Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Quebec Laurentians, Townships, Gaspe and NY
Loved this film when it hit PALM. Have fished a little bit with Elie, and I concur he's a stand-up guy.
If anyone is interested in planning trips to the York, Dartmouth or St-Jean rivers (they are all in close proximity to each other and managed together), I happily offer my assistance in unraveling everything you need to know before coming.
Done this for more that a few folks, and you'll discover its actually alot easier than initially perceived. If your trip happens to coincide with my own time in the Gaspe, I'll also happily unofficially guide you through the logistics, tactics and gear and of course to the better pools.
Even if you miss or loose in the November pre-season draws (as Quebecers with English names tend to do with a few exceptions), it's still easy to plan a week or two with consecutive fishing days. The ZEC (governing body) that administers access to these three rivers, as well as most other ZECs for other rivers in Quebec, also run 48-hour draws, where for a nominal fee you stand the chance of grabbing reserved beats to sort of upgrade from the public/unlimited beats. Either way, the public beats have tons of great spots and lots of hidden holes to explore, so you're not at any loss to fish new water all throughout a week. Actually, the cheapest access is the public sectors, and with that you get far more fish-able water than in the reserved sectors.
Concerning floating the York: I'm on the York every year in June for going on ten years now, and I've NEVER actually seen anyone float through for fishing purposes. Not to say that it's not done, because a couple years back a buddy and I floated all of sector 1 public water, which was awesome, but ultimately didn't reveal anything we couldn't have just walked/waded to, yet it was a great experience.
There is a whitewater rafting outfit that runs through some of the mid-river canyon sectors, yet don't tend to bother the fishermen very much, and it is routine for guys doing sector 4 to bring canoes or inflatables to cross the river and access the lower pools in that beat.
Planning a float trip should be done carefully to do the length of the river, as you will invariably run through multiple reserved sectors and a few birdies flipped your way. I would expect the best way is to run a shuttle truck to make multiple "portages" to go around the reserved beats as you descend.
Additionally upon arriving at the bottom of sector 1 you'd want to pull out there as there is private water from there out to the estuary.
Then there is time of year to consider as well; in June, most of the action will be from sectors 1-6,7 and not too much above that, later in the season from sector 11 down throughout the whole river.