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Notes from the North Woods

This football shaped, brook trout measured only 6 1/2 inches in length, but it weighed nearly the same as the much longer fish above it.

This football shaped, brook trout measured only 6 1/2 inches in length, but it weighed nearly the same as the much longer fish above it. Photo by Joe Hackett.

Years later, I uncovered an article published by Rev. Hatt in Flyfishermen magazine. Appropriately, the article was titled “Naturally fishing an artificial fly.”

“Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better,” explained Albert Einstein, a frequent Adirondack traveler.

Currently the trout season is moving ahead at full throttle. Recent rains have supplemented the oxygen levels a bit and cooled the waters, and water clarity remains excellent. Water levels on the streams and rivers are about normal and the continuing warm weather patterns will likely provoke the typical hatches a bit earlier than usual.

I spent a good portion of the past week fishing on the ponds, where the action just seems to be getting better and better.

On a particular backwoods pond, I landed a very peculiar brook trout. While most of the brookies we took were in the 14 to 16 inch range and weighed almost two pounds, this little freak of nature was nearly the same weight as the rest, but it was less that half as long.

The midget measured only 6.5 inches in length, but it had a 6-inch girth. It appeared to be a speckled football, with fins.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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