Dave Greenwood and I managed to get out for a quick fish yesterday with a bit of success catching those WILD Atlantic Salmon. “Living life with the drag set light and the rod held high”
People make fun of my mosquito coil … but it works. As rings of smoke rise from my hat, many anglers have run up to me while fishing saying my hat is on fire … and then burst out laughing. I remember the day when I was a youth (25 years ago) fishing the Gold River and decided there had to be a better way to keep the black flys and mosquitos away. At age 14, my entrepreneurial spirit came through and I decided to tape a coil on my hat. Lots of other anglers made fun of me until they realized it worked. Over the next weeks, some of my fellow anglers that made fun of me even showed up at the river wearing them. I had started the FLY COIL TREND. I thought I was onto something and in 1990 I made a trip to the patent office in Halifax and tried to convince them I had the next BIG idea. Due to safety reasons (a fire on your head) they quickly dismissed my venture. However, I still wear the Fly Coil … but I must confess that I have caught my hat on fire, and burned a few holes in my fishing jacket. A little dangerous, not pretty, but it works!
Dave Greenwood, Jim Lawley, Dave Stewart and I fished the Margaree the past couple days. We had a few hook ups but the fish just don’t seem to be around. We never saw any amount of fish, and many of the local fisherman are not experiencing angling success either.
On another note, whenever we are fishing in the Margaree, we always try to make an appearance at The Dancing Goat. A gem along the Cabot Trail … The Goat is a favourite amongst locals, and you know that’s always a good thing. They specialize in espresso-based coffees, baked goods, and soups and sandwiches. Everything they serve is at least very good, and a lot of it is excellent! I say they have the best sandwiches in town … Greenwood says they have the only sandwiches in town (which is true).
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