Fishing for Atlantic Salmon:
ABOUT OUR RIVER
The Miramichi River's fame rests primarily on its unmatched
ability to produce Atlantic Salmon, the King of game fish. Some
100,000 ranging in size from 1.4 to more than 13 kg (3-30 lb) make
their way up the river every summer and fall. This one river produces
nearly one half of all the rod caught salmon in North America. New Brunswick rivers usually yield over 30,000 fish for anglers' flies. For
more than a century the Miramichi has attracted the elite of sport
fishermen from all over the world.
Our 2011 fishing season saw record-breaking numbers of salmon and grilse at the counting station. 2013 and 2014 did not match those record numbers however we are looking forward to another great fishing season in 2015.
CATCH THE BIG ONE
A true sportsman's dream is catching Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi
River. It is just you, the river and the King of Fish. Everything
you require is provided. You will be picked up at local major airports
(Moncton, Fredericton, Miramichi, Halifax) and transported to our
lodge on the banks of the beautiful Main Southwest Miramichi, where
you can fish private and open waters with experienced local guides who will take you to the best fishing spots. We are also located within 25 minutes
of 6 other salmon rivers. We work closely with 3 other fishing
lodges having access to each other fishing pools. It is your chance to discover why
the greatest baseball player - and one of the best fishermen of all time - Ted
Williams, made this area his summer home for over 30 years.
Spring Fishing - Spring salmon fishing commences the 15th of April and
continues until around the last of May . You can expect plenty of action
at this time of year with fishermen sometime taking 10 a day. When you have
had all the action you can handle for one day. You can relax on the verandah and watch
others challenge the mighty Atlantic salmon. In May and early June we have a good run of
sea run brookies,and shad, where you can also try your hand. [springtime is an ideal time to introduce someone to the beauty of the Miramichi and the classic adventure of flyfishing.
Summer & Fall Fishing - Summer salmon runs from around mid June until the 15th
of October. In June one of the world's largest run of salmon begins on the
Miramichi and continues until late September when a new surge of fall arrivals
continue to join them. This fall run are usually the largest of fish.
Some of them well over 30 lbs.
Throughout the summer and fall we also do an excellent canoeing and fishing day
trip. We canoe approximately 10 miles of the Miramichi River, stopping
along the way to fish some of the best salmon pools on the Miramichi. For more information on these trips, visit the Day Adventures page.
Although the Miramich is famous throughout the world for it's Wild Atlantic Salmon Fishing, the Miramichi also boasts some very good Trout, Shad and Striped Bass fishing.
Each of our guides has unique qualities that set them apart form each other but are all brought together by the Miramichi River and their love of Atlantic Salmon fishing. We are very happy to have such qualified and knowledgeable guides working for us here at Country Haven . It’s a pleasure to know them and we are sure you will feel the same after a day of fishing with them on our beautiful river.
| Byron Coughlan|
Owner- Country Haven Lodge and Cottages
Ken is a native Miramichier whose family for generations has been guiding fishermen from all over the world for flyfishing for Atlantic Salmon. Because of the love of fishing Ken has never ventured very far from his roots on the Miramichi making a living guiding and spending his days off fishing. Ken knows the lower stretch of the Main Southwest Miramichi and some of its tributaries as good as any guide on the Miramichi with over 29 years of experience guiding for a number of outfitters on the river including 7 years at the Doctor’s Island Salmon Club in Blackville. Ken has been working with us at Country Haven since 1993 and has been head guide for the past 16 seasons. Great at teaching beginners the art of fly fishing sometimes doing it daily throughout the summer and with Ken being one of the best casters on the river he sets a good example to learn from. He also does many of our guided Canoeing and fishing day trips throughout the season.
“ Although I ‘ve been guided on the Miramichi by Ken Vickers for many years now, it was evident in just the first few hours together what a quality, knowledgeable and friendly guide he would be. 5 stars!”
Jeremy is Ken’s younger brother from the guiding family of Vickers. Jeremy also grew up spending his days on the rivers and his evenings listening to his dad Stafford and Uncle Max, well known guides throughout the river system, chatting about the catches of the day. Jeremy has over 18 years guiding experience on the Main River and its tributaries and has been with Country Haven full time for the past 11 years doing many of the guided canoeing and fishing day trips we offer our guests. Jeremy has done over 100 day trips a year during the last 8 seasons, mostly on the Lower stretch of the Miramichi, knowing every ripple and rock. He knows where to fish and where not to, where wildlife should be and the stories of the Miramichi. Jeremy is also great at teaching beginners the art of fly fishing, sometimes for hours, teaching casting to perfection. Jeremy is also proficient at speaking French.
