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Just got back from Crawford. Fishing was not the best. Weather very hot and humid.Water fairly low but fishable.Two grilse were caught Monday evening. One grilse caught Tuesday morning. Rained most of Tuesday evening and through the night. This morning, the river was up about 6 inches. Fishing improved a bit today with 2 salmon caught and 2 grilse hooked and lost.
We saw quite a few fish moving all three days but very few takers due to the warm water.
Just before we left today, the wardens came in and took the water temp. and it was 62 degrees.
We saw one dead fish.
The water should be looking good for the next parties.
The party before us had caught 14 fish but had tapered off their last day as the water dropped and warmed up.
 

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Congrats on what sounds like a pretty darn good 3 days considering the weather.

I'm considering perhaps trying for a mini-draw/unclaimed waters later in August, probably Crawfords as I have never been there (was just at Depot 2 weeks ago). Would you recommend it as a good spot with nice pools/easy access to the pools ? I know some of the other stretches you need to be half billy-goat to get to some of the water. Any advice would be appreciated.

Glad to hear the water is a little cooler upstream, you saw lots of fish, and you caught a few fish to make it worth your while. I think Crown Reserve is great program ,we are lucky to have it.

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Congrats on what sounds like a pretty darn good 3 days considering the weather.

I'm considering perhaps trying for a mini-draw/unclaimed waters later in August, probably Crawfords as I have never been there (was just at Depot 2 weeks ago). Would you recommend it as a good spot with nice pools/easy access to the pools ? I know some of the other stretches you need to be half billy-goat to get to some of the water. Any advice would be appreciated.

Glad to hear the water is a little cooler upstream, you saw lots of fish, and you caught a few fish to make it worth your while. I think Crown Reserve is great program ,we are lucky to have it.

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There are only two pools I would consider fishing on Crawford (crawford pool and black and white). The water was too low most of the time we were there. I would not recommend any stretch in August as I have been there in August and there were no fish,however, if conditions are right,it may be o.k.
 

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Congrats on what sounds like a pretty darn good 3 days considering the weather.

I'm considering perhaps trying for a mini-draw/unclaimed waters later in August, probably Crawfords as I have never been there (was just at Depot 2 weeks ago). Would you recommend it as a good spot with nice pools/easy access to the pools ? I know some of the other stretches you need to be half billy-goat to get to some of the water. Any advice would be appreciated.

Glad to hear the water is a little cooler upstream, you saw lots of fish, and you caught a few fish to make it worth your while. I think Crown Reserve is great program ,we are lucky to have it.

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ThreeD, from what I understand of the rules around Crown Reserve stretches and the draw.. if you are selected in the main draw, which you state you have been(if i understand correctly).. you are not allowed to participate in the mini draws, that is to ensure that those who did not get picked get a chance to go fishing crown reserve. I could be mistaken, but i'm pretty certain that's how it works. You might want to review the fishing guide or call DNR to confirm.
 

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Chadman,

thanks for the heads up....I better go review that. Perhaps I was thinking of the Daily and Live Release Reserves (i.e.Palisaides @ North Pole Stream)...pretty sure that one has no restrictions.
 

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Chadman...you are correct !! (after a thorough review of the NB Fishing Summary with the assistance of legal aid, a local historian, and a priest)

QU..."A. Application for the Mini Draw:

Application to the Mini-Draw prior to 11:00 a.m. on the Call-In Date is available only to those
applicants who were unsuccessful (original parties only) in the 2010 Regular Crown Reserve
Draw...." QU

That said, it does look like if after the mini draw process is done, and a strectch is still unclaimed...then anyone can apply/request the slot available...or at least thats the way I read it.

QU..."B. If no party is chosen in the Mini-Draw by 1:00 p.m. on the call-in date:

The stretch will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Interested parties may call after 1:30 PM on the call-in date.
Party size must correspond to that required for the particular stretch.
Any party comprised of New Brunswick residents may apply, including new applicants and those
that have already been chosen for 2010 Crown Reserve angling...." QU

Again, thanks for the heads up on the fine print/regulations.

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I believe you are correct 3d.

One thing i do know for sure, within 48 hours of the fishing time, anyone can take the stretch, even if you were drawn before, and you don't need to bring four fishermen, either. You can even go alone and you'll only have to pay for one person. Many times I have been drawn and then later in the year taken an extra stretch of water that has gone unclaimed, within 48 hours of the fishing time.
 

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I badly want to try my hand at Salmon fishing, up the Miramichi. But, all of the rules/regulations, draws, etc.. just seems so over-whelming for a guy new to salmon fishing.

Trying to find where to go, all of the rules, what is open/closed, what flies you can use, rotations, etc.. so overwhelming.
 

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ya always good to review the regs, i've never applied for the daily stuff and didn't know you could apply for any unclaimed crown water too if you had already been successful in the main draw, just understood that you couldn't. Thanks for the follow up!

and yes.. the regs can be overwhelming... it would be best for you to sign up for some of the river report blogs to see where and what flies they are catching fish with.. for the regs, read the book or call the local DNR in the area you are fishing, they'll gladly steer in the right direction.
 

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Any water that doesn't go in the mini draw is up for grabs , doesn't matter if you were drawn or not , doesn't matter if you even applied or not . I was on regular Crown reserve 3 times one year . You don't have to wait for 48hrs before the fishing date to get it either , this is only if you want to try for a smaller sized party than the stretch is allowing for .

3d's right it's a good deal for NB fishermen ,in spite of Shawn Graham's best efforts to screw it up (he may yet) .
 

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Any water that doesn't go in the mini draw is up for grabs , doesn't matter if you were drawn or not , doesn't matter if you even applied or not . I was on regular Crown reserve 3 times one year . You don't have to wait for 48hrs before the fishing date to get it either , this is only if you want to try for a smaller sized party than the stretch is allowing for .

3d's right it's a good deal for NB fishermen ,in spite of Shawn Graham's best efforts to screw it up (he may yet) .
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Just got back from Crawford today. We landed 7 fish mostly all at crawford pool with exception for 1 and bridge pool and 1 or 2 at black and white. The group hooked and lost numerous fish and raised tones. Fish jumping everywhere and was a site to see. All fish where grilse with the exception of 1 but we did see a couple big tailed salmon rolling around in the pools. Mornings where the best with cool temps in the evening and water was still fairly cold during the day. Thunder and lighting last night with heavy rain and light rain in the morning so fish where on the move and jumping but not taking at all. Contrary to the log book and the word we got from other groups bombers of all colors worked the best.
 

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gastch,

Glad to hear you guys had good fishing despite all the warm weather in July. Sounds like ya'll had fun....and that IS the real reason for going. Congrats.

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heading up to this stretch tomorrow just wondering if anyone has been up here in the past week or so? if so how was the fishing?
got back from the Depot last Wednesday - we hooked 14 between the 3 of us - so I assume it was that good or better at Crawford's!

You headed there with "Greyghost?"
I have buddies headed to Depot tomorrow as well.

Good luck PP!!
 

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what is the road like going up to Crawford. Do you need a truck?
What about the trail/road that takes you to the top part of the stretch?

Is this drivable with a car or mini van?
 

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You'll have no trouble getting to Crawford (or Depot) with your car or mini van , a truck is not necessary .
 
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