On Monday morning I met with Marty, a veteran and retired Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Technician, for a cup of coffee at Char’s Café in Bruce Crossing before he headed out fishing for the day. He kindly agreed to let me tag along with my camera to capture his thoughts on the leased camps along the river and to see if he is as good of a trout fisherman as he claimed to be. I believe it’s a good addition to the film to get an outside perspective from someone who is not a camp leaseholder. Who better than someone (not local) who has fished the Middle Branch for over 50 years! Here is a little clip of what Marty had to say:
On our drive to the river earlier that day hundreds of little butterflies fluttered along the road in the patches of sun. Marty was worried that it might be a “butterfly day” which I believe he meant by poor fishing due to the bright sun. Marty and I were on the river for about a half hour or so (I lose track of time while filming). In that time he caught and released 7 brooke trout and missed a handful more. Marty emailed me that evening to say he caught 46 more brookies after we wrapped our interview. I will say he is a pretty talented fisherman and a great addition to the film and its mission to keep the camps in the Ottawa. And it was not a butterfly day, for fishing anyways.