Like most of the other anxious Adirondack anglers, I spent most of the past week on the open water, or searching for it.
Although my success was limited, due primarily to feeding fish rather than a lack of effort, it certainly was good to be back in the saddle again.
Obviously, I wasn't the only one. On a day trip through the St. Regis Canoe Area covering over nine bodies of water, I counted 27 boats. As is often the case in the first few days after ice out, the fishing was rather spotty, with hot action on one pond and nothing on the next.
However, the most consistent action I observed was the persistent and consistent action of the anglers. In nearly every instance, the boats were always in motion, with long lines trolling behind them.
If you ask most brook trout anglers what they've been up to, the common reply, "Just wobblin' away the time."
Some may confuse the response to indicate a weekend of heavy drinking, followed by a woozy trip home.
However, fellow anglers will readily understand, since a Lake Clear Wabbler is possibly the most popular method for fishing rook trout.
Although commonly pronounced with an "o", as in wobbler, the proper pronunciation for the device is wabbler, as in Elmer Fudd's 'wabbits'.
Wabblers are not a lure, in the typical sense, rather they are an attractor, with a flash and action intended to attract fish to bait or other offerings such as streamer flies or nymphs.
Regardless of pronunciation, Lake Clear Wabblers are usually responsible for putting brookies in the boat.
Several Adirondack communities claim credit for their invention, which has been a point of contention for many years. Most can only agree that wabblers were designed by a local fishing guide, a very, long time ago.