Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Annapolis County has always been a great destination for sports fishermen. The rivers and lakes of this county have historically offered a bountiful supply of trout. In addition to the tales of fish, many of the backwoods guides and sports have gone on to almost mythical status. Some of their feats seem to be almost superhuman. Perhaps this is the way with good fish tales - the truth shouldn't get in the way of a good story.

The most famous of the local fishing trips was chronicled by Albert Bigelow Paine in his book The Tent Dwellers. This book, which was written 101 years ago, tells the story of Paine and his friend Eddie (Dr Edward Breck) as they make their way through the backwoods of Nova Scotia with their guides Charles the Strong (Charles Charleton and Del the Stout (Del Thomas). Their trip involves Eddie trying to collect a porcupine and moose calf for the British Museum, sleeping through the rain and blackflies, Paine falling in the water at every opportunity and a great deal of fly fishing. Much of the area that they cover on their trip is now part of Kejimkujik National Park. The Tent Dwellers is a fun read for anyone looking to learn some interesting stories about like in the backwoods 101 years ago.

Today's picture comes from the Annapolis Heritage Society's archival collection. This image was taken by local photographer Frederick Harris some time around 1900. The two gentlemen in the picture (one of whom is actually wearing a tie) are displaying an impressive haul of trout.

All for now,
RGS

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