Fishing on the

Leaf River


Leaf River

The Leaf River has always been an important waterway for the Inuit people. Several former settlements can still be admired along the banks. Explorers, prospectors and fur traders would also journey along the river. The river owes its name to the leaves of the different northern willow species found in the area, which are an important part of the caribou’s diet. The Leaf River is located in the heartland of Nunavik’s second most important caribou herd habitat, where some 350,000 animals come to migrate. Anglers might also come across muskox, willow ptarmigan (white partridge), black bears, and wolves.

The Leaf River is the northernmost river for Atlantic salmon spawning habitat in Canada, and these extremely hard fighting fish can weigh up to 20 lbs. Among the other species that thrive in the river’s crystal-clear waters, we find trophy sea run brook trout, speckled trout, and lake trout. Seals will also occasionally swim as far as 100 kilometers upriver. Huge rocks make up the bed of the Leaf River, forming particularly strong rapids. At its mouth, near the village of Tasiujaq, the tides are some of the highest in the world, with a tidal range of up to 18 meters.

Set in the heart of a spectacular wilderness, anglers can fish a total of 6 pools at Leaf River Lodge and are guaranteed a thrilling and unique adventure.


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