Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mr. Blue

I was on the water by 7 this morning. I met my friend Howard there and we made our way down to the river.
It was cool this morning, but I didn't think it was cool enough to wear long sleeves. Howard wore a windbreaker and the closer to the water, the more I regretted not wearing something warmer than shorts and a t-shirt.
Gray clouds hung over the valley like wood smoke and every now and then a thin mist of rain blew down the river and set chills up my spine.
All summer the wind has been mild on the river so casting was simple, but I learned today that there is an art to casting in wind that's near gale force. The technique is to not cast until the wind dies down.
It took me a while to get that (guess my mind was on the slow boat today). In fact I spent more time untangling my line than I did fishing.
I feared I would be skunked (go home without catching at least one fish), but a rainbow took pity on me about 30 minutes before I left.
Even with the challenges, it was fun being on the river. I should have taken a queue from a great blue herron that was sitting on a limb above the water who was looking at me as if to say -- "boy, don't know you can't do any good when the cold wind blows?" I do now Mr. Blue

13 comments:

  1. You fishermen are a tough bunch. Absolutely any weather will find you on the water. Perhaps Mr. Blue doesn't know fishermen after all. Ha
    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  2. My daughter is learning how to fish by trial and error and I guess you are too! No matter what though it is great to be out in nature.

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  3. I guess there is always something new to learn :-)

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  4. If it took you out a while to figure not to cast in teh gail wind..its good you idin 't loose your gear:))

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  5. You fish and learn, Rick! LOL!!

    Hope you didn't get too chilled! But you didn't get skunked (love that word!) and nabbed yourself a fish! Yay! Take care
    x

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  6. At least you got it figured out before the day is gone. LOL! And don't worry Mr. Blue won't talk...

    Have a wonderful weekend sir!

    JJRod'z

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  7. I like rainbow fish! Hows those knees?

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  8. I'm glad that you managed to get a bite before you left! Expect you were pretty cold by the time you got home though.

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  9. Brrrr I can just feel that icy mist clinging. Thank goodness you caught a fish. But wow..that was some therapy for the knees wasn't it?

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  10. Whew. You did catch one fish. Sounds too cold for me.

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  11. Jim fishes in any weather except wind and lightning. And it really doesn't matter if he catches anything or not. He prefers to catch but he loves fishing.

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  12. Was almost a day you could have written about 'it's the process not the product'. Glad you scored a fish...makes going home an easier road to tread!

    Thanks for your encouraging and kind words while my Sweetheart was down and out, I hope to be able to read and comment on all my dear friends blogs more often.

    Hugs~

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  13. It's not the fish, it's the fishing; being on the water, the weather, the expactations, and finally - the Fish (big prize for you efforts and patience).
    You've got the right attitude.

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