Monday, March 24, 2014

A Sunday


Plans were made to fish a river in the southwest section of the state Sunday. This river has been good to me in the past, especially early Fall and into the winter, so it was a good choice. The weather was cold an air temp of perhaps 35 and a good breeze. The sky was overcast with the look of snow. Luckily that snow did not come. After gearing up I headed for the water. The river was quite low, something I don't quite understand considering the snow melt. I fished a streamer in several runs and pools with out any interest. This was to be the day. The only spark of hope was a trout that followed a streamer and backed off at the last second.

Still this day was a success, for I was out and I was fishing. Over the few hours I was able to try out a few new flies, take in some wonderful sights, and enjoy a thermos of coffee.


Wild beauty. These fungi were brilliant, looking almost alien.


Startled whitetails. These three were part of perhaps a dozen that I crossed paths with today.


New Spring life. These were finally able to break the icy ground.


This bearded gent was sort of confused. I watched him wander in a circle for some time. When he finally recognized me he made a fast break or some thicker woods.

I closed the book on this day. It may have been fishless but a success still the same.

You want a warm feeling. How about some seasoned roasted red potatoes and carrots. And a ham and two cheese sandwich.


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34 comments:

  1. Alan...

    I'll take that sort of a day .....any day!!!!....

    Awesome display of multiple creatures out-and-about on your wonderful day out....reading and looking through your eyes helps to keep most of us sane.....lol.....thank you letting us peek briefly ...in your window of time and solitude WTG (way to go)

    Dave

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    1. flyfisher1000,
      Thanks.
      Dave I'm happy to be of service to you gents. I can make the best out of a fishless day, just give me coffee and a camera. Have a good day.

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  2. Looks like a beautiful trip to the stream!

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    1. Hibernation,
      Thanks.
      It surely was.....totally enjoyed.

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  3. Sounds like you were down my way.
    Nice day to be out. I was laid up with a migraine.
    Heading out later this week in the coming snow to fish for fat stocked fish.

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    1. Apache Trout,
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      John that I was. Sorry about the headache, hope it's better. Nasty white stuff on the horizon, what the heck it's New England.

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    2. Oops... I thought you said southwest part of state, my bad. So you weren't down my way. That Class 1 by me should be fishing well now.

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    3. John, my mistake, it was the southwest part of the state.

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  4. Alan - it was a cold one on sunday. I had entertained the idea of heading out in the afternoon and decided to wait for a warmer opportunity. It's disappointing that that stream has been so low lately!

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      You probably made the right choice by not fishing. I can't figure that stream out, the fish have to be there.
      Was tempted to fish a Class 1 a little further down the parkway. Maybe next time.

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  5. Alan
    Just to be outside in that beautiful area where you live would have been enough for me. You would think the trout would be active with all the movement of the wildlife. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
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      Indeed Bill. The trout will come around I'm sure.

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  6. loved the white tails and the pretty fungi! that last photo looks pretty darn good, too!

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      Those deer were in full flight mode, all most comical.

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  7. Looks like a grand day out Alan, glad that snow stayed away for you.

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    1. brian,
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      That it was. More snow Wednesday.

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  8. Yep, a successful day for sure.

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    1. Howard,
      Thanks.
      All around my friend.

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  9. What is this! No fish on a well tied and presented Streamer? I am guessing the fish needed Sunday to rest. Sometimes fishing isn't necessarily about fishing. It's about all the other things the angler absorbs.

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    1. Mel Moore,
      Thanks.
      And they took the day off. Your spot on about the other things.

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  10. Beautiful shots of Mother Nature at her finest.
    Oh yeah...I almost forgot. I'll take one of those ham and cheese sammiches with a side of roasted potatoes and carrots to go please!!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      She can be delightful at times. Ham and cheese one of the best sammies.

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  11. I am glad to see the deer and turkeys made it through the winter. Great looking river, it looks familiar. Glad you got to enjoy a cold spring day.

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    1. Savage,
      Thanks.
      Not only did they make it through the winter, but they did it in great shape.
      You might know the river.

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  12. That's a great thing about venturing onto a small stream, even if the fish aren't cooperating the sites alone make it worthwhile. Sounds like a great day Alan.

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    1. LQN,
      Thanks.
      That's very true. I think that some better weather will improve the bite.

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  13. You had a more pleasant Sunday than I had (w/ 23 degrees while fishing), with nice photos. Love those fungi!

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    1. Walt Franklin,
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      23 degrees, I don't think it was that cold where I was.
      The fly has to hit them in the nose.

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  14. Great photography, as always.

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    1. ssj,
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      I appreciate your comment friend.

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  15. Nice to see you had the best kind of company. And so good to see the skunk cabbage!

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
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      Love them. Skunk cabbage, can true Spring be far behind.

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  16. Nuther snow day for many schools today..winter just keeps kicking us in the butt...nice to see bareground and some new growth in your post Brk Trt..

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      I see you and the Cape are in for a blizzard, hope things settle down for you Mike.

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