A historical look at and current guide to the Cains River in New Brunswick. There is almost a mystical aura surrounding the Cains and its Atlantic salmon and brook trout fishery. Only about a third of it was ever settled and then lightly, and by the middle of the twentieth century settlers had all given up and the river reverted to completely wild, which it still is today. The book also explores the Cains’s relationship with the Miramichi River, in particular the Black Brook, the biggest and most productive pool on the river. In low water, a substantial portion of the Cains’s fall run of fish stacks up there waiting for rain.
Bradford Burns, a longtime fisheries activist, has served as a national board and executive committee member of the Coastal Conservation Association and is a founder and president of Stripers Forever, a coast-wide advocacy group for striped bass conservation. He is also a U.S. director of the Miramichi Salmon Association and on the Atlantic Salmon Federation U.S. Council. He has received many awards for conservation work, largely on behalf of striped bass, from organizations like the Federation of Fly Fishers, Sage Fly Rods, and the Fisherman’s Conservation Association of New York.
Burns is the author of the LL Bean Fly Fishing for Striped Bass Handbook and Fly Fishing Saltwater's Finest (coauthored with John Cole). He has written and provided photographs for articles in various publications such as Saltwater Sportsman, Field and Stream, and Fly Fishing in Saltwaters. He has fished for Atlantic salmon throughout Atlantic Canada as well as Iceland, Scotland, and Russia.
He lives in the Portland, Maine area, on the banks of the Presumpscot River (once a great Atlantic salmon river) where he still throws flies for striped bass.