|August 4, 2008|
The river opens in June when the larger fish come in, but the main runs enter the last week of July and through the first ten days of August. There is a dam at the very bottom of the river with a counting observatory. This is a must see during the height of the run and also gives the anglers on the river knowledge of the quantity and size of the fresh fish in the system. It is very exciting to hear that a very large fish has just passed through.
One of my favorite pools is called Grande Tamagodi. The pool is broken into two distinctive parts. The top is a rapid with Grande Tomogodi Stream entering the main river. The bottom is a wide flat glide that is the finest looking dry fly water I have ever fished. A number of years ago, Leo and I were on the pool. I have been in a dry fly state of mind for some time now, and to see the glide was just too much to pass up. A far greater number of fish will take up residence in the upper pool but when the river is right there will be the perfect opportunity to fish the glide. My favorite Matane dry is the Canuel. Created by Raynald Canuel of Rene' de Matane and made to fish in a smaller size than the usual big Gaspe Bombers. They say on Matane that the big bomber is to attract a salmon and the small one is to catch them.
|Grand Tamagodi, Fish On|
I have a few lessons that I learned that day. First I will never use eight pound test for salmon unless it is Maxama. My drag was set light because I was afraid that the leader material needed to be treated with caution. Second, I will never let a fish get directly below me without immediately moving down stream as quickly as I can. I will run if needed, and I will not hesitate. A straight down river position is the least forgiving angle that you can have. The third is that I love the Matane. Watching a dry fly disappear to a big fish is fly fishing on steroids.
With August approaching rapidly I have made plans to be in Quebec. The idea is that I will start with a dry fly and end with a dry fly. Or maybe throw a big Muddler for a while.