Our five best fly fishing destinations

In collaboration with Émile David, fishing enthusiast.

For me, fly fishing is the best way to fish. It’s a full-fledged conventional fishing activity that nevertheless offers different challenges and a unique state of mind. Fly fishing forces us to relax, to slow down our actions and our mind, to focus on a variety of details, and to reconsider our idea of what "good fishing" really means. For many of its fans, fly fishing becomes a form of meditation, a ritual during which we forget that we’re after a fish ... until the creature takes the bait and propels us into a state of absolute excitement.

Here are the five best destinations for fly fishing in all its forms at Sépaq destinations!

Émile David | © Sépaq

Wade fishing at Réserve faunique des Laurentides

Réserve faunique des Laurentides is one of my favorite fly fishing spots given the variety of wade-fishing opportunities encountered there… all within two hours of Québec City! Rivière Métabetchouane is among the rivers I’ve visited most. It’s accessible through fishing packages with accommodations at F.X.-Lemieux and Lac-Brûlé sectors. The wildlife reserve also features eight other rivers accessible via simple day fishing. With the help of wildlife reserve maps and Google Earth, you can easily prepare day trips to fishing holes that haven’t hosted many fly fishers in recent years!

The freshwater shark at Rouge-Matawin

There aren’t many fishing situations that offer the same thrills as those generated by the explosive attack of a pike on a large streamer skipping across the surface of the water. The fishing plan for Gesseron, Legendre and Laverdière cabins provides access to lakes that are particularly suitable for catching northern pike. Don’t forget to come equipped with wire line and sizeable coloured flies!

Réserve faunique des Laurentides
Réserve faunique des Laurentides Stéphanie Vadnais | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin
Réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin Émile David | © Sépaq

Introduction to salmon fishing at Port-Daniel

Sépaq has only a few salmon fishing destinations, but their quality far exceeds their quantity! Rivière Port-Daniel is a little jewel nestled in the midst of Baie des Chaleurs. The river features a late run of 200 to 300 salmon that cram into its seven pools. The size and configuration of the waterway make fishing accessible for beginners, with Rivière Port-Daniel becoming a good bet for snagging that elusive first salmon. The fishing season starts on July 15 and ends on September 30. So you can actually hunt moose and catch salmon on the very same day!

A triple crown at Réserve faunique du Saint-Maurice

A memorable experience of the 2017 season was without a doubt my Réserve faunique du Saint-Maurice Triple Crown: catching a gray trout, a pike, and a brook trout during the same stay. Normand sector provides an opportunity for such an experience; in addition to a multitude of brook trout lakes, it offers gray trout fishing on lakes Baude and Normand, in addition to angling for pike on Lac Livernois. 

Réserve faunique du Saint-Maurice
Réserve faunique du Saint-Maurice Yan Kaczynski | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles
Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier–Sept-Îles Hooké | © Sépaq

Monster trout and Atlantic salmon at
Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles

I have had a soft spot for Rivière aux Rochers at Réserve faunique de Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles since my friend Stuart and I each caught our first-of-a-lifetime salmon there three years ago. I have nothing to add except that it’s one of the best salmon rivers of the Côte-Nord region. Once on site, you really have to take a day to fish for trout on Lac Walker, one of the five places on my suggested bucket list of trips to Sépaq destinations.

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