Successful fishing requires not only good technique, but careful conservation of the environment too, as a local youngster learns to his chagrin. After catching his limit in out-of-the-way places and with the simplest of equipment, the narrator wanders down to the main bank to watch the city people fish. Impressed by his catch, two men offer to buy him breakfast if he'll show them some of his favorite spots. He agrees, and he also shows them that fishing involves much more than fancy gear. Later, the fishermen return with their friends, and do so much damage to the area that it needs seven years to recover. The boy concludes, ruefully, ""it was too much to pay for ham and eggs."" Watercolor illustrations are full of woodsy greens and yellows, but small figures and vague details give them a remote look. A thoughtful story with a clear message.