wife Crystal and I got married at the end of September
in 2001. After our honeymoon I went back to work
on a Monday just to leave early the next Wednesday
because of some discomfort in my stomach area.
After dealing with the pain for a few hours my
wife decided it was time to call the doctor. Fortunately
for me she did. The doctor recommended that I
go to the emergency room. After being checked
out by the doctors it was decided that my appendix
must go. They scheduled the surgery and everything
went fine. The doctor told me not to lift anything
too heavy for a few weeks and not to take it easy.
A few weeks later at a follow up visit he said
I could do whatever I wanted as long as it didn't
hurt. So the next day my wife and I planned to
hike down the gorge and into the Genesee River.
Later that friday night we decided it also was
time that we took a pregnancy test to confirm
or dispell the thoughts she had that she was pregnant.
So we took the test and it came back positive...we
were pregnant. This did not deter us from our
plans to go fishing.
The next morning we woke up and headed for the
Genesee. We got there and found a Department of
Environmental Conservation officer ticketing a
fisherman. There were also two police officers
with him, probably for protection from the fisherman
in violation of the laws. We watched as the man
was ticketed at the top of the gorge for a fish
he illegally snagged in the river and then dragged
all the way back up the side of the cliff. He
was obvious that he was upset. We asked the DEC
officer exactly why he was being ticket and we
were told it was because the man had illegally
snagged the fish and then lied to the officer
about doing so. The officer didn't like being
lied to and used that to decide to give the fish
away to someone who wasn't involved in the crime.
confirming with the DEC officer that we wouldn't
be arrested by the police officers after we crossed
the fence that had a sign warning us of the danger
and lack of river access we suited up and made
our way to the cliff. Walking side by side (when
we could) my pregnant wife and I just done recovering
from surgery started off on the most difficult
fishing hike we know of.
The trail down to the rivers edge is a difficult
one. It starts off easy and then starts the fun
off with a 4 foot drop that you have to get past.
This then leads to the narrow part of the trail.
The edge of the cliff is within feet of the hiker
and often the trail is muddy. One spot on this
day the mud was so wide on the narrow part of
the trail that it was almost impossible to get
past without stepping in. Slipping on this mud
could send someone over the edge. At the end of
this section there is only a steep hillside covered
in rocks to climb down.
on the river's edge the shorline is made up of
very large boulders. It's up and down each rock
as you make your way up or downstream. Upstream
is the most popular area to fish because of the
Genesee River Low Falls. It is impassable by fish
and therefore has a lot of fish in the water.
It's always the most crowded part of the river.
We made our way up towards the falls and fished
the sections before and after the flows from the
falls and the power generating plant combine.
We had limited water because we crowded in with
After a few hours of no fish and not even a definite
strike we decided to call it a day. We slowly
headed back to the cliff and made our way back
up the side of the gorge. I don't remember seeing
more than a few fish caught that day so I don't
feel too bad for being skunked but even without
the fish it was nice to be on such a beautiful
river with my
Author - MIKE
Date - 4/19/02