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Fly Fishing on Cape Breton Island
I have been fishing my entire life. I learned the best fishing stories never include a fish. Casting a fly under a canopy of fall colours, camping under the stars of the Cape Breton Highlands, and maybe getting lucky enough to feel the pull of a large fish on your line, it does not get any better. It is a place where dreams of hooking “the big one” may come true. Cape Breton will afford you some of the best memories you could ever imagine; on and off the river. Fly Fishing in Cape Breton is that reset button we all need to push in our minds. It is here, fully stocked, and ready for you.
The holy grail of fly fishing is the Atlantic Salmon. Anglers from all over the world come to Cape Breton for the opportunity to bring an Atlantic Salmon to hand. Although the best opportunities for salmon fishing are typically in September and October, salmon begin running up some of our rivers as early as late May and there are a great late/spring and summer salmon fishery. While having a guide is not necessary, they sure do make it easier to get a fish on the line. Robert Chiasson and Jimmie Pedersen are two guides that can show you all of the best spots, flies, and techniques needed to land the ‘big one’.
The Margaree River, located in Inverness County, is the crown jewel of Salmon Fishing in Nova Scotia and open from June 1st to October 31st. Anglers can also enjoy fall salmon runs in Middle River and Baddeck River in Victoria County during October. My hidden gem for salmon angling is the North River, which boasts a late spring/early summer and fall salmon run. The river is open from June 1st to July 14th, and then September 1st to October 31st. The river is closed above the area known as “The Benches” which is well marked on river signage.
Local anglers love the Cheticamp River for its early Salmon Run, beautiful views, and unique angling opportunities. Anglers will enjoy testing their casting skills to get their flies over Salmon in some of the river’s tight gorges and deep pools. The Cheticamp River is in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and therefore, requires a park pass ($9.80 per day) and seasonal salmon license ($34.30). Gear restrictions on this river are limited to artificial fly and barbless hook.
The Bras D’or Lake is a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. It is the largest saltwater lake in Canada and boasts fly fishing opportunities year-round (there are some restrictions, consult regulations for details). Many of the freshwater streams flowing into the Bras D’or lake boast large sea runs of speckled, brown, and rainbow trout. The lake and the streams feeding the lake are known to produce large fish; mainly because of the large abundance of baitfish found in the hundreds of coves and estuaries surrounding the lake. Cape Breton also has a trout management area in the Cape Breton Highlands which is open year-round (see regulations for more details).
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Looking for guides on the rivers? Meet two passionate local guides who spend their days casting on Cape Breton Island!
Experience fly fishing on Cape Breton Island with fly fishing guides Jimmie Pedersen and Jim Logan on the Margaree River, Cheticamp River and Middle River. We will not only teach you how to fish a pool, we will teach how to fish for Atlantic Salmon anywhere.
Fly fishing guide Jimmie Pedersen and Jim Logan invite you to come fly fish for Wild Atlantic Salmon on the Margaree River, just a 20 minute drive from the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses. Experience world class fly fishing and probably the most affordable wild Atlantic Salmon fishing in the world. Expert or beginner, we will provide a great day fishing.
Our guides are fully licensed from the Province of Nova Scotia and we are fully insured. We provide rods, reels, flies and waders if you need it, at no extra charge.We fly-fish because we love to! We’re passionate about what we do and fishing isn’t just a job for us – it’s a way of life! We have 40 years experience catching Atlantic Salmon.
Atlantic Salmon fly fishing guide on the famous Margaree River, as well as the Cheticamp River and other Cape Breton rivers on the Cabot Trail.
Daily rates and half day rates, equipment supplied. Book your adventure today!
The Margaree River is only a short 20 minute drive from Inverness where you’ll find Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses, two of the top ranked golf courses in the world.