July 3, 2017

A few weeks ago, I was making my way down river (from the Upper Camp) to fish one of the LaPoile River’s better-known pools. It was around 7 pm and the skies were blue.  Just as I approached the first river crossing (at Old Camp Pool), the skies ‘opened up’ and, man, did it rain!  And the skies were still blue.  I guess its called a sun shower – a new experience for this old dog.  Anyway, the strange weather produced a very nice rainbow (see photo).  I thought maybe this is a good omen.  So, I continued on my journey – another 20-minute walk to said pool, stopping only to photo a small group of curious Woodland Caribou.  It was still pouring rain when I arrived and made my first few casts.  As the showers let up, I was about half way through the pool and, bingo, this nice grilse (see photo) grabbed my Green Machine and we’re off to the races!  A very exciting few minutes as he or she raced from one end of the pool to the other and back again; in and out of the water trying to toss that fly.  Following the rules of catch and release, I brought the fish in fairly quickly (while trying to take some pictures – not easy!) and removed the fly without touching the fish. Not even a split second of hesitation – Mr. Salmo wasted zero time in returning to the depths of that pool!  Probably wondering “What the hell just happened?”.  So, I didn’t find a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow – but I did find a beautiful Silver Leaper!   Scott Smith