Richard and I visited my Dad at his campsite at the end of March.
Trout season begins on the last weekend of March.
For as long as I can remember, Daddy has made sure that he is beside a trout stream for that weekend even if it is pouring with rain and it very often is!
Arthur Woody was one of the first forest rangers in the North Georgia mountains and it was he who introduced the speckled trout so favored by fishermen. It is not a native fish. He also re-introduced white tail deer back to the mountains as they had almost been wiped out by over hunting. (Of course, we know now that it is best NOT to introduce new species into an environment. The same thing applies to plants. Don't get me started on kudzu!)
We walked to the trout hatchery and saw some very large trout and they had a sign telling us all the trout in the streams there and how to identify them. Now, do I remember them and how to tell them apart? No, not really...I could only think of "Trout, trout...pretty little trout". What was that from? A child's poem? I am happy to tell you, I did think of it. It is from a funny Bugs Bunny cartoon.
You know I found it for you! Oh, and this cartoon might make fun of "hillbillies" a bit, but hey, at least you don't hear those notes from a banjo, you know, "Deliverance" style! (You might guess that that movie is NOT my cup of tea!)
Speaking of fish (how often will you read THAT in a blog?)
I would like to recommend a book:
"Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish" by G. Bruce Knecht.
Wow, this book was lent to me by my brother-in-law because he knew I would love it and he was right! It is a true story of the poaching of the Patagonian toothfish (which used to be called Chilean Sea Bass). There is also an interesting courtroom trial at the end of the book....just read it and tell me if you don't find it fascinating too!
"Trout, trout...pretty little trout"...if you watched the cartoon, I bet you are singing that now! It's amazing that the speckled trout that is so well known to the fishermen here is really all because of just that one ranger, Arthur Woody. (I have read that Sosebee Cove is one of the favorite trails of Arthur Woody....and you know I have that on my list of things to see!)