09/11/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies (Summer Stones)
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
Most available - Other types of food:
6.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
7.      Inch Worms
8.     Grasshoppers
9.     Ants
10.   Beetles
11.   Craneflies
10.   Beetles




Fishing Tales - Your Not From Around Here, Are You Mr. Marsh
I woke up this morning, realizing I needed to write a fishing tale for today's article but I
drew a complete blank as I downed the one and only cup of coffee I drink each day.  
You see, I went to sleep early last night to make absolutely certain I missed watching
anything on the tube, or excuse me, CRT screen. When I checked my Perfect Fly
email, I noticed a request from a New Hampshire angler that reminded me of one of
the fly fishing trips Angie and I made to the Granite State.

We had driven through both Connecticut and Massachusetts and were about half way
through New Hampshire when I figured out I wasn't going to make it to our final
destination on the upper Connecticut River until wee hours in the morning. We started
looking for exits from the Interstate and realized from checking the map, they were far
and few between. We finally came to an exit and headed to a small town (I cannot
remember the name of it) about ten miles or so off of I-93.

Along the way, we spotted the lights of a small motel and pulled in to get a room. Angie
waited in the truck as I tried to check in. An older lady, who I obviously woke up, asked
me how many people were with me. She could clearly see Angie sitting in the truck
about twenty feet from the front door. I answered, "just my wife and I". She then said,
"Your not from around here, are you?" She proceeded to ask for my drivers license
(Florida at the time) which I gave her along with a credit card. She then asked what I
was doing all the way up in New Hampshire. I explained we were on a trout fishing trip.
She looked at me very hard and replied, "well, Mr. Marsh, there aren't any trout
around here". I then explained we were headed to the upper Connecticut River. She
responded to that by saying, "Well, you must have missed the turn Mr. Marsh -
Connecticut is a couple of hundred miles south of here".

I continued, trying to explain the Connecticut river ran all the way into Canada but it
was obvious, she didn't believe a word I had to say. She then ask for my vehicle
license number. After going outside to look at my tag to get the number and returning,
she also said something to the effect that hunting season had already started and no
one was fishing that late in the year. I again, tried to explain that wasn't the case in
some areas. I explained that we produced videos on trout fishing but that made the
situation even worse. She replied with something like, "Videos - what kind of videos?". i
again, tried to explain but all the time, facing a lady that obviously wasn't accepting a
word I had to say for the truth. Changing the subject, but it just hit me. I would have
probably felt the same way she did if I had watched TV last night.

She went back though the office door to a location out of my sight and didn't return for
almost five minutes. She had my license and credit card with her, so I couldn't just
leave. I have no idea what she did. I assume she called someone, or maybe she woke
her husband up to ask him about us. She may have even been by herself. Other than
our truck, there was not a single vehicle in the parking lot of what was about a twenty
or thirty room motel.

After a few minutes of not knowing if she was going to check me in or not, she
returned and ask if I would ask my wife to step into the office. It then became
obvious, she didn't believe Angie was my wife. For those that may not know, Angie
probably looks a little younger than I. After all, she was born thirty years after I arrived
on earth. I guess she though I had kidnapped her.

I opened the door of the motel and ask Angie to come into the office. The lady ask
to see her I.D., which Angie proceeded to hand her. She then ask if she was my wife
or my daughter. Angie just answered as she gave her a very hard look. About the time
I was to the point of demanding my license and credit card back, she laid a key on the
desk. Until this day, I still don't think she believed a word we said.

I just took the key, said thank you, and we walked out the door. I was very tired
and knew I may be driving a long way if I didn't continue to hold my temper. That isn't
an easy thing for me to do. Hum! I just thought of several more fishing tales. They
didn't have anger management classes where I came from.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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