I was coming back from a bass tournament last year and happened to go by a fisherman standing in the Battenkill Creek in boots up to his arm pits and his fishing rod was bent. I parked my truck and the boat and walked back to watch a jumping trout.
It took him a while, and I congratulated him on his catch. That evening, I couldn’t forget the fun that angler had casting that line into the water and pealing the line off like a whip.
A lot different than my bass fishing from a boat and reeling in mostly bass. Days later, I was in Walmart and saw a fly-fishing combo, everything I needed to try fly fishing. Down in the cellar, I had the old waders from years ago and a net. I won’t stop bass fishing, but I will find time to start walking in a stream somewhere. I will keep you posted if it happens.
TALK OF THE TOWN AUCTION
The Talk of the Town Auction is next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It is located at Carousel Village, Rt. 50 in Ballston Spa. The auction will feature related items for the outdoors. It also includes 50 guns up for bid. There will be a preview Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit Talk of the Town Auction at auctionzip.com for photos.
YOUNG FISHING GIRL
Madison Guidi of Schenectady sent me a pic of her 17-inch bass she caught while fishing with her father Jason Guidi. She used a small worm for bait. Madison caught her fish in Brant Lake.
DEER HUNTING TREE SAFETY
With deer season not far off for the Southern Zone, it’s good to review tree stand safety.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions. Replace worn/missing parts.
- Use a full-body harness with a foot strap to relieve harness leg pressure.
- Use a “lifeline” or safety rope that is secured at base of the tree or stand and to the tree just above your head when sitting in the stand. Stay connected to a lifeline from the time you leave the ground to the time you get back down.
- Attach the tether from your full-body harness to the lifeline using a prusik knot, which easily slides up and down the lifeline.
- Once secured in your stand, use a haul line to raise/lower unloaded implements and quiver. Don’t tie the haul line around the trigger or trigger guard. Haul unloaded guns, bows and cocked (but unloaded) crossbows pointed down.
- Carry emergency equipment like a knife, phone, flashlight or whistle in your pockets at all times.
- Most important, tell someone where you will be hunting and when you expect to return.
Follow these tips and they will keep you safe up in those trees this fall.
Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]
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