I blame Andrew Bennett of course.
I spent the whole of the summer chucking line and chasing tail while driving several thousand miles looking for mystic waters that weren’t flooded or blown out. I was on the hunt for flowing waters that were gin clear.
Mostly I just saw a lot of un-fishable waters and beat up road signs.
I’ll be honest here and admit, for awhile this summer I wasn’t feeling exactly fly fishilicious. As a rainbow chaser, I was having trouble locating the bigerrfish and more often then I’d like to admit, I was battling windknots & tangled lines. I had a bad backcast and an empty net. It was one of those kinds of summers…
The radical idea of switching pursuits surfaced from time to time, things like, ‘ Fly-Carpin! I should try carp on the fly because Michael Gracie likes it and if Mikey likes it everyone will like it”…
Fish Not Present: Well this gives a whole new meaning to The Trout Underground
Questions: I wonder if there is an actual fiberglass manifesto that one could read.
Agreement: I hear you mike’s gone fishin’…again, me too.
Possibilities: If I could send my own dispatches from the middle river, it would be a form of S.O.S
Wonder:: Owl Jones is in Montana today. I wonder if he’s going to sing for all the guys around the campfire.
Career Choices: I could be a Fishing Poet: There once was a fish named trout. He filled my mind with doubt…
Deals: I hereby swear, if I catch a fish in the next hour, I pledge to Eat More Brook Trout.
After thoughts: If only I could find a salvelinus fontinalis rising that is…
Anyway, some good things have happened this year. For one, I finally replaced my leaky waders with new ones.
So I’ve been dry while frothing around in the water. A legit upgrade if I may so say myself.
And then late August finally came and I went back home to toss a few dream cast Idaho flies. They say home is where the heart is and I finally found my groove. There’s nothing like finding fish leisurely sipping emergers or seeing a river damsel fly floating by and the fish grabbing the fly patterns you’ve picked.
By the way: I think there should be a new mantra that replaces the old saying, Fish On!
I tested out the shouting of troutrageous! a couple of times and let me tell you. It totally works on an excitement level.
I’ve got lots of fodder for the catching chronicles of my personal blogging here. I just need to work on my time management.
You have to admit, floggin’ water and participating in the lunker hunt takes the priority when one has a few spare moments. I guess I could also put a little blame on the OBN. You know, that other site I blog 5 times a week in ~
P.S. I forgive Andrew, of course