Our Man In Canada
December 1st, 2008

Discovery and Sharing
By Chris Chin

There are literally thousands of places to go fishing here in Quebec. There are 114 Atlantic salmon rivers alone! Of course, some are better than others and some are closed to protect the resource, but still there is a myriad of opportunities for salmon all along the St-Laurence, Gaspé and of course in the Saguenay.

There are new and wonderful places to discover everywhere. In the Central interior of BC, the Thompson-Nicolas (Region 3) has over 350 lakes alone. So why one might ask, do I fish 99.9% of the time on the same river?

I suppose one aspect of this is that I often Guide on the river here. This means that I have the golden opportunity, or priviledge, to show off my home waters to newcomers and visitors. In this way, the river is never "old" for me. The awe of discovery as seen through the eyes of newcomers is just as it was the first time I explored the river.

The trail down opens up to the long gravel beach of the #43

How about you? Have you got a deep down yearning to try new waters but can't get to a new area? Why not simply take a newcomer on an outing? The experience of sharing (or showing off) your favorite haunt will probably bring back the thrill of discovery!

You want to really show some folks around … Drop a line to JC or LF and see how easy it is to put together a regional Fish-In!

Lise Nadeau looking over a new pool.

As for me, the 2009 season is booking up really fast. There are some activites gearing up specifically for novices. (so you might want to put aside some time September 4, 5 and 6; as well as October 9 -12 ) There are friends coming over from last year's Atlantic Salmon Mentoring program. I also finally got around to ordering a new "boat," so I'll be trying out some new stretches of the river.

There are also several groups already lined up for prime time and I'm taking time for a very special friend to introduce her to my fishing passion.

So take the time to have a look at your home waters through the eyes of a newcomer. It's a discovery all over again! ~ Christopher Chin, Three Rivers 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 44 years old as of this writing. He is of Chinese origin although his parents were born and raised in Jamaica.

To learn more about the Ste-Marguerite River, visit Christopher's website. You can email Chis at: Flyfishing.christopher@gmail.com.

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