I mentioned the Casting for Recovery website to her and how one of the items up for bid was a day of guided fishing on the famed Battenkill River in Vermont with Orvis blog editor Phil Monahan. Well, as luck would have it, I ended up as the high bidder...go figure. Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996, in Manchester Vermont and, if you are unfamiliar with this organization, I suggest you take a few moments to check it out: http://castingforrecovery.org/home
The day with Phil was for up to 3 people however, I called my good friend Mike and put the plan in motion for him to meet me in VT. Mike is one of my favorite people...a good friend and lover of all things outdoors.
We met Phil at the wonderful hour of 5:30am, picked up fishing licenses and set about to find some fish. Gladly, that didn't take to long. I've read a bit related to the Battenkill and understand that a 1 or 2 fish day is to be considered a success. I had lots of worries of carrying the skunk up from CT and getting shut out. Thus, I was relieved that after 20 or so minutes of chucking streamers against the banks, I was rewarded with a beautiful brown trout.
|photo credit: Phil Monahan|
|another victim of the Strolis H-A Snare streamer|
Perhaps I'll let the images do the talking...
|Brook trout on a dry fly|
|heaven on earth?|
|seeing good numbers of these little guys made Phil happy|
|Phil's balancing act|
|this used to be a road before Irene|
|lots of great pools and annoying bugs|
|Mother Nature finds a way|
I have a much better appreciation for these small friends and only now, understand the thrill that fellow blogger, Brk Trt enjoys. Check out his blog for some truly wonderful commentary: http://smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com/
|as Mike suggested, a butterfly orgy|
|Mecca...view of the Orvis HQ from the bass pond|