23 Feb 2011

PEI Fly Fishing

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If you want to take a fly fishing trip but have not yet decided where you want to go you may want to consider Prince Edward Island – especially if you are a fly fisher… (no, really). At 220 kms long and 60 kms at its widest point, PEI is the smallest province in Canada but it offers 1,100 miles of coastline and numerous opportunities for both fresh and salt water angling. That said few people other than golfers (and fans of Anne of Green Gables) even have this destination on their radar!

Although most rivers and streams on Prince Edward Island are short they originate from springs that discharge 7C groundwater in both summer and winter. As a result these streams are not dependent upon surface runoff and maintain good flows throughout the year. In addition, the water from these springs is rich in minerals which create ideal conditions for monster Brook trout that are found in virtually every stream on the Island. Sea run Brookies that range up to 6 lbs. are common here with runs from mid-June until mid-July and good fishing available into early August. The streams in Prince Edward Island are small so 6′-8 1/2′ rods are recommended with most fly fishing done by wading or casting from river banks. If you have room for only 2 rods we recommend an 8 1/2′ 7wt and a 7′ 4wt.

In addition to the Brook Trout fishing there are also good opportunities on PEI for Atlantic Salmon on the Morell, Valleyfield, West, Dunk and Trout Rivers with the Morell River being by far the most productive. This is the only river on Prince Edward Island that is a scheduled river and its main branch can be fished by fly-only after June 1. It is worth noting that while some salmon in excess of 20 lbs have been caught on the island the salmon run here is composed primarily of grilse. The season extends from June 1 to late November, but the best fishing for salmon occurs from mid-June to late July. There are also opportunities for saltwater species including mackerel and shark on the island (and no recreational license is required for saltwater fishing).

There are as yet no fly fishing lodges on Prince Edward Island but there are a handful of reputable fly fishing guides and WILSON’S is working with one of the best. Dwayne Miller is a commercial fisherman and guide based out of Cornwall who spends more days than most guiding fly fishers on PEI. If you are interested in booking a trip with Dwayne and would like to take advantage of our travel incentive program where we give you a gift certificate worth 10% of your trip value to spend in our store please contact us for details. For more information check out http://flyfishtheisland.com/index.php?tab=home

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