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PostPosted: June 11th, 2019, 4:04 pm 
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On Saturday I was very much in need of a good trout trip – I hadn’t even thought of fishing for the previous 2 weeks, so I headed to my favoritest stream in the world, up in the NMW. The drive up & the conditions were perfect – I saw 1 bear and zero moose – the third time in recent history I’ve seen more bear than moose – something that would been unthinkable a few years ago…it was a cool morning – my hands were cold till about 8am and the water was higher than usual for this time of year, and certainly for the last several years – on the second Saturday of June I’m usually greeted by a caddis hatch, but not this year – I switched back and forth between 2 streamers and ended up having the most productive day of my season by a good margin, but not stellar…the average size and quantity of fish on this stream has been going down for a while now, but it’s still at the top of my list…aside from a party of canoeists, I had the whole place to my self – it was an idyllic trip…until the walk out – as I hustled up the trail to my truck, thinking about my next stop, I tripped on a tree root – by the time I tossed my rod to safety, my nose was breaking my fall onto another tree root – before I knew what happened I was kneeling in the trail with a broken nose wondering WTF?! To add insult to injury, I had to deal with a flat tire on the way out of the woods, even though the Golden & Telos Rds were in some of the best condition I’ve seen them in, in years – on the way home I scouted an exciting sleeper location on a popular salmon stream…I don’t think I ever appreciated a beer more than I did that nite when I got back to camp…Tight Lines!


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2019, 4:45 pm 
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A broken, bloody nose and a big grin. Classic Foley!


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2019, 6:13 pm 
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ouch!

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PostPosted: June 12th, 2019, 6:43 am 
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Ouch. This is a good reminder to be safe out there.

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PostPosted: June 12th, 2019, 6:47 am 
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At least you saved the rod.

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PostPosted: June 12th, 2019, 8:24 am 
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Yikes - good to see you still smiling! I'm constantly doing the same thing - no broken nose - yet. The older I get, the more I yell at myself; "Pick up your feet!".


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PostPosted: June 12th, 2019, 11:54 am 
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Wow, so sorry, that certainly looks painful; but probably, better it happened here, rather than on one of your distant, off-the-grid trips, in Canada...btw, other than one bear, did you spot any partridge or hear any partridge drumming, on your trip to the NMW?


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PostPosted: June 12th, 2019, 1:46 pm 
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Funny how a cold beer can work wonders. Glad you made it OK


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PostPosted: June 12th, 2019, 2:05 pm 
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I almost went ass over tea kettle in the Presumpscot below the falls last night on a slippery rock.... My injury is less visible, but very painful....


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