Fin, Fur & Fiber
The life and [fishing] times of a New England textile
By Nelson F. Getchell
ISBN: 0-9678989-6-X / ISBN: 978-0-9678989-6-4
336 pages, 6x9, many photographs, index. $24.
From Chapter Eight, titled "Martha," a confirmed fisherman's
recollection of a romantic outing: "On our very first date in early
April  I took Martha smelt fishing at Little Ossipee Lake,
where the ice was starting to melt. ... Along with several others we
gathered that moonlit night on a sandy beach at lakeside near the
mouth of a little fast-flowing, shallow stream. With ice still on
the lake and some snow still in the woods, it was quite cool, so we
built a bonfire around which we gathered to keep warm. In our hip
boots we waited until someone checked the stream and yelled, 'Fish
are up!' whereupon we all rushed into the water knee-deep and, using
flashlights, looked for fish. There they were by the hundreds around
our feet. With sleeves rolled up everyone gathered as many fish as
possible, putting them in a one-quart can as they were gathered.
After a few minutes of this frantic effort the fish are spooked, and
they turn and run back to the lake. So we fishers would return to
the bonfire and wait for the fish to forget their worry and return
again to spawning. ..."
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