A chance to really help someone in immediate need comes only once in a while. I had a chance like that this morning. I had picked up my clients for the morning at their rental house on the river. After a good morning of fishing I dropped them off at their dock and headed toward the harbor. Since it was a nice morning and the tide suited perfectly I decided to fish one of my favorite shallow coves. I pulled up into the cove, made a cast and was instantly fast to a fish that broke the tippet. The morning's client had been using the rod and I am sure that it had a knot in it.
Summer weather has really arrived in Maine. We are scheduled for sun and temperatures in the 80's until next week. After all of the rain and cold of the last few weeks it is great to see the sun and bright blue sky. I had to scramble around a little to find my sunscreen but I am not complaining. The stripers are back in the usual places but the water is very brown, stained by all of the fresh water still pouring out of the river. This morning I had striper about four feet long flash under a fly, tried to get him to come back and bite the fly but no luck.
I spent a couple of hours this morning fishing on a small pond I had not fished in at least fifteen years. In the bow of the canoe was my soon to be graduate son. We took turns paddling the boat and casting flies to structure near shore. He caught a few largemouth bass to make it interesting. When he asked me about this pond that he thought was a secret known only to him and his buddies he was surprised to have me tell him not only that I knew the pond but had an easier way to get to it then they were using.
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