First, participants will be invited to take part in a preparatory weekend, from June 19-21, at the Forêt d’enseignement et de recherche Simoncouche (FERS), administrated by the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides, nearby Chicoutimi, QC. This weekend will be the occasion to introduce participants to the basics of camping and fly-fishing, and to get to know each other. Participants will sleep in a fully equipped cabin.
In a second phase, the group will experience an expedition in the Escoumins River area, Quebec, from July 3-9. The first night, we’ll make a stopover facing Saint-Lawrence river, where we’ll set up the adventure’s basis. We’ll spend the night in “ready-to-camp” sites at Mer et monde écotours, at the Bergeronnes. The next day, we’ll leave our comfort to go explore the northern part of the Escoumins river, in the ZEC Nordique area. We’ll establish a base camp at a rustic campsite. Participants will have the chance to be introduced to fly tying. We’ll also review the basic casting techniques and we’ll evaluate within the trout fishing sector for two days.
Then, we’ll drop our rods for a short hike to discover the mythical Pinel’s fishing pool. Participants will appreciate the peaceful environment in the sector. They will be introduced to fishing practices relative to salmon fishing, which we’ll have the privilege to fish for two days. Finally, we’ll enjoy one last night together in the cozy cabins in the Anse-à-Joe, Essispit, to celebrate our accomplishments.
*Please note that as a pilot projet, this expedition is exceptionally reserved to french speakers from the province of Quebec, in order to reduce the costs, among other reasons.