June 24, 2008

Wilton Youth Angle for Salmon, Trout

By Donna M. Perry

WILTON - Matt Carlson brought his fishing pole back over his right shoulder and cast his line into the calm waters above the Wilson Stream dam Monday morning.

The 11-year-old Wilton boy and his friend, Brody Pond, also 11 and of Wilton, were minutes into their fishing jaunt.

Pond left his pole at home because he needed to repair it but went along for the fun.

The two friends often come to fish there as it is one of their favorite pastimes, they said.

They really like to fish below the dam but considered waters too rough, just yet.

There are brook trout and salmon in the stream and they've been lucky enough to catch some.

"We're trying it out; it was just stocked" with trout, Carlson said.

Carlson casts the red, white and silver lure again.

"We've caught a salmon with it before," he said.

Sometimes you can see the fish jump below the dam and that held true Monday.

Small fish jumped one at a time, minutes apart, as they attempted to go against the flowing water to get above the dam.

A few minutes more and no luck, the boys went down below the dam to try angling in the rougher water.

Fish like shiny things, Pond said, as the two stared into the water to see if a trout would bite Carlson's hook.

Just then the hook got briefly stuck on the bottom until Carlson tugged it free.

"I think it's too rocky here," Pond said. "I think people should remove some of the larger rocks to make it easier ... You always get snagged on the bottom."

"Oooh, one just bit my hook," Carlson said.

When he brought the hook up, it was empty.

He exchanged the shiny lure for a rubber worm from a tackle box.

"They like worms, except I didn't have any today, so he's using a fake worm," Pond said.

A few minutes of that and Carlson tried a fly lure.

Next on the hook was a lure with an orange feathery tail.

Pond looked across toward the end of the dam and saw a fish jump out of the water and roll back in as the water rushed over it.

You get to see them in the air and you know where they are, he said.

Carlson made another cast.

"One just came up and hooked my line," he said, as he felt the tug of the nibble.

Fishing takes patience, he said.

"You just have to wait," Carlson said, as he reeled in another empty hook.

Originally published by Staff Writer.

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