ATLANTIC SALMON FISHING BACKGROUND
love Atlantic salmon fishing. I was introduced to the sport when
my Father purchased in 1952 a small lodge on the Southwest Miramachi
River called the We-Lovitt-Lodge at Carrols Crossing near Doaktown,
New Brunswick. The caretaker of the lodge was Merle Lyons. Merle
loved to fish and tied his own flies. I fished with my Father,
Merle, my Uncle John Bartlett, and his son Nathaniel. Uncle John
and Merle passed away and I was more interested in a business
career. My Father sold the lodge in 1964 because it was not used.
was a wonderful period where we flogged the water, caught a few
salmon, had favorite fly patterns to which we were ever faithful.
The truth is we didn't even know what we didn't know. Nevertheless
we had a lot of fun. Happily, during this period the fish were
not always aware of our deficiencies and we still caught some
1998 I retired and made my first trip to the George River and
stayed at the George River Lodge. I have been a regular customer
for one or two weeks every year to the present. Atlantic salmon
fishing on the George River, or any other Atlantic salmon River
for that matter, is a challenge. So I started a log documenting
such things as: time of day, weather, amount of light, fly pattern
and size, water and air temperatures, and the number of fish
raised, hooked, and landed.
2001 I began an Atlantic salmon relationship with the Matapedia
River which continues to the present. I stay at the Hotel Motel
Restigouche where the cuisine and accommodations are excellent.
The Matapedia River is a South running river and has helped confirm
strategies developed on the George.