|when did Hannah get so big?|
Day 2: Mother's Day Brook Trout Bonanza
Mo was so grateful to us for watching her chickies while she and Keith circumnavigated the 'daks the day before, that she volunteered to watch all four kids, while Julie, Keith and I set off for the sake of science to angle for the noble brook trout, which as everyone will tell you does NOT grow very big in these little Adk streams. Part of the reason there are not so many mounted fish on the tavern walls here as in the upper midwest: even a brookie of a lifetime (of anyone's lifetime, for that matter) does not carry the gravitas of even a decent sized musky. A different kind of place totem. We fished an unnamed tributary of an unnamed river that drained into an unnamed lake. Somewhere N of Utica, S of Ottawa, and W of Boston. Find it yourself.
First we ran into boo-boo bear...or his brother...en route.
And man did we find the brookies. Big ones. And we whacked 'em. Firmly hewing to Mo's "bring them home for science" project (a very cool study on nutritional analysis of wild game and fish for her Cornell Cooperative Extension project, but one that requires--crazy scientists--preposterous quantities of carnage--think about donating your next 97 woodcock, for example), we celebrated the opportunity revel in the temporary orgy of the 'catch and bonk' school of thought. Old school all the way. What kind of flies did I use? The kind that say "Mepps" on the blade.
And we caught big fish. One great productive riffle/bend, with nary a pirahna in sight. Keith got a 16.5" beauty...
And Julie of the "four of a kind" topped us both with a gorgeous 19.75" monster. Gotta teach that girl how to hold a fish to properly show it off. There will be time enough to admire later...this one is going on the wall.
|ain't she a beaut?|
Cagey the ADK wilderness guide, sensing my emerging guilt at the orgy, and my wondering whether we had totally messed up the stream for future generations, assured me that this is the natural density of unhassled brook trout water. Set it aside for a day, and wallow--roll in it, soak it up good and savor.