Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Extreme Sport of Trout Fishing

I guess that I still have fly fishing on the brain after our trip to Kejimkujik National Park on Monday. As I was scrolling through some digital archival images earlier this evening, these two jumped right out at me. If I wanted to extend a simile I would probably make some comment about how they also flopped around on floor like a trout out of water but, I really do not want to extend this particular simile. I try to show some literary discretion every once in a while just to prove that I can. I will admit that it is causing me some mental anguish but, I am showing restraint. I am developing a twitch but, showing (breathes deeply) restraint.

OK, I'm not sure where that bit of silliness came from. Must be from some deep unfulfilled need to go fly fishing. These two pictures were taken at the Flanders Meadow Camp on the South Mountain near Annapolis Royal circa 1898. While the trout themselves are the parts of these images which immediately catches your eye, I would like to draw your attention to the interesting structure attached to the rock in the top image. This unique cabin was built onto the side of a boulder which was deposited when the last ice age receded. Interestingly, Annapolis County is becoming known as a destination for an activity known as bouldering because of glacial deposits like this one. For the gentlemen in these photographs, the extreme sport of trout fishing was probably more interesting. Considering the cabin they were sleeping in, I would say that this activity would qualify as extreme by modern standards. In all seriousness, some of the tales of the guides who worked the back woods of Nova Scotia are beyond extreme.

The feature of the cabin which I find most interesting is the wooden chimney. A small stone circle was located inside the cabin and smoke would vent out the top. From the looks of things, I am sure that both the trout and the men were fairly well smoked at the end of a night in this structure. I am still trying to determine if the top of the chimney could be closed over to prevent rain and snow from getting in. These photographs were taken by photographer Frederick Harris and are part of the Annapolis Heritage Society's archival collection.

All for now,
RGS

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful photos and article. Imagine a modern day trout fisherman putting up with accommodation like that. Oh dear, how far we have fallen!

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