The Eastern Townships of Québec West of Lake Memphremagog

  • WADE FLY FISHING
    THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS OF QUÉBEC
    WEST OF LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG

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    Often overlooked as a wade fly-fishing destination, the Eastern Townships have lots to offer to those who take the time and have the patience. In this book, I will shorten your exploration time significantly. Where and when to go, where to park, what to expect, in a territory that could also be defined as the Appalachian Corridor and its western piedmont. Part of this is mountainous territory. The Green Mountains of Vermont extend to the Orford Mountains in the Eastern Townships in what has recently been renamed the Appalachian Corridor. West of the mountains lies the piedmont or foothills, a transitional zone to the plains where human activity in the form of agriculture and settlements transforms the landscape. This book covers three watersheds:

    • The Canadian portion of the Missisquoi River watershed, which includes the North Missisquoi River, the main stem Missisquoi River and its principal Canadian tributary, the Sutton River;

    • The Aux Brochets River watershed, from the U.S. border at Frelighsburg to Lake Champlain; and

    • The Upper Yamaska River watershed, which comprises the three small rivers (North Yamaska, Yamaska proper and South East Yamaska) that rise in the Appalachians and in the Piedmont and form the main stem Yamaska River upstream of Farnham.

    True to its title, the book focuses on fly-fishing. Nevertheless, the book will provide anglers of all stripes the information to practice their sport, fly-fishing or other, in pursuit of bass and trout, plus a few other surprising game fish. The book is geared to wading. This implies fast water and, indeed, all wadeable sections of the main rivers are covered, at a level of detail that is unique to the guide book series of the author. And all fly-fishing-size brooks harboring brook trout are covered in detail. Finally, while lakes and ponds are generally boat affairs, their public accesses and wading potential are covered in the book as well. This is the standard stuff of a guide book. While there can be no doubt as to the primary purpose of this book, I have also included a brief history of the hamlets, villages and towns that you will visit along the way. The water that you will be wading has history. Why not touch on it?

    Historical Brome and Missisquoi Counties are quickly becoming Québec’s wine capital. To the vibrant wine, food and art tourism, why not tag on some wade fly fishing? You run the risk of being pleasantly surprised. You do not need a boat. And, if you live in Canada, you do not need a passport.

  •  Custom map of part of the Eastern Townships showing the three watersheds covered in the book and the part of the Missisquoi River watershed situated in Vermont.

    Part of the Eastern Townships showing the three watersheds covered in the book (shaded) and the part of the Missisquoi River watershed situated in Vermont

  • Custom detailed map of the North Yamaska River in Granby showing the fishing spots and the accesses. This section of river is a winter fishing destination.

    Example of a detailed map: the North Yamaska River in Granby. This section of river is a winter fishing destination.