So, I will be posting a more complete report on our family outing in the ADKs on Farm, Fur, Fin, Feather soon. We canoe camped in the Paul Smith's Brook Trout Management area, just north of the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness . We focused our fishing on Black and Long Ponds. According to Fishing Eastern New York by Spider Rybaak, both were reclaimed with chemicals in 1997 and now support Windfall-strain brook trout indigenous to New York. The 73-acre Black Pond is completely surrounded by forest and has an esker running along its west bank. Its average depth is 20 feet and the maximum is 45 feet deep. Spread over 14 acres, Long Pond is completely surrounded by forest, shrubs, and wetland. Averaging 9.5 feet deep and dropping to a maximum depth of 20 feet, it feeds Black Pond. Two dams—one at the canoe launch on the pond’s outlet, the other on the channel halfway to Black Pond—prevent fish movement between the two.
As Many of you know, Mo was injured 10 months ago. This trip was important for her in that it was her opportunity to push herself and simultaneously assure herself that she is no longer "broken." She seems like a new person after the trip. As Rich has said, God Bless the 'Dacks.