The history of fishing in Margaree is rich and storied. The Margaree River is the liquid backbone of the whole area. If you are looking for something close to an angler’s paradise, with pools to fish all day, then places to relax and have a good time with friends after the sun goes down, we certainly have what you are looking for.

Fishing Seasons:
The Margaree has two fishing seasons, the early Summer run which opens June 1st every year. The main river, the Northeast Margaree and a portion of the Southwest Margaree are 'fly only' from June 1st until October 31st. The tributaries to the main river are open to other means during that time. The entire Margaree River System is scheduled fly-fishing only until the season finally ends on October 31st. The second half of the season starts mid-late September and into October, Fall is a spectacular time of year on the Margaree, with the surrounding mountains seemingly on fire with colour. The fall salmon season on the Margaree is known for Atlantic salmon which range in size from fifteen to forty pounds. The largest fish caught was fifty-two and a half pounds, caught in the month of August.

In the recent past number of years the focus has been on the "Fall Fishery" due to the number of larger fish prevalent in the river system at the time. However, if water levels and conditions are favourable, there is some good fishing to be had throughout July, August and September as well.

River Guides: There are plenty of experienced Guides in the Margaree area, who can give you instruction on basics or, for the advanced sportsmen, tips on the best pools and local flies. The daily fee is usually $125-150 (See below / MSA website).

Licenses: www.margareesalmon.ca/regulations.htm

Fly Shops/Equipment: There are a number of shops in Margaree which cater to anglers:

  The Normaway-Margaree Valley, guides and fishing gear
  The Eagle Roost-Margaree, call Bob Shortt at the Salmon Pool Inn
  Strathdee’s Fly Shop- Northeast Margaree- flies and other equipment
  Fly shop at Margaree Forks- Peter Urquhart, supplies and gifts
  Margaree Lodge Resort-Margaree Forks, equipment & guide
  Big Intervale Fishing Lodge -equipment rental, flies, gifts and licences.

Trout Fishing/U-fish: For those who are looking for an afternoon’s fish, why not try your luck at Old Miller Trout Farm U-Fish, at Margaree Forks. This is a licensed operation which stocks its ponds with Speckled and Rainbow trout, where you don’t need a license to reel in a lot of fish. You may provide equipment, or just bring yourself – limited fishing equipment is available for rental. Catch and keep only! Pay by the kilogram (or pound).

Go With the Flow: This is an annual adventure for women interested in fly fishing. It's a combination of instruction, fishing and good times. For more information check out the Margaree Salmon Association website.

Margaree Salmon Association:
For an excellent source of other fishing information, go to the MSA site. www.margareesalmon.ca

Other Fishing Links:
www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/sportfishing
www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/sportfishing/angling/

 


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