When to Go: Deciding when to visit the Miramichi is a matter of skill level, patience and passion for dry-fly fishing. "Bright" salmon--those fresh from the ocean--begin entering the river in late May and continue coming in through the fall. This is when the water is low and you wade-fish. However, it is scientifically proven that bright salmon do not eat. Every strike is a matter of reaction and getting a fly right in front of their faces. You could fish for a week and never get a taker, but the trade off is that any fish you catch is likely to be big, fat, and a real drag-screamer. If you prefer more steady action, mid-April into May is "black" salmon season. These fish have wintered in the river, and though large, they are not as fat as brights. However, right after ice-out they go on a feeding tear, and catching 20 to 30 blacks a day isn't uncommon. Try to time your trip close to ice-out and before the smelt--saltwater baitfish--make their migration upriver.