|Father and daughter|
On Father's day, my youngest daughter and I went for hike along a favorite small stream. The last time I fished this stream there were caterpillars everywhere. Unfortunately, they were gypsy moth caterpillars. We were amazed at how much of the forest they had destroyed in just a few weeks. The ground was covered with half eaten leaves. The hillside in the picture below normally would be a lush green but all that the moths left were few half eaten leaves, tree trunks, and limbs. It was really a sad sight to see.
|The arbor I built from Adirondack birch|
Last week we were away in the Adirondacks doing some long overdue spring clean up on my mother-in-law's place. The Adirondacks have been getting a healthy dose of rain all spring and the lakes and streams were quite full. Needless to say the grass has been growing like crazy so it took a good bit of effort to get things back under control again. I did take a couple hour break one afternoon to check out a mountain stream. It was as high and unruly as I have ever seen it in late June and it was tough getting a fly down to where the fish were probably hiding. I did manage one brook trout to hand but it took a heavy Ausable ugly to coax it out of it's sheltered hiding place.
|The firs Adirondack brook trout of the season|
The next night when I canoe to those same spots things were pretty quiet. I did catch a decent smallmouth on a foam popper so I switch to a small popper with a #14 hook thinking a smaller fly might get some more attention. As I was working my way back through and area that usually holds fish, something came up and slammed the popper hard and then dove deep and stayed deep. From the way I was getting towed around in the canoe, I knew this fish was going to be a good one so I didn't try to force the issue, especially with such a small hook that could easily bend. When I finally got the fish up to the canoe, I was quite surprised to see a hefty largemouth bass on the end of the line, I guess it was roughly around 5lbs.
So that's what I've been up to lately. I expect things will settle down some now and hopefully I can get back to trout fishing soon.