Read the prelude to Woodsman’s Fish Weave: Trout on a Worm.
There is nothing better than cooking a fish by the waters it was caught in. My trail companion and I gathered materials for a small fire and lit it as fast as we could to smoke out some of the black flies and mosquitoes. I spotted a large flat rock laying in the stream– this would be a perfect woods table for processing the brook trout. After cleaning it out, I began to cut some green alder branches to make my fish weave. Using a larger branch, I made the form by bending one end to touch the other. I then cut a forked stick to place up the center with its top sitting in the fingers– this would allow me to weave in smaller branches to fill the form. I wrapped my fishing line around the bottom ends to hold everything together and once completed, I let it float downstream to give it a thorough soaking.
Restoking the fire, I picked up my fishing pole to reel the basket back in. Laying the trout on one end, I took a few more branches to weave over the fish and hold it in place. It did not take long for the brookie to cook up. When we were done eating, we tossed the bones in the stream’s dead water to watch the minnows pick at what we had missed. The fire was dying down and it was nearing 2 o’clock when we decided to leave. Taking off my hat, I dipped it into the stream to fill with water and put out the hot coals. On cue, the bugs returned and without much delay we hiked out to the truck and headed back to camp to meet up with the rest of our party.