The first thing is preparing the fishing spot and equipment being used. Many things must be done before the fishing commences. These would include things such as making the fishing tools and cleaning paths and the area being used. Ceremonial activities such as drumming and prayer songs are also done. Sometimes laying white rocks for better sight of the fish. A key factor is respect for the river, fish, and rocks.
- Click here to view the Gaff hook video (2.1mb).
- Click here to view the Gaffing video (1.7mb).
- Click here to view the Fall River Fishing video (1mb).
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There are a few methods that were really well used to catch fish in the rivers. The Up'ske7 (Gaff hook) is a main fishing technique used by our ancestors as well as generations today. There are many different styles of a gaff. With this technique of fishing it is said that you can pick and choose which fish you wish to catch. The gaffing technique is usually used where the water of the river is calmer. The gaff is held in the rivers edge. When a salmon comes along over the hook the user pulls the pole back out of the water and the hook should pierce the side of the fish and would be pulled out of the river attached to the hook.
Information Provided by Councilor Terry Deneault