History of The "Nepigon"

(the spelling, 'Nepigon' was popularized in print till the '50's)

Story of the World Record Brook Trout


The world record Brook Trout  was caught by Dr. W. J. Cook on July 21, 1915 in the Nipigon River and weighed 14.5 pounds (6.58 kg.) This monster measured 31 inches long and 23 inches in girth. (11 inch depth).  It was caught  at Rabbit Rapids... (read more)

Early Gentlemen Anglers & Royalty


Edward. Prince of Whales (right) and heir to the British Throne, talks to Niel McDougall (middle) during the Prince's fishing trip to the Nipigon. Fishing at the turn of the century was endulged by the wealthy and famous. The Nipigon River Brook Trout...(read more)


Influences that Changed the River for Ever


On the Nipigon River, over-fishing in the 1800s and the creation of dams from the 1920s to the 1950s, lead to habitat destruction and fluctuating water. Consequently, from the 1960s to the 1980s, brook trout on the river became increasingly rare. (read more)

Victorian Fly Fishers of the 'Nepigon'


Excerpts by Mark Chochla.

Nineteenth century anglers concentrated their fly-fishing efforts on the rapids and fast water at the base of falls for two reasons: they were places of great beauty and they were easy to fish (read more)

A Journey Down the Nipigon River: Then & Now


Video of the famous Nipigon River...Then and Now.

Since the 1840s anglers from all over the world have traveled to the mighty Nipigon River in search of the famed brook trout. Although over fishing and habitat destruction caused by dams nearly eliminated the brook trout of this river, thanks to live release and better water management, a recovery of this legendary brook trout fishery is underway. Take a journey to see how time has changed this legendary river.


Map of the "Nepigon" River prior to any dam construction.

The original, poster sized map is housed in the Canadian National Archives in Ottawa and was originally created for the Canadian National Railway when it was surveying the area (circa 1885). It shows the names, portages, camp sites and famous rapids of the "Nepigon" in the early 1900's. For interest and creativity, I "aged" the map with a burnt edge effect.