Well...what can I say? Fate and Mother Nature have played their cards and I came up short. The fat lady has sung and the 2008 extended season here in Ontario is officially over for me. I was holding on tight to a flicker of hope that the tribs would come into shape for one last outing before Dec 31. As it turns out the major thaw that unlocked the once frozen tribs was epic. So epic that old timers are commenting on these rivers peeking higher then they had ever seen in their many years. Ironic isn't it? Ironic in that a season filled with so much precipitation and elevated river levels would end on this note. It's an irony that I can live without. It seems like the fall/winter season just started yesterday and here I am typing of it's demise. If there is one lesson to be learned from this year it is to cherish those special days on the water. Do not take them for granted and savour every drift.
2008 was a different year for our rivers but nothing short of spectacular by any means. The fish were there if you put in the leg work and the river has never been in better shape. The fishing was exactly how it should be..."fishing". It's not supposed to be easy. It's supposed to be a challenge and this year was just that. It made us reevaluate our approach and pushed us to explore outside of our comfort zone. We are better for it. I will miss that little river...
A special thanks to Norland for sharing some amazing days on the water with me and being part of the memories. Gene you are a class act and thanks for putting up with me! Friggin HOMO!
At this time I'd like to leave you all with a pictorial sampling of the 08 fall/winter season. Enjoy and stay tuned for some very soon to be 2009 adventures ;0)