Our Man In Canada
June 4th, 2007

Passing It Along
By Chris Chin, Bay Comeau, Quebec, Canada

I closed the box I had rummaged together and pasted the note to the top of it.

It read:


You dad is a colleague of mine at the office and mentioned that you might find this stuff useful. The rod is of pretty good quality and it has proven over the years to be up to the task. Your Dad will show you how to put everything together and how to string it up when you go out on this summer with him.

The reel is also well tested and ready to give you years and years of faithful service.

In the kit bag, you'll find a new line and leaders. Again, your Dad will show you how all this strings together. In the box of "lures" you find a pretty good assortment of wares that I picked out for your upcoming fishing trip for Walleyes and Northern Pike.

I hope you have as much pleasure fishing with this rig as I have over the years. Treat it well and it'll get the job done.

There is one little hitch to all of this. If you ever find that you don't need this rig anymore, I simply ask of you to give it to someone who might need it.

Remember to keep a tight line and bow to the fish when it leaps.


Kevin is the 12 year old son of a friend of mine at the office. I hope he gets the message. ~ Christopher Chin – Bay Comeau 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 in October 2002."

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

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