Salmon fishing & fly tying on the Miramichi...

Friday, 28 December 2012

Going to need some more black bunny strips soon...

The trouble with bunny strip flies is once you start tying them it's tough to stop...

Kelt just love them!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Another Bunny Strip streamer...

This one was shown to me by Mark Willigar on his site

This was one of the top producers at the Den in April and May for black salmon.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Changing gears for a bit -- Pete's Bog Monster (spring salmon)

Been tying with nothing but deerhair for a spell and It was time to change up for a bit:

We had incredible luck last year with this pattern - it was shown to me by the master of spring flies, Pete! Thanks again, dude!

This one is bound for Billy's fly box along with a couple more.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

A Hike on Xmas Eve, Eve....

It's been a while since my last post - been busy, christmas season, etc. blah, blah, blah... That was pretty much my attitude until Uncle Brad decided a hike was in order! I have to admit, this online thing has been kinda gettin' me down lately... flyguy is quiet.. like crickets chirping quiet.. and it's tying season! People should be posting like crazy! A few good lads are carrying the site but it's a far cry from what it once was  ---- big thanks to the lads who ARE posting!

Anyways, back to the hike - Brad (my wife's brother - and good all around guy) suggested we do "Friar's Nose" up by Poley Mountain in behind Sussex. He said it was up hill the whole way and man he wasn't lying! We got there before noon and started up the trail.

See that 'bump' to the top and left of the gingerbread house? That's our destination! The trail starts about 20 yards to the right of the house.

A picture of Brad taking a picture...

Parlee Brook runs by this house and I believe a water powered turbine provides the power.

Sharleen & Ethan walking up the trail:

Uncle Brad and Melissa WAAAAY out in front!
Half way!
The top!
Sharleen & Ethan
Everyone tinkering with their cameras/phones:
Sharleen! XOXO!
Uncle Brad!
We had a great Christmas Eve, Eve! Thanks Brad for the great hike! We finished the day off with a charcoal barbeque - YUM!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Fall 2012 Hunting season in a nutshell..

Fall hunting season came and went so damned fast.. hard to believe it's over and has been for a few weeks now. Mind you, rabbit hunting is still open but I consider the season over after the last day of deer season. Traditionally, that last day of deer hunting would be our last trip to our camp in Kars but this year due to no snow we were able to extend our trips to the camp by a couple weeks. The road to the camp isn't plowed in the winter so once snow comes there's no way in. Here's a few pictures of our fall, we had a lot of good times in this short season and I certainly wish it wasn't over!

Here's one of my favorite pictures of a poster we found in a cabin at McKeel lake - that old abandoned shack has since been burned down by kids. This poster is now on the wall in our camp.

The cable ferry at Long Point in Kars:

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Since our focus at hunting camp is less about hunting and more about socializing and being with friends and family I would usually pack along my fly tying gear and once in a while i'd even manage to spin a few bugs up in between sips of rum. Good times :)

We were lucky to have some beautiful weather which suited our relaxing stays at the camp, days like this are few and far between and a person really needs to step back and realize what you have and take a moment to appreciate it.

Lunch in the yard on a beautiful fall day:

We were able to take some time for archery practice and even do a little rimfire target shooting. The neighbors know when the Gould clan is in the hood when gunfire begins ;-)

Ethan plinking away:

Archery (the ONLY way to deer hunt! hehe!):

Dad and Ethan at the campfire:

We even had some success this fall with the little bit of hunting we managed to fit in:

A few meals of wild game "cooking on a coleman" (borrowed from Greyghost)
Views from the camp:
It was a great fall season, but too short as always. My daughter and son will both be taking the hunter safety and firearms safety course this winter so I'm really looking forward to the 2013 hunting season. My brother in law, Bradley, is also going to take the course so we will have 3 new hunters in camp next fall. I'm extremely excited at the prospect of passing along our family traditions of hunting and I know this is exactly what's needed to help me strike a balance between salmon fishing and hunting. It's tough when you love doing each thing equally. I have quite a few friends that either salmon fish or hunt but don't do both. I know they're missing out on a wonderful activity and tradition by not hunting. It's not just about killing animals, there's much more to it than that. I hope folks get  get an idea of that from the pictures above.

Now let's tie some flies!!!