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Carters bug was invented by Bill Carter of Portage
Vale NB, when he lived in Moncton on the Salisbury road. It was a fly
he used on his many trips to the streams of New Brunswick, The
Salmon River, near St Martins, the Renous river and the Little
Southwest Miramichi. I met Bill on many occasions on his trips to
these rivers, and while we fished different Pools at the same time, we
understood the ways of the Salmon.
Bill told me when I visited the
shop he ran on Mountain Road, that he was the only one who could tie
this type of bug. Being young I tried to imitate it but it took
me 20 years and Bill's retirement from the Sport to learn its little
quirks which make it so effective.
We have Bill to thank for this
fly, and if you ever get a chance to fish this for Salmon or trout,
you will see why it is so effective.
I received a call on September 18th 2007 from my friend
Robert Barnaby, a member of the Listigouche First Nation Band in
Pointe-a-la-Croix Que, he was excited to tell me his friend who guides at
Kedgwick Lodge on the Restigouche River reported to him the Carter's Bug created
quite a stir on their pools this summer. He said the lad who tied the fly must
have been blind-folded, as the fly was as described, a mess. I introduced the
fly to Johnny Sullivan, guide at Larry's Gulch in June and the word spread
upriver to Kedgwick Lodge, mainly because of its effectiveness on big salmon.
On September 28th 2007 A note from Serge
Noel at Cap Chat on the south shore of the St Lawrence, says, "I really
appreciate. Yesterday I released a "Big One" but lost another one. (Carter's
Bug) Just hope to catch one as big as the one you caught. Bye
for the Big Picture
Hook: 94831 #4
Price: $4.50 USD