Angling Echoes Salmo Fontinalis
Angling Echoes Salmo Fontinalis; The fish here reproduced, be it understood, is a genuine specimen of the speckled brook trout, or, to put it scientifically, of the Salmo-fontinalis, and weighed eight and a half pounds when taken from the water by its captor, R. G. Allerton, of New York City. It had all the recognized peculiarities of brook trout, the square tail, small head, mouth black inside (instead of white, as is the case with lake trout), and finally the bright vermilion spots which distinguish brook trout from all other species. This particular fish was captured June 5, 1869, in Lake Mooselucmaguntic. It was taken on a trolling line after a contest lasting forty-nine minutes. When landed it was entirely uninjured, and several days after when killed it was laid upon a piece of birch bark, and its outline traced, and then filled in by an amateur artist. The engraving has been made from this original drawing, which is reduced nearly five-sixths, or, in other words, the figure here given is a little over one-sixth life size. In length this trout measured 25 inches, and at the thickest part its girth was 17 inches. There is nothing like accuracy in a “fish story,” and as this trout is by no means the largest which has been captured in the Rangeley Lakes, and is one of thousands of this species ranging from half a pound to ten pounds which have been taken in these waters, it only remains to add that the legend this drawing bears — hic jacet — refers entirely to the fish whose obituary is here written, and not at all to the statements about his fellow-denizens of the Rangeley Lakes, some information about which it is the purpose of this paper to present.