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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I had to share this photo … Look at the teeth on this Atlantic Salmon!!
Laura and I went to the Margaree, Cape Breton for Thanksgiving weekend with Dave and Darah. We did a little fishing and had a few laughs.
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a look at the ice burgs off the coast where we are fishing (Pinware River, Labrador).
On route to go fishing on the Saint Mary’s River, Labrador …. we encounter bear. A mommy and three of her cubs. Mom was not impressed … her hair was stuck straight up and all eyes were on us. The little cubs were actually very cute.
A quick funny story was when I decided to get some better photos by climbing through the car sunroof, Dave then decides to come up and check it out too. Needless to say two guys don’t fit in the opening of a sunroof and we got stuck for a bit while bear are all around the car.
Casting for Recovery provides fly fishing retreats coast to coast in Canada. Their retreats are specifically designed for women who have or have had breast cancer. Kathryn Maroun organized a rip for a group of ladies to come try their hand at fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Margaree River, Cape Breton. A group of volunteers took the ladies to the River.
Dave Greenwood, Chris Chisholm and myself went to Hawke River for an early July trip.
we went into our Trout Camp at the headwaters of the Pinware River (Chateau Pond).