Our Man In Canada
September 26th, 2005

It's a Dawg's Life But someone's gotta do it!
(A day in the life of a fly fishing Dawg)
By Chris Chin, Jonquiere, Quebec

I love this life! I don't always know what's going on, but I love it anyway! Let me explain:

Sometimes I'll get woken up by that tall Organic Dog Biscuit Distributing Device (aka Fcch) and we'll go out and start loading all sorts of stuff into the truck. Well, he does, I just make sure none of the big blue plastic boxes get forgotten on the porch. "Woof!"

Hey!, ("Woof!")don't forget the other two Organic Head Scratching Thingies (aka, Junior 'n Mom) Let's go wake them up. (Oh!!, I saw on TV the other day that we're supposed to call them Fly Fishers).

I get cooped up inside the truck for a while, but then we come to a different place. A place not like at the Dog House. There's no noise. There's no traffic, or funny smells, or shrill sounding flashing blue/red lights. There's no asphalt or cement. There's no small plastic chirping thingies that the tall one has to talk into (in fact he doesn't even bring the plastic chirping thingy with him).

You don't have to ask ME twice to get out and run up and down the beach!! "Woof!!" I know this place.

I've been here before. Yup, "Woof!" The Red Fox has been by the tent (the young Fox, I wonder where the old Fox has gone?), Hmmmm, A bear came by again, I won't tell the family, they'll just get worried.

Oh, into the big green plastic thingy to float on the water we go. (It's just like the one Diane made, but ours is all scratched up.)

I don't like being in this thingy, I'd rather be on the beach Besides, if I spend too much time IN a floating thingy, someone might mistake me for a Pirate!

Ah, back to the beach. I wonder why these "Fly Fishers" keep waving that thing around in the air?

I can try to get to where they are standing, but the water gets too deep.

I like it much more when they come onto the dry land and relax beside me!

OK, back to Camp, I like this part. I can dry off a bit and eat something. Then the tall one will follow me over to the bench and we'll sit and listen to the river.

Well, he listens to the river, "Woof!" Can't he see the Salmon out there?

I wonder why we bring so much food, when the river is full of those tasty critters?? Oh well, it's just as much fun to watch the Salmon lazing amongst the boulders. After all, those times that the fish play with the end of the line and follow it to the beach, the Fly Fishers grab them, then push them back into the river?

"Woof!" "Woof!" Oh! Visitors! I hope it's the Head Warden, Warden Gauthier always has food!

I wonder why they call this activity Fly Fishing. The family only spends a few hours in the morning, then another 4-6 hours in the late afternoon actually waving around those stick 'n line thingies. The rest of the time we get to explore the trails, relax on my bench, chat with visitors, listen to the pools and mostly EAT!

Hey "Woof!" they're piling up pieces of wood. Yippee! That means that tonight they're going to light it on fire, and we're going to sit around the burning pieces of wood and chat, and eat, and tell stories, and eat and meet friends, and eat.

I like that. There's no talking boxes out here, so we can hear the sounds of the river. And later, it'll get really black and we'll see the stars and those dancing sheets of light in the sky. "I wonder why the stars are afraid to come out and shine at night over a city?

Oh well, maybe it's not important to know why. I just like it here and so does the Family.


~ Christopher Chin – Jonquiere 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 last October 2002."

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

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