Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Any Atlantic Salmon Water
Fishing in canoes on the Restigouche, Matepedia and Gaspe rivers is quite common, particularly during the early season. And for those who haven't experienced it, these canoes are stable 26' boats built for this purpose. They aren't little tippy things. Some places it can be the only option. Once you get used to it, and if you're fishing with another experienced angler, like most casting it becomes routine. Personally, I've found using a spey cast of some sort with line stripped in to set the line at the right angle, and then overheading for distance works well. Easier doing that than trying to change direction with the overhead cast. If I'm going to be overheading mostly, I'll drop down in grains on the line, as you'll be having all the grains in play. Again, personally, I don't see any particular advantage in a shorter rod, although I wouldn't fish over a 14' rod from a canoe. Don't pretend to have all the right answers, but this works for me.