The Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club held their annual fall meeting at the Kettle this fall. The trip had just about a full roster and we also had really beautiful weather. With the mild fall weather the allowed for both a nice walk around the pond as well as a hike up the might Owl’s Head. (I heard the State of VT is considering changing the name to Asian head).
There was even a very nice fish landed. The first decent fish landed in several years, about a 16 inch smallmouth bass. His mouth may have been small but it was big enough to inhale a Mepps Spinner! This is the biggest lunker caught at the Kettle since Mike Ws humongous 3 incher from several years – perhaps they are actually the same fish ….. hmmm.
NCFC at the Kettle 2017
My how time flies. Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas will be here before we know it. Some of us have already experienced snow and the rest of us will be snowed on very soon. Days of fishing in the sunshine are behind us…. at least for a while.
October Sunset at the Kettle
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night !
Santa Claus ~ 1823
Clearwater River Idaho
As with most summers this one seemed to fly by and is just about over. Hopefully all Nahanni-ites had a fun time and got to spend lots of time in the great outdoors.
A few Eastern Wandering Yahoos ventured out to the beautiful region of the Clearwater River and Kelly Creek in Northern Idaho. The original “best campsite ever” was located in Idaho. That site was later surpassed by an even better site. This past summer yet another site on the Clearwater River is now also in top consideration for being the best campsite ever. Sounds like Idaho is not a bad place to go camping!
Despite the rumors of poor fly selection, hangovers and faulty casting techniques MANY Cutthroat Trout were caught. Of course due to the practice of catch and release very few actually had their throats cut.
Time for the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club to move on to Vermont!
Coming soon will be the annual fall trip to The Kettle! Once again we will have the opportunity to enjoy the quite beauty of the deep woods of northern Vermont! As expected we will have lots of fun.
July 4th 2017 ~ Fishing and Camping
Happy Independence Day – This spring was highlighted by the return of the spring camping trip, which is not to be confused with the spring fishing trip. While the camping trip to Lincoln NH was very rainy if was previously outdone by the spring fishing trip to Altmar NY. The rain there was very significant, the Salmon River was way over it’s banks and the fishing was almost non existent.
The camping trip to the Hancock campground was a complete success despite some rain. Since the Hancock campground in the White Mountains is open year round it was an easy choice for an early May trip. With three nice sites close to the river, multiple EZ-ups and George’s trailer we stayed rather dry (except when Dennis miraculously forded a huge river in a tremendous effort to get back to camp where his cooler was).
View North from the bridge
One of the highlights was the leisurely hike we took along the Pemigewasset River, heading north on the east side of the river. Very nice walk. There were very few other hikers, we saw a small pond with ten zillion tadpoles (sometimes called pollywogs) and the sun even came out as we were returning.
For July 4th here is the Declaration of Independence – http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/
Nahanni at the Kettle ~ Another Great Camping Trip!
Once again the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club invaded the Kettle Pond Campground this fall and once again it turned out to be and epic trip.
2016 at the Kettle
The roster was pretty full with the exception of just a few no-shows. But have no fear as there was a new addition to the group – we’ll just call him Mr. Firewood! The weather was good and not only did a few people wet a line but some fish were actually caught – not quite like the old days when multiple humongous lunkers were regularly landed but still a fish is a fish! We completed the loop walk around the pond and a few wicked smart guys summited Owls Head.
Somewhere over the rainbow is the beautiful state of Montana and in the western part of that beautiful state is the fabulous Rock Creek. Members of the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club spent a week there in July and a good time was had by all.
Early in the trip there were some minor bumps in the dirt road. Despite the fact that it never rains in Montana in the summer the first couple of days were cool and rainy, very unusual. The planned campsite at Cougar Creek was closed by the Forest Service for re-vegetation. The good news is that the campsite we found may be the second or third best campsite in the world. There were two outstanding fishing areas very close to the site.
One was the stretch right behind the site where a bend in the river flows into a deep pool (sometimes referred to as George’s Pool). About 200 yards upstream was the stretch close to the road and full of active fish – cutthroats, rainbows and browns. When we weren’t busy tormenting the trout we were on the lookout for eagles, both bald and Golden, who would regularly fly around wondering why they could catch fish so easily and we could not!
One of the highlights of the trip was the day trip to Storm Lake. After taking the very rough road up to about 11,000 feet we found the most awesome lake and enjoyed the cool crisp air, spectacular scenery and peaceful solitude. The water was crystal clear and the fish were extremely selective.
