Fishing times, check-in, check-out policies, club recommendations, and more.
The Club (BBSC) is located on the SW Branch of the Miramichi River about 35 miles from Miramichi Bay. The main camp is on the south shore of the river opposite the town of Howard. The Club’s riparian rights run from the mouth of the Cains River to below Black Brook, with ownership on both sides of the Miramichi. As well we have approximately 1 ½ miles of water on the lower Cains River – 5 minutes from the Main Camp by vehicle or boat.
The trip to BBSC takes 8 ½ - 10 hours from Boston or Central Massachusetts depending on traffic and road conditions. It is about 530 miles from Worcester and 500 miles from Boston. There are two primary choices for reaching Fredericton, N.B. In either case you go North on Interstate 95 to Portland where you get on 295 which rejoins 95 in Augusta.
There are a number of commercial flights to the Fredericton Airport (approximately ½ hour east of the City of Fredericton, 2 hours by car into camp). Connections may be made via Halifax, Montreal or Toronto. There is a smaller airport for private and charter planes located at Chatham, across the Miramichi River from Miramichi City (formerly Newcastle). This airport is about 50 minutes by car to camp. Others fly to Bangor, Portland, or Presque Isle where cars are rented for remainder of journey.
RETENTION OF FISH
BBSC has been a TOTAL CATCH AND RELEASE CLUB. Under current Provincial fishing regulations it is illegal to retain any Atlantic salmon. The current regulations also require the use of single hooks with pinched barbs.
Non-resident anglers must be covered by a guide at all times (3 to a guide when wading, but one to a guide when fishing from a boat.) We employ four full-time guides. A minimum of three will be in camp during fishing hours. Each guide has one day off each week. A number of BBSC members possess self-guiding licenses which are to be used primarily when we are short regular guides for whatever reason. Please feel free to ask our guides all questions you want on choice of flies, where to fish, etc.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT
Most of the fishing at BBSC can be done with an 8 or 9 wgt. fly rod. Floating line will work for most water conditions, but a sink tip can be useful in very high water. Some anglers use two handed rods, either Spey or Switch rods, but they are not necessary. While a great variety of flies will work, it is always prudent to check with local shops to see what seems to be hot.
CURTIS MIRAMICHI OUTFITTERS In Blackville. On left, just north of turn to RT 118 (506-843-2481).
FREDERICTON OUTFITTERS 285 Canada Street, (Rt8) Fredericton (506-450-4044)
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