This Week's View|
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
December 1st, 2008
Catching Nothing, But,
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
In our part of the world we've had unseasonably warm weather.
My husband JC and I have seen several large flights of migrating
Canada geese over the past week. I was doing some fall clean-up
in the yard and was stopped in my tracks with the sight and sound
of geese just barely treetop high. What a treat!
A few of the hearty from FAOL gathered at Rocky Ford Creek this
past weekend. (Rocky is a state-owned open to the public spring
creek with huge rainbows which will rise to a dry fly.) There is an
annual Fish-In at Rocky in the spring, around Mother's Day, and it
usually draws a pretty good crowd. There is a bit of a tradition
regarding fishing at Rocky on New Years Day too, the reports this
past holiday were of a good catch with the exception of one who
threatened to use nymphs. That's a big deal for one who has claimed
to be a dry fly fisher. What fun. The point of fishing Rocky at this time
of year is there are less people for sure, but the weeds die down after
the first frost, allowing better sight fishing. Click on the Fish-In menu
on the left side of the screen and you can read about the CWFI
(Central Washington Fish-In) over the past several years. Having
the ability to catch fish like that is absolutely marvelous.
You can't make memories if you don't make the effort to get
out and go. It is called fishing.
Notice, it is not called catching.
One of the 'strings' on the Bulletin Board recently was from a fellow
reasonably new to fly fishing who loves it, but is having trouble with
the catching part. There was excellent advice from several people,
how to improve the hooking, and which flies might be more successful.
He will catch fish. I know that, because in his post he mentioned how
much he was enjoying the other parts of fishing. His surroundings,
seeing the wildlife, flora and fauna - and he was very much enjoying
the comradeship of his fellow fly fishers. I think he already 'got it.'
It's not like I've ever been in a situation where I didn't catch anything
(ya right) but I've certainly heard about it. And of course one can feel
disappointed, perhaps at a loss as to what they didn't do right, a
thousand things they could have done differently. Lots to chew on.
A reader from down under, recently joined this web site and he had
posted how much he enjoyed the fact there weren't unending battles
here, and the respect the readers seem to have for each other. That
isn't new, but it is nice to hear it. To quote him, "FAOL is my last
refuge of sanity."
We all live in a world which can be a bit frightening. Prospects for
the next year will be what we make them. New leadership in our
nation's capitol really doesn't make much of a dent in our day to
day living. But the rhetoric isn't intended to encourage us. What
we all must remember is that everything is within our power. All things.
The Thanksgiving holiday just passed, and too quickly we forget
those things for which we are grateful. Sometimes we should just
be grateful for 'catching nothing.' ~ LadyFisher
If you would like to comment on this or any other article please feel free to
post your views on the FAOL Bulletin Board!
[ HOME ]
[ Search ]
[ Contact FAOL ]
[ Media Kit ]
FlyAnglersOnline.com © Notice