Typical schedule for your fishing excursion

Day 0 – The day before departure to your fishing camp, you will arrive by commercial flight at Wabush or by road 389 to Fermont. Stock up at the local supermarket and arrange overnight accommodation. Bring enough goods to be comfortable, but try to minimize the number of packs, coolers and fishing rod cases for easier packing onto the plane.

Day 1 – Fly-in to your fishing camp. Meet your pilot at the agreed-upon location and time, help load your equipment and food onboard the aircraft. Make sure you respect the weight limits and listen carefully to the safety instructions. One or two flights will be required, depending on the size of the group and the type of floatplane. If your destination is Trophy Lake or Haste Lake, wear your waders as the floatplane has to beach a few meters offshore near the camp. Upon arrival, camp-specific instructions will be provided, along with topographic maps of the territory and communication equipment. It’s important to confirm with the pilot the day and time of your fly-out. Then, unpack your gear and provisions and prepare to go fishing.

Days 2 to 5 – This is a self-guided adventure, so you are free to travel and fish, relax and enjoy all that Nature has to offer. Visit all of the best fishing spots, then return to camp for lunch at mid-day to nap or pack a picnic lunch and return in the evening.

Day 6 – Fly-out. Early breakfast, pack up your personal equipment and supplies. Camp-wide cleaning: Leave a bit of split firewood near the stove, please be sure that the floor has been swept, dishes washed and put away, fridge and stove cleaned, portable toilet emptied and rinsed, boats cleaned and gas tanks full. Think about the state in which you would like to see the camp when you arrive. Be ready to leave at the agreed time. If the weather seems doubtful, contact the pilot via satellite telephone about an hour before. Be sure to schedule your commercial flight from Wabush in the late afternoon, evening, or the next day. Otherwise, drive back to Baie-Comeau via road 389.

Fork Length vs Age for Brook Trout

I thought some of you may be interested in learning about the beautiful brook trout that inhabit the Lac Justone territory. Here’s a representative graph for brook trout age and length. There is a huge range geographically and for every age a wide range in lengths. Brook trout usually live about 10 years across most of their range, but have lived to 20 years plus in tiny, ice-bound lakes in the High Sierra mountains.

Greg B., freshwater fisheries biologist for 40 years and fly fishing enthusiast 🙂

Floatplane Safety

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this document about floatplane safety: tp12365e.pdf . A briefing will be conducted by your pilot prior to boarding the floatplane on your way to the fishing camp.

Highway 389 and Manic 5

If you decide to drive to Fermont, it can be reached via Quebec Highway 389 from Baie Comeau. The road is 581 kilometers long (360 miles). It offers a mix of driving conditions, with about half of the distance paved and the rest being a good condition unpaved road with a few rough patches. Driving the whole distance at a safe speed requires approximately 8-9 hours.

It’s worth mentioning that you are driving through the Manic 5 hydro-electric megaproject that provides power to most of Quebec and the northeast United States. It is located at about the half-way point. If you can spare the time, it’s really worth a visit (free tours are arranged by Hydro-Quebec during the summer). There’s even a decent motel just before Manic 5 if you decide to split up your driving in 2 days.

Catch & Release

By practicing Catch & Release of all but a few fish for a special meal, you will help ensure that your outstanding fishing experience can be repeated for many years to come! Learn tips on how to effectively Catch & Release fish so they have the best chance for survival.

“A good game fish is too valuable a resource to be caught only once.” — Fly Fishers International founder, Lee Wulff