Jack’s First Brook Trout

“We are going ice fishing today!”

For weeks, those were the first words that came out of Jackson’s mouth the minute he woke up.

Anyone with a three year old knows that it’s not a great idea to mention a fun event hours, days, or weeks before it happens, and his Dad had let it slip!

The day finally came, and Jackson was ecstatic. It was almost impossible get him into his snow gear. He was bouncing off the walls.

Tip ups, snacks, an excited little boy and his Dad packed into the blazer and headed toward John’s Bridge.

A little hand tucked inside a big hand. A little set of boot tracks and a big set of boot tracks walked across the bridge. Jackson looked up at his Dad and said, “Daddy, we are in the North Woods”. He is very aware that our time here is quite special.




Love at first sight!

There aren’t very many three year olds who are able to say that they caught their first brook trout in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. That night, Jackson shared his 16 inch pan fried trout with his little brother, and they loved every bite!


John’s Bridge


Rianne Ackley

About Rianne Ackley

I grew up in Downeast Maine but have recently relocated to the North Woods. I live in Clayton Lake where I am a stay at home Mom to two beautifully wild little boys and wife to a Maine State Game Warden. I am a lover of the simple things in life...a good book, a song, a rainy day, a bowl of white popcorn, etc. I have a slight obsession with all things food. Love cooking it, eating it, looking at it, smelling it, reading about it, etc. I am a firm believer that life is what you make it.