Text by Marc MacIntyre. Photos by Giselle Cardinal.
An Ottawa River Fishing trip took place on 3rd September when PHWFFC volunteers, Nick Mraovic and Marc MacIntyre, took a group of veterans, along with some spouses, to the Britannia beach area of Ottawa.
Nick Mraovic giving the group some tips and tricks
As most of them had never been out fly fishing, it was a fresh and exciting experience to enjoy with their new TFO fly rods. The rods and reels were supplied thanks to the grant from the Royal Canadian Legion.
Marc MacIntyre shows a group member how to cast the line.
The fish of the day were Smallmouth Bass. These are fish that, in most cases, are quite happy to tackle dry or wet flies, and are lots of fun on a fly rod. Other species, such as Walleye and Pike, are present on the river and will also take a fly.
Knots and fly selection was the first step in preparing for the day ahead and things went from there. Nick provided some river tips in both casting and presentation.
The weather was cooperative, as was the water for wading, but it was also a bit high after a recent rain so care was taken as everyone was new to wading and fishing.
Enjoying the water
Veteran Lee Passey was the first to land a small bass, his first fish!
A surprised Lee catches his first fish!
We even had a service dog, named Bauer, along with us who had a fun day splashing in the water and making some new friends.
Service dog, Bauer, enjoying being off duty and in the river
All in all it was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to more days out before winter sets in.