The highlight of the day was this beautiful brown that slammed a skated stimulator and did several big leaps. I love it when they go airborne!
I caught some brook trout too, but they were from a different stream in the area. Like the water they came from they were very dark.
My last catch of the day was the sweetest water snake I've ever caught. She had numerous chances to bite me, but she never did. Maybe it was because she was just about ready to shed, or maybe I've caught her before and she recognized me... whatever the case it took me no time at all to get her calm and comfortable with getting handled. Usually with northern water snakes I have to let them strike me a couple times to get them to relax, or mash their neck like too many people do when snake handling, but this girl didn't even lash out once. Oh, and in case you are wondering I'm not good at sexing snakes so I could easily be calling a he a she here... I have no clue. I always forget to look.