A short carry brought us to the shore of the pond, and as the stem of the guideboat sliced through the broken skim ice, my expectations soared. I anticipated a brook trout nirvana.
I was thrilled to be on open water again, but my enthusiasm rapidly dwindled. We trolled and Tom caught fish. We cast and Tom caught fish. Three days and several ponds later, I finally managed to catch my first brookie of the new year. By then, Tom already had 15 to his credit and his line was still coiled.
In between, we performed our usual spring ritual. Just as the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, the pond on the other side of the mountain always holds larger trout. Unfortunately, it also holds thicker ice.
As expected, I again convinced Tom and Ben, an innocent accomplice, to participate in the usual goosechase to "lost pond." The dense snowpack should have tipped us off. After a long hike, we discovered a pond covered in a layer of ice thicker than our skulls.
With warmer weather predicted throughout the week, there should be numerous ponds open by the weekend. Water temperatures will remain in the 40's and the fishing will be slow. Given the long winter, the opportunity to be on open water is a just reward, trout are simply a bonus.
Northern Forest Paddle Film Fest
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts hosts a wide variety of adventure films, featuring activities from extreme skiing, mountaineering, to flyfishing. Comfortable seats, a big screen and a great sound system make for enjoyable viewing.
If you missed out on the recent Drake Flyfishing Film Tour, all is not lost. There are further opportunities awaiting armchair adventurers as the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) returns with their annual Paddlers Film Festival on Friday, April 17.