Clearing out the clutter – Simplify your fishing.

2 May

Out of clutter, find simplicity. – Albert Einstein.

I find my mind cluttered now. It is as if my time is a garage stuffed with junk. I have things I want to get done, and things I want to do. But due to the clutter I am left taking everything out of the garage piece by piece, just to get the lawn mower that I need to check something off of my list.

As I mentioned in previous posts, I am not the most organized guy. My tying bench can look like a small explosive just ravaged it. My real life garage is a constant struggle to find a place for everything, let alone to keep everything in its place.

Tying bench disaster or creative genius at work. Photo - Billy Williams.

Tying bench disaster or creative genius at work. Photo – Billy Williams.

Luckily my mind is much easier to clean and maintain than my garage. I do my best to keep things simple, keep a schedule and I make lists. Continue reading


Taxes, spring cleaning, garage cleaning, lawn care and the spring season….

30 Apr

After what seems to be a never ending winter to spring transition, I can’t wait to hit the water and do some real fishing.  Then life happens.

Captain and crew.  Yup. She's the captain.

Captain and crew. Yup. She’s the captain.

I have a family, who love to be outdoors.  Well the little one doesn’t know it yet.  But I am sure she will like it when she gets out of the stroller. The rest of us love to be outdoors.  I consider it a privilege to teach my kids how to fish, mess with worms, be patient and set the hook.  I am sure casting practice will be a treat but we aren’t there yet. Right now we are busy targeting perch, and crappies. Doing a lot of shore fishing until I get the boat closer to the water.

It is tough to find the time to really fly fish when there are all the responsibilities of life.  So I make the time.  I have found a time slot that no one can touch.  Early mornings.  5 am to 7 am, at a local stream.  The fishing has been tough, but I figure this week will be perfect, temps over 10 degrees Celsius, even at night. Tomorrow morning will be perfect.

I know some folks don’t fish at 5 am.  And to those folks I say thanks, because I am going to have the river all to myself tomorrow morning.

Fly fishing puzzles, and early season searching.

26 Apr

The water has come up and gone back down. Things are starting to return to normal this spring with the exception of the fish. Where the heck are they? Of course this is a rhetorical question. The fish are where they always are, in the water. I think the real question I keep asking is why can’t I see them.

Compared with last year, when fish were everywhere and the water was low, this year seems to be fish free. Last years run-off non-existant. This must have been a contributing factor to last year’s drought. It was blissful early spring fishing. The water warmed early, the bugs were ever present, and the rises were easy to spot.

This year the water is still up a turbid foot. Not milky or completely black but stained more than the standard ten feet of visibility. Add the increase in current and I can’t see the rises or the fish in my local stream.

The Plan:

Wet swing a bead head black woolly bugger and a silver butcher through the larger pools and try to get a hit. It will be quick moving fishing tomorrow on my search and record mission. I do plan on hitting a few different types of river structure like riffles and some fallen trees and sunlit banks.  Those fish are somewhere.

I will continue to look for bugs and rises. There should be a hatch of size 14 grey caddis in a few days. And if I start to see splashy rises I will try a sparkle pupa emerger that was the ticket for big guys last spring. But this definitely isn’t last spring.

What is working for you guys this time of year?

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