By Joseph D. Bates
A radical reference at the heritage and stories surrounding salmon fishing. vast info on salmon flies with a variety of colour plates.
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This taught me two things, among many others that I learned as the years went by. One should frequently check the leader for wind-knots if there is even a suspicion that one might be there. If it is, it should be mended immediately, because carelessness frequently costs one the best salmon of the day. Also, under average wet-fly conditions, I have become very partial to a floating line with a sinking tip. A leader only the length of the rod is as long as necessary, and it can be as strong in the tippet as the size of fly permits, because salmon are not very leader-shy.
In disappointed pain, And when you found he'd only started back, Did you madly reel the strain on him again? Did you ever think you had him tired out, When his tail began to show above the stream? Did you ever think him yours without a doubt Till he rushed and made your old reel fairly scream? Did you ever back up slowly on the beach And draw him gently toward the waiting guide, Then have him stop and stay just out of reach, And chug those scary chugs from side to side? Do you recall that long last surging plunge That took him up and out across the tide, And how you swung him back down to the lunge That sank the gaff into his silver side?
The Grand Cascapedia, which partially splits the Gaspé Peninsula, is big and sophisticated. It flows majestically through mountainous country in a constant succession of bends and deep, rock-bound pools. Long rods usually are needed in this heavy water to cast large flies for very large salmon often weighing thirty pounds or more. Since all, or nearly all, of the river is privately owned or leased, it is not available to anglers lacking an invitation. Page 12 On the contrary, the welcome signs are out on the nearby Matane, which flows into the St.