Grand Lake Stream

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Dave McCullough


Grand Parenting can be a great joy in life. So congratulations to David & Debbie Tobey on the birth of their first great grand -daughter Evelyn Judith Tomah.  Born January 16, 2017 at Calais Regional Hospital. Evelyn’s parent’s are Toby Tomah & Cynthia Coffin of Princeton. Grand parent’s are Tonya and Ed Tomah of Indian Township and Adelina and Darren Coffin of Peter Dana Point. 

DLLT will be starting a timber harvest near Grand Lake Stream. This harvest, to benefit white-tailed deer and other wildlife, will take place on DLLT land. Some distant noise may be heard from town and we thank everyone for their understanding while we continue to improve local wildlife habitat in the Downeast Lakes region.

ALL FLIES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL: notes from the Hermit.  

The original fishing lures were made by early man.  Some Fred Flintstone took a small bit of sharpened bone tied in the middle with rawhide or vine and jigged with it. Called a “gorge” chocked the fish.  6000 years ago the Egyptians began making copper fish hooks.  1500 B.C. Chinese were using tiny eyeless hooks tied to the first silk lines and cast out with reed rods. Around 1500 wealthy English noblemen fished “private” streams and rivers.  They were patrolled by “fish wardens” hired to keep us common folks away.  These pioneer fly fishermen used a 20 foot bamboo rod, a 100 foot silk line and a 20 foot gut leader with a live may fly tied to the hook.  

In the early 1400s the first and most famous book on fishing was written by Dame Juliana Berners who headed the Benedictine Nunnery.  Each book had to be hand copied.  She gave excellent descriptions of trout flies, naming many including May, Dune and Drake.  In 1653 the number one angler’s of all time Isaac Walton published his classic The Complete Angler.  It described 12 kinds of artificial flies.  Some fly patterns are still being tied that were used 600 years ago.  

On this side of the Atlantic it is reported that Indians had been fly fishing for tome centuries using clear deer hair hide strips. The English had been fly fishing since Walton but we colonials waited until the late 1800s to embrace the art.  New gear and techniques slowed acceptance by the average angler.

Old time flies were simply a gaudy bunch of hair or feathers with no attempt to imitate insects in or over streams. No longer as many creations mimic the actual insect. I can tie flies and fly cast but do neither very well.  I have learned that if I waited to do only those things I do well I wouldn’t do much.  

Thought for today:  You become what you think about.

By the way, did you realize that the likelihood of contacting food poisoning is 1 in 6 but being a compulsive shopper is 1 in 16!  (Found this thought in the Farmer’s Almanac)

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands announced that campground reservations for the 2017 season will open for Sebago State Park on February 1 and for all state parks on February 6. The in-season reservation notice requirements have been modified to be more customer friendly. 

“Maine State Parks attracted a record 2.87 million visitors in 2016, breaking the annual attendance record set in 2015,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Maine State Parks and historic sites provide year-round opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. In addition to making camping reservations for the upcoming season, I encourage people to check out Winter Family Fun Days and the Ski & Snowshoe Trailers available to the public as part of the Department’s Take It Outside initiative.” 

Commissioner Walt Whitcomb attributed a record-breaking 9.5% increase in overall attendance to a number of factors occurring simultaneously.  

“In 2015, Maine State Parks had the highest attendance since 1985, with just over 2.6 million visitors” said Whitcomb. “2016 set another record because of: the recent success and popularity of year-round Maine State Park offerings and programs; favorable weather conditions; and greater public awareness of what our parks and historical sites offer visitors. Park staff continue to improve recreational and educational offerings to better serve all age groups.”

Always look forward to your news! Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, 207-839-4205 or