Planning a fishing trip
15 November 2018
For some of us, winter is the best moment to stock up on flies, but for others it’s the best time to prepare next season’s fishing trips. Alexis Pageau, co-host of the Hooké show, gives us a few tricks to plan an unforgettable trip, ready in time for the first days of next season.
Choosing the fish
Before choosing the place, you need to decide which fish you want to go after. Making this decision will help plan where to go, but also what to bring and what to expect. For the equipment, the species tells us which flies, rods and lines to bring and if specific permits are required. For salmon fishing you have to register for a pre-season draw, so it’s good to plan ahead!
where to go
The SEPAQ offers more than a few fishing packages and rivers throughout the province and it’s easy enough to find out which river is for which fish. Pourvoiries Québec regroups all of the outfitters in the province and offers a multitude of lodging and fishing packages, depending on the chosen region. Once the choice is made, I like checking out the rivers on Google Maps, to have an idea of which spots I want to check out once there.
We all know that in Québec, the weather and fishing conditions can be very different from one region to another. The FQSA regrouped a few useful links for weather tracking, river maps and a whole lot more to decide on the dates of your trip.
For an international trip in a warmer climate, it’s worth checking if waders are necessary, not having them will clear up a lot of room in your luggage. You should also bring sunscreen and microfibre shirts.
sleeping and getting around
Once we know which species, we’re looking for and where we’re going to fish, the next step is to decide where to sleep and how to get to the fishing spots. The best places to fish are often the farthest areas and the most difficult to reach, so it’s important to plan transport before getting there. Sometimes, it’s not the cheapest place that’s the closest, so there’s a choice to make at that point. Outfitters are usually excellent choices to make sure you’re comfortable and close to the river. Taking into consideration the distance you have to travel on the road and to get to the fishing spot will avoid many complications once you’re there.
talking to the right people
When I’m planning a trip, I post it on social media and I read blogs to find out if I know someone who did a similar trip in the past. I’m always surprised by the number of people who reach out to me to help out in my planning and to help me make the right decisions. On site, one of the first things I do is visit the local fly shop. I go to find out which flies to use, but also to learn about the area and if I’m lucky, get a few pointers to the best spots!
Doing the research work before leaving prevents a lot of complications that can appear once you’re there, but it’s an equally exciting part of the fishing trip! When you’re finally there, regardless of the good or bad fishing conditions, you can make sure you’re fully taking advantage of your trip and you can concentrate on the best parts of your adventure.
Have a nice trip and happy fishing!