Our Man In Canada
February 9th, 2009

The Show—Chance encounters III
By Chris Chin

Saturday, I went to the Quebec-Maritimes Fly Fishing Forum in Granby Quebec. I hadn't been to a show in over a decade. I guess I had stopped going to shows because there were very few events specifically for fly fishing. The Granby show is 100% fly fishing.

This event is organized by 2 non-profit groups: The Estrie Hunting and Fishing Association, as well as the Fly Fishers of the Upper Yamaska. They did a fine job!

The usual combination of shops and rod manufacturers were present, as well as a few outfitters and reps of many of the Salmon rivers.

The Gals from CFF were also present

I had a very special interest to come down to the event, as I finally figured out the one of our own, (Chris from Canada) is in real life C. Wodja, who was one of the many tyers who would be present.

Chris From Canada at the Show (nice Hat!!)

Some of the other tyers who were giving demos and work shops were: Claude Bédard, Denis Blanchette, Serge Brunelle, Benoit Deslandes, Richard Lauzon, Michel Leblanc, Michel Lemay, Stéphan Maillot, Javier Melgarejo, Bernard Parisien, Dany Pilon, Lyne Trudeau and Sylvain Vigeant.

Some of the creations were quite original – (Tyer: Michel Lemay)

Bernard Parisien showing us some of the finer arts of making a Bug

The organisation of the show includes workshops on fishing, cooking and tying. As the weather announced a bit of freezing rain, I had to head home early to not get caught in that, so I missed the workshops. Maybe next year.

A fine initiative at the event was of course the tying table for newcomers.

The fly fishing community is quite small in Quebec. By pure chance, I ran into a fellow forester Gaetan, who had been to school with me in the 80's. I finally got formal introductions to a good friend of his. Jacques Auger was responsible for introducing Gaetan to fly fishing.

As it turns out, Jacques is the son of Fernand Auger, who many of you know as the artist whom I had met a decade ago on my home waters: Fernand Auger - Chance Encounters II.

The 2009 edition of the Forum wrapped up yesterday. It seems to have been a fine success. Many thanks to the organizers, the different Reps, the Tyers, the two organizing groups and the especially the volunteers who helped make it all happen.

Me, I finally got to meet Chris From Canada and we promised to hook up this August for some Sea Trout! ~ 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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