Frequently asked questions

Why fish with Norpaq on the George River?

  • Large quantity of fish in the river
  • Numerous wadable pools
  • No crowds – 6 rods – 40km of salmon water
  • Big river, cold water; strong fish & great action
  • Perfect for Spey casting
  • Protected territory – No possibility for economic development
  • Great lodge, excellent homemade meals
  • Excellent guides
  • In business for 50 years

Can we keep the salmon we catch?

Your Quebec salmon fishing licence allows you to keep 7 salmon, but most of our fishermen practice catch & release and keep a few to bring back home.

What is the catch and release policy?

You can catch and release as many salmon as you want in a day. For brook trout fishing, catch and release is mandatory but you can eat all you want (shore lunch).

What is the best period for Salmon fishing?

August and September

What flies and rods should we bring?

9 ½ foot rod, 9 weight with floating line and 100 to 150 yards of backing or Spey rod. We recommend a spare reel with sinking line or tip for very high water conditions. We also recommend a lighter rod for brook trout fishing.

Most productive flies: Black bear green butt, Green machine, Green muddler, Mickey Finn, Cosseboom, Thunder and lightning, Black muddler (cricket), Green muddler yellow tail / hooks 4 to 10.

For trout: Royal coachman, Royal wolf, Bombers, Caddis, March Brown, Adams, Hoppers (all kinds) / hooks 6 to 12.

Are the fishing guides experienced?

All our guides are experienced fly fishermen and are well trained to bring you through the rapids. Melvin Lavallée has been with us for the last 30 years.

I am a novice at fly fishing, will I catch salmon?

Let us just say that the odds are in your favour. There are a lot of fish in the river and our guides will be there to assist and coach you. We take great pride in helping beginners land their first salmon (and many more!).

How long is the flight time from Montreal to fishing lodge?

The first flight links either the Montreal or Quebec airports to the Schefferville airport. The flight time is approximately 3h15 on an Air Inuit commercial flight, including a comfortable and personalised on-board service. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to our seaplane base with our shuttle. The second flight, from Schefferville to the lodge takes approximately 1h15, on board our turbine powered DHC-3 Otter.

Is the food home cooked?

Yes. All food is home cooked and, although the lodge is isolated & far from civilisation, it is weekly supplied by plane to assure freshness of the great variety of dishes you will be served.

What is the average number of fish landed per week?

Approximately 11.3 salmon/week/fishermen (with the statistics of the last two seasons)

One of our most experienced returning clients landed 45 salmon and lost 12 in 2012 and 2013.

How many fishermen per guide?

We keep a ratio of 1 guide / 2 fishermen.

Can we bring food and alcohol?

Yes. You are allowed to bring anything specific you desire to, but make sure to respect the baggage allowance we give you. You can also purchase alcohol and food at the town’s store upon your arrival in Schefferville.

What other species of fish can be caught in the George River?

Brook trout, Lake trout, Lake Whitefish and, occasionally, land locked char. Brook trout fishing is very productive in quantity and size.

Is satellite phone available in camp?

We have radio and satellite communication with the base (Schefferville) at all times for daily reports and any emergency.

How does transportation day work out?

Typical transportation day:

  • Early wake up at our suggested hotel (Montreal or Quebec)
  • Take the shuttle to the airport for flight check-in
  • Montreal to Schefferville commercial flight (3h15, flight stops in Quebec)
  • You are met by our representative at the Schefferville airport
  • Our shuttle bus takes you for a quick stop at the town’s store (alcohol and food) and then brings you directly to our seaplane base (15 minutes’ drive)
  • While your luggage gets weighed and floatplane loaded, you will be handed your fishing licences.
  • You will then board our floatplane for a 1h15 flight to the George River Logde
  • Upon arrival to camp, you will meet your guides and be shown your respective cabins. Finally, lunch will be awaiting you before you head out fishing for the afternoon.

What kinds of boats are used to travel on the river?

We have a new fleet of all fiberglass 21’ freighters equipped with Yamaha and Mercury 25hp outboards. Our freighters were custom modified to match the George River needs and your comfort expectations. Nothing but the best and most reliable for your day to day displacements.

What is the weather like?

August temperatures average 10°C (55F) and September temperatures average 5°C (41F), in general. The boreal climate, at this latitude, sometimes makes the weather very unpredictable. We recommend warm clothes and a good waterproof jacket throughout the whole season.

Are the pools wadable?

Yes. Most pools are fishable from shore and from the boat.

Once your trip is booked with us, you will be supplied with a trip planning package describing all steps of your trip, in details, and supplying all informations necessary, including what to bring for your entire trip (equipment, clothing, specific fishing gear, etc.).

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Testimonials

  • The fishing was in general spectacular and truly exceeded my expectations. I would describe the catch as 300 brookies, averaging over 2 pds, my largest being a 5-pounder. The food was very good and plentiful and the noon meal of brook trout on the river was awesome. A BIG thanks for some wonderful memories.

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    • Ronald P. Alie
    • Deerfield, NH
  • Martin is very good at what he does. He is a terrific guide and human being. Excellent man.

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    • Michael Nettles
    • Cleveland, OH
  • Tom was a wonderful guide. The Camps were extremely clean and comfortable and the white water rafting trip was just great. Thank you Pierre and Christine for your wonderful hospitality.

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    • Tom & Celine Jannarone
    • New Gloucester, ME
  • Martin is more than a guide; he is a companion and a friend for Helen and myself.

