December 1st, 2008
Discovery and Sharing
There are literally thousands of places to go fishing here in
Quebec. There are 114 Atlantic salmon rivers alone! Of
course, some are better than others and some are closed
to protect the resource, but still there is a myriad of
opportunities for salmon all along the St-Laurence, Gaspé
and of course in the Saguenay.
By Chris Chin
There are new and wonderful places to discover everywhere.
In the Central interior of BC, the Thompson-Nicolas (Region 3)
has over 350 lakes alone. So why one might ask, do I fish 99.9%
of the time on the same river?
I suppose one aspect of this is that I often Guide on the river
here. This means that I have the golden opportunity, or priviledge,
to show off my home waters to newcomers and visitors. In this
way, the river is never "old" for me. The awe of discovery as
seen through the eyes of newcomers is just as it was the first
time I explored the river.
The trail down opens up to the long gravel beach of the #43
How about you? Have you got a deep down yearning to try new
waters but can't get to a new area? Why not simply take a newcomer
on an outing? The experience of sharing (or showing off) your favorite
haunt will probably bring back the thrill of discovery!
You want to really show some folks around
Drop a line to
JC or LF and see how easy it is to put together a regional Fish-In!
Lise Nadeau looking over a new pool.
As for me, the 2009 season is booking up really fast. There
are some activites gearing up specifically for novices. (so you
might want to put aside some time September 4, 5 and 6; as
well as October 9 -12 ) There are friends coming over from
last year's Atlantic Salmon Mentoring program. I also finally
got around to ordering a new "boat," so I'll be trying out some
new stretches of the river.
There are also several groups already lined up for prime time
and I'm taking time for a very special friend to introduce her
to my fishing passion.
So take the time to have a look at your home waters through
the eyes of a newcomer. It's a discovery all over again! ~ Christopher Chin, Three Rivers Quebec.
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
Chris is 44 years old as of this writing. He
is of Chinese origin although his parents were
born and raised in Jamaica.
To learn more about the Ste-Marguerite River,
website. You can email Chis at: Flyfishing.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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