My first brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) of the open water season! Our waters opened April 1st, but the melting of the late snows has led to high waters, making fishing our brooks difficult. 
I truly love fishing for this clean, cold water species, away from the pollution of our larger rivers, lakes, and ponds. 
Brook trout are one of three species of char endemic to this area, though we typically refer to them as "trout" in common speech. Fishing for them can be as simple as a worm on a hook in the small pools formed by babbling brooks, or as sophisticated as western fly-fishing. Of course also love to fish them with dry flies on my Tenkara rod. I'll eat quite a few of these this year, pan fried with a bit of lemon and butter.

My method is to constantly explore new waterways throughout the hills and mountains of western ME and eastern NH as to avoid impacting any one population too much. 
My favorite places are those that others wouldn't even consider fishing. Waters that look too small or just too tight to angle in, or seem too inaccessible. I prefer to be barefoot, moving from rock to rock, and wading in and out of the water. I take minimal kit, and stay fast and light. It keeps me fit, and my body temperature cool as the summer temps heat up.

This animal is a totem to me - I consider it sacred. Each one I hold in my hand demands the fullness of my attention. Is there an animal sacred to you? Who is it, and why?
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  • danielvitalisMy first brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) of the open water season! Our waters opened April 1st, but the melting of the late snows has led to high waters, making fishing our brooks difficult.
    I truly love fishing for this clean, cold water species, away from the pollution of our larger rivers, lakes, and ponds.
    Brook trout are one of three species of char endemic to this area, though we typically refer to them as "trout" in common speech. Fishing for them can be as simple as a worm on a hook in the small pools formed by babbling brooks, or as sophisticated as western fly-fishing. Of course also love to fish them with dry flies on my Tenkara rod. I'll eat quite a few of these this year, pan fried with a bit of lemon and butter.

    My method is to constantly explore new waterways throughout the hills and mountains of western ME and eastern NH as to avoid impacting any one population too much.
    My favorite places are those that others wouldn't even consider fishing. Waters that look too small or just too tight to angle in, or seem too inaccessible. I prefer to be barefoot, moving from rock to rock, and wading in and out of the water. I take minimal kit, and stay fast and light. It keeps me fit, and my body temperature cool as the summer temps heat up.

    This animal is a totem to me - I consider it sacred. Each one I hold in my hand demands the fullness of my attention. Is there an animal sacred to you? Who is it, and why?

  • danielvitalis@flint108 Awesome to hear that! where will you be fishing?
  • danielvitalis@jessicaverry 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
  • danielvitalis@wantaforge would love to catch one. Haven't seen one before!
  • danielvitalis@laurent.gaudet thanks man! Good shows to follow!
  • danielvitalis@natureintoaction every one! But I love catching them in autumn spawning colors! My kit is both an ultralight spinning outfit and tenkara. Don't tell the purists!
  • danielvitalis@slowdownfarmstead do it!
  • danielvitalis@meowjax I don't believe gender exists, so it's just strong people on my show. Just messin 😆 I'll keep the strong sisters coming for sure! Won't be at PFX, but have a great time there!
  • danielvitalis@plants.are.people.too agreed, and I'm glad they aren't hard to catch! Plant posts coming soon! It's nearly time!
  • danielvitalis@1130cc couldn't ask for better companionship!
  • danielvitalis@suuzihazen the Earth Eagle!
  • danielvitalis@mrevanbrand I found a Heron skeleton a few years back, so beautiful. Here they cal them "shitpokes", which I can't stand. It's a little funny, but pretty redneck.
  • danielvitalis@sippo83 🙌🏽
  • flint108@danielvitalis I'll be fishing for trout here in the brooks and small rivers in Vermont. I like your approach of traveling lightly. I have a beginner question for you regarding transportation of fish. How do you transport your fish from stream to home. Since you travel light, I don't imagine your bringing a cooler along with you. Do you keep one in your vehicle? Watching videos, talking to locals, but still trying to put all the pieces together. Really need to just get out there and start learning through trial and error. Thanks so much for your time and continued inspiration. 🙏🏼
  • dranae17@danielvitalis The owl has a rich symbolism in Romania and throughout Eastern Europe. It is associated mostly with bad signs and its present in a lot of myths about the life after death. Through their enormous, yellow eyes, burning in the dark, the eyes that look forward as in humans through the special position of the feathers, on their great heads, their exclusive night life, and their livelihood in isolated places, through their withered song or laughing - which can sometimes sound loudly in the night, through all this (the owl) inspired the fear not only to small mammals and birds but even to the man. But a deeper knowledge about owls passed on through legends and stories tells us about the wisdom and the power of this bird. It lives in perfect balance with the environment, being able to predict to some extent the weather and signal it through its song. It represents power, beauty and wisdom in perfect harmony with the world. I hope it makes sense...
  • jamiethefarmerFrogs -- Patient. Precise. Powerful.
  • mrevanbrand@danielvitalis shitpokes? Lol what the hell, why? The heron stopped by this morning. He got a couple blue Gill out of the pond, watched him with the binoculars.
  • danielvitalis@flint108 you kidding? It's my pleasure! I often keep a small cooler in my vehicle. In the field I'll make a stringer by cutting a thin branch with a forked end and threading it through their gills and mouth. Maybe I'll post that soon. Anyway, other times I'll keep a ziplock bag in my kit to put them in. A creel bag is nice, but I haven't found one I like.
  • danielvitalis@dranae17 makes total sense. There is similar mythology here on this continent too. I often say "something is going to die" when I see an owl. Either physically or metaphorically, I consider them an omen of death and transition
  • feraljohn@danielvitalis Completely agree about the owl! Had a great conversation with one last winter sitting outside by the fire. Little Brown Bats are my guide, spoke to me when I was a kid.
  • vedaearthaliveLove it! 👍🏻❤️
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