Our Man In Canada
June 25th, 2007

Time Warp
By Chris Chin, Bay Comeau, Quebec, Canada

One of the weird things about having the privilege to write this little blurb from Canada each week is that the Saturday afternoon cut off means that when I write it, the weekend of fishing hasn't started yet. This means that by the time you all start reading this; the weekend will be over and I'll be back at the office at the "day job."

Here's how the weekend is playing out:

Text message reads: Friday 10h15: "We're leaving Montreal now and will call when we get out of Quebec City – Frank V."

We'll be meeting Frank from Toronto (a fellow FAOL'er) and his friend from Montreal in Chicoutimi and drive down to the river valley together. I had been in contact with Frank for the past few months and more frequently over the past two weeks. Lots of details to get ironed out to make sure that everyone has a pleasant weekend.

Wednesday, we last spoke:

"Hi Frank, guess what. Well, last week there was a grand total of ONE salmon in the whole river (all 100 km of it). BUT! If we get one spot of rain this week, the river will come up and we should get a nice run into the river."

"Well Chris, I just really want to relax. If there are lots of salmon, that will just a bonus. If I don't get in some quiet time I think my head will explode.

This pretty well goes for both of us. We had a run of forest fires over the past two weeks. Add in the usual projects and that about rounds out a 100 hour week. As luck would have it, we did get the needed rain. It helped calm down the +218 forest fires we had in some of the sectors I manage (Thank You again to the plus 1,000 fire fighters who came in from Maine, Ontario, Alberta and BC). Further, the salmon DID come in. The river came up from 17 to 21 m³/second and is slowly dropping as we speak. Conditions should be perfect.

Friday morning preparations are in over drive. Kenny (the dog) is sitting atop one of the ice chests. He is always a wee bit concerned that he isn't coming with us and he wants to make sure that we don't forget him.

The groceries are packed; the rods, reels, waders and assorted gear are loaded into their assigned slots in the pickup. It's our first day out this year (yes, our opening day is late compared to some of you lucky people) so we're double checking the lists of things to forget.

All we need now is the call from Frank and we're off for the weekend.

I sincerely hope that you all have (had) a relaxing weekend with family and friends. We sure will (did). ~ Christopher – Shawinigan, 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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