Archive for December 19th, 2013

19
Dec
13

Life: Know Your Place (Or Secret Places When Fishing)

No…no earth shattering how to mend your ways or gain peace of mind here. No angst or poetry to help you commiserate.

No, this is about knowing those special places that we revisit because of successes, beauty, peace, familiarity. The ‘holes’, the ‘secret places’ in our fishing successes that we feel we are most likely to be dialed in on. “Most likely” is used because if we are wise, we know that things change. The why’s are why we often over analyze this pursuit but part of the enjoyment in moderation.

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Above, is a back bay at a favorite lake we frequent a few times a year. It is inviting because, as I have learned, it is often wind sheltered in the afternoon, it is frequented by deer on the North side and geese on the South side. At the upper end is a brush/rock pile that is a Damsel fly & Callibaetis strong hold in the Summer. Along the edges, lined with snags and reeds are productive if patiently plied with a dry Damsel or Callibaetis dry.

The back bay is two to three feet deep at the upper end and ever so slightly drops to ten feet toward the mouth of the bay and then, into the lake, the bottom drops off to thirty feet in a hurry. Big Trout and  Bass compete in this drop off area.

Trout Gill- Plates SwittersB

This is one part of one lake, of many lakes and streams that we fish and each one is a study to develop patterns. Not foolproof patterns, but rather to create options of strategy. There is comfort in that. 

19
Dec
13

Interconnections of Life’s Forces

“No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in the way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains to wildness, as that which declares that the world as made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous conceit is allowed to go unchallenged.”

John Muir (Overland Monthly, April 1875)

Tree BW Silhouette Life

19
Dec
13

Grey Skies: Recalling Blue

The skies have turned that prolonged color of grey. Shades of grey, day after day. I will be alright for awhile longer, but by February or March, I will crave blue, warmth, sunshine, dryness. In the meantime, I will look at photos that recall blue skies.

Boat Flat C.I SwittersB

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