It’s interesting to note that, in contrast, Nova Scotia's Margaree River salmon fishery's economic
benefit to Inverness County in 2005 was $2.5 million and 67% of the anglers were residents of Nova Scotia. Here we see another
fine example of development of a valuable natural resource.
Gardner Pinfold also quotes a 2008 DFO conservation status report, "There is a low percentage of large
salmon and egg deposition and just 41% of conservation requirements have been met in recent years. However the strong increases
in returning salmon underscore a positive outlook for self-sustaining salmon populations on the Exploits."
It's tragic that Nova Scotia failed to develop or renew its
valuable wild Atlantic salmon resource, except for projects on the Margaree, East River Sheet Harbour, and Guysborough County’s
St. Francis Harbour River, all requiring hatchery maintenance on a continuing basis.
Guysborough County alone has at least 11 candidate streams for wild salmon fishery development,
the largest being the gorgeous St. Mary’s River. When one considers the natural and man-made obstacles that were overcome
on the Exploits, our salmon sport fishery should be easy to restore in comparison.
ironic that the group that came to learn from the St. Mary’s River Association was enormously successful while we now
have no salmon sport fishery. These Newfoundlanders have certainly shown us how it’s done.
Can we follow ERMA’s example? Another good question for our government representatives and candidates
– will they support us in a St. Mary’s River economic development project for the region?
Here’s a NL fly you might use on the Exploits or any other salmon stream. For example, I recall silver
bodied squirrel tail flies with yellow hackle being very effective on the St. Mary’s in May-June. This one is by Sheet
Harbour’s Chris Williams, whose credentials include operating a fly fishing shop in St. John’s, NL.
Hook: Bronze 3XL streamer hook, size 4, 6, or
Tail: Silver Krystal Flash
Butt: Peacock herl
Flat silver holographic tinsel
Hackle: Yellow hen saddle, tied
in by tip and wound collar-style
thread with 2 coats of clear Angler’s Corner Wet head cement
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