In 1972 Congress enacted the Clean
Water Act which would begin the process of restoring polluted rivers
enforcing pollution controls on industries taking advantage of our
river ways. The Androscoggin River in New Hampshire and Maine
was Exhibit A on Capital Hill. It
been 37 years since the Clean Water Act was signed into law. Could one generation
restore a river?
After four hours on this river I
would offer a resounding “YES”.
not known that the Androscoggin River was
dead with regard to fish, I would have never known.
The fish are now thriving in these waters.
Taylor and I caught the
Androscoggin SLAM of fish today (6 species of fish on one float). Atlantic
“Landlocked” Salmon; Brooke Trout,
Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and a fish we have yet to
that we are calling a Suk-Chub.
We caught 22 fish this morning
which brings our grand total to 540.
is 46 fish behind me and vows that he will catch me
by the time we finish in Hawaii - and I
am starting to believe he will. He
did have a good day today besting me 15 to
7. He caught a
beautiful 2 lb Atlantic
Salmon; 3 lb Suk-Chub; and a 3 lb smallmouth bass.
My best fish of the day was a nice
brown. Most of my
day was spent fly
fishing while Taylor
Our guide, Rick Gerber, guided us
today in a handmade wooden drift boat – which was without
question the most beautiful
boat we’ve been in so far.
We left Errol,
around 1pm and chartered our course for
where tomorrow morning we will
fish the Penobscot River just above Old Town.
On the drive we passed 3 hikers
who looked like they could really use a lift.
They were two guys and a girl hiking the
Appalachia Trail. They
began their journey in March and were
just 250 miles and 2 weeks from completing their journey. They were in need of
restocking their supplies
so we drove them to the nearest grocery store 10 miles away. Between our journey and
theirs it was a
entertaining drive of swapping stories.
Not that they could help it - but they left a little of
themselves behind in the RV when they departed - if you know what I
Our miles driven now stands at