Some weekends are shit-shows. This weekend was just that
To clarify, little, is a relative term.
I spent a large amount of time during the Summer of 2016 floating down rivers and throwing flies with just about anyone who would join me. Like my previous few posts, this is yet another documentation of such. Continue reading
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter where you fish or what you catch; good company is good company… Continue reading
This past Summer, my brother and I hit the Rappahannock one last time before I relocated. Grad school called, I answered, and a move was imminent. So, we threw a canoe in the back of the truck, grabbed a few fly rods, loaded the cooler with ice cold goodies, and proceeded to float. The water was slightly cooler than the air. The sun broke through the clouds more often than not. Also, I don’t remember it being crazy hot, which means it wasn’t (based on the, you only remember the outliers, school of thought). Continue reading
Excerpt from a recent bar conversation with someone who doesn’t fish: “How do they (the fish) feel after you release them; do you think they remain frightened? Even if they don’t remember it, is it a suppressed thing, like PTSD?” Continue reading
Spending so much time on the shad made ‘me thinks’ the striper feel left out. So, a little about them, huh? Most people tend to think that striper, another anadromous fish, spawn soon after the shad. However, this year the shad and striper arrived at the fall line of the Rappahannock River right about the same time. Both the runs are earlier than usual too. Maybe something to do with the warmer weather we had throughout January and February? An observation worth pointing out, I think.
Came across this article recently while skimming a fly fishing related Facebook group. Not sure how many people have read it, but it sounds right, and as John Gierach likes to point out in his book, Sex, Death, and Fly Fishing, sometimes sounding right is all you need. I’m currently reading Mr. Gierach’s book. My brother gave it to me as a holiday gift. I will say, the guy writes well, with wit and sarcasm. Pick up a copy if you need an entertaining read. His other books, articles, etc…received excellent reviews too.
Yeah, back the the topic. You always hear about safe catch-and-release techniques, but it is cool to read up on how to actually hold these babies (fish). I probably can’t say anything here that the article doesn’t cover. So, read up! Comment sections are great places to voice questions or list corrections. Be sure to check those out whenever possible. Yes, sometimes – probably more often than not – they turn into non-sense debates, name calling, and hate speech. Yet, you never know, you could learn something. Learning’s good.