A semi-coherant collection of ramblings,misdealings, and Tom Foolery experienced in pursuit of Great Lakes Steelhead.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Finally some Vis...Finally...
I almost didn't make it to the river today. Between the crowds and two week flow of mud and silt I really wasn't interested. The day was best spent around the property cleaning up from the snowstorm and tending to my winter wood cache. The morning was overcast and I almost made a late run for the river just prior to the sunny blue skies opening up. It was a beautiful day to be in the woods and to work at ones relaxed pace. After finalizing my 4th face cord I decided to slip down and see if the weekend crowds had dissipated.
I was hoping that everyone would be on the road back home and there might be a little elbow room for me in my usual haunts. I was as equally hoping that there would be a break in the never-ending flow of silt that has been present for the past three weekends. I can honestly say in the past 5 years or so I cannot recall this river carrying such a high turbidity for so long. It used to amaze me at how it appeared to never stain up or blow out.
The crowds were marginally smaller and I did manage to find a little room to breath but more encouraging was the increased visibility. Finally some Vis...and with the Vis some confidence. I poked around for a few hours enjoying the evening sunlight. There is a magic window where the evening sun lights the surface of the river on fire. It never ceases to inspire and capture my attention.
I managed to tempt a few players along my travels. Some came to hand and others quickly parted ways. It was nice to fish with confidence and find them where they should be. Muddy water bums me out as much as epic crowds and when you mix the two it's game over for me. The morning actually looks promising...