Thursday, April 18, 2024

Dinosaur Pike

Aerial shot of a lake

Adirondack lore is replete with legends, stories & tales of wilderness encounters. A shadowed array of wild creatures, monsters, and beasts time has long since forgotten. Some lurk High Peaks forests. Some prowl the night.  Still others lurk the hidden depths of mountain lake waters.

Some legendary creatures are oft regaled as campfire stories. Some are etched for posterity on cedar log lean-to walls. Others are whispered tales held close to the vest by greybeard backwoods old-timers. Some tales carry with them out of focus photography of debate topic provenance. A select few gain widespread notoriety via news media coverage.

Most Adirondack folks who’ve lived life in the mountains have a monster creature encounter tale or two of their own.

For one of mine, click the link & read on.

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

6 Responses

  1. AdirondackAl says:

    What is it about fishing that lends itself to such great yarns? Reading it triggered many memories of similar stories from my life. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Gary N. Lee says:

    Fishing in Lake Chibougamau in northern Quebec with my dad and bigger brother Bob in Bag Bay one morning a large Pike came up in front of the reeds and ate a muskrat that was swimming by. My Dad through a big silver spoon over there with his casting rod and the fish grabbed it. What a battle before we got it in the boat and weighed it at thirty-five pounds. We put it on the steel stringer with a couple walleyes as Dad said I’m going to have that mounted. There was some thrashing alongside the boat and the pike broke the stringer chain and swam away with the other fish never to be seen again but we had pictures of the weighing. Loved your story.

    • Thirty-five pounds is very a legitimate fish! I don’t need to tell you Gary, we both well know. Those monster pike are certainly a force to be reckoned with. It seems like many of our best fishing tale memories revolve around that big fish that for one reason or another, never quite made it into the frying pan. Thanks for sharing a great monster pike story. I’m sure there are many others out there. I, for one, would love to hear all of them!

    • Boreas says:

      I would bet he didn’t swim too far…

    • JohnL says:

      Wow. A 35# GNP. That’s awesome. Years ago I flew in from Chibougamau to fish the Rupert River and Lake Mistassini. We caught some awesome lake trout, brookies, and Great Northerns, but nothing as big as the one you caught. The biggest Great Northern we got was in the mid-20’s. The most impressive stuff we caught for me, however, was 4-6 pound brookies. Great fight and great eating. Thanks, Gary, for jogging my memory of fishing times past.

  3. Steve B says:

    Thank you! Any time I read a good father/son story that takes place in the wild does my heart good! Even though my father/son experience was a bust, a neighbor took my brothers and I under his wing and we got to experience that type of bonding and what it can mean to a young man!
    This is a call to any father or adult gentleman to take out a boy to experience water or wood. It will not return void, and you don’t even need to ‘see’ the big one, the gift is in time invested & shared!
    Again, thank you!

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