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Old 08-04-2003, 09:58 AM
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Thumbs up Maritime Mecca

Just returned late last night from the mecca of atlantic salmon fishing in the Canadian Maritimes... what an experience! I am preparing a report, but here's a pic that provides a visual for how I felt!



Every once in a while, you step into a dream world you never knew existed. The Gaspe' is such a world. Although all dreams come to an end, you come out enriched from the journey and the world becomes a bigger place for those who dream it.

It's hard to envision what our world was like before being trampled under concrete, but to visit the wild Canadian salmon mecca gives you an idea. As I drove back from my adventure over the Penobscot, Kennebec, Merrimac - I could see the dreams we have lost in the industrial era. Our American treasure of huge numbers of wild salmon are all but lost.

The big bucks economy of the salmon runs that have survived is staggering, and it's exclusivity breaks my heart - yet if it has preserved the wild places where these magnificent creatures still thrive then perhaps it's not such a bad thing afterall.

The rivers of the Gaspe' will forever flow in my blood, and I will return...



More to come...
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