'Sight Fishing' for Atlantic Salmon - Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, Eastern Canada
Crystal clear water... ...casting to sighted fish... ...floating lines... ...dry fly fishing possible - all we dream about!
The Fishery at Gaspé, Quebec
Gaspe, Quebec is a charming, predominantly French speaking town with around 16,000 citizens isolated on the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula. It is an untarnished and wholesomely industrious community of 16,000 Canadians on the shore of Gaspe Bay.
There are three primary rivers within short driving distance of Gaspe – Dartmouth, St Jean, and York. Each one of them is broken into pools – gathering spots where salmon stop while making their way upstream to spawn. The rivers are further broken into sectors/zones. Sectors can be either “limited” or “unlimited.” “Limited” sectors have a maximum of 2, 4, 6 or 8 fishermen allowed per day. They can be as long as 10 miles or as short as less than a mile like sector 2 on the Dartmouth (the “falls”). Depending on the time of the season, it’s generally accepted that the pools in unlimited sectors see more fishermen each day, although this is not always the case.
Some of the sectors are spectacularly beautiful with canyon stretches, waterfalls, and crystal clear pools over varying rock formations carved out by nature throughout the centuries.
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