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Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A warm afternoon and evening at Yellowwood fishing the shorelines under dogwood and redbud. Black Crappie flashing on stripped streamers. Bluegills popping a muddler variation fished high and dry. It was my go to fly for the trout in my lake in Washington; seems appropriate that the bluegill would like it here. Then the first largemouth on a dry fly this season. A skinny little fish that hit the muddler with relish. That's a milestone. To top it all off, loading up the truck in the gloaming I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. But it was indeed what I thought I was seeing: fireflies glittering in the trees. Signs and wonders.
Friday, April 21, 2017
An afternoon at Griffey Lake. Sebastian takes the camera and captures a parking lot not jammed with cars for a change.
We had started fishing at the other end but had nary a bite. So we go back to the dock. I get a bite first and Sebastian reels it in for me. It's good to catch a fish again.
Sebastian wields his rod in a running series of duels with some very tricky bluegills.
He gets frustrated and puts his rod down and picks up the camera. When one of those fish comes out from under the dock and hooks itself he keeps the camera while I reel it in.
That worked so well we do it again. Nice shooting, Sebastian.
We catch a few more and then decide to take a hike.
I thought he might want to head home after that--I was tired: he has a knack for finding the steepest trails--but he's still fresh and wants to fish some more. OK by me. We cross the road and try the other side of the lake. We see a big water snake curl off the rocks and pour himself into the water. That, if you don't count another little bluegill, is our big excitement here.
So it's back to the docks. We catch a few more fish. He finally hooks one himself.
Then he takes over the photographer role again and comes up with a couple of great shots.
Well done, Sebastian. We'll be doing the FHF (Fish-Hike-Fish) again real soon.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Spring is stepping up. The world under the intensifying sun lights up brighter each day. The lake is opening like a bud. At dusk the water calms and bluegill decide to come up and play on the surface. You are far from the take out, but you have so much fun catching bluegills on a dry that you don't get back to the truck until the sky is awash with stars. But that's OK. Jupiter watches over you all the way home.