The Plan was to relax this morning, I wasn’t planning on fishing, but with the mild temps I figured I would head out and try to hit my first fish of 2012. Friday night I set the alarm and my phone for dark-o-clock and laid out all my gear. I awoke to the sound of my 2-1/2 yr old son’s voice, his newest phrase “I did it” repeated over and over. I don’t remember shutting off the alarms; the extra rest was obviously needed. After a quick wrestle session with the boy, I was getting ready and on my way out the door. I figured I was late so why not take my time. I wasn’t going to beat the crowds, and with the milder weather I was sure the year round stretch was going to be busy.
I arrived at the access parking lot and sure enough it was busy. I made my way to the River and was happy to see the run I wanted to fish unoccupied. The River although on the drop and clearing had substantial flow. The conditions today were unreal. It felt like the end of winter.
With wading staff in hand I slowly waded out so I could fish the seam that had treated me so kind in the early fall of 2011. The current was strong and I never really stopped to think about a fighting or landing strategy if I hooked up. A mistake I made several times in 2011. Sure enough 5 drifts in and I connect on a decent fish, and after a violent hook-set the fish shoots up river. Perfect I think to myself, I got you now… I was wrong. The Fish turned shortly after and bolted down River. I knew I couldn’t chase it so I held the rod high and tried to keep lots of line off the water. It wasn’t long before my line went slack. Optimistic; I continued fishing. Unfortunately that first hook-up would be my only opportunity of the day.
Although slow, today was a great day. I enjoyed the free time, as our schedule at home has been a bit hectic.
On the Drive home I was delayed on the Highway, there was a bad accident. Arriving at the closure shortly after the accident occurred was not a nice experience. The Police had us wait while the Air ambulance landed.
Made me remember everything I have to be grateful for and to enjoy each day to the fullest.