Our Man In Canada
February 27th, 2006

What's a Dawg to Do?
By Kenny - Jonquiere Quebec Whoof

Well, seeing as the tall one (aka FCCH) has writer's block this week, I'll try out this new Laptop he left lying on the coffee table. This is Neat 'cause there's no password, there's a Paw reader instead (Levono product) Whoof!

We haven't been back to the nice quiet place in a long time. I'm not really sure why?

I remember the last time we went though...

We went back to the quiet place. We didn't unpack the boxes and the food in the same spot, but we were away from the City just the same. There was a new trail to explore too.

Exploring the trail along Big Pool

Things seem different now. The hills are a different colour, the fur (editor: Leaves) on the trees are all golden, red and tan coloured.

Watching some Parr

The air is different too and the "fly fishermen" are dressed differently. They are all wearing extra sweaters 'n wrapping long bits of cloth around their necks.

That's Mom, all bundled up against the October chill

We met lots of new people this time. They were from all over, some of them even spoke different languages. From what I could hear, these new people were here to try to get some "Blues." Funny I thought Blues were a hockey team, then again, I'm just a Dawg, Whoof. Maybe Gundo could explain it to me.

Aha! Blues are the young anadromous Salvelinus fontinalis, an old name for char, (Salvelinus from the same root as the German, Saibling, (little salmon) and fontinalis, from the Latin, "living in springs," Brook Trout, (ya didn't know a Dawg could use Google eh?)

Apparently, because these young fish are fresh from the salt they have a nice metallic blue hue to them, thus the name Blues. We met up with Sophie, the Biologist as she was explaining to some students why these young fish come into the river.

The river is connected to the fjord and when it gets really cold and white out, the salt water gets too cold. According to the specialists, these young sea trout come into the fresh water to come in from the cold. They come into the river in the thousands.

These fish are smaller than the adults which we see in the summer. The biggest ones being only about 1 or 2 pounds. They do make a tasty shore lunch though.

Well, whatever the reason they have, I think they're neat. Unlike their adult brethren, they seem to EAT. They jump and splash and chase the flies on the surface and in the pools. We also get to sleep in, have a BIG breakfast and start the day late. The water is REALLY cold and there is ice in the water bowl in the morning. The tall one tells some visitors to wait until the sun starts warming up the water.

Once the water warms a few degrees, WOW did we have fun.

Hang on Mom

It's cold here now. To keep up our strength we get to EAT lots. Hot soup on the beach, toasted meat pies over a camp fire and hot sweet chocolate drinks. All of this before lunch.

We got to stay a long time this weekend (how come a weekend can have 4 days? Maybe Rusty can explain THAT to me).

Then, we started to put stuff back into the truck. The family seems sad or longing. They seem to be packing EVERYTHING!! The light making things, the food warming thingy. Hmmm, doesn't look good. The Tall one is saying to come along. I don't want to leave.

Well, do we really have to leave?

When we got back home, the Family unloaded everything as usual, but they even took the big cage off the top of the truck and washed EVERTHING. No! I want to go back to the quiet place.

OK, I'll just stay in the truck until we DO go back.

Until Next Year. ~ Kenny, Jonquiere Quebec Whoof!

Note: Kenny really wouldn't get out of the truck and we had to entice him to climb out with some treats and his favourite toy. ~ Chris

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/. ~ Christopher Chin

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