Today's thought "To Build A Fire", and like Jack London's short story of the same title, you'd have to build one under me just to get me outside. Dang will we ever see the grass again?
All this deep snow is only a concern at intersections and on roofs. I really don't mind. The real down side is the high water coming to a river near you this spring. What complications will it create for fly fishing in April or even May. The big lakes or where the rivers flow into them will be good opportunities for Steelhead or Stickleback fish. That means Muddler and Clouser minnows or Stone and Hex nymphs need to be in the fly box. The weather can break fast with a long warm front in early May, so have them ready. Jim and I have already discussed our first spring fly fishing trip and the waiting game begins. With a little luck warm weather will hit in March, if Al Gore is right.
The new Cabala's Fly Fishing catalog is now out and it becomes my bed side reader. I see were some polarized sun glasses can run $300. I believe I will stick to my $7.89 Walmart "Flip Ups" for the fact that I loose too many pairs. New floating line with a loop system? "Not"! I still won't convert. A reel however is calling me. A large arbor, 5/6 of the lightest alloys is to be the new replacement for my 35 year old Batton Kill reel. Widowed and dog-less, this reel will be my best friend; "til death do we part ". Will I chose the Redington Rise II or the Orvis Batton Kill II . Oh the choices. What a time of the year. Can I suggest creating a new holiday like Christmas only calling it Troutmas and have it fall in the first week of April. Wouldn't that be grand. Songs like "I'll Be Home For Troutmas" or "It Was The Night Before Troutmas". How about Smart Wool stockings stuffed with Para Adams by the chimney with care. I think cabin fever has come early...might be time for a trip to a councilor. Have a Merry Troutmas!
Quote of The Day...Fly Fishing is the adult version of "Hide And Go Seek".
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.