North Country Angling: Fall Isolated Pond Adventure | Fishing

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The Chevy K5 Blazer turned left on the dirt road. The Sportspal canoe squirmed on the roof and the tie-down straps tightened to hold the canoe in place. Troutman and the Old Timer were heading to one of their favorite remote trout ponds for some good fall fishing.

The Old Timer and Troutman had been on this road a multitude of times. At the end of the road was a wild brook trout bog that the two had fished for years.

“Looks like they’re going to be logging this winter,” Troutman said. “The road is in excellent condition.

“A long way from the first time we walked in here,” said the Old Timer. “I bought my first Blazer so we could safely enter the pond. Four-wheel drive was the only way to navigate this road.

The old man shook his head. With the road in good condition, any fisherman can get to the pond. He knew that more fishing pressure would have a negative effect on the fishing.

As the Old Timer made the last turn towards the pond, the road washed away. The Old Timer leaned over and put the Blazer in 4LO and started crawling towards the pond. The Old Timer had a smile on his face.

“Are you happier now?” Said Troutman. “No cars are going to come down here with their low clearance.”

When we got to the pond, the water was as smooth as glass. Troutman got to work removing the Sportspal from the Blazer and launching it. The Old Timer took out the paddles, life jackets and anchors from the back of the Blazer and loaded the canoe.

The two fishermen have rigged their rods. The Old Timer fished its Orvis Far and Fine five weights. Troutman fished his Double L Guide in four weights.

“Floating point line or sink today?” Asked Troutman.

“The water has cooled considerably over the past week,” said the Old Timer. “It’s the end of the sink for me.”

Troutman released their Type III full sink line. While the water was cooler, there hadn’t been a strong wind to turn the pond over and clear the summer stratification. Troutman was going to use the countdown method to find fish.

“Go with the yellow woolly worm?” Asked Troutman. The Old Man nodded. The Yellow Wooly Worm was his downfall to fly for the ponds.

Troutman attached a Jean Bucktail to the end of his head. He liked the copper tinsel body and the orange bucktail between the gray bucktail in the wing.

All rigged and ready to go, the two got into the canoe. The Old Timer took the front seat with Troutman in the back. Troutman liked to row in the pond and let the Old Timer throw itself onto the structure along the shore. Structure that held back large trout looking for an easy meal.

Halfway across the pond, the Old Timer’s rod bent into the unmistakable arch of a fish on its line. As the Old Timer began to pull the line and take control of the fish, the fish flew into the depths of the pond. The fish clearly had other ideas.

“Prepare the tenderloin,” said the Old Timer. “He’s a GOOD fish!” Troutman reached the bottom of the canoe and grabbed the net. If the Old Timer said it was a good fish, Troutman knew it would be a memorable fish.

After several minutes of back and forth, the Old Timer brought the fish close enough to the canoe for Troutman to net. It was a handsome 16 inch male brook trout in all its spawning colors. Mother Nature didn’t make any prettier fish.

Troutman removed the barbless hook and the Old Timer picked up the fish, admired the beauty, and released the fish into the water. The two shook hands. Another memory had been created.

Once the lakes and ponds have turned, fish can be found all over the body of water. Focus on the shore structure where trout and bass will feed on baitfish.

Steve Angers, originally from the Conway area, is the author of the book “Fly Fishing New Hampshire’s Secret Waters” and operates the North Country Angler.

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