Herman "Blue Boy" Duhe has been running trotlines on Blind River for 25 years--so long that the waterway where his camp is located was named after him, Blue Boy Canal. He's something of a Blind River legend because of his constant companion. Most any day you can find Blue Boy running the lines with Alverta, a great egret, on the bow of his skiff.
"Wherever I go and come on the line," says Herman, "when I raise the line, she'll come on the line."
Blue Boy recons that Alverta is about the fourth egret he has trained through patience, perseverance and a good supply of shad--bait for the fish, breakfast, lunch and dinner for Alverta. And while Herman supplies the food, Alverta provides more than companionship--like that time a few years back.
Blue Boy explains, "She started squawking a lot. She started squawking, and she never did act like that. I turned around, and I looked and says, 'Well, what you hollering about?' And all of a sudden there's a big bull alligator on the side of the boat! She was letting me know that that alligator was right close to the boat."