The Old Fisherman

The Old Fisherman told MacKenzie, the guide, to be ready at 11 a.m. MacKenzie was ready, but the Old Fisherman was not: he rarely appeared before 3 o'clock in the afternoon. They fished from a launch in Lake Huron, in the clear blue icy waters around Birch Island in Canada's famed Manitoulin district. First trip out the Old Fisherman took five smallmouth black bass, one medium-sized musky. His tackle: a light trout rod, a pearl spoon.

They took along sandwiches: egg-&-pickle, cheese, and ham. The Old Fisherman liked the ham sandwiches best.


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