Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fishing In The Slow Lane

Lazy summer days are for the following:

Coolers of Beer
Leisurely Fly Fishing

When i get into a boat i am there to, above all things, relax: Everything should slow down to river speed. River otter speed. Mayfly speed. I can never understand how people can enjoy a day on the water while trying to race every other boat down to the next fishy looking run. Fishing is about catching, but also about learning how to fool specific fish, not just motor-boating until you find a fish willing to eat whatever you happened to have tied on at that moment. When i find a good riser thats when the sneaky sneaky box comes out and the rust is dusted off the reach cast. Maybe not on the first cast, but you know that fish is coming up. . . .

There are plenty of fish out there for the first and last boats of the day, and plenty to look at and enjoy other than the fishing. Wildlife tends to pop up all the time when you're not head-down chasing the bobber. I like wildlife. I like watching Ospreys fish, helicoptering in the air watching for a absentminded trout. My perfect day on the water includes time to grill riverside, completely re-rig and fiddle with fly rods, go swimming on the hot days and watch a sunset afterwards.

Cheers to fishing in the slow lane.

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