“ We have traveled from Toronto four of the past five years to participate in the canoeing and fishing day trip with Jeremy. The fishing, food and scenery are great and Jeremy is wonderful”
Bill & Janice MacDonald,
Darrell has been a life long resident of the Miramichi River with his father Ralph also being a river guide, guiding for most of his life at Boyd's Fishing Lodge in Gray Rapids and the Dean Barr Fishing Lodge in Blissfield. Darrell grew up learning from some of the best! With 34 years of experience Darrell has guided for a number of years for Pinkhams’ Fishing Lodge at Quarryville, guiding and making friends with a clientele of fishermen mainly from the State of Maine. Darrell has also been guide and warden for a number of years at the Sevogle Salmon Club on the Sevogle River, a tributary of the Miramichi River system. Most of his life has been spent on the river or in the woods, depending on the season. He is very knowledgeable about nature and the New Brunswick species of wildlife. Darrell has been with us for 11 seasons and is what we call a 'flycasters’ guide' - knowing where, why and how fishermen should present their fly to the wiley Atlantic Salmon, for the best results.
"I fished with many good guides over my many years of fishing the Miramichi but I think Darrel Warren is one of the best darn guides on the Miramichi, 'cause after all, I taught him everything he knows."
Elvis , for the most of his life, has been a life-long resident of the Miramichi, spending a few of his younger years traveling throughout Canada and most of the United States. Over the years Elvis, like his father before him, spent a lot of his life as a seasonal guide or in the lumbering business. Most of his twenty two years of guiding experience has been guiding fishermen on the Miramichi and Renous River for such lodges as the Miramichi Renous Club, Black Rapids and the Gray Rapids Lodge. Elvis has been with Country Haven for the past 15 seasons and is as dependable and productive as any guide on the Miramichi River system. Over the years some fishermen have started calling Elvis "The King”, not for his singing but for his uncanny ability of getting fishermen to hook into fish.
“ I landed 57 Spring Salmon and grilse over the weekend. The best I have ever done anywhere. Elvis played a big part in my catches”
Pete was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and started fishing the Miramichi at an early age traveling the hundred miles to the Miramichi for day trips with his father in 1952. Over the years Pete has been adventurous traveling all of Canada a number of times, most of the United States and many parts of Europe. Pete spent 12 years of big City life in Montreal and another eighteen in Toronto, has always enjoyed fishing, whether for Rainbows on Georgian Bay, Atlantics in Newfoundland and Labrador or on the Miramichi. Pete has never been one to back down from a challenge whether coaching a Junior Hockey team to the Ontario League Champions or as recent as in 1998 when he traveled 10,600 km from St. Anthony, NFLD to Squamish, B.C. covering all of Canada by snowmobile in 46 days.
But Pete says with a grin that none of his life challenges has been much greater then some of the 30+ lb Atlantic Salmon he has landed since returning to the place where his fishing all began here on the Miramichi. Over the past 23 years Pete has fished and canoed all of the Miramichi River and its tributaries, guests love him for his stories and smile. A day on the river with Pete is a day worthwhile. Pete is great with beginning and teaching dry fly and Bombers fishing.
“ To our guide Pete thank you for a great day on the river. Your guidance and instruction was just right for each member of our family”
Randell grew up in the Upper Blackville area of the Miramichi Valley and like many of the river guides is steeped in Miramichi tradition as his mother’s family owned and operated Campbell’s fishing lodge for many years. Randell has become a world traveler living and traveling all of North America and many far away places such as Mexico and Asia. A Jack-of-all-trades and a Master of them all from a paratrooper to carpenter, commercial diver to truck driver but his favorite of all is being a fishing guide. After seven previous years on the West Coast chasing Steelheads and Kings it was time for Atlantics and home on the Miramichi. Randell has been with us at Country Haven for the past five seasons doing much of our up river packages as he knows the up river pools better than anyone growing up fishing them as a kid. He is excellent with beginners and flyfishing instructions and adjusting to the condition with different techniques throughout the season.
“Randell is a wonderful fishing guide, knew the river like the back of his hand.”
North Pole, Alaska
Danny Coughlan has been a life long resident of the Miramichi River area, fishing much of the lower stretches of the Miramichi throughout the years. Danny has worked as a carpenter, lumberjack and fishing guide. This is Danny's 10th year as a guide here at Country Haven and what a great addition he has turned out to be. With his good natured personality, time does not matter when it comes to teaching beginners the art of fly fishing. Dan knows our water well and is always up for the challenge of catching Atlantic Salmon.
"Dan is a wonderful guide. The days spent with him on the River are our fondest memories of our Canada trip."
