Winter is half over. What is the challenge we all face? Yikes, cabin fever. So let's plan ahead.
Post Xmas sales, with great internet deals on rod and reels. The tying of flies...Get it done.
There's no such thing as a short winter. Some are just not as long as others. Cold is cold, snow is snow. Northern Michigan this time of year tests ones ability to live with oneself.
Get up in the morning and shovel snow, slide to work, slide home, shovel some more snow. How do you survive? TV doesn't do it for me. Maybe a little football, but life here in the north makes you understand the love of April to November. Granted winter has it's thrills. Gorgeous snow covered trails, frozen rivers, some of you ski, or get the sleds out...hoarfrost to name a few but the bottom line is man is just not made to exist in sub zero temperatures. There is 1 hour and 30 minutes more sun light than just a month ago! Stilll I pine for those LL bean boots, pull over fleeces and open logging trails. Dang it hurts.
However, I have many years of experience preparing for spring here in the great white north. Many responsibilities face us in the winter months while we prepare for the new season on the river. Rods, reels, oil and more oil. Waxing and cleaning floating lines. Those first bug hatches can come in late March. Being caught off guard is not an option. Did I mention staying in shape. Clean under your bed, clean the top of the refrigerator...gods sakes man get it done.
90..89..88..87..86 days left to that first step into a clear flowing river. I can smell the forest already. Flowers, mushrooms, wild asparagus, blueberries, raspberries...TROUT! Undisturbed for 6 months and eager to slam your fly.
The snow melt off cleans the earth, flushes the rivers, freshens the air for those of us who make the great north our home. So make those preparations and maybe, just maybe, we will see each other on the river this spring. Yes, Michigan dreaming and the calling of your heart.
'Til death do we part.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.