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May 19-22, 2006: As in the previous years, I spent a long week-end (Fri-Mon) at the Hungry Trout Motor Inn and Restaurant in Wilmington, NY and on the famous Ausable River. It rained a lot so not many of our usual group showed up. Allan Sandler got there on Thursday and did excellent. He started off with six big trout in a little over a half hour. On Friday and Saturday, the water was high and almost unwadeable but there were plenty of fish along the banks. With not more than 8 people allowed on the Dream Mile you really have much of that stretch to yourself.
As you may be aware, the owner of the Dream Mile instituted new regulations for fishing his water: A fifty dollar daily rod fee and not more than eight people on the water at any one time. Some of the guys signed up for a day or two on the Dream Mile and the rest of the time on public access or at the Brookie Pond. People that opted not to fish the Dream Mile got a reduced rate on their room and board for each day they didn't fish there. All in all, I think the new arrangements with the Hungry Trout worked out for the best.