John and Lynn McKinney
Gary Colford has been guiding on the Miramichi river and its tributaries for 43 years at a number of lodges including 30 years at Wades throughout the years and has guided over 1,000 anglers including some world class
instructors such as Scott McKenzie, Garry Scott and everyones' favourite, Joan Wulff!
From professional to novice, spring, summer or fall, Gary's top priority is always the anglers success. Gary has been with us now for most of the time since 2007 and has been a great addition to our guiding staff. Gary is also known as "Mr. Cains river" because of his in-depth knowledge of the Cains. Gary has done a great job guiding our guests on the Upper Main river and the Cains over the past few seasons.
"Garry Colford was my guide when I fished at Wades - he is one of the best guides
on the river. If you ever have the opportunity to add him to your excellent guiding staff
he would be good fit."
Casper Wyoming, Oct., 1, 2005
Keith has always been know to be a great spring guide on the river, guiding for a number of lodges over the years including Black Rapids and Miramichi Adventure Inn. Keith knows the pools on the lower stretches of the Main River and the Renous very well for summer and fall fishing and knows every trick and fly in the trade when it comes to spring fishing. This will be Keith's fourth full season with Country Haven after a very successful season guiding for us last year.
My son Tim and I had a fantastic weekend on the Miramichi
Keith is a Terrific Spring Guide.
Steve Mountain was born in Kitchener, Ontario and moved to the Miramichi in 1977.
Behind every successful operation there is always a number of dedicated individuals working together daily for the best interest of the business. There is no better example of this than Steve. A carpenter by trade, he always gives 100% daily whether he is building, mowing, repairing boats or motors, rods or reels, transporting guest canoes, lunches or guiding. Steve is a "jack-of-all-trades" and master of them all! Every outfitter should have a "Steve" around! This will be Steve's 8th year with Country haven.
The Quality of guides can make or break a fishing trip. We are fortunate to have some of the best guides on the Miramichi. Our guides are New Brunswick #1 Certified Professionals with many years experience and fully trained in first aid and CPR. Our guides know our waters and will help you choose the right fly and equipment to suit the water and weather conditions.
Melinda, Jeanie, Terri & Bev
To everyone at Country Haven, thanks for hosting our group for the great weekend!
Particular thanks to the gang in the kitchen. Their cooking was a feast 'fit for a king'
and their good humor and laughter brightened the lodge.
- Dean Kesel, Washington, DC
Country Haven Crew
Just to echo my verbal thanks to you and all your great staff,
may I thank everyone for a super 13 days at Country Haven Lodge.
You should enter for Canada's Premier Holiday Facility.
They all showed a team led by great leadership on your behalf.
- Ronald Jones, Berkshire England.
PRIVATE FISHING POOLS
When fishing for Wild Atlantic Salmon there are so many factors to ensure the best trip possible - from proper conditions, quality guides and fish numbers, but none more important than the best access to private fishing water throughout the river system - regard;ess of conditions.
The Miramichi is only one of a few rivers in the world where fishing rights are still privately owned. We are priviliged to be located on the lower stretch of the Main Southwest Miramichi, just below Blackville - the "Salmon Capital of the Miramichi" known as the most productive stretch of the entire river system, that ensures you will be fishing for the freshest fish as they make their journey upriver. The Main Southwest Miramichi has thea majority of the private water on the System so that is where many of the pools are located. We are blessed to have access to private water on rivers throughout the entire river system so, depending on conditions, we fish
these rivers as well, giving us access to a number of productive private pools throughout the River System.
Here are some of the private water pools you might be fishing while staying at Country Haven Miramichi.
Pool # 1 - This pool is located just minutes from the lodge and can be fished anytime from June through October. It is good with high water as the fish travel close to shore. It is also a very good low water pool especially in September and October as the fish tend to start holding up there in the fall. It also has a cold-water brook running into it that makes it even more attractive for a stopover on their way up river. Fishermen have landed many 30lb+ salmon out of this pool over the years.
Pool # 2 -
This pool is located down river from the lodge and has been family owned for generations and is where I spent my days fishing as a kid. It always gives me pleasure when fishermen land fish from this pool. It is a low water pool that can be fished any time of year when the water is low but is best in August, September and October when the fish start holding. It also has a cold-water brook running into the lower part of it to keep them around when the water in the river might be a bit too warm. This pool is only one of a few pools on the Miramichi where the water can never get too low for it to be fished as the lower the water gets, the better this pool gets.
