Tuscaloosa, Canada (PressExposure) March 30, 2009 -- There was a time not so long ago when the thrill of landing a 30-pound Atlantic salmon on a fly rod was either a memory for an angler with years or experience, or a dream for one without. Over-fishing in the 1980âs led to a ban on fishing the fresh stream waters of maritime Canada and the northeast United States for this vigorous fish.
Thanks to conservation efforts by both the Atlantic Salmon Federation and U.S. Department of Fish & Game, the population has quickly rebounded, providing anglers the opportunity to catch-and-release from April until October each year.
And with outdoor recreation and nature tourism continuing to increase in popularity, the timing is ideal for anglers of all skill levels to experience the exhilaration associated with landing an aggressive Atlantic salmon on a fly rod.
âItâs difficult to describe the sensation one gets from landing such a large, voraciously feeding fish,â said Katherine Hughes, manager for Miramichi Black Rapids Lodge in New Brunswick, Canada.
âCasting from a fully-guided boat in rapidly moving water is a fun challenge. Coupled with the fight of a large salmon, itâs no wonder anglers come back to for this experience year after year,â she said. According to Hughes, the conservation gap bypassed a generation of anglers, and many are missing out on a unique angling experience.
âFly rod anglers are dedicated sportsmen and sportswomen with an appetite for landing all sorts of fish with a fly rod. Most people think of rainbow and brown trout when they think of fly fishing, but an enthusiast will cast a fly for just about anything, including bonefish in the Caribbean or Atlantic salmon or brook trout in maritime Canada. When it was not possible to fish for Atlantic salmon, many sportsmen were not able to share this experience with their childrenâ he said.
Hughes, an avid outdoorsman with international experience in lodging including stints in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and safari in Africa, is excited about sharing the Atlantic salmon fishing experience with anyone interested in a new adventure.
The Miramichi Black Rapids Lodge provides fully-guided trips on the legendary Miramichi River in New Brunswick. After a day of fishing on the river, guests enjoy home-cooked, hearty meals by the lodge chef, and plenty of time to swap fishing stories.
âEven if youâre not interested in fishing, or if youâd like to travel with family who isnât keen on the activity, there are many other activities to experience in this peaceful Maritimes setting,â Hughes said.
For more information on fly fishing for Atlantic salmon, or to learn more about Miramichi Black Rapids Lodge, please visit [http://www.miramichiblackrapids.com]. # # #