Does anyone know what "smelts" are? Has anyone gone "smelting" before? Well, there is a GREAT Northern tradition, and it is not a Canada thing, it is specifically more like a Northern Ontario thing. Every spring, as soon as the ice is off of the Great Lakes, swarms of these little fish, called "smelts", leave the lake, and swim upstream. This is when the "Great Northern Smelt Hunter" appears, equipped with big rubber boots or hip waders, a net, a flashlight, and a pail, to catch these little fish. No fishing rod required! You just scoop them into your net!! The only trick is to swoop your net in the same direction as the water is flowing!
It is very important to have the proper equipment:
Oh, also, these "Great White Hunters" must hunt these fish in the wee hours of the night, like midnight or later. The smelts are shy, and like to "run" at night. There are bon fires along the shores of the rivers, and people everywhere. They usually arrive early in the evening, and "await" the arrival of the smelts.
|Here we all are! My "Great Smelt Hunters!" (and me)|