Prince Edward Island is where Dwayne Miller – or ‘Salmon Chaser’ as he is known – was born and raised. Dwayne fishes the Morell River, the West River and sometimes the Margaree River in Cape Breton.
A strong supporter of the environment that the Atlantic Salmon inhabit on Prince Edward Island, Dwayne is also active in many aspects of fishing. Consequently, you will travel many miles before you find another fly fisher who is as experienced. He started fishing at the age of five years-old and discovered Atlantic Salmon in 1988, an addiction he continues to feed.
In his own words, Dwayne tells us a bit about himself and his love of fishing:
“I am a happily married father of two. My kids, I am happy to report, have a great interest in fly fishing and fly tying. I started a fly tying and guiding business in 1996 that is an adjunct to my main career as a commercial lobsterman. An outspoken individual when it comes to conservation of species, particularly Salar, I have been one hundred percent ‘catch and release’ for almost twenty years.
Atlantic Salmon federation recognition
I am very proud to say that I have never killed an Atlantic salmon. Recently my business received recognition from the Atlantic Salmon Federation who gave me a ‘Commitment to live Release’ certificate.
My friend (and mentor) Scott Mitchell started me off one winter tying a few flies for the upcoming Spring season. I hooked and landed my first salmon on a fly I tied myself. I’ll never forget Scotty for the path he started me on!!!
I follow the creed of the salmon tyer in that I like a durable fly and a little fuller profile. The mantra that your hook should rust before the fly comes apart is one I like. I believe my flies bring quality and soul to the sport.
My flies and my style of tying are the result of hundreds of days on the water, figuring out what seems to work and what is just hype. Furthermore, while I can say that a neat head is a must (for durability), head size is just a selling point, nothing more. Some tyers that have made a mark on my style are Poul Jorgenson and Warren Duncan.
Published works : being included in Don Maclean’s book ‘A Little Thing I Tied Myself”.
Signature Line : ‘Your conduct on a salmon river speaks volumes as to who you are as a person'”.
prince edward island coordinator
Dwayne volunteered to help when an individual soldier contacted Project Healing Waters Canada. He asked if we could place him in a program. A few short months later when the Charlottetown Fly Tyers began their Winter meetings, Dwayne took our veteran friend along. As a result, Dwayne is now our Coordinator on Prince Edward Island.