"How big of a salmon would it take to get tickets to see Pavarotti?"
Grand Cascapedia River figures among Canada's most celebrated Atlantic-salmon fishing destinations. It has also given Lina Condo and husband Terry Barter a unique, beautiful way of life.
Terry already had 15 years' experience on the water when he met Lina for the first time. She had signed up for river-guide training and found herself in Terry's canoe, learning how to manoeuvre the current with paddles and 12-foot-long poles.
Guiding back then was mostly a male preserve and Lina remembers a few clients who doubted she was up to the job. But they were wrong. She quickly earned the respect of her fellow guides and an enviable reputation among anglers who come each summer from all over the world to try their luck in the river's storied pools.
Before long, Lina and Terry were married, working together as partners in the boat and parents in the community.
Lina and Terry sat down with their daughter Reneé to share a few memories, including a magical holiday in New York city, courtesy of a fishing guest who also happened to be the director of Carnegie Hall.
Recorded in New Richmond, Quebec.