The Quebec 2006 Fish-In (part 3 of 4)
The Quebec FishIn is going well. No salmon yet, but
time to relax and get to know Deanna and Jim is time
By Chris Chin, Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada
We have arranged to meet at 9 o'clock at the River
Association office for breakfast, decide which zone
we would like to fish in, then get to it.
The seasonal office here is open from 8 to 8, 7 days
a week. Located at the km marker 47 (measured West
from Tadoussac) the office is right on the #38 pool
(Bardsville). I arrive around 07h30 to look around,
check out how many anglers are in which zones etc.
As I'm preparing the coffee, Lucienne, the receptionist
at this office arrives and starts setting up for the day.
She opens up the display cases of locally tied flies for
purchase, warms up the generator, boots up the computer
and does the radio checks with the Wardens.
The radio starts crackling pretty well right away. The
main office is looking for Daniel Renaud, a young fellow,
new to the river, but quite good at guiding. Just as the
conversations by radio and phone start clearing up
the day's needs and activities, Jim and Deanna arrive.
The main office finally asks if I'm available this day
to Guide two newcomers. I look over at Deanna and Jim
and ask if they would mind doing the fly fishing 101
with me. They JUMPED at the opportunity.
After omelettes, toast and coffee we string up (more) rods
and settle in to wait for our clients. We have signed in
for the #4 zone today. The "famous" zone here on the river.
August sees the zone with salmon stacked in the pools and
runs. Adult sea trout mill about in the smaller pools.
Some of the bigger trout even mingle in with the trout.
With the extremely low water, salmon are laagered over in
the pools from the 43 up to the 50, with a few big hens
scattered up in the 54.
Our new friends arrive shortly. We get Jeff and Shawn
suited up and then drive the 5 minutes up to the #49.
A few minutes of dry land instruction and we're off.
We have our dynamic duo cast in the #48 pool. A long
slow moving flat, there is room to back cast, the wading
is easy and there are trout and salmon in it. It is a
thrill to watch Jim and then Deanna giving pointers to
our two newest adepts at the sport.
Shawn is getting an occasional rise from a trout then
finally connects to one. In the flurry of the moment,
on a short line, he doesn't give the thrashing fish any
room to run and he pulls out after a minute or two.
Every day on the river has it's standout moments. I will,
I believe, remember for a VERY long time the look of shear
excitement on Shawn's face when he connected. The shout
of joy and the smile on his face. We learn that this is
the very first fish he has every connected with (all tackle).
Actually, we spend the entire day in this ONE POOL. On
a normal August day, there are salmon and trout scattered
up and down the zone. Unfortunately, this year, with the
low water, the fish are holding in a dozen select pools
We have lunch at the #49 and Jim finally gets a taste
of our fried chicken pie. He has been wary of it since
he arrived, but ultimately gives it a thumbs up.
In the late afternoon, a visitor stops by. I am thrilled
that Jim and Deanna have the opportunity to meet with Serge
J Vincent. A long time angler on the river, he was also a
Guide here for many years. His career as a college professor
was cut short as he was recently diagnosed with ALS.
(for more information about ALS one can visit: http://www.alsa.org/)
The day is winding down so Deanna and Jim head back East
for supper in the village. As I'm heading back home for
the evening, we bid our farewells, planning to meet again
tomorrow morning at Bardsville.
I stay on another hour or so more with our friends then
pack up the rods and head home to the night. Tomorrow,...
I think we'll go into the sanctuary for BIG trout.
~ Chris Chin, Jonquiere Quebec
Chris Chin is originally from Kamloops,
British Columbia. He has been fly fishing
on and off ever since he was 10 years old.
Chris became serious about the sport within
the last 10 years.
"I'm a forest engineer by day and part time
guide on the Ste-Marguerite River here in
central Quebec. I've been fishing this river
for about 10 years now and started guiding
about 5 years ago when the local guide's
association sort of stopped functioning."
Chris guides mostly for sea run brook trout
and about 30% of the time for Atlantic Salmon.
"I often don't even charge service fees, as
I'm more interested in promoting the river
than making cash. I like to get new comers
to realize that salmon fishing is REALLY for
anyone who cares to try it. Tradition around
here makes some of the old clan see Salmon
fishing as a sport for the rich. Today our
shore lunches are less on the cucumber sandwich
side and more toward chicken pot pie and Jack
Chris is 42 years old as of this writing. He
is of Chinese origin although his parents were
born and raised in Jamaica. He has a girlfriend,
Renée. "She and her 12 year old son Vincent
started fly fishing with me in October 2002."
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