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 Post subject: "Discovered" a Waterfall
PostPosted: June 17th, 2018, 8:02 pm 
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Poking around in an area I thought I knew well yesterday, a friend and I literally stumbled on a gorgeous waterfall. Maybe 35 feet of drop in two plunges, a pair of nice swimming holes, both of them with water over your head on a stream you can almost step across, and a steady parade of small trout leaping the lower of the two drops. We figured about 1 in 3 of the attempts to clear the lip of the falls was successful.

It was not clear why they were bothering, since another 20 yards upstream was a vertical drop nobody was going to pass.

Just goes to show there are still surprises to be found in the Maine woods if you get even a little bit off the beaten path.


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PostPosted: June 17th, 2018, 8:37 pm 
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I had a similar experience that I posted about last summer. With a big fish river blown out, we meandered in the woods and were stymied by the beauty of a series of falls that were hard enough to get to, with little enough of a trail, it felt like we “discovered” them. The trout there were browns, small enough to slip through my net, but it made for very cool memories.

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PostPosted: June 18th, 2018, 8:41 am 
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I took a motorcycle trip with a couple of friends last summer to the Saguenay Fjord in Quebec. We pulled over for a break, and I could hear water, so we checked it out. It turned out to be a huge waterfall on a salmon river, much more fun to "discover" it than to be led there.


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PostPosted: June 18th, 2018, 10:18 pm 
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You know it guys - making those discoveries is a huge aspect of my fishing experiences - the secret waterfalls, hidden beaver ponds, old mills and homesteads, cool rock formations, fossils, archaeology, etc - on Mother's Day weekend this year I was fishing a downeast stream that I've been fishing for almost 20 years, the same way every visit - I would fish up thru the head of the tide, thru some really sweet ledges and pools then up thru a long series of riffles and runs til I got to a long, straight, feature-less slack water - there I would always turn around and head to my next stream - this year when I got to that point, I asked myself the question I ask myself when I think I'm being lazy - "Did I not come here to fish?" and so I pressed on and sooner than I expected I came across 2 ancient beaver ponds - deep, dark holes - with a gorgeous ledge drop just above them - the area offered up the best fish of the day and as a result, that day will be one of the fondest memories of this season...Happy Trails!

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