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Page 9 - Guiding for Salmon on the Margaree

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1980/8/1 (301 reads)

(And were guides well paid?) Johnny White: Well, holy gosh, when I started in--I don't know what they're getting now--4 dollars a day. I made out all right on that guiding business. (4 dollars a day was good?) For God's sake, yes. That was all right that time. It went up, oh yes. (Well, when you finished up?) I was 68 or 69--I'll be 77 in September--it was up to 15 dollars a day (about 1970). Of course, I fared off pretty good. I got a lot of little gifts. And by damn it, I had some tight ones too. You were talking about the fellows that couldn't cast. I had one--he was from Buffalo, New York--he was at the Margaree Lodge down here, couple of years before I quit. The man had nothing to fish ??with but a little rod that you'd use into a brook. I said, "My dear man, take me home and I'll get an outfit for you." I knew he couldn't cast • and I knew this Doyle's Bridge Pool, there was no fish then. Took him there for the forenoon, my outfit, everything.. Then I saw that he could get the line out in front of him, at noontime. I knew there were a couple of fish up in the Etheridge Pool up in the Northeast I went up there in the afternoon, went up to the head of the pool. Had to wade out, of course--but he wasn't there 3 or 4 min? utes when Mr. Mac hooked a salmon and the first jump, well, I said to myself, that's about a 7-pound salmon. And I got up with him. I knew he didn't know what to do. I gave him his instructions. And by cripes, after awhile it was a 6-pound salmon it turned out to be. That's the end of the fishing for him, all right. He took me home, paid me for the day--he didn't give me one cent of a tip. And next day I asked Mrs. Maclsaac (at the Margaree Lodge), "Did that man pay for my dinner yester? day?" She said, "No, but forget about it." Now that was pretty small of the fellow, wasn't it? But others were good. Another right down here at this Doyle's Bridge--he was 81 years of age. He was from New York and that was a different story. His partner didn't fish, but he carried a camera. And there were two women. And they had the Cadillac car. Took us down. I had my own rod and outfit that time, too. And he started up at the head of the pool. And it's a very, very long pool, there's a lot of casting. And he was doing all right. But his arm was getting tired. "Aw, John," he said, "let me see you do it." I said I'd use my own. But he was getting out a nice line. He didn't have time to sit down right, when I hooked a fish. And I hol? lered, I said, "Mister, would you like..." "My lord," he said, "would I ever!"...So he came over and I told him there's 140 yards of backing on this and there's an 8- Jacobson's WHERE TOMORROWS STYLES ARE FEATURED TODAY Jacobson's Ladies' Vfear Hudson's Bay jackets and coats Hudson's Bay blankets i're imported suits from Scotland imported cashmere coats mohair blankets 330 Charlotte Sxreet Tweed & Hickory tarxan skirts and kilts Icelandic coats and sweaters and ponchos Peter Scott lamb's wool and Shetland sweaters imported pure wool skirts, sweaters and pants 332 Charlotte Street Sydney Celebrating Our 50th AnnJversary 'y''y /./ '<>??ufi(u 'vws. 480 King's Road at Castle Drive Sydney, Nova Scotia 539-6750
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