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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Winter Trout Fishing = Solitude



12 Degree air temperatures keeps most people inside, that's when I try to get out on my local tailwater to clear the head. Over the last few years I have come to the realization that the colder months are my safest bet for finding solitude on long stretches of my favorite river. Repeat client, and good friend Josh has had the knack to fish in the colder months, so we decided to get out no matter what Mother Nature handed us.

The second cast into the outing and Josh was connected, and gleefully fighting his first of what would be a consistently successful outing. The best thing about todays excursion to the Farmington was the lack of people out fishing. Ya, the cold weather isn't fun, iced guides, cold extremities, lack of dexterity in the fingers, sideways snow, rain, sleet, you name it. The fish didn't seem to care, and we didn't have to fumble around looking for a place to fish. (Bonus) The funny thing is even if we didn't hook a single fish today, the solitude was well worth it. No busy parking lots with people running you over, no long lines with rude people who could care less if the front door to the store you just walked into hits you in the face, none of that, just plain old running water and eager trout looking for dinner.

Even though we will both probably pay next week with head colds after standing in 40 degree running water for 8 hours with snow and freezing rain, the batteries are recharged, the head is clear and now it's time to move on.........

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