(The Palomar knot almost always holds; this is how you tie it: http://www.animatedknots.com/palomar/index.php?Categ=fishing&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com)
Another giant leap, only 25 feet away-the fish was as long as my arm! The other fishing line was not quite in yet, and the boat had turned towards the fish. I didn't keep my line clear of the other line. One more giant leap from this great silver streak far beyond any other rainbow I've ever played, thirty feet away, and then, my line went slack. This beautiful fish had thrown the hook and beat me at my own game, and lived to swim another day.
In retrospect, this isn't a bad thing. A fish that big has several pounds of meat on it, and fish always tastes best fresh, so there is no way that I could have eaten it all or even given it away in the span of a few days. Beyond that, the fish lives to spawn again, playing a large part in the ecosystem.
Dad's little 12' boat handled the three of us very well, and we had a good time motoring up and down the lower Saugeen River, from the boat launch out to the edge of the harbour, and upstream past the launch, a long pier running parallel to the river with excellent permanent washroom facilities and a fish-cleaning station, to within sight of Denny's Dam, and downstream again. This stretch of the river is pretty nice, and I expected to see several boats doing the same thing as us, so I was happy to have the river all to ourselves for most of the day. At the mouth of the river we could see the lighthouse on Chantry Island, until, that is, the fog obscured everything beyond a few metres. Since it was early in the season (May 4th) we noticed that there was a serious chill in the air as we headed towards Lake Huron, but as soon as we came about, even at the very mouth of the harbour, the air instantly became warmer as we went upstream. The other cool thing was bobbing like a cork in the thick fog on the gentle but long rolling waves of the harbour, which creates a very unique atmosphere anytime of the year when on the water.
Finally we called it a day at about 6:20 in the evening. Sure enough, soon as we came off the water, the sun finally burned through the fog and the temperature jumped several degrees and it became a beautiful evening for a drive south along the coast of Lake Huron to Goderich, stopping for terrific milkshakes at the local downtown icecream shop, Cravings (https://www.facebook.com/cravingsgoderich.) Remember that I mentioned we go to Dairy Queen at the end of the day in Owen Sound to either (hopefully) celebrate our success or (usually) drown our sorrows in a Blizzard? Doesn't have to be DQ!
I am looking forward to another fishing adventure on the Saugeen this fall, with the same characters and wonderful scenery. And that giant rainbow will be even bigger, having feasted all summer out in the lake on smelt and other baitfish.
Get outside, take your camera, and drink lots of water, eh!