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Lining Up For Success

Lining Up For Success

How many times have you seen friends and family boasting about their fishing excursions and thought to yourself “how on earth are they catching these slimy buggers?” Whether you’ve never fished a day in your life, or you find yourself admiring local catches on social media, Wilson’s Sporting Camp provides amazing learning opportunities for people of all skill levels; accommodating everyone’s needs.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

When the gang and I arrived on site it was 8AM. You’d expect us to be tired and sluggish. But much on the contrary, I had never seen us all so excited to learn the tricks of the trade! especially considering this was a completely new experience for Nathan and Sarah. This was my first time specifically Fly Fishing.

Welcomed inside by their cook, Dianne, we were offered a warm cup of joe while we waited for Wilson’s 6th generation angler, Karl (Keith, the owner is the 5th). The feel for the interior was like a modern cabin that gave you ease of mind and body comparable to sitting in front of a fireplace. Warm lighting. Beautiful views of Cains River from every back window. A clean, quiet atmosphere. Not to mention a fully stocked bar, pool table, as well as a hot tub outside on the deck (big enough for 6 adults)! It’s hard to sit down with so much to see and do.

MEETING THE PROS

10 minutes after finishing a rather competitive game of pool, Karl made an enterance and we all introduced ourselves. Step one of our angling adventure began with fishing licences. This is a crucial step that everyone has to take in order to cast your line, no exceptions! It’s important to understand why there are catch limitations as well as the general fishing techniques to limit human stress on each species. The tender meat can be rewarding, but all anglers have to work together to make sure there will still be healthy populations available to the new and upcoming generations. Important to note is that while we would be fly fishing Salmon with salt water rods, the camp also offers Stripper fishing with spinning reels and lures for whatever your preference.

EQUIPMENT AND ATTIRE

Now being a hop skip and jump away from Salmon territory, the excitement was beginning to show. We were directed to their selection of waders, which is a high privilege to the average angler. Karl helped us find the right size and ensured that we were comfortable and ready for action. He then picked out two of the fly rods matched with colourful flies to bring down with us. We would have to take turns with them in the water. This was a foreign setup to me as I’d previously only used live bait, spinners and soft plastics. I couldn’t complain though, because each bait takes it’s own level of expertise to understand and properly use. After all, this was a learning experience. We all gained skills and knowledge that couldn’t of been taught by a better instructor. With our checklist nearly complete, the last steps before getting on the awaiting boat was sunscreen, bug spray and a pinch of confidence.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Nathan and I were first to use the rods. Our initial casts were far from admirable. Figuring out how to get our bait into the fast flowing current was especially difficult with the direction of the wind. Staying evenly spread out was another essential to avoid getting hooked. We wanted to eat the fish, not each other! All of these basic tips were taught within the first 10 minutes of the outing, there was plenty of information to grasp and little time to adjust. Sure enough, with concentration and determination we all improved. Things like the tightness of the drag, how much line to let out, how to gently swing line back then whip it forward, where the suspected Salmon hideouts are etc, were achieved by trial and error.

The initial hideout we decided on just so happened to be under the Priceville Footbridge. A large tree had fallen into the water where the root structure provides a safe space for adolescent Salmon and many other species. This is also where I felt my first bite! I watched my fly drift in-between the current and the still water when out of nowhere I felt a small tug on the other end. Caught off guard, I reacted too slowly and missed the catch. This was still comforting because now we knew there was life.

BITTERSWEET

Karl eventually decided that we needed a new location to search. It was a blazing hot day and even the fish were out hiding in deeper, cooler water. Over an hour of practice later, we were confident with our developing skills and eager to hold a fish.

We moved along to a spot with faster rapids where more dissolved oxygen is absorbed into the river, making it the ideal habitat. This time Nathan and Sarah did most of the fishing. The one of a kind coaching had really done a number on them and they became professional fishermen, casting as far out as the eye could see! Thanks to them, we returned to the lodge with a big haul: the two fishing rods and bait box we had left with.

Although we returned empty handed, the knowledge we had gained was priceless and would stick with us for years. Fish or no fish, it’s safe to say we loved every minute of the day.

 

Come Play on Our River

Come Play on Our River

This just isn’t your ordinary day camp!  A full week where your children can unplug from technology and experience Atlantic Canada’s Great Outdoors! Each day is filled with a variety of activities related to salmon and trout fishing as well as conservation efforts. Your camper will be fly-tying, casting, trout and salmon fishing, learning waterContinue Reading

Village Family Restaurant

Located in the heart of Upper Miramichi, Betts’ Village Family restaurant is a place where locals and visitors alike can gather to enjoy a cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast, or a traditional home cooked dinner. You can even find delicious sweets, like warm from the oven old-fashioned molasses cookies to take with you onContinue Reading

Four Fall Getaways for Four Legged Friends

Four Fall Getaways for Four Legged Friends

You’ve booked a few days off, you’ve got your suitcase packed… but you don’t have a dog sitter. Why not bring your barker half with you for a fall getaway on the Miramichi! Here are four suggestions for you and your four legged friend. 1. Upland Bird Hunting at Ledges Inn This one requires aContinue Reading

Old Mill Pond Golf Course

Old Mill Pond Golf Course

A beautiful nine hole course nestled in the Upper Miramichi River Route, The Old Mill Pond Golf course was named after the Old Mill Pond ‘Grist Mill” that was operated by the Doak family around the turn of the century. The course offers a daily special of 18 holes of golf for two and useContinue Reading

Doak House

Doak House

Weaving fabric is as traditional as weaving a tall tale along the Miramichi. When you visit the historic Doak schoolhouse, you’ll be schooled in the bygone art of weaving by either the Squire or his Missus in their period costumes. Tour a restored 19th-century barn and house on the site, and take an up-close lookContinue Reading

2014 Doaktown Fair

From Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd, the village of Doaktown will be holding it’s annual fair. Highlights include a baking contest, BBQ’s, dance at the legion, fireworks and parade! Doaktown Community Fair 2014

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Atlantic Salmon Museum

The Atlantic Salmon Museum is a non-profit organization located on the banks of the Main South West Miramichi River in the Village of Doaktown. The museum houses a very extensive collection of artifacts and interpretive displays that tell the story of the sport of fly fishing as well as the history of the Atlantic salmon. Their artifacts includeContinue Reading

Doaktown

Doaktown

Nestled in the valley of the Main Southwest Miramichi River, Doaktown is a village known for its quiet friendliness and easy going lifestyle. Visit us, stay awhile, tour the Atlantic Salmon Museum and the Doak Historic Site. Enjoy a meal in our restaurants and visit our shops. Stay overnight at one of our world famousContinue Reading

Taylor’s Motel

Locally owned by Clarence and Glenna Taylor, this convenient and comfortable motel offers an inexpensive and clean place to stay. Taylor’s Motel has spacious, affordable motel rooms in the heart of Doaktown. Local attractions such as the historic Doak House and The Atlantic Salmon are just a stone’s throw away!  Efficiency units allow you toContinue Reading