Saturday, October 26, 2019

Scenes from Utah

My wife and I spent a few days visiting our daughter and son-in-law in UT.  Our daughter had a few days off from work and we hiked together around Salt Lake City and in the Wasatch and Lone Peak Wildernesses.  We were humbled at the vastness and glory of God's creation!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Adirondack Pond Adventure

A sunny fall day on an Adirondack pond
I had the privilege of spending a few days fishing 4 Adirondack ponds with my friend Jim.  Jim has lived most of his life in the Adirondacks and as a former NYS forest ranger, and guide, he know the Adirondacks quite well.

We set up a base camp on the shores of a pond we did not fish and then ventured out from there.  Most of the fishing required paddling across a pond or two with a portages between the ponds of various lengths.  We fished by trolling full sinking lines behind the ultralight canoes.  

Jim with a strong healthy male
There was a bit of a learning curve for me to become confident in the tiny canoe, manage the rod while paddling, and gauge where my line and fly was to avoid getting hung up in all the submerged timber that lines the shores of the ponds.   

In the first pond, Jim caught a nice bunch of brook trout including the largest of the trip and I caught my first Adirondack pond brook trout trolling a hares ear winged wet fly

My first pond brook trout

Jim hooked up with a brook trout from his ultralight canoe
The most remote pond we fished required paddling two connected ponds and a portage into the pond we would fish.  With the low water, the waterway between the two ponds was nothing more that liquid mud.  We persevered through the muck and over broken beaver dams until we could go no further and then bushwhacked our gear and the canoes to the pond.

Brook trout alley
On our last day of fishing, I used a canoe that was set up with oars.  This enabled me to see my line better, although navigating over my shoulder was a challenge.  We fished a pair of ponds, the last of which produced the most brook trout of the trip.

This small pond produced two impressive male Adirondack brook trout in their full spawning dress.  The colors on these fish were amazing!  Once we found where the fish were located we kept working the canoes through the area and usually hooked up on each pass.

Look at those colors!  and yes those are two different fish
What a fantastic experience in a part of the Adirondacks that was new to me.  Special thanks to Jim for taking me under his wing.  It was great to spend some time taking with him around the camp fire, falling asleep to the call of loons, and seeing firsthand the spectacular brook trout the Adirondack ponds can produce

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of His glory!  Isaiah 6:3

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Teaser alert

Just back from a couple days fishing a few Adirondack ponds with my friend Jim.  Here are a couple memorable fish!  I will post more detail in a few days after I've had a chance to work through the pictures and my thoughts.

What amazing creatures God has blessed up with!