last fish. I was both excited and nervous as it was the last cast of the day and I saw first place slipping away.

Then the pickerel made one last jump and Jamie got the net under it and it was in the boat.


I think that's when Jamie asked me how long I thought it would take to walk home from there.

Oh I almost forgot to mention I didn't have any red worms left plus the sun was now lower in the sky so I had changed to a black senko worm and was having a lot more reactions from hungry pickerel.

My winning pickerel came in at 24 1/4" which is exactly what Jamie said it was before we even landed it. Smart guy eh?

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