Spent an extended weekend away from the salt and decided to head up north. I'm not a huge fan of hiking, unless there is a pond at the top, however, I was coaxed into doing so. What was an unexpected pleasantry atop Maine's tallest mountain, was the scouting ability. I didn't realize how much water surrounds katahdin. I guess i've seen it on an atlas, but seeing it in person made me realize I should expand my horizons once in a while.
Anyways, we took Abol trail up and came to Thoreau Spring, 1 mile from the peak. It says that He climbed the mountain in 1846 and it got me wondering what the fishing would have been like in the area in 1846. Was it better? Was it worse? No doubt it was better, but was it less challenging? Were the hatches still the same?
After the ascent to Baxter peak, we headed back down in search of some salmon. Luckily for me my fishing partner is turning out to be quite the fly fisherwoman, a little tired, and not the biggest of salmon, it was her first salmon on the fly, so she was excited. Salmon weren't picky in going up to the fly, but they were relatively picky in really swallowing the fly. We had a bunch of what appeared to be splashes at the fly, but no hook set. That changed as the sun went down, so I attribute the missed fish to the weather not the fishermen
After dinner, we relaxed, drank, and eased our sore muscles in the cool water with a cool refreshment. Have to throw a little shout out to A.L. Poland, love my koozie
We fished a very popular pool the first night and it wasn't even worth fishing until after 8 pm. Fish have become intelligent I believe and know that most yahoos don't stay out past dark. We did, and the fishing was electric. Caddis emerger size 20 trailing a fluffy size 16-18 caddis was the ticket and will most likely continue to be the ticket for the next month during the setting sun. All in all it was a good trip, filled with exciting new experiences. If I had to give advice on hiking katahdin, when you think you're almost there, you're really not.
I'll be back up that way for a week end of July, if anyone will be there, we should meet up and wet a line!