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    Large Salmon and Small Grilse

    Yesterday the FQSA (Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique) called on the provincial government to apply mandatory live release for all large salmon, as a precautionary approach with the...
  2. A Thoughtful Approach to Assessing the Season

    This past week David Meerburg, with decades of experience in assessing Atlantic salmon populations and crunching numbers for statistical significance, had an initial look at the state of the salmon,...
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    Arthur packs a punch on salmon rivers

    Tropical Storm Arthur battered the Maritimes over the weekend, knocking out power to camps, and raising rivers to near spring-like levels.* Water temperatures also plummeted which came as a welcome...
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    Temperatures Hit Summer Levels

    In just a few weeks we have gone from ice cakes on the river banks to high summer water temperatures in some places. As everyone is aware, the combination of warmer temperatures and the decreased...
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    ASF’s Director of Quebec Programs Charles Cusson saw it clearly as he travelled around the Gaspé a few days ago – the angling is picking up. Perhaps it really was the colder water keeping the...
  6. Tantalizing Returns to Rivers Here and There

    We have a request – if you like ASF Rivernotes, please share it with friends and encourage them to sign up for ASF’s Webworks to receive it when published. Also, if you have live release photos with...
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    Reimagining Didymo in Salmon Rivers

    Most Atlantic salmon anglers have come across the name of this alga, Didymosphenia geminata, alias Didymo, alias Rock Snot. It brings vividly to mind great mats of brown furry stuff, the ends of...
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    Time to Reconnect with the River

    Almost without seeing the change, a cold, wet and icy late spring has changed into early summer. We are now past the opening date in many jurisdictions. Trees are leafing out, water temperatures are...
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    Warming Things Up

    If you go fishing on the Miramichi the dangers of ice have somewhat receded, but conditions, as one correspondent said yesterday, are still “pretty miserable, mostly cold”. Over the weekend the news...
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    Spring IS coming, along with the usual flooding here and there, ice jams in some places, and increasing interest from many anglers on what the conditions are like along the rivers. To put it mildly,...
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    Today is April 15, 2014, which means it is the beginning of the Black Salmon season in New Brunswick, but this is the tail end of the hardest winter in a generation. More about this in the New...
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    The Personal Side of Salmon Rivers

    In one way the world of Atlantic salmon is big. It encompasses all the watersheds where these charismatic fish live, and the oceans in which they navigate across thousands of miles to and from...
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    Season Coming to an End in Nova Scotia

    The river season is over. Now it is up to the Atlantic salmon themselves to carry on the magic – with a bit of help from the weather. There have been reports of Atlantic salmon digging redds, and...
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    Our Own Festival of Salmon Movie Shorts

    As high definition personal video has become the norm, and YouTube and Vimeo become end points for distribution, the quality of Atlantic salmon videos has soared. In fact this year has seen many top...
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    When Autumn Changes the Perspective

    Fine weather in October is a gift. We can’t expect the temperature, cloud cover, fog, wind and quality of light all to be perfect on the same day. But it has happened, especially this year. And when...
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    Waiting for the Big Event

    Angling season may be winding down, but there have been some gorgeous days this fall. And the big event on the radar, spawning time, will hopefully result in success for this king of fish in the...
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    Every Salmon River a Universe

    ASF’s “What Works and What Doesn’t” International Restoration Workshop held in St. Andrews last Wednesday and Thursday was a real eye-opener. One major point coming out of the two days was how...
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    ASF Salmometer and Live Release

    You have asked for it, and now it is available again. ASF’s salmometer has been in demand for years, as a tool for effective live release that really works. Back in the 1980s, ASF gathered...
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    Rains of September

    This summer ASF’s Research Department has kept up a blog of its activities, at least when the researchers can take a little time to download some photos, and work in the office. The field season has...
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    There is a right way to take a live release photograph. It is with the Atlantic salmon in the water, able to breathe, and get its breath back, so to speak. While holding an Atlantic salmon close...
  21. Resetting the Button on Personal Perspective

    Everyone needs a reset button. A time and place that puts life back in perspective, that puts stress in the back pocket for a while. This is a time and place to reconnect with what is important in...
  22. An Extra Thought for Safety in Chest Waders

    A few weeks ago an Atlantic angler on the Torrent River lost his footing and drowned. This is a tragedy for the individual, and for an entire family. It also increases sober conversation on chest...
  23. Are We In For a Superior August Atlantic Salmon Season?

    We all make predictions on Atlantic salmon returns, whether it be for a particular fishing week, for the size of a run in a particular river, or in some other way. And let’s face it – generally those...
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    The Smarter Atlantic Salmon

    Are some Atlantic salmon smarter than others? Do they learn, or live by instinct alone? For many years it has been known that young Atlantic salmon raised in hatcheries survive in far lower numbers...
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    Good News, and Not So Good News

    Good News first. As of today DFO has lifted the previous closures on the Miramichi River, and along with the return to overall fishing, rain from recent storms has brought up river levels. There is...
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