March 1, 2011...Opening Day of Trout Season at Maramec Spring Parkby Sherry Swanson on 03/03/11
"Gotta get there! Come on! We'll be late! "
Don and I were up at the crack of dawn, 4:15 AM, with the cats, Long and Short Hair and Ms. Buffyn looking at us as if we had lost our minds. Down at the park by 5:30 AM, parked, with fishing equipment in hand and walking to our favorite jetty out into the stream by 5:41AM. A surreal picture was unfolding as the sun began to rise from the horizon, revealing a mist where the warm water met the cold air - 18 degrees. Eerie yet beautiful. And of course I had my camera.
I heard that 990 fishing tags were sold on opening day. To my amazement I could not believe that men, fishing men, could be such chatterboxes. Yes, there were fishing gals there, too...but way outnumbered. All up and down the edge of the stream, waiting for the 6:30 AM whistle to sound, you could hear the excited voices of young and old, new and experienced and indeed hopeful 'fisherpeople' (if that is a term) with their rods and reels at the ready. How many lunkers would be landed remained to be seen.
Once the whistle blew...amazingly...silence floated down over the stream. Yes, you could actually hear the hum of lines casting with a plink of the bait landing on the water's surface teasing the naive trout to come and take a nibble. "I got one, I got one!" And so the season has begun.
Welcome to 2011!