Last Day On The Natashquan – Côte Nord Adventure Ep. 15

Last Day On The Natashquan – Côte Nord Adventure Ep. 15


We arise at our beautiful campsite to a perfect morning. It’s our last day on the river, but we still have 30km to paddle. I go over some tips for rigging a pot hanger we use to boil or cook over an open fire. I then discuss a couple ways on how to stow a spinning and fly outfit in your canoe so that it can be accessed easily.

After paddling a ways, we come to an obstruction, a falls, and we are running a little behind schedule. With a little inspection, we realize that it can be lined and I cover a few key tips on lining before hopping back into the canoe. Not far down river we see the bridge. It’s the only bridge that crosses the river, and the first sign civilization we’ve seen in 14 days of travel. We know were near the end but, as it turns out, we weren’t going to get out of there easily. After a short carry-over we’re in the mouth but a strong headwind drastically slows our progress, and we loose the tide. With little water under our boats, we paddle across the very wide river twice looking for deeper channels, and we have to get out and drag on a couple occasions. We really need to dig in and paddle hard against the strong wind to finish the trip but soon we make it. After pulling up on the beach at Natashquan Indian Reserve, Tori and I high five, and then Tori shakes Buck’s paw to congratulate him on a successful trip. It wasn’t long before Labrador Air Safari delivered our vehicle and we were on our way. What a trip!!




Day 14 and our last day on the Natasha 1 today. We have about 35

Kilometers to Paddle high tide is at 1:30, and high tide is exactly the title maximum

So that's exactly when the tide starts going out too bad it's coming to an end well

We ran out of scope gas last night a great way to boil water over the fire and cook over the fire do is by

Ringing up a pot hanger

I got a good cheat in because I got this huge piece of driftwood and then

Something to prop it up on the front rocks is what I often use. You can even Jam

The pot hanger into the ground really deeply if you have soft enough ground

So I want to move that pot up higher on the fire

I just slide this front support feet back a little bit if I want to put my pot closer to the fire

I just slide this floor this piece right here

That is best if it's green

But if you don't have anything green just get it stick and dip it in the water get it flat and it will burn

before your water boils

When you want to take it off?

The fire you can easily just swing it right off and lay it down or keep it propped up on the 4 pieces

Just going to show you a great way to pack away a two-piece spinning Rod

Just take it apart

Stick this piece in that

Side like that

Reel off a little bit of slack wrap the lure around the handle a few times and then stop a hook into the handle sometimes

For safety I clip the third bar ball. I don't like to do it

I like the more hooks to better

But it does mean that this is much safer won't get stabbed on a tank half turn

to bring the Rod up tight stow away under the fray deck or down the side of your gear and

Easy to pull out and put back together if you want to take a few cots instead of collapsing my fly Rod

I'm just going to tie it to the outside of the canoe and that way they'll stay out of the way from getting broken this

All goes step and I could still run rapid so I also access my road quickly because access broad

Make all the difference in how many fish you catch when you're on commuting

Lining can be dangerous especially when you're lining a freaking waterfall

The Ross around here are really smooth and slippery

I glue the felt soles that fly fishermen use for the bottom of my river shoes for extra traction

And I always keep an eye out what might be slippery

But you notice I also wore my life jacket in case I should take a slip close to the water

Hit my head on the way, whatever so you want to really be careful

You got to be nimble you got to be athletic jumping from Ross, or Rock?

Because lining although a lot faster and easier on the backs and for charging it still spell disaster for your boat

And here we go. We have sign of

Civilization it is the bridge. This is almost the end of the road it only goes to the next community that way short distance

Nothing over there, so running the last obstruction. We managed the line right up to the brink of the balls

Which is a little sketchy and then more or less you have carryover. We had to unload and run the last one

Tried my hardest

To catch an atlantic salmon gave her all I had and have come up empty-handed

Probably because the run is over and there's none left in the river

Despite mine, not great fly-fishing abilities. I think I did pretty well

But it just wasn't meant to be I suppose

We are officially in the mouth of an attached watch

That's the ocean way out there. We're beatin sore we've been paddling all out into a headwind for

two hours now

Block by the wind here the buckle bad Mod 5 king transfer dress

Seafarin point at a distance go to kilometer and a half way not too much further now. You did it


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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.