Friday, June 26, 2015

Paradise Found

June 25, 2015: H: To fully write about my recent experiences in the Gaspésie would take days and fill a notebook. It was an unforgettable trip filled with long, hard days swinging flies in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and sharing the warm, generous comaraderie of fellow flyfishermen and friends: Jessie, Chad, Jack, Jere, Murray, Ken, Sung, Ramsay, Stefan, Allen and the ladies at the Zec, Ann, Paul, Hazel, Jeff, Claude and Louise...

So many adventures and memories made: catching my first salmon on the York; driving with Jess down that hellish road to fishing paradise on the St. Jean; delicious, messy 10 pm lobster suppers with plenty of truffle butter; Jessie's uncanny ability to multi-task behind the wheel; Murray's seafood pie to die for; anticipation of blue charm time; moose patrol at dusk; seeing and tasting my first moose; giving new meaning to an open floor plan (our Bonaventure loft); the crystal clear emerald waters of the Bonnie; the exhilarating ride up her rapids in Claude's canoe; learning a thing or two from the wise Claude Bernard...

They say a picture is worth a thousand words... Here are some from our trip.

Driftwood sculpture, Sainte-Anne-des Monts, Gaspé, Quebec
Cool driftwood sculpture spotted along the drive to Gaspé.
Fete du bois flotté 2011. Theme: le conte Fleur de Mai, Le Griffon de Sainte-Anne-des Monts, Jacques Vallée & Johanne Cappucilli Estrie,Gaspé, Quebec
Fete du bois flotté 2011. Theme: le conte Fleur de Mai, Le Griffon de Sainte-Anne-des Monts, Jacques Vallée & Johanne Cappucilli Estrie
Hyun at Spruin Rock, York river, Gaspé
Scouting the river on our arrival. Spruin Rock, York River, Gaspé. Photo by Jessica Lettich
Gorge pool, York river, Gaspé
Gorge pool, York River, Gaspé
Hyun's first salmon, tailed by Jessie, York river, Gaspé
The Catch: my first salmon, tailed by awesome fishing partner, Jessica Lettich, York River, Gaspé
Hyun releasing her first salmon, York river, Gaspé
The Release: au revoir ma belle! York River, Gaspé. Photo by Jessica Lettich
Jessie throwing sweep loops at Lady Gray, St. Jean river, Gaspé
Sweet loops thrown by Jess at Lady Gray, St. Jean river,  Gaspé
Hyun exploring a tributary of the St. Jean river, Gaspé
Exploring a tributary of the St. Jean river, Gaspé. Photo by Jessica Lettich
Hyun fighting a salmon at Lady Gray, St. Jean river, Gaspé
Hyun's salmon from Lady Gray, St. Jean river, Gaspé
Another beauty from the St. Jean river, Gaspé. Photos by Jessica Lettich
lobter dinners and lunch, Gaspé
Lobsters... anytime, anywhere ;). Gaspé. Photos by Jessica Lettich
Jessie stepping down through the pool at Cuve, York river, Gaspé
Jess at Cuve, York River, Gaspé
Path to Alfred, York river, Gaspé
Path to Alfred, York River, Gaspé
Jessie hoofing it out of Cuve, York river, Gaspé
Who needs a stairmaster? York River, Gaspé
Chad and Hyun fishing Snake on the Dartmouth river, Gaspé
Fishing Snake on the Dartmouth river, Gaspé
Baillargeon Bridge, York River, Gaspé
Baillargeon Bridge, York River, Gaspé
Hyun and Chad at Guard rail. York River, Gaspé
Guard rail(???). York River, Gaspé. Photo by Jessica Lettich
Chad's perfect D-loop at Gorge. York River, Gaspé
Perfect D-loops and laser beams at Gorge. York River, Gaspé
Guard rail. York River, Gaspé
Paul Leblanc fishing a stonefly at la chute, York River, Gaspé
Paul Leblanc skittering a stonefly at la Chute, York River, Gaspé. Photo by Jessica Lettich
Chad, Jessie, and local guide, Fred Matt, la chute, York River, Gaspé
Chad, Jessie, and local guide, Fred Matte. Observation deck of the aquarium (aka la Chute), York River, Gaspé
Bonaventure selfie: Jessie, Hyun, and Claude Bernard. Bonaventure river, Gaspé. Photo by Jessica Lettich
Jessie casting at Grassy. Bonaventure river, Gaspé
Tight loops at Grassy. Bonaventure river, Gaspé
Claude Bernard's canoe on the Bonaventure river, Gaspé
Outhouse at Trois Freres, Bonaventure river, Gaspé
Serious contender for outhouse with best view (see view below). Bonaventure river, Gaspé
View from Outhouse: Jessie and Claude Bernard, Trois Freres. Bonaventure river, Gaspé
The View: Jessie and Claude at Trois Freres. Bonaventure river, Gaspé
The crystal clear, emerald waters of the beautiful Bonnie. Bonaventure river, Gaspé
Claude Bernard's shed, Bonaventure, Gaspé
Claude's shed: each cutout was made from an actual saumon or truite. Bonaventure, Gaspé

2 comments:

  1. I'm sure the photos only scratch the surface of the natural beauty of the Gaspe region. Thanks for sharing a story from a dream destination.

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    1. Thanks for your comment deadfisher. Yes, it truly was paradise found, a very special place. I'm heading back there again this summer...

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