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It’s been a few days since returning from the Margaree Valley in Cape Breton Canada, where four friends and I spent 10 days in search of Atlantic Salmon. We had been to the Margaree River this past Spring and caught no Atlantic Salmon. We were aprehensive at best about catching fish during this fall trip but there is once thing for certain, you must have your line in the water to have a chance. As the saying goes, the Atlantic Salmon is many times the fish of three thousand casts. It seemed that the reports coming from Greenland, Newfoundland, Gaspe, etc. were true and the numbers of Atlantic Salmon just weren’t there this year. Our plan seemed easy in theory. Rather than spending hours standing in one spot hoping for some luck and casting to stale fish. We decided to take a more offensive approach. We would start each day at the bottom of the river where it dumps into the Atlantic Ocean, and fish every pool that had any signs of fish and cast and move. The bone crushing and gear breaking rocks were unforgiving and left us all eating Advil by the end of each day. We Caught five Atlantic Salmon during our trip using this cast and move method with both spey rods and single handed rods. The fished ranged in size from a 22″ shiny grillse to a thirty eight inch Atlantic Salmon. They often refer to the fall run of Atlantic Salmon as the Strawberry run and is usually a run that brings in some large male Atlantics. The big run just wasn’t there this year but we still had a great ten days of fly fishing. The fish we did catch and the company of good friends and evening stories over good food will send us back once again in the Spring. The latest Atlantic Salmon Journal forecasts a slow Spring run but if you fish hard enough you increase your probabillity of catching one regardless of low numbers.