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Last night Doug Underhill stopped by to discuss his new book (Salmon Country), his website and share some of his fishing stories.  Jason Curtis and Tony Svarc were also on hand to add to the discussion.  Be sure to check out Doug's website and sign up for his weekly fishing reports... We are planning to meet regularly on Tuesday after school.  The 2012 fishing season officially opens this Sunday...tight lines!
Turle Knot At this session we looked into the equipment used when Atlantic Salmon fishing with a focus on knot tying.  The two knots that we practiced were: 1)  the turle knot and 2) the blood knot.  Check out the links below for practicing these knots.  Reminder that the club fee is due by April 15 and those students who are able to help with the fly tying lessons at the Rotary Youth Conference on April 27th must let Mr. Hallihan know by the end of the week.   BLOOD KNOT:    ALL KNOTS:   TURLE KNOT:
Eel Ground Fly Fishing ShowLast Friday, the MVHS Fly Fishing Club traveled to Eel Ground to take part in their Fly Fishing Forum.  The club members involved included:  Avery Gilks, Brandon McKay, Adam Travis, Micaela Hachey, Carly Russell, Dylan Ward, Natalie Whitney and Stephen Miller.  We tied lots of flies, taught younger students, learned from some local tiers, checked out the middle school students from the Blackville Fishing Club and promoted all things Atlantic Salmon Fishing.  MVHS and Blackville Fly Tiers are also planning to be involved with the Rotary Youth Forum on April 27th.  Thanks goes out to Mr. John Hawkes for inviting us!  Great experience for all those involved!

Posted: March 28, 2012

MVHS Fly Fishing Club: Pulamoo Pin The club had a meeting yeasterday after school to discuss the upcoming season.  We had a great turnout of close to 20 interested students and we are hoping more will check us out next week.  We have decided to meet weekly on Tuesday after school and we have a number of activities planned this year.  Some of the highlights will include...   -  the usual:  knot tying, equipping your rod, rules & regulations, biology/anatomy of Atlantic Salmon and casting techniques. -  guest speakers:  local author Doug Underhill, Geoff Giffin from the Atlantic Salmon Association, local DNR/DFO officers -  activities:  spey casting with local guide Jason Curtis, canoe/poling with Paul McKinnon, casting techniques with NSER club -  field trip:  Doaktown Salmon Museum -  FISHING TRIPS:  spring salmon fishing, June 4 on the Northwest, July on Main Southwest, Cains River???, Restigouche??? All those interested in joining are encouraged to come out to our next meeting on Tuesday, April 3 after school in Mr. Hallihan's classroom.  We are planning to ty some knots (equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own gear to equip your rod/reel for the upcoming season).  

Posted: March 21, 2012

Dieppe Fly Fishing Forum: Mar. 23 - 25All members are reminded of the Fly Fishing Forum at the Moncton Coliseum this weekend.  If you are planning to attend, stop by Mr. Hallihan's classroom by Thursday to let him know.  We are planning to meet up on Saturday morning at the show.  Reminder to those students planning to help out with the fly tying demonstrations at the Eel Ground School next Friday - you must inform Mr. Hallihan by Tuesday, March 27.
Santa Fly FishingWe'll will be back again in 2012 and we will continue to work on filling that fly box with the popular patterns.  Any members interested in taking home a fly tying kit for the holidays are asked to see Mr. Hallihan before Friday.  Merry Christmas to all and many tight lines in 2012!!!
'The Man At The Mouth': George RoutledgeSeason #5 is shaping up to be a BIG year for the Fly Fishing Club.  We are starting early in order to prepare for the upcoming season.  We are hoping that all of our veterans will return along with any new members who are interested in "all things salmon fishing'.  With that said, we will be having monthly fly tying sessions for any students interested in learning the art of fly tying.  We are hoping to create our own salmon flies that will hook into a salmon on one of our trips.  Our first session will be on Tuesday, November 29 after school in Mr. Hallihan's classroom.  No equipment is sure to check us out!!! 
Cains River MapWell it's official...we will be fishing the last day of the season, Saturday October 15, on a tributary of the Southwest Miramichi - CAINS RIVER.  We will be canoeing down from Buttermilk Brook and fishing the pools along the way to the Main Southwest Miramichi.  We hope to get into some great Fall salmon and we will report back after our trip.  Great way to close out the season!
The MVHS Fly Fishing Club was recently featured in the Autumn issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal.  I have attached the article for those of you who have not read up on what we are all about.  Many thanks to Martin Silverstone for writing the story!
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Eric Gilliss' Bartibog SalmonThis past weekend Eric Gilliss landed a beautiful salmon on the Bartibog River.  Here is his fishing story in his own words..."He was 32 inches long, a solid 12 pounder. Took a #6 Shady with a red butt, black hackle and crystal flash. He put up a good fight. I was fishing in front a camp and the owners were there for supper. When it became obvious that I had a fish on the lad came down with his landing net in one hand and his son, around 5 or 6 up on his shoulder. The kid was even more excited than I was so I gave him the rod and let him play the fish for a bit, he was well hooked so he wasn't going anywhere. That picture doesn't do his coloration justice, never seen a fish as red as he was, just beautiful!"   

