Until someone gets jabbed in the eye with an eagle claw! Best day of kayak fishing I have ever had on NH water. A little dream-like, the chilly day began and ended with large trout readily hitting a barbless 88. The water served up a little nightmarish fun as well…in bird form. As I sat in my small kayak pulling in spirited fish after fish on a bouncy fly rod, this hungry gentleman took notice-
See that eagle eye locked on to me in my tiny boat? I have the thought “hmmm, wouldn’t it be crazy amazing if he swooped down for a fish…”. A couple of minutes later, fish on. It’s a large rainbow jumping high out of the water. Keep the tension, I am thinking. This is a nice fish and I want to see him at the side of my boat before he heads back to open water. A get him on the reel and he begins swirling in my general direction. He’s about 15 feet out now and out of the corner of my eye, I see the eagle on the move gliding in an ever tightening circle around my dwarfish boat as the trout nears me. And I have following frantic thought stream”no thank you. this boat is going over if this mass of bird goes for it. Life jacket is on, secured, paddle = weapon…wait, you can’t hit an eagle! Water-cold. Out here alone”. Ultimately, he bowed out and fell back to the trees and continued to oversee the fishing activities. I proceeded to move to the other side of the pond, regardless of where the fish were. Yeah, not crazy amazing after all. Crazy terrifying. I must give thanks to him for allowing me to continue about my business and for leaving a large sampling of fish for me to catch in, what certainly must be, his cafeteria line.