It was one of those gorgeous pre-fall days in the Adirondacks, the morning was cool and by early afternoon the skies were crystal clear. The mountains were showing that reddish/green that tells you that fall is just around the corner. These are some of my favorite days to be out hiking and fishing somewhere. This afternoon my youngest daughter (10) had decided to come along with me. She had fished with me before but mostly from a canoe in the lake for small bass. Today we were going to enjoy the day together doing some hiking and boulder-hopping in the brook and hopefully bring a few brook trout close to look at. We headed to an area I had fished before and knew pretty well. After a 30 minute hike in and bushwhack down into the valley that the brook ran through we arrived at the brook. She really enjoyed hopping from boulder to boulder to fish the plunge pools. We shared the rod, her hands in mine as we cast together. We were treated to some beautiful brook trout, marveling at each one and the colors and distinctive markings from one to another. My youngest is the artist of the family and I thought she would really enjoying seeing how colorful native brook trout are.
|View from the lower pool looking up the slide|
I must confess that I was a bit conflicted with releasing the rainbow since I wasn't sure what effect it would have on the native brook trout in the stream but I couldn't help but feel for this little fighter. One of the real fun things about spending time outdoors is the amazing and unbelievable things you are privileged to observe and this was one of those afternoons I will remember for a long time to come. It was a wonderful afternoon in the woods with my daughter who was growing up so quickly. As we walked back down to the car we talked of our love for things wild and the things we had shared together on this beautiful afternoon