Our Man In Canada
October 8th, 2007

Do As I Say, Not As I Do
By Chris Chin, Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada

Do as I say, not as I do. (and I might just get Flamed for this?)

We finally found a new camera as ours died last year (right in the middle of the Quebec '06 Fish-In).

Anyway, as Renée likes to take pictures too, she snapped off a couple of me last weekend. The shocking truth is revealed in 7 mega pixel detail!

First, I seem to be getting a bit "well insulated." Well,...better to fend off the Quebec winter I suppose.

Worst though, even after years and years of helping visitors get a nice solid stop on a high back cast, I notice in the image that my rod is a tad low on the back cast.


A client had mentioned this to me this past summer and at the time I could really only reply some mumbo jumbo about laying the line out straight behind me.

Well, I guess we should set the record straight. I did some testing this morning in the log yard (much to the chagrin of the sawmill manager).

I have always believed that the back cast and forward cast are identical movements. You can test this out by "forcing" the forward cast after a lazy back cast. Bingo...you just created a trailing loop.

Take this one step further. On a nice forward cast, one stops the rod at a forward angle to initiate the cast and then lays the rod to let the line shoot. Well, I found that I do the same thing on the back cast.

I lift with a nice smooth acceleration, stop the rod just past vertical and then lay the rod back and shoot line into the back cast. Sounds dumb, but I just seem to have started doing this sometime over the past few decades.

I suppose it just goes to show once again that one should do as I say and not as I do? ~ Chris 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 in October 2002."

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

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