My friend Kevin Browne sent me this photo he took recently while fishing in the Ken Lockwood Gorge section of the South Branch of the Raritan River. The gorge is about 3 miles from my home, and while we regularly see bears about the homestead, I have never seen one while fishing, let alone 15 yards upstream of where I was wading. As you can see by the picture, the bear was quite large, and had no trouble navigating the river. He or she continued on their merry way, and Kevin continued to fish, albeit with one eye on the water and the other on the woods.
Sharpen your hooks and beware the bear!