Actually nate i do have one more thing to add,, two actually. The first is to try and fish off of the reel as much as possible(ever see a guy fishing with 30' of loose coils around his legs?) or better yet, 10 coils in his non rod hand
Fishing off the reel will up your odds alot!
The second is to beg, steal, lie, cheat,, wait dont steal,, but everything else is o.k. to get you on three private pools anywhere on the Miramichi. If you have been offered do not turn it down as this chance may not come again.
And lastly,, dont wait for a fishing buddy to materialize,, fish every day that time and finances allow,, and besides, fishing buddies are overrated
Best of luck this summer