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: Gaspe in Sept - good public rivers to try?

02-17-2006, 12:29 PM
Hi all,

This is my first post on this board.

I'm a long time fly fisher who finally got around to trying fishing for Atlantic salmon for the first time recently (I'm not counting a lot of nice Ouananiche that I've caught in Nunavik).

I fished on Sept 15th and 16th last fall in the C section of the Petite Cascapedia with a guide. In two days I landed 3 salmon (largest at 17lbs) and 1 grilse, and am now, as they say, hooked.

I'd love to fish the area at its peak in July, but I won't have time until the fall this year. I'll have the 3rd and 4th week of Sept free to roam between rivers with a buddy.

I'm definitely going back to the Petite, it was a nice river and the unlimited C water held good numbers of nice fish. Are there others that I should try that have walk-up unlimited access to good fall holding water?

I really liked the fact that I didn't have to enter any draws/lotteries, but just hit the ZEC early in the morning and bought my permit for the day. There was not one other soul that I saw in the C section over those two days. I hate fishing in crowds. Sept was a nice time. I'd also fish the public unlimited water because it is cheap - I'm going on several expensive trips this year, and don't need another one to add to the bills.:eek:

I'm new to salmon angling, so any help would be much appreciated!


02-17-2006, 01:48 PM
Hi Troy!!

Welcome to the salmon world!!

In the Gaspé area, there are a few other rivers to consider.

York River
Dartmouth River
Madeliene River
Cap Chat River

Excellent September waters..!!

If you need more information, shoot me an email.

( By the way, now that you are hooked..... welcome to the uncurable disease!!)

Looking forward to read about your 2006 fishing!!

Tight Lines,


02-17-2006, 03:20 PM

Would have to agree with Ann. September is also a very un-crowded time to go to the Gaspe. You will not be fighting the crowds you would see in June and July.


02-18-2006, 07:40 AM
Another 'niche fisherman !! Welcome. aboard. I do not venture further than 200Km. from Montreal for 'niche in the 2 to 8lb class. My wife's first landlocked trip had her catch 3 in the first 2hrs of fishing.
I'll try and post some 'niche fly patterns in the next week

02-18-2006, 11:32 AM
I love Ouananiche!

I've spent time in the past several summers up on the headwaters of the Whale river (that flows into Ungava) fishing dries and streamers to SCHOOLS of them. They average around 5lbs, my best is 8, and the camp records are around 12. Beautiful fish that go instantly, wildly airborne the second they feel the hook.
That's what got me interested in Atlantics - I figured if I could fish for the "same" fish only 3-10 times bigger...:hihi:

Please post some patterns! I'd be very interested!

Here's some pics of Whale river Ouananiche, and my first "real" Atlantic from the Petite Cascapedia.