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    • Marc-André Lavoie
    • Montréal, QC
  • The best and the most professional man I have ever had the pleasure to meet (Henry). All 3 guides were excellent and hard workers.

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    • Cameron Kirkpatrick
    • Alton, NH
  • Thank you all for a great time. I will cherish the memories forever. Our guide was absolutely amazing. Keep up the great work and best of luck for the coming years. I would love to do this again sometime.

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    • Keith Lavey
    • Washington, DC
  • Melvin is a great salmon guide. He is also the finest river man I have ever seen.

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    • Gunter Koch
    • Germany
  • I have fished for salmon all over the world but for the past consecutive 30 years, I have always been drawn back by the magic of the River.

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    • Dick Kondak
    • NJ
  • …I thought once again that for a fisherman to see such sights as I had seen might indeed be close to a mystical experience.

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    • Howard Frank Mosher
    • The New York Times magazine
      The Sophisticated Traveler
  • In the north, big trout are old trout. We have something very special here; we want to keep it that way.

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    • Jean Paquet
    • Field & Stream
      Big brookies in a River
      you can wade
  • There are many fond memories that I shall always treasure.

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    • William Priest
    • 40 fishing weeks
      on the George River
  • Personality and enthusiasm of all NORPAQ employees was outstanding from start to finish.

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    • David Broad
    • Bangor, PA
  • I had a wonderful trip: the logistics, travel arrangements and flights, camp accommodations and food were very good…surpassed my previous experiences with brook trout on a fly rod!

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    • Irving W. Boucher
    • Essex Junction, VT
  • Thank you so much for your efficiency and planning. It was a picture perfect from every aspect. It’s not too often that teenagers marvel at the world and admire its people. But after this trip, they truly believe that Canada is a great and fantastic miracle from god.

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    • Gina Kerwin
    •  
  • Once again thank you so much for a great adventure. We will be back.

    Author image
    • David W. Aigler
    • PA
  • In 12 days of fishing, I raised 37 salmon, and landed 20 of them.

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    • Jerome Farnsworth
    • MA
  • I had a fantastic time and caught more Atlantic salmon in a few days on the George River than I have caught in any 5 year period.

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    • Dave Morton
    • ME
  • All the members of the group stated that fishing was outstanding and the best that anyone of us had ever experienced.

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    • Doug Kettle
    • ON
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  • The fishing was in general spectacular and truly exceeded my expectations. I would describe the catch as 300 brookies, averaging over 2 pds, my largest being a 5-pounder. The food was very good and plentiful and the noon meal of brook trout on the river was awesome. A BIG thanks for some wonderful memories.

    Author image
    • Ronald P. Alie
    • Deerfield, NH
  • Martin is very good at what he does. He is a terrific guide and human being. Excellent man.

    Author image
    • Michael Nettles
    • Cleveland, OH
  • Tom was a wonderful guide. The Camps were extremely clean and comfortable and the white water rafting trip was just great. Thank you Pierre and Christine for your wonderful hospitality.

    Author image
    • Tom & Celine Jannarone
    • New Gloucester, ME
  • Martin is more than a guide; he is a companion and a friend for Helen and myself.

    Author image
    • Marc-André Lavoie
    • Montréal, QC
  • The best and the most professional man I have ever had the pleasure to meet (Henry). All 3 guides were excellent and hard workers.

    Author image
    • Cameron Kirkpatrick
    • Alton, NH
  • Thank you all for a great time. I will cherish the memories forever. Our guide was absolutely amazing. Keep up the great work and best of luck for the coming years. I would love to do this again sometime.

    Author image
    • Keith Lavey
    • Washington, DC
  • Melvin is a great salmon guide. He is also the finest river man I have ever seen.

    Author image
    • Gunter Koch
    • Germany
  • I have fished for salmon all over the world but for the past consecutive 30 years, I have always been drawn back by the magic of the George River.

    Author image
    • Dick Kondak
    • NJ
  • …I thought once again that for a fisherman to see such sights as I had seen might indeed be close to a mystical experience.

    Author image
    • Howard Frank Mosher
    • The New York Times magazine
      The Sophisticated Traveler
  • In the north, big trout are old trout. We have something very special here; we want to keep it that way.

    Author image
    • Jean Paquet
    • Field & Stream
      Big brookies in a River
      you can wade
  • There are many fond memories that I shall always treasure.

    Author image
    • William Priest
    • 40 fishing weeks
      on the George River
  • Personality and enthusiasm of all NORPAQ employees was outstanding from start to finish.

    Author image
    • David Broad
    • Bangor, PA
  • I had a wonderful trip: the logistics, travel arrangements and flights, camp accommodations and food were very good…surpassed my previous experiences with brook trout on a fly rod!

    Author image
    • Irving W. Boucher
    • Essex Junction, VT
  • Thank you so much for your efficiency and planning. It was a picture perfect from every aspect. It’s not too often that teenagers marvel at the world and admire its people. But after this trip, they truly believe that Canada is a great and fantastic miracle from god.

    Author image
    • Gina Kerwin
    •  
  • Once again thank you so much for a great adventure. We will be back.

    Author image
    • David W. Aigler
    • PA
  • In 12 days of fishing, I raised 37 salmon, and landed 20 of them.

    Author image
    • Jerome Farnsworth
    • MA
  • I had a fantastic time and caught more Atlantic salmon in a few days on the George River than I have caught in any 5 year period.

    Author image
    • Dave Morton
    • ME
  • All the members of the group stated that fishing was outstanding and the best that anyone of us had ever experienced.

    Author image
    • Doug Kettle
    • ON
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