Last Saturday my mom and I left home at 10:00 for a raptor /falconry show at Kittery Trading Post in Maine.
The raptor show we went to was called The Raptor Project inc. The show is run by Jonathan Woods, master falconer and wildlife rehabilitation, and his wife Susan Woods. They have the largest traveling collection of raptors in the world.
After doing some shopping we walked over to the tent right before the show started. He had an amazing selection of raptors a lot of them suffering from past injuries, including a red-tailed hawk hit by a car, a golden eagle hit by a pick up truck well-being flown at jackrabbits, and their mascot a 25-year-old bald eagle who lost part of his wing when he got hit by a semi well feeding on carrion on the highway. “(As you can see a lot of raptors injuries involve collisions with motorized vehicles.)
Even before the show started one of the birds made a big impression. The Eurasian eagle owl sitting placidly on his perch, locked his eyes on a Pomeranian who was sitting right next to us. Jonathon Woods had to ask the owner to leave since there’s no dogs at the show. The owl went from being content to hunting mode in second. I was totally surprised to look up and have this massive owl staring in our direction.
He flew so many amazing birds from the crested caracara that ran around on the ground and sounds like a penguin when talking, to the massive Golden eagle Maria.
The raptor project also had baby american kestrels and barn owls. So cute!
They flew one of my favorite raptor an Apalamado falcon, which had to be flown on creance because once at a sports arena it took off after a pigeon, both birds falling into the crowd.
I’m so happy that I went and got to see all these amazing birds plus a few more.
This is my first fly tying post I’m still working on it the pictures are a little blurry.
1. Daiichi curved size 12 hook,
2. Red 70 Dener thread,
3. Peacock herl,
4. Pheasant feathers,
5. Head cement,
I present my fly to the fish by casting upstream and letting it drift through all the eddies, and riffles.
I got the Suntech Krunei HM30 for my birthday back in April. I haven’t really gotten to use it, but over the last week I’ve had a blast trying it out.
On Wednesday I fished up at the boat launch on Harrisville pond and caught my first fish a small yellow perch. After a few more casts something hit hard, a 12+ inch chain pickerel. I didn’t have time to worry about my rod braking as the pickerel bent my rod into a perfect C. I almost had him when his teeth cut the line taking the fly with him.
Then today I went down to the local fire pond and the creek chubs started biting instantly. My second fish broke the 1 pound test line off the tip of my rod and took my tanago bobber and everything else with it.
I saw him swimming around, so I thought I might be able to grab the bobber if I had a boat. So I ran up to the house and called my grandpa to see if he would drive my jonboat down to the pond. He came over and loaded it into his truck and we drove down.
I didn’t end up getting my bobber back though I saw him swimming around well I continued fishing.
After the fish took my micro fishing set up I switched to elk hair caddis which turned out to be too big. so I switched to a pheasant feather dubbing damsel fly wet fly.
There was barely a cast where I didn’t have a fish on as I worked my way along the lily pads in the jon boat.
I was mostly catching creek chubs with The males with horny spines on there head.
Which where pretty good fighters on such a light rod.
I was casting at some ripples when some thing slammed the fly I thought it was another chub when a Golden shiner come over the side of the boat.
The thing I like about fishing is you never no what your going to see. Today I found a eastern king bird nest with two eggs on a partialy submerged stump on the edge of the pond.
Then I saw three white tailed deer running along the power line corridor there summer coats shining in the sun reminding me of the impalas when I lived in Africa.