Got my 1.5 Acres of yard cut and trimmed, in addition to 1/8 mile of woods trail. Gives me Saturday morning to fish for brook and rainbow trout in my favorite stream (East Branch of the Ontonagon River in Houghton County). The exact location remains a fishing secret with my son and I, but it always guarantees a limit of fish in short order. The stream is clogged with downed trees and is rock strewn, so felt bottomed waders are necessary to avoid slipping on rocks and wet wood. The bugs are of course, relentless, requiring many reapplications of repellent. I can think of nothing more mindful than to wade a trout stream and concentrate on exact placement of your bait, attempting to lure a beautiful brookie or rainbow out from under a bank, into the net, and then in your creel for dinner later that evening. Jim Harrison and Ernest Hemingway both wrote detailed accounts of their stream fishing in the Upper Peninsula. If there were trout streams like this in the lower peninsula, they would be fished out in a month.
“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
― Aldo Leopold