Pool # 3 -
Located ˝ mile down river from the above pool and has been in the family for generations. It can be fished anytime throughout the season. In high water it can be fished from shore when the fish are moving through but is a much better low water pool as a narrow funnel develops when the water lowers and the fish travel through the funnel. Great for the early run of summer fish and a very good holding pool for the fall fish. It has been very successful over the years for novices and children as they can have good luck with a very short line. For two of the past five years this pool has been our most productive pool on the Miramichi River System.
Pool # 4 - This pool is called the Orr Pool and at one time was owned by the baseball great Ted Williams. It is located directly across the river from our #3 pool giving us access for fishing over every fish traveling upriver though this highly productive stretch of water. With our #3 pool being such a great low water pool and this pool being both a good low water and high water pool, we should have some great fishing in this stretch of river.
Pool # 5 - This pool is a good low water pool with a cold water stream running into it. It produces well in lower water conditions at any time of the year and is good for both wet & dry fly use.
Pool # 6 - This Pool is a low water pool that has a cold water stream running into it and produces at it's best as the water levels drop. It produces well from July until the end of the season with right conditions as it continues to hold fish late into the fall. It is a great pool for both wet and dry fly fishing. It has been in the Family for years, is easy to wade which can be great for novices as and fish are close to shore.
Pool #7 - This pool is a very good low water pool and can hold fish from early summer until the end of the season. It is located below the junction of The Main River and the Bartholemew river. Fish wait here for conditions they like for moving up the river and is good for both wet and dry fly fishing.
Pool #8 - This pool is a good low water pool and produces best when fresh fish are arriving in the river from tides as it is influenced by the tides. It is good all season but best with low water conditions and can be fished using both wet and dry flies.
Pool # 9 - This is the last private pool downriver before the junction of the Main and Renous rivers. This pool is a low water pool that produces at it's best when fresh fish are entering the river. It is influenced by tides and we can sometimes catch fish here when conditions are not good anywhere else as the fresh fish tend to take a fly better if conditions are not great. This pool produces best with wet fly fishing.
Pool # 10 -
This pool was formaly owned by Campbells Fishing Lodge and is located 3km above the mouth of the Cains on the Main river. It is an excellent location for anglers when the fish that have been holding below the mouth of the
Cains due to low water, decide the conditions are right for moving on up the Main river. This pool is best when some of the low water pools are too high for good fishing. One of the reason it fishes so well is even though it's on the Main river, the river narrows here, making it easy to cast over almost all the fish moving through. It is not as easy to access as some of the pools but easy wading and easy to cast over the fish - great for Novices. It produces well using both wet and dry flies.
Pool #11 - This pool is located in the Upper Blackville area and is one of the easiest wading pools of all the pools on the river. It can be productive anytime throughout the season when fish are on the move. It's one of the first pools on the main river system that becomes fishable after a big rise in water levels. It produces best using wet flies but can also produce with dry flies when fishing the lower stretch of the pool.
Pool #12 - This pool is located in Upper Blackville and is one of the most consistent pools for good results, especially when the fish are travelling. Compared to the pools below Blackville, this would be considered a high water pool but it still fishes well for different water heights. It offers easy access with very easy wading - good for novices. It is one of the most "friendly-to-fish" pools on the river and produces well with both wet and dry fly use.
Pool #13 - This Pool is located in the Blissfield area holds fish in warm weather and is best after a rise in water levels and when fish are on the move. It produces well with both wet and dry fly fishing but has better results in higher water conditions using wet flies.
Pool #14 - This pool is located in the Doaktown area and is a good pool when the water is higher on the lower stretches of the Main river and when the fish are on the move. It is easily accessable with easy wading.
Pool #15 - This pool is located on the lower stretch of the Cains river and is one of the first pools on the Cains to start holding fish. This pool can be good from early July until the end of the season if conditions are right. It is a great pool for both wet and dry fly Fishing.
Pool #16 - This Pool is located on the lower stretches of the Cains and is one of the better holding pools in the fall. Once it starts holding fish, they will stay here until the end end of the season. It is best in September and October but has produced as early as July with right conditions. It produces well for both Wet and dry fly fishing and has good wading - a great pool for novices.
Pool #17 - This pool is located on the Middle Cains river - good for both high and low water height fishing. In High water it is one of the first pools fishable after a big rise in water levels and is best after a rise of water when the holding fish from pools in the lower section of river decide to move upriver. This pool with its faster water is best for wet fly fishing.
Pool #18 - This pool is located on the Middle Cains with easy access and wading and is one of the better fall pools on the Cains as fish continue to hold throughout September and October but can be productive much earlier in the season with proper conditions. This pool is good for both wet and dry fly fishing and has easy access and is great for novice anglers.
