Our Man In Canada
April 2nd, 2007

Clear Your Head
By Chris Chin, Bay Comeau, Quebec, Canada

Fly fishing can be many things to many folks. The reasons can vary from person to person and from moment to moment. In today's world of deadlines, e-mail, Blackberries and never ending projects, for me, time on the river with friends and family is a time-out from the rat race.

There are a myriad of activities that one could do to "get away from it all." So why fly fishing? Well for one reason, as Betty likes to point out "Trout don't live in ugly places."


View upstream from the beach on the #43 on our home waters

The simple act of "being there" is quite enough for me to relax. There is more though.

Fly fishing requires a smooth repetition of automated motions. Even for a novice, after a few hours, the movements can become ingrained in your muscle memory.

Whether one is upstream bombing with oversized dries, water loading to a daisy chain of Tarpon or simply dapping a partridge 'n green in pocket water, the mechanics of getting the fly from "here" to "there" become automatic.

For me,...when I'm fishing, I don't actually think about anything. More so, if I concentrate on the cast, I'll usually rush the movements. If I think about ANYTHING, I'll usually end up with a fly stuck in the back of my hat.


Jed – Showing us how it's done. Somehow, I don't believe he was thinking about the office!

The next time you're out on the water, you're there to relax, but things just don't seem to be coming together. Maybe you're just TRYING too hard.

Stop thinking about your cast. I like to look at the target and just let the fly go there. I imagine the drift that I want and the line will simply mend in the direction that it should. A trick to stop concentrating so much on your cast, ...think about the NEXT cast. The one you're on will roll out all by itself.


André on the 43. Looking to the far side back eddy.

Mostly,...just try to clear out your head. Time is precious. Be it for a weekend or just a moment, you're there on the water. The bills, the e-mail and the deadlines will have to wait. (One of the reason's we like it here ...there is no cellular phone service on river). ~ Christopher Chin - Bay Comeau, Quebec

About Chris:

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 Daniel's."

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."

To learn more about the Ste-Marguerite River, visit Christopher's website http://pages.videotron.com/fcch/.

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