Our Man In Canada
November 26th, 2007

Another Year in the Life of a FAOL'er
By Chris Chin, Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada

Time goes by fast. The past 12 months was a kaleidoscopic blur of office projects, camp fires 'n forest fires; OpenSource code, open rods zones, water bombers and grizzly hackle Bombers; friendly faces and pools of willing salmon.

I figure that if I didn't keep a journal as well as a Blog, I probably wouldn't be able to remember who I had fished with over the past season. Looking back over the journal I see that I've learned a lot and that I also have quite a bit to be thankful for (as sort of a primer for the Thanksgiving that many of you will be celebrating in the near future.)

What I have learned (or re-learned) this past year:
  • Despite my stubbornness, it is pretty apparent that my rotator cuff problems do stem from casting a 10ft 8 wt rod. It is harder to stop a longer rod (Thank you Deanna, sorry you had to suffer through this one.);

  • A really "suicidal" salmon WILL (or may) come back to a dry fly even after he has been "stung" once (much to Boris' dismay and surprise);

  • When casting to a +18 lb salmon, Dear Me, please check the knots on your leader (isn't that right JP);

  • Beginners are lucky, but who cares, they are thereafter "hooked for life;"

    When the salmon jumps a dry, the camera man will be more surprised than the angler (at least this one didn't drop the camera into the pool).

    What I'm thankful for:
    Well, JC still hasn't banned me so I guess I didn't said too many dumb things this year;

  • Yvon-Marie Gauthier, Head Warden for decades handed off the torch to Martin this year, but he stayed on as the sector Warden in the #2 – so we still get to share a fire and exchange lies;

  • This same fellow, Yvon-Marie still accepts me to his camp fire, so I guess I haven't done anything stupid this year; I got to meet many new friends this year. Thank you for sharing your time with us: Frank, José, Diane, Stéphane, Eric, Dave, Carl, Kevin, Debbie, Vincent, Louis, André, Gibbs, Isabelle, Marcel, Sylvie and many others;

  • The world may be pretty crazy in some places, but our friend Salmo salar will still rise to a dry fly in the sunshine and big trout will still chase a panic stripped muddler.

    We're dried out the waders and packed away the gear (except for the tying bench) and we're getting ready for next season. (Editor's note: at a picnic table twenty feet from this tent we and Chris dined on a five-pound brook trout.)

    If the stars line up right, next year we might get the chance to share a stretch of water with Bryce, Manon, Chris From Canada, Jacques, Gaétan, Bradley and Tex.

    To all our friends, have a relaxing off season (if you have one).

    P.S.

    The 2007 stats are in. We had a fair year. Better than recent years, but not like the "Good 'ole days." 131 salmon captured 587 adult trout and 1,044 juvenile trout. ~ Chris Chin, St-Séverin de Proulxville – Québec

    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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