Fly Fishing Guide

Chris Wessel

I am from Nova Scotia, Canada. I was introduced to fly fishing at a very young age by my grandfather who believed the importance of being close to nature was second only to family and God. He was an avid angler and I learned everything I could learn from him and other anglers about fly fishing. I went on to learn how to tie flies at 16 years old.

I now guide anglers in Western Newfoundland for Atlantic Salmon and wild Brook Trout. I am also a Wildlife Officer employed by our province.

There is no better feeling than seeing a fish rise and take on a fly that you have tied. I spend countless hours during the off-season tying and dreaming about the next time I will be on the river. My biggest draw to the river these days, however, is not only hooking fish but meeting like-minded individuals who also feel the same as I do about the species and the sport.

One of my favorite quotes is …“The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn’t someone else’s gift to you? Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”…
-Lee Wulff

What’s your favorite type of fly fishing?

My favorite type of Fly Fishing is dead drifting dry flies for Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon. While I tend to have more success for salmon with sub-surface patterns, there is no better take than when you can see the fish’s mouth break the surface and clamp down on your fly.

Your favorite outdoor adventure story of all time?

Growing up I read two books that I have now re-read a couple of times. Both of the young main characters in each novel leave home to live on their own in the wild. Stories of humans getting in touch with nature are my favorite.

The books were “Crabbe” and “My side of the Mountain”.

Why do you love living where you live?

One of the biggest draws for me to Newfoundland and Labrador is the freedom. The Island portion of the province where I live is almost all public land and you can go anywhere. I fish and hunt where I please and without having to ask permission. Our human population here is fairly low which means competition on rivers isn’t terrible and gets an even less the further you are willing to walk.

Favorite band or music style?

I literally listen to everything. One of my playlists could start with Wutang and end with Willie Nelson. My favorite all time band is the Rolling Stones. Lately, I have been really into Indie and 90’s east coast Hip Hop.

Must have accessory when in the wild?

I’m never far from a way to make coffee. Whether it is making instant coffee with hot water from my Kelly Kettle or actually percolating coffee on a fire. Making coffee has turned into a staple with me and my fishing crew. It’s a way for us to stop fishing, rest the pool and enjoy good “Yarn”. (that is a local term for having a chat).

Favorite camping food?

My all-time favorite camping food is Kraft Dinner. Grill a few wieners to go in with it and you have pure bliss. It weighs next to nothing in your bag and the trash is easy to burn or pack out….BOOM

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