Quite recently at the Upper Dam, Rangeley Lakes, Maine, "the place, of all others in the world, where the lunacy of angling may be seen in its incurable stage," a genuine brook trout, fontinalis, weighing twelve and a half pounds was captured. This trout, authenticated beyond doubt, was not taken by an angler but by some hatchery men for spawning purposes. At the same place, in the fall of 1908, a brook trout scaling nine pounds seven ounces was taken on the fly by Mr. Raymond S. Parrish, of Montville, Connecticut.
Some little time ago, at the biennial session of the General Assembly of a certain State, a bill came up for consideration making seven inches the length of trout to be legally retained. Whereupon the Honorable Member from—but that might identify the State —at any rate, the Honorable Member arose and, with tears in his eyes, protested that in his county, although there were several trout streams, many trout, and a well-established industry devoted to their capture, there was not at that time in that county, or ever had been at any time in that county, a trout measuring seven inches. Wherefore the injustice of such a measure was palpable, etc., etc. The bill did not pass.
Trout fishing may mean one thing and it may mean another. It is a fact that in many parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and other States, trout fishing such as that described by the Honorable Member is the rule and not the exception.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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