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OK, this has absolutely nothing to do with Tractors...

We were away last week to our favorite spot in the whole world....


downeast maine.. known for its smallmouth bass fishing...

We stayed on big lake...
The fishing this year was nothing less than great...
id usually troll for about 1-2 hours in the mornings and catch 6-10 small mouth bass.. I fly fish so even a smaller 12" bass is still lots of fun to catch...

during the day, we would ride to the various (50 or so) islands on the lake.. where many had picnic tables and campfire pits for folks to use...

in the evening id fish around the front of the camp or troll around the 3 closest islands to our camp.... id catch on average.. 16-20 fish per day... and that was not even really trying too hard...

great time.. great fishing..

you could go out each day and see maybe 3 boats all day.. its real quiet and still reminds us of old style Maine...

On our 1st day out.. we stopped at our favorite island for the dog to run on.. there was a loon in the little bay that refused to leave... they are usually skiddish but this guy stayed right near our boat.. and kept looning away...

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we realized the loon was nesting.. that was why he (she) stayed so close to us and shore.. we got off the island as soon as we saw these...

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Man, the loons and their eggs are very vulnerable.. the loon refuses to leave her aggs but they are laid right in the open sand


in the same little cove on the highest tree was this guy... you know he was waiting on the eggs or baby loons to hatch..


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there were a ton of bald eagles around this year... we were told that this guy is a bald eagle.. just young and has not developed its colors yet...


same bird.. different view..

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We were also told that the eagles had 'wreaked havock' on all the baby ducks this year...plucked the things from the water...

An eagle is both an awesome and dangerous bird...
 

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you gotta feel bad for the loon.. the rest of the week we went by that cove and it stayed on the beach nesting its eggs..


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this loon stayed on the beach the rest of the week.. we hoped to get a chance to see the babies but were told they nest for a month or so...
 

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a few shots of the lake...


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Originally posted by Stewart
Looks nice!!!! Kinda makes you not want to go home !!!
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oh yeah.. it hurt leaving on Saturday.. but one good thing.. Friday was totally windy and tough to boat in, and real tough to cast a fly in... and saturday am was pouring out.. so it made it a little easier to leave... plus there is not much up there.. so its still good to get back to civilization... (civilization; translated grocery stores closer than 30 minutes away)
 

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SJ,

Great pics but how about some of the fishing! SM are such great fighters. I have never heard of trolling for SM. Interesting!

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SJ,

Great pics but how about some of the fishing! SM are such great fighters. I have never heard of trolling for SM. Interesting!

Greg
no pics of anything big.. i use a sinking fly line and troll with wooly buggers... i suppose they look like gypsy moth worms

also fish on top with bug wulff fly's thats my favorite as i love to see the fish hit..
I love SM fishing.. they jump out of the water 2-3 times before you can get them into the boat..

This is the only pic i have.. just cause i had the camera with me at the time... biggest ive caught up there was about 18"

the average fish size is about 10-12"

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wooly bugger fly...


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Well it looks like you had a great time always good to get away for awhile. So when the fish fry:eat: I'm ready:D Looks like a nice place to get away and relax for awhile.
 

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aeg5K,
the camera is a a sony maciva camera... its 5 years old and uses floppy disks no memory card... its sort of a pain swapping disks (every 8 pics or so) but it does a great job.. i started out with a nikon coolpix.. but went with the sony because it had a 14* zoom

the pics of the loon on the beach, and the eagle way up in the tree and the eggs were all taken from my boat.. a fair distance away...



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Im looking to upgrade some time in the near future.. but this camera has been great...

ps Jody; sorry man.. no fish fry... I love fishing but never eat the fish.. the best thing about fly fishing, i never lost a fish the hooks almost always come out real easy, no snelled hook to damage the fish... I figure, treat the fish well, so i can catch him next year...

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Nice pics there SJ. We have a few eagles around here, but mainly an over abundance of hawks. ALong the coast we have IIRC Ospreys........interesting to watch diving after fish. Oh we have a lot of Lun...............atics here as well, but we call em rednecks!

It sure is nice to get away from civilization for a bit. Gives the mind a chance to clear out and get that much needed break from the day to day rat race the majority of the civilized world lives in anymore.

I also have a Sony Mavica, and its been one fine camera. I get a lot more imaages on my disks though, but IIRC I have i t set for the smaller image size and can fit approx 24 to 30 images on a disk. I think its called email size images.
 

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Those eagle pic's remind me of the other day. Walked out to the side yard to get something, saw some birds back a little. One was pretty big. a hawk. WOW Real impressive birds, and I was only about 30' away. I hear a little scraching behind me. I look up figuring it was my wife or doughter in the beedroom window. Look up at the window, and just pearing over the edge of the roof, I see this BIGGGGGG beak!!!Its another hawk! JUST above me. He steps to the edge of the roof, spreds those HUGE wings, and just drops down, swoops right above me, and goes to the other birds. WOW, I was within 3' of that bird, and you can not BELIVE how intimenating a bird can be till your there. WOW!!!
 
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