Anticipation, Humility and Fun
|Ice and ore boats- a common sight these days|
For weeks now I have been living for May 15- the opener of smallies, pike, walleye, and muskie in the UP. Rearranging my fly boxes, following the massive fish caught in lower Michigan and Ohio. Listening to my friend’s brag about all their fish and making fun of me for living in the UP. Well, I would show them- massive pigs would be landed on the 15th. So big that the Bassmaster would change over to flies only and big soulless outdoor retail stores would go out of business. Small fly shops would thrive and those of us who are still dealing with snow and ice in the UP would be rewarded for our strength to make it through a harsh winter.
|Pretty as sunshine and as sweet as rain. Brookie streams are little jems|
So a guy can dream, right. May 15th was snowy, windy and cold. Still I was determined no more switch rods, no more eggs, no more swinging. Stripping streamers, flies that kick hard and maybe even some poppers were the name of the game. Changing lots of flies- staring into my boxes looking for some eureka moment. Pounding good looking water. Praying to the fish gods. All for one fish. One fish that would make it all better. Sometimes that fish is a flash. A flash of color behind my fly after a long day. It was awesome. I was totally happy with the day. Yea ,I didn’t catch any fish yea my friends will still give me crap for living up here. But the wind was blowing, the snow was slowly stopping, small deer were running around and I was standing in the middle of a brilliant river with nobody around. Of all the places that I have lived this is the best place in the world. The rewards might not be what you want but they will be want you need.
|Water that saved my day or at least my attitude. Pike flash ain't bad|
The next day I pushed in a new area and fished a brilliant little brookie stream. Eager, fearless little beauties kept me occupied for most of the day. With the light dying I decided to pack it in. I have already hit a deer this year and a second this early in the year was not in the cards. All in all, a great two days. As I am writing this and avoiding work, it is warm and sunny. My plans for the summer are laid who in OCD detail- lots of new water, so golden oldies and lots more awesome fishing in the UP. To paraphrase the last Calvin and Hobbes comic- lets go exploring.
|New water that is on my list- looks like fun. Tons of deer, beavers, grouse and hopefully fish|