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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2018, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone Ever Fish the Port Daniel (Quebec)?

I'm headed for the Gaspe Peninsula for a family camping trip first week of August. It is first and foremost a family camping and sightseeing trip that will take us in a loop from Matapedia to Forillon NP, to Gaspesie NP, then back to Matapedia and home, probably over the course of about 9 days. My wife and daughter are very flexible and accommodating of my fishing problem (er, habit), but my conscience won't allow me to schedule around that. With everyone's wishes in mind, I thought we might spend a night or two at the Reserve Faunique de Port-Daniel on our way from Matapedia to Forillon. It offers plenty of on-site distractions to interest the ladies for a day or afternoon while I fish.

I couldn't find a lot of info about the Port Daniel River other than that the Reserve has four beats on the river which can be reserved ahead of time. I haven't checked yet on availability, but assuming there's an opening, does anyone know anything about this river? Big enough for a two hander, or best attacked with a single hander? Best fished from one side, the other, or both? Typical fly patterns, colors or sizes?

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Hi Aldo, The Port Daniel has a very limited salmon run. Last year 19 fish were reported captured for the season (8 kept, 11 catch and release). Although I've read it is a beautiful river, your odds of catching fish are very low. Still could be fun, especially if you are right next to it already; you just need to manage expectations. If the chance at catching is important, I would make the 40+ km drive to the Bonaventure. A very beautiful river with a good run of fish. Its also a great 2 handed river (fairly big). Your odds there would be much better if conditions are good.

I know this is not quite what you were looking for, but I hope it still helps!

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Excellent advice SimonD.

I have never fished the Port-Daniels but I vaguely recall that timing was key. Perhaps you could recommend a higher probability period of time? A smaller system in August could be tough.

The Bonaventure is probably one of the prettiest rivers I have fished in 4 continents. I am sure that many on this board have travelled more extensively and will be quick to name even more spectacular flows.

Suffice to say, la riviŤre Bonaventure is well worth the 40+ km drive. Depending on water flow rates, the dry fly fishing could be rather good in August.

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I appreciate the info, gentlemen! Alas, it's academic - all the beats are reserved already for the week I'm in the area. Thinking about trying the public section on the Cap-Chat. We'll see if there's room in the schedule when we get to Gaspesie NP.

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Well Aldo, on your way through there (Baie des Chaleurs) is the Petite Cascapedia and Bonaventure, which both have unlimited rods sectors (no need to reserve in advance) and good runs of fish. The Pabos rivers apparently are beautiful, with lower runs of fish, but still decent. If driving around the peninsula, Gaspe has 3 goodrivers: York, dartmouth and St-Jean.

This website can give you some basic info on the Gaspe rivers, and others in Quebec.
https://www.saumonquebec.com/en/fish...ns-and-rivers/

Good luck planning!
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