Pool #19 - This pool is located on the upper stretch of the Middle Cains river where the Cains and the Muzzorell rivers meet. It is a good fall pool for holding fish
before they make their move on up the Cains or the Muzoral. This pool is best for wet fly fishing and allows easy access and is good for wading.
Pool #20 - This pool is located on the lower stretch of the Renous river. It is a medium to low water pool, close enough to the tidal waters to be influenced by the tides.
It is also a good holding pool and we have landed our largest salmon of the fall season from this pool on two occasions. It is a better wet fly pool but has also been productive in summer and early fall with dry fly fishing. It offers easy access and easy wading.
Pool #21 - This pool is located on the lower stretch of the Renous River and is best in medium to low water conditions. It offers easy access and easy wading. It is close enough to tidal water that to be influenced by the tides and can be good for catching fresh fish throughout the
season with right conditions. It produces best using a wet fly.
Pool #22 - This pool is located on the Nor'west Miramichi. It is a great holding pool as it has deep water at the bottom of the pool, and a colder water stream above keeps fish in this pool most of the time throughout the year. It is also on the Lower stretch of the Nor'west so is quite productive for fresh fish after high tides. It has easy access and quite good wading and produces well using both wet and dry flies..
Although much of our Summer & fall fishing is done by wading these pools, for those who prefer canoe fishing we
can provide canoes for one or two fishermen per guide in many of these private fishing pools.
- Photo of Canoe fishing.
Catching the wild Atlantic Salmon can sometimes be challenging so we try to ensure that while fishing with us you will be given the very best possible opportunity to make your fishing trip a truly memorable one.
ALSO NOTE: As in all our inclusive packages we can provide all necessary
equipment at no charge , this includes waders, rods, etc.
Have a fishing vacation the wife will love, as your fishing experience can
be combined with any of our other available packages such as deep sea fishing, canoeing or kayaking. We can't always guarantee the fish (although we will do our best) but we can guarantee a good time!
Canoeing/Kayaking & Fishing Packages:
A - 16km (10 miles) of canoe/kayak and fish Upper Main Southwest Miramichi -
through some of of the best salmon fishing pools in the world - and enjoy
beautiful scenery, catching a glimpse of salmon jumping as you sail through
pools, stopping along the way to fish. If you wish, you can enjoy having lunch
and refreshments on shore, with the tour ending at theLodge.
B - 1 day 32km (20 miles) of kayaking the Upper Main Southwest Miramichi, ending
at the Lodge. Take your cameras along for this one.
C - 2 day 1 night 32km (20 miles) of kayaking or canoeing and fishing Main
Southwest Miramichi . You "see it all and do it all" on this one, with overnight
accommodations along the way. The tour returns to the Lodge.
D - 13km (8 miles) of kayaking or canoeing and fishing the Lower Main Southwest
Miramichi. Beginning at Country Haven Lodge, sail past Ted Williams' summer home
for over 30 years. Sail past bank beaver as they build their dams in brooks
along the shore, see Bald Eagles as they nest in the tall pine tree each summer,
watch fishermen hook Salmon as you sail through the waters of Gray Rapids, Black
Rapids and White Rapids with its rugged terrain on each side. You are welcome to
fish open and private waters along your way.
E - The Cains River is a swift shallow water that flows through 78km (40 miles),
often rewarding the paddler with sights of wildlife including beaver, otter,
moose, bear and deer. Our tour covers 23km (14 miles) of this river. Everyone is
up at 7 am for a full breakfast under their belt as they leave the camp at 8 am
to arrive on the Cains River at approximately 8:45 am. Guests start their guided
journey down one of New Brunswick's finest kept secrets to see nature as it was
meant to be seen. You will capture the flight of many native birds as well as
various forms of wildlife at the river edge. Around noon we will enjoy a lunch
break on the verandah of a rustic log cabin. The group will arrive back at the
lodge near supper hour just in time for a delicious home cooked meal. This trip
is especially enjoyable in the autumn when the leaves are turning their colors
and we can even fish as fall fishing is often exceptional in the area. (This
tour depends on water conditions.)
F - 13km (8 miles) of the Bartholemew River through mostly backwood country
where you almost always see wildlife and enjoy excellent trout fishing -
depending on season and water conditions. This tour returns to Country Haven
G - 16km(10 miles) of canoeing or kayaking, and fishing the Dungarvon River
where you will experience excellent salmon fishing - and are almost guaranteed
seeing wildlife such as deer and moose. If you are lucky, you might even hear
the famous Dungarvon Whooper - the folklore of a turn-of-the-century logging
camp cook who went mysteriously missing. For years, local people say he could be
heard "whooping" when you sailed the river.
Country Haven Lodge
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Gray Rapids, NB, Canada
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