Thursday, August 5, 2010
Releasing Fish and Stress
Despite the warm temps, the evening shade was enough to bring the brookies out to feed. Within my first 3 casts I hooked a chunky 8" trout that had more fight than I anticipated. The evening wore on as I fished upstream from near Sussex Corner and I hooked and released 14 trout. They ranged in size from 8-11" and all were on the chunky side. I couldn't help but feel rewarded for all the work I have been putting into restoring the Kennebecasis River.
It was a great way to "de-stress" and after I decided to give the fish a break, I sat on the river bank, above a deep pool, and watched the sun go down back down the creek valley. Further up the valley I admired the ridge that creates the Bluff on the creeks right bank while on the left was the massive "Jack's Hill." It was a peaceful evening that left me, once again loving this great area I have been so fortunate to grow up in. Where I sat was on the edge of a farm field under a maple grove and on this night it was very quiet and peaceful. As I begrudgingly left the farm field I followed a trail back down the Creek valley to where I parked my car. After a long day at work doing data analyses and project budgets this would be great therapy for anyone.
I hope you're able to get out and enjoy a river near you.