The Rats Nest

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Better Late Than Never...

In hopes of gathering some photos for one of the chapters I just completed, I headed out to the "Skills" to fish with my good friend Mike.  We see to have lost out last year, so now is the time to make up for it.
 I had hoped to get some pictures for one of the chapters I currently finished, and Mike gladly offered to help out.  We had some nice opportunities on the surface, even though they were very short lived and few.

Is it me or does it feel like this winter still just doesn't want to unleash us from her nasty grip?  I can't remember the last time it was April 28th and I hadn't fished a solid Hendrickson hatch already.  I hate to say it, but I don't think we are going to have much of a spring here in the northeast, looks like it will be one of those years when summer just happens leaving us all wondering where the hell spring went. 

To make up for lost time last year, I've made it a point to make regular trips when time permits to the Catskills this season.  Every time thus far has been with fingers crossed hoping the weather cooperates and the bug activity gets going.  I have found so far I am continually repeating myself;  "Just another week, it'll happen next week".  Almost like groundhog day so to speak, that phrase keeps flowing freely from my mouth, only to find another week pass and the same outcome, very few bugs and little to no fish rising. 

This time however, a small window of feeding activity greeted us and we managed to put a few nice browns in the net, even if we had to fish size 18 dries instead of what we were hoping for.  Well, here it goes again, "Just another week, it'll happen

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ever Wonder Why You Are Doing Something?

Gonna go a bit off topic here, sorry for the venting act, psychobabble, straight up complaining or what ever it is.  I am at a point in this fly fishing thing where I am sitting back and reassessing just where I'm currently at.   I gotta admit, between the inter webs, social media and the notion that in this fast paced world we live in if you don't stay on top of all that crap you become irrelevant, it seems to me that all of the above is filled with countless posts, re posts and posts over posts of repetitive nonsense just to stay relevant and "cutting edge" regardless of whether or not the content is compelling, almost like a giant popularity contest.   More often than not it's straight up garbage, and what I like to call wasted time and hot air, and I feel as though I am caught in the middle of it all at times myself.   I guess I am having a bit of a social media meltdown/breakdown, or maybe I am forever wondering if all this BS is really worth it as I feel the last couple of years of "Fly fishing success" for me all seem to be pulling me completely away from the thing I enjoy the most,  fishing itself.

Don't get me wrong I love to create flies and tie as much as I like to fish, but I am slowly having some clarity these days, realizing that I do not want to be married to my Regal every free moment that I have.  What to do...... 

Once I complete this book project I am fully immersed in, I am reassessing my direction with Catching Shadows.  I am forever torn with how much involvement I want to have in the "Industry" side of this sport even though it has been extremely good to me as a whole.  Continue tying commercially?  Guide again?  A combination of the two?  I don't quite know the answer.  Maybe it's people overload, situational awareness, the notion that my interests are diverted, new challenges and opportunities in my real career, what it is, I don't really know.  What I do know is I am getting tired of the grind it out long pie eyed nights with  less time spent doing what I am most passionate about......  Fly fishing. 

Sometimes when you reassess your goals, even when you're feeling down, something good or even great comes out of the process.   Giving my eyes and hands a break from late nights at the vise tying exorbitant numbers of flies repetitively has made me think about all of this quite a bit.   I apologize for my candidness, but I feel like I've hit a brick wall face first  and the sting is really sinking in and will not subside.

I guess last weekend on the sticks made me contemplate just what the hell I am doing.  Looking back, I don't quite know how I did what I did in such a short span of time, never mind the numbers of flies I was pumping out with all that I have going on in my life.  Excuse me for a bit while I decompress and let things sink in for a while.  I think I am in need of some water time to cleanse the soul, hopefully I can get some in the days to come.  Until then, I hope you all have a great Easter weekend with friends and family, I'll be back posting sometime later this spring/summer.   Hopefully these damn bugs will wake up and give us something shoot for.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekend Festivities

My hopes and anticipation are both running very high as I write this.  Hoping that I'm actually seeing the weather report correctly and anticipating what will ensue.  A weekend away on one of my favorite tail waters, floating, throwing streamers to eager and hungry browns, maybe even some surface oriented dry fly fishing if I'm lucky.

My good friend Mike Schmidt and I will be on course for the Catskills and travel routes will be intersecting in an area where many before us frequented for the bounty of trout fishing, hatches and fishing lore.  Both of us are very optimistic as our last two planned outings together yielded both of us swift kicks to the nether regions by good old mother nature.  Since our last epic beat down, we've both been paying homage to the old girl with bedtime prayers on one knee in hopes of changing our luck.  Chants of "We're not worthy", haunt both of us, and we hope that our tributes will yield better results. 

My used to be full time fishing friend Mike will also be joining us for one of these days as we float the river of dreams.  If anybody can right the ship, Mike is the guy and the fate of our weekend rests in his hands.  When we get together, the stars seem to align and we always manage to have some luck.

If anything, we will be laughing all weekend, drinking some good beers and eating like kings as we traverse a rather picturesque landscape on our way quest for the "One".  If all goes well, I shall have a nice follow up post for you all next week.  Until then, have a great weekend and get out on some water while the weather holds.


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