Besides my interest in railroading, I am an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer. I spend most of the summer (5+ days a week) on the river and work on my scale models after the season closed in October, until mid March fairly religiously. After Reading Week or "spring break" in March, the "bug" usually gets me. The "bug" is what a friend of mine calls that time of year where the weather starts to warm up and we like to start tying flies and going out and walking along the river looking for fish again.
For those interested, the wild trout and salmon stock on PEI have been in decline for the last while and it's been a few years now since I've seen salmon sitting in the pools in any numbers. Today however, I was driving over an old wood bridge that happens to be a favorite fishing location for many. I got out and to see what the water was doing and to my surprise there were at least 15 black salmon (the ones that I could count) sitting under the road bridge waiting to go out to sea. I couldn't believe it, and when I walked upstream and downstream from the bridge, I found 5 more!
Salmon run in the mid summer or October to spawn. Most of the salmon run here is in the fall. The fish that come up then actually hang around for a while, spawn and stay up in the rivers all winter, not eating. Come the spring they are really thin and have lost several pounds. They turn a black colour hence the term "black salmon." Everyone of those fish would have spawned last fall.
Seeing this today was quite a surprise today and hopefully not an isolated incident.