The Rats Nest

Monday, March 14, 2011

Amongst The Clippings.......

A Handful Of This Winters Spooled Casualties....
I write this entry counting the days till my guide season officially kicks into high gear.  It's been the busiest winter to date, and I think next winter I'm gonna have to scale things back a bit.  I shouldn't feel drained this early in the year, I mean s*%t, I haven't even really begun guiding yet.  I guess the countless nights up after work tying and tweaking presentations did it's toll.  My Day's typically went like this; Get home from work at Midnight, tie till 2:30 - 3:00 AM, up at 6:30 with the girls.  Chase them around till about 12-1, hit the gym, go to work for 2:30 and then do it all over again.   I guess you could say my motto of "Sleep When You're Dead" rang true this winter.

Well at last, I can finally start to dig out of my winter funk, clean up the gear, pack up all those flies that managed to make their way into my boxes and not others, and get down to business stomping the banks of my home waters with clients of new and old.  This should be a pretty good season from what I can see right now.  A pair of reservoirs full of water should make for a very productive summer, hopefully I can sneak a few hours in here and there to satiate my fishing Jone's, but if not, no worries, I can always live vicariously through my clients.   If you haven't already noticed Ive been a bit of a cave dweller these days, coming out to put a snippet or two up on the site once every other week.  Aside from filling fly orders (glad that s*@t's over), Ive been busily in man town (my basement and tying area) devising new patterns to try out this season.  Sorry to say the videos will be less frequent, but to hold true to my intentions, I will still only put up patterns of my own that have been run through the paces on the water and proven themselves to be effective imitations.  What I may start doing is plugging in some videos of other notable patterns, just to keep you all coming back.  Ive had some requests in the past few months, maybe it's time to start answering some of them.

A Mess, But Getting Cleaner....
With another season comes the anticipation for more comfortable weather, good flows, blizzard hatches and hungry fish.  Pretty soon things will be cranking, can't say I can wait, I mean really,  this winter was flat out nothing short of a swift kick in the coin purse, well unless of course you were a snowboarder.  I can honestly say, this winter really put a damper on my ability to get out and fish, it seemed like every time I had a free day we either got spanked with snow or the river was a giant slushy machine as the air temps were in single digits.    Time to make up for lost time, are you ready?   I know I am.   River reports, Farmington fish porn, new flies, and other related nonsense to follow, stay tuned, sorry for the expletives, well not really, can you blame me, the past few months have made me cagey.   I feel bad for any fish this season that crosses my path, It ain't gonna be pretty.

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