Posted: June 8, 2011

This past weekend the MVHS Fly Fishing Club invaded the Northwest Miramichi River with hopes of many tight lines.  The group included 14 club members, 2 alumni members and 10 experienced guides.  One group used canoes to travel to the pools from Miner's bridge down to Allison's camps.  The highlights included Brian Doyle losing a salmon at the Island pool (leader broke); Mr. Svarc seeing lots of fish at Dennis'; MacKenzie Clark rolling a fish twice at Dennis'; and of course many reports of fish being landed by fishermen who had been at the pools before we arrived. The other group used trucks to travel to the pools around the Wayerton bridge area.  The highlights included Avery Gilks rolling a fish at the Cable pool; guide Jason Curtis tightened up on a fish at Trout Brook and Mr. Keith Comeau hooking at nice salmon at his pool and letting Robyn O'Reilley/Kathryn Lynch/Kayla Arseneault play the fish. Everyone met at Allison's camp for the BBQ and exchange fishing stories.  It was here that our alumni member, Michael Savoie, showed the fishing club how to land a nice salmon.  Double/triple hauling a big bomber in front of his camp, a salmon decided to boil and Mike hooked into a dandy.  All club members formed an audience around Michael and watch him successfully land a beautiful salmon.  Check out the video that I have posted on the website...  What a way to end the day! With the end of the school year near can only mean the beginning of the summer salmon fishing.  The club is planning another fishing trip in July, except this time we will be invading the "big river"... the Main Southwest Miramichi.  Stay tuned for the details as we plan out the day and we will again give a fishing report after our trip. Congratulations to our graduating members with their recent induction as alumni members - where they each received a certificate, the infamous Pulamoo pin and an open invitation to join us on our fishing trips in years to come.  These members include:  MacKenzie Clark, Brian Doyle, Yoonhyung (Sara) Oh and last but not least Matthew Morris (who is the last original member when the club was formed 4 years ago when he was in grade 9).
Northwest MiramichiA big thanks to Mr. Greg MacDonald for stopping by on Thursday, June 2.  He was kind enough to share his river map of the Northwest stretch that we fished this past weekend.  He also shared some photos of the pools and explained how to fish them.  The members were also given an opportunity to ask questions and he explained some of the regulations involved with salmon fishing.
First Grilse - Sat. May 28: Trout BrookATTENTION ALL FLY FISHING CLUB MEMBERS...  There will be a mandatory meeting on Wednesday after school for those students who are going on the fishing trip the Nor'West this Sunday, June 5.  We will be planning and organizing the day, getting a check on any needed equipment and assigning fishing guides.  If you are unable to attend, you MUST see Mr. Hallihan.
We will be travelling to South Esk on Wednesday, May 18 for a tour of the fish hatchery.  Club members are to meet in Mr. Hallihan's classroom after school before leaving for South Esk.  Reminder that the club fee is due next week! 
"Time" for CastingThis week we practiced our casting outside with some wind.  Most members brought their own gear and we provided some rod kits to those who did not have any gear.  With wind in play, the beginners worked on the basics while the experienced challenged themselves into the wind.  It won't be long until we are on the water...