An acrobatic fish!
Some fishers will tell you with great authority that salmon fishing is the one, true type of fishing, and that all others pale in
comparison. Indeed, the most exciting challenge for the salmon fisher lies in the intricate relationship between fisher and fish, a
relationship based on respect. Atlantic salmon, taken only by fly fishing on some of Québec's prettiest rivers, is an extremely precious
resource, protected and controlled to ensure its survival. That said, it is highly recommended that you catch and release at all times.
This magnificent fish is primarily found along the maritime shore of the St. Lawrence, in the fluvial corridor of the Saguenay and the tributaries of these two majestic rivers. These crystal-clear, gushing rivers are managed by outfitters with exclusive rights, by five wildlife reserves boasting 500 km (310 mi.) of salmon rivers and by 19 ZECs (controlled harvesting zones) covering 1,300 km (810 mi.). Most of these companies and agencies offer the services of guides, veritable modern-day coureurs de bois, or woodsmen, who will go out of their way to make sure your outing is enjoyable.
Atlantic salmon fishing requires a special permit and is only practised during specific periods. It is mandatory for non-residents wishing to fish north of the 52nd parallel to use the services of an outfitter. You can visit migratory routes that will introduce you to the incredible life of this long-distance traveller.