June 19, 2013

I recently heard a phrase that has stuck with me somewhat, “the days are long but the years are short.”  I thought of it again this morning as I headed out into the Highlands and realized that Summer begins this Friday at 5:04 a.m.  It seems to me like it was April just last week.

The Stream.

The Stream.

I threw my gear in the truck and headed to a “local” stream that got a good rain the day before. I was a little disappointed to see a car parked in my spot which is well up off of the main road. Oh well, what can you do?

Lil' native.

Lil’ native.

The first pool I stopped at produced a little brook trout on a black ant almost immediately. Seeing as the hole was spooked I hiked on upstream. I settled into my next spot which involved some crawling to remain undetected. Hearing a noise behind me I wheeled around to find two employees of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. It turns out I was about to fish a pool directly adjacent to a Louisiana Waterthrush nest. Then one of the birders sloshed right through the pool to show me the nest, which was burrowed into the stream bank. They then asked if I could wait a few minutes so they could record some info. For what it’s worth I really do enjoy birds, however, I just smiled and said it was nice to have met them and moved on.

Perfect little chute.

Perfect little chute.

Moving on proved beneficial and I got into a few more fish before heading back to my truck. I was back in the city by 1:00 p.m.

Quick pic and then back into the pool.

Quick pic and then back into the pool.

Thanks for reading.

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What a difference…

…365 days make. The hat on the left is my fishing lid from 2012. The one on the right is the one I’ve been wearing in 2013. No contest. I’ve barely gotten out this year and I couldn’t be happier about it. A newborn WILL cut into your time on the water but as my friend Coty reminded me, “fishing will always be there, these moments won’t.”  So there it is. A brief post to maintain a little relevance and a reminder to enjoy your kids. And most of all, happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there.

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Take care.