Nunavik, a land of promise for Arctic char fishing

Nunavik, a land of promise for Arctic char fishing

Nunavik, a land of promise for Arctic char fishing

Our plane has just left the tarmac to reach Black point 40 minutes northeast of Kuujjuaq. We guessed through the mist the track of Inukshuk Lodge just before the Otter dropped us off on our promissed land. We are welcomed by Johnny May and his family. A true living legend, he is the first Inuit aviator in Nunavik and has more than 40,000 flight hours. Children and adults have now loaded our luggage and the 4 wheels are already rolling towards the lodge.

We came here for the Arctic Char whose orange livery of males during spawning attracts fishermen from all over the world. Known as a powerful fighter, Arctic Arctic char chase a few dozen individuals in schools in the millions of sand eels that populate Ungava Bay.

The first day is devoted to the preparation of our equipment and the scheduling of outings taking into consideration the tides. Indeed, with heights of up to 44 feet, the landscape changes drastically. The vastness of Ungava Bay at high tide leaves room for a multitude of islets at low tide that make navigation very dangerous. Tomorrow we leave for the first day, I will have the great privilege of fishing with Jeff Currier.

We use 9-foot rods with 150 m backing padded reels and an 8-foot diving silk of 300 grains Scientific Anglers. Our leader are 15 lbs tippets.

We are moving towards Duck Island, a place listed as very productive. After 15 minutes we are already on the scene, our first drifts show that the place is good. We spot fish that follow our flies. The water is extremely clear and the white edge typical of fins does not leave room for doubt. We drift with the boat parallel to the islet in a powerful current. The tanks follow our streamers imitating the sandeel. Jeff prepared a two-fly tandem montage with a purple wooly bugger at the top and a silver streamer at the tip.

After several drifts without more success, we leave for Island pigeons.

As soon as we arrive, we see a ballet of murrelets. We see them leaving the rocky island to dive in search of sand eels. This ride is a testament to a lot of activity. For us, it’s clear! There must be arctic char underneath.

After a few minutes our intuition becomes a winning move. We catch several fish in a row. Jeff even did two doubles. Our afternoon is punctuated by the many schools of Arctic char that prowl around the sandeel benches. Their appearances are synonymous with success. We each catch more than a dozen fish.

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