Another day trip was spent on the Blackfoot River, which was the main river in Norman McCleans famous book “A River Runs Through It”. Another really beautiful area just a few miles north of Rock Creek.
Spring Fishing Trip ~ Steelheads !
The 2016 spring trip was a great success! The weather in Altmar, NY was beautiful spring sunshine and the fishing was pretty good. Both boats that floated down the Salmon River landed fish, although the “expert boat” actually landed twice as many fish as the “non-Josh” boat. We experienced a new place to stay this year – Fox Hollow Lodge which actually featured a fox that run thru the camping area one night. Excellent accommodations.
Everyone is smiling except the fish!
So just what is a steelhead anyway? The steelhead (sometimes called “steelhead trout”) is an anadromous (sea-run) form of the coastal rainbow trout that usually returns to fresh water to spawn after living two to three years in the ocean. Freshwater forms that have been introduced into the Great Lakes and migrate into tributaries to spawn are also called steelhead. Because of the diet that steelhead eat while in the ocean or lake they develop great strength and size that far exceeds regular rainbow trout and they are prized as sport fish by fisherman.
Like salmon, steelhead return to their original hatching grounds to spawn. It is during these spawning runs upstream that fisherman will try their luck. Similar to Atlantic salmon, but unlike their Pacific kin, steelhead are able to spawn several times, and make several spawning trips between fresh and salt water or lake, although fewer than 10 percent of native spawning adults survive from one spawning to another.The survival rate for introduced populations in the Great Lake are higher, as high as 70 percent except for when “experts” fish for them near Altmar, NY. There are genetic differences between freshwater rainbow trout and steelhead populations that effect their spawning migration behavior.
Happy Nahanni New Year!
2016 is now here and more Nahanni adventures are ahead. The autumn of 2015 featured another outstanding trip to the Kettle in Vermont. The attendance was very good. Even Rob came out of camping retirement to make an appearance. The weather was nice, the foliage was beautiful and the food and drink was exceptionally enjoyable.
Kettle Oct 2015
Some folks had the ambition to summit the mighty Owls Head Mountain. As show in the picture below this might hike takes so much out of you it is often hard to stand up when you are at the peak. Also on the last day a few of us even got a terrific tour of northern VT in a redneck RV. That was an unexpected life experience!
I expect that 2016 will be full of more big adventures and more big fish.
Happy New Year to everyone!
At Baxter Peak
Yes the Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club recently…….. opps sorry about that. I started typing in my indoor font when I should be using my outdoor font.
As I was saying The Nahanni Camping and Fishing Club recently completely a very successful trip to the great north woods of the great state of Maine. Lots of fun was had by all. The trip included new recruits, special guest appearances, lots of brook trout and landlocked salmon and even a full turkey dinner!
The weather was really nice except for a brief period of showers. Having the group site with a well built pavilion at the Nesowadnehunk Field group site sure was helpful during the “monsoon afternoon”.
Mount Katahdin, was summited by Dennis, Ben, Andrew, Nick and Mike W. Congrats to all! Katahdin’s elevation is 1,605 meters. For those of you who do not spend much time in Europe that is 5,267 feet.
Don T. made a special appearance that included cooking an exceptionally good turkey dinner for out first night in Baxter. Don’s dinner was so yummy that some pople actually ate too much (Andrew?). While Don’s cooking skills were very evident his other specialty of tree climbing was not demonstrated.
Mike B. who was not expected to make the trip but he made a special guest appearance that included a great of fishing and hiking on the lower portion of Nesowadnehunk Stream. It was an absolutely gorgeous day on one of the most picturesque streams this side of Rock Creek. There are several pictures of this stream and other highlights of the trip at the Maine 2015 Slide Show.
An interesting event occurred at BSP shortly before we went there. On July 13, 2015, ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek completed his record-breaking run of the Appalachian Trail at the top of Katahdin in Baxter State Park. He completed the entire AT in 46 days, 7 hours, breaking the previous record by 3 hours. His celebration at the finish line sparked controversy when he received three citations from the Baxter State Park rangers who said his hiking party was too large, he consumed alcohol against park policies, and when he spilled champagne it counted as littering. Jurek has disputed the citations publicly, and the dispute has put Baxter State Park at the center of a national discussion on proper use of wilderness areas. Seems like just everyone involved is very over-focused!
You can check out the slide show (still in progress, more pictures to be added soon) here – Maine 2015
Thank you Percival