Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Reading and Learning

I have been gathering and reading quite a few hunting books and outdoorsy books, but I am wondering if there are any that you folks would recommend that I read?  I am thinking that I will add a section just for my book reviews.

What are you reading? or what should I be reading?


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fish On!

I am afraid that I could really get addicted to fishing.  The only thing that is really stopping me are those images of fishing hooks embedded in fingers, thumbs, hands etc. and realizing that that could be me.  I shutter!

But when Al took me out fishing on the Big Lake, I could see myself really getting into fishing.  The weather was perfect and I was eager to see if I could really land a fish.  I had struck out turkey hunting so I was hopeful that my luck would change.

One of the streams leading into the lake.
 Al and I met up at 8:30 and headed out.  It was perfect weather, sun and a little wind.  As we motored around, I was surprised by the lack of other boats on the water.  We talked about fishing, getting women outdoors, the status of every huntable animal around and the camps themselves.  People from all around the world fly in to stay in Grand Lake Stream and fish these waters.

We had two spin casters set up and I held onto a fly road that we were trolling with.  The ease of the fly rod surprised me since I had always thought that it was more complicated then the spin casters.  I really enjoyed fishing with it and want to rake more lessons or classes to see if I really want to invest in this.






Believe it or not, this is the first fish that I have ever held.  Sad as an outdoors-woman, huh?  But it was fantastic!  We were trolling and when I felt a bite, I calmly undid the loop that Al had told me to tie around the spool's handle and started reeling the fish in.  Al stopped the boat and grabbed the net.

This small salmon was feisty as we brought him on board. Al placed a wet cloth on him before I picked him up for the photos.  I had hoped to keep him but he was too thin so we tossed him back. I couldnt help but feel a little hopeful when we put him back in the water and he didnt swim away immediately.  I hoped that he would be dinner, but when I put the net back in the water to try and bump him along, one brush of the net again and he was gone into the depths of the water.

Al and I spent a few more hours on the lake before we called it.  I caught a branch as we traveled over a school of fish and that was it.

When we got back, I asked Al to show me how to properly cast.  He did a great job and gave me some tricks of the trade as I stood at the end of the dock and threw out cast after cast. Then, I asked about the fly rod!  We headed to the lawn area of the camp and Al had me start making "S"s with the line.  It is an impressive art, especially when you watch someone who has clearly been doing this for a while.  It looked so natural.  I think I got the idea of how the cast should feel and what it should look like, but the hour that we spent practicing it is all that I have done.  I really need to get a rod in my hands and get outside!





Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chet's Camps in Grand Lake Stream

Two days before our arrival, Sue from Chet's Camps called to see what we needed and what they could have ready for us.  How would we like the beds made up?  Did we need a pack n play? a highchair?  They were so accommodating and helpful - even before we left home, that we knew this would be a great trip.

Dawn breaking over the Big Lake in Grant Lake Stream.

Al and Sue Laplate own the camps and have been providing a place to people from all over the world to come and fish the lakes known for some of the world's best landlocked salmon.

It was dreary during the whole six-hour drive up but it was better to be driving in the rain than having our plans ruined because of it.  By the time we got into the camp, the sun had started to come out and it was warming up.  And there were no bugs! 

Our cabin
 We unpacked and immediately went for a walk to stretch our legs and check the place out.  Al was coming back as we were walking so we stopped, chatted and made plans to go fishing the next morning.  I was excited to try my hand at fishing and hoped Al would be helpful in showing me some of the basics.
View from the cabin
There were signs of deer and Al mentioned that there were plenty of turkey around.  Robin and I had plans to go turkey hunting early one morning while we were there, so that was good to hear. 

No one in my family had even been to Washington county before, at least not this area of it, so it was wonderful to be able to explore and see just how beautiful it is.  Maine is one of those states that have so many secret gems tucked away.

Visitors checking us out

We had sunshine, no internet, spotty phone service and smiles on our faces.  This was going to be a great trip!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sneak Peak...



I have about five blogs that I need to finish and post but here is a sneak peak of one of them. I am flirting with the idea of into fishing so we headed to Grand Lake Stream to see if I could land some of the world renounced land-locked salmon there.  This is the view from our cabin!