Whether you are new to Atlantic salmon and its rivers, or have been involved for the past 70 years, you undoubtedly have memories and likely images as well. While it is the time spent on the rivers, or watching them flow relentlessly to the sea, consider sharing those moments and memories with others.

Time spent on a computer keyboard after the season finishes, reliving and writing out those stories is another great opportunity to experience again all that has happened.

Today there are places that allow you to take those digital pages, and turn them into hardcover books - and just to print one, or six, or 20 copies to share with family, a good friend, a salmon buddy or perhaps to pass on as an heirloom of your salmon passion to the next generation or perhaps grandchildren.

Two services immediately come to mind to do this. One is more oriented towards text, but with as many pictures as you like. The second would work better if the project was focused more on photos, with some text.

  • LULU - http://www.lulu.com is more geared to text. You can download templates if you want to work away in WORD, or you can use some other project, as long as you convert it into an appropriately formatted PDF for them to use. They will take your digital text and photos, and you can have that hardcover book at comparatively low cost - whether it be 50 pages or 500 pages.  For example, with all colour reproduction, a 150 page book with hardcovers will cost you about $40. They have Canadian, American, British, European and other facilities for your use.

  • BLURB - http://www.blurb.com/ works differently. One downloads a template for building a book, then keep bringing in "template pages" from the software, as needed. BLURB is more geared to images, but will do a great job on text as well.

So give your memories another home - one that gives them even more permanence. And just perhaps, someone might be sharing your Atlantic salmon stories a hundred years from now.

Glorious colours of a New Brunswick fall Atlantic salmon.   Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF


ASF's Director of NB Programs, Nathan Wilbur, notes:

River conditions are low in most of the province, particularly in southern New Brunswick where there is a great need for rain to boost rivers and draw in the fall run of salmon.

In places where there has been rain, for example the Jacquet River last week, there has been a surge of fish come in. Hopefully this is a sign that in estuaries of other river systems there are salmon waiting for the right conditions to ascend. Iíve heard many reports of salmon anglers seeing fish but having a difficult time hooking up. This will presumably change as the fish become more aggressive the closer we get to spawning time.

What a beautiful time of year this is, with the leaves starting to change and the salmon getting their fall spawning colours. It is certainly time to bundle up and get out to spend some time on the water and at the camp, because as we know, it doesnít last long. Enjoy the fall fishing!

Angler on the Nepisiguit River in northern NB on Sept. 25, 2016.   Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

The Upsalquitch Barrier is reporting 261 grilse and 133 large salmon to Sept. 25, compared with 616 grilse and 159 large salmon to the same date in 2015. As with many other rivers, the comparative drop in grilse numbers is being remarked on. However, in the single weekleading up to Sept. 25 there were 15 grilse counted, so they are coming in.

Jacquet River, also in the north of the province, is having a very good year, compared to 2015. To Sept. 25 2016 there were 147 grilse and 205 large salmon, compared with 58 grilse and 26 large salmon to the same date in 2015.

Paul Lenihan looking for "holding" Atlantic salmon, Nepisiguit River on Sept. 24, 2016. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Southern New Brunswick

The middle and southern portions of New Brunswick are feeling the low water conditions, although not as seriously as Nova Scotia is.

From water that was a bit on the high side, the Miramichi has gone to low conditions.

On Sept. 28, 2016 the upper Nashwaak River was showing the need for significant rain to improve conditions for Atlantic salmon. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF


ASF's Director of Nova Scotia Programs, Lewis Hinks, says that on the Nova Scotia mainland the drought conditions, possibly worst in a century, have largely persisted. There are few signs of Atlantic salmon in the Northumberland Strait rivers.

On Cape Breton, there has been some improvement.

Greg Lovely, a resident of the NW Margaree area, says:

We finally have water in the Margaree and it seems to be holding pretty well. The fish are using it to scoot up river. Fishermen have been catching a few, but you have to be lucky to intercept them as they head to their spawning areas.

I have fished with a few people up and down the river and have managed to land some beautiful Fall(bronze) salmon.


Province-wide, DFO is saying that the runs are down a bit more than 25% compared with last year.

Barb Genge of Tuckamore Lodge in the far northerly portion of the Northern Peninsula noted that in her region the numbers of Atlantic salmon in the Salmon River and others was excellent this year and certainly not down.

None of these rivers are assessed, and certainly some areas did very well this year.