Friday, June 24, 2011

Taking a Break

I have a writing deadline approaching but for the life of me I couldn't wrap my mind around it so I did the only sensible thing -- I went fly fishing.
I broke the news to Jilda over coffee. She's a little under the weather but I could almost hear her say, don't let the door hit you in the butt.
I got to the water before sunrise and the mist on the water looked mystical. I tied on a stonefly and started casting.
I think trout must sleep in, during the summer. Tonight I did a Google search and found nothing to substantiate this, but I chose to believe they do because they weren't biting. 
I could hear a great blue heron upstream, though I couldn't see him.
Rivers have an earthy smell. Moss, fallen trees, wild flowers and decaying leaves are all components, but there are other things that are familiar, yet unnamable. 
As I tried to put labels on the smells, a young rainbow had its way with my fly. By the time I realized it, he figured out he'd been duped and spit the fly out. On his way downstream he flipped out of the water as if to say, kiss my a** mister fisherman.
In the past I would have beaten myself up for the lack of focus, but I've come to understand that it's not about catching fish.  So I smiled at the rainbow because if I were a fish, I would have done the same thing.
When the morning sun burned the mist off the water, I started catching trout. I  caught 10 in all, but of course I let them all go.
This afternoon when I got home, Jilda was heading out to work. I took the laptop out to the screen porch and knocked out the first draft of the story that's due.
I doubt the story would have been any better if I'd stayed home and tapped keys all day. Some times you get more done when you take a break.


  1. What a beautiful break you did have!

  2. sometimes we just have to do what we got to do or we get fixated to it and the next things we need to do just don't come in to place...

    good for you sir!..

    good luck!


  3. You know what they say - the worst day fishing is better than the best day working.

    Practicing your catch and release skills sounds soooo peaceful - especially since we are about to be descended upon by a bunch of nail-gun-guys ... who knew roofs were right up there with astro-physics for complexity??

  4. That picture is beautiful, and I agree with the wisdom of taking a break when necessary. How lovely for you that you get to do it in such a beautiful place.

  5. you're right, it's not about the fish. it's about being.

  6. A beautiful and inspiring break!

  7. That's why I practice my guitar and watch movies - those things are my 'breaks.'


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