Ottawa River Fishing

An Ottawa River Fishing trip took place on 3rd September, 2014. Project Healing Waters Canada volunteers, Nick Mraovic and Marc MacIntyre, took a group of veterans and some spouses to the Britannia Beach area of Ottawa.

Ottawa River Fishing
Nick giving the group some tips and tricks (Credit: Giselle Cardinal)

As most of them had never been out fly fishing, it was a fresh and exciting experience. The excitement was made even more enjoyable due to their new TFO fly rods. The rods and reels were supplied thanks to the grant from the Royal Canadian Legion.

Ottawa River Fishing
Marc shows a group member how to cast the line. (Credit: Giselle Cardinal)

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 also take a fly.

Knots and fly selection are always the first steps in preparing for the day ahead. 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 recent rain.  As a result, care was taken as everyone was new to wading and fishing.

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Enjoying the water (Credit: Giselle Cardinal)
ottawa river fishing success

Veteran Lee Passey was the first to land a small bass, his first fish!

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A surprised Lee catches his first fish! (Credit: Giselle Cardinal)

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.

Ottawa River Fishing
Service dog, Bauer, enjoying being off duty and in the river (Credit: Giselle Cardinal)

All in all, it was a fantastic day.  Consequently, we are looking forward to more days out before winter sets in.