Our Man In Canada
December 10th, 2007

The Thrill
By Chris Chin, Proulxville, Quebec, Canada

There are many emotions that we feel over the course of a day on the water. I haven't matched the hatch for over two decades, so I can't speak on the gambit of feelings that one runs while working a pool under a hatch.

As there's a good four feet of snow covering the front lawn, I'm flipping through photo albums.

I'm always amazed that I can feel the jolt of the thrill just remembering when certain photo was captured. Personally, of all the moments that get burned into my brain, the "take" is probably the number One thrill that stands out.

Since we went to Catch & Release in 2002, our tactics have changed somewhat here. The battle isn't the biggest part of salmon and sea run trout fishing now. I like to fish now for the take.

(Left) – It is quite a feeling to try to hold onto a big adult salmon in the current. André had the bruises to show for his 90 minute stalemate with a 15 lb salmon.

Trout here take the fly with more vigour than a salmon. Seeing a big buck digging in his heels and accelerating up towards a drifting dry is a heart stopping experience. In the same manner, the subtle flash of energy when a salmon lifts through the water column to inhale an oversize Bomber is enough to keep us coming back season after season.

It will always send a shot of adrenaline through my veins when I set up on the #8 on the far side. The cast is relatively long, about 60 feet. It takes a bit of time to wade up to the point, but it's worth it as the back eddy has the trout set up looking downstream. By casting from an upstream position with a long leader, we can present the fly out in front of the trout without lining them.

Because the trout hold out in the pool, it is a blast casting to them. (Usually) The trout will jump the fly the very instant that it lands on the water. With the long cast, the line is laid out straight and all one needs to do is to lift the rod to set the hook.

Of course we don't keep all that many trout either anymore. One trout now and again is enough for a shore lunch.

We all get our thrills while out on the water.

Just the sound or sight of trout rising is enough to set off Kenny the dog:

For what ever the reason you get your "thrill" on the water, may your experiences be pleasant.

Tight Lines, ~ Chris Chin, St-Séverin de Proulxville – Québec

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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