Friday, July 14, 2006

Fishing and the internet

I'll be the first to admit that I am addicted to internet fishing shoot me! I've met a lot of really nice people over the years online. In fact some of my best friends have been met on various fishing forums. I've also met a host of phonies, posers and down right outdoor criminals.
I have stirred the pot a few times on these forums and deservedly, gotten the "cyber" door shown to me. So be it! I am who I am and if someone has trouble with that then they can go f....well you know what I mean.
One person stands out to me as one of the most real and sincere people I know. She suffers from a very serious health problem but you would never know it by reading her posts or her blog. She does not complain at all! She also will rip you a "new one" if you cross her but those who do cross her have it coming. She does not mince words and I find that very refreshing. She knows I'm talking about her and she is what I consider a good "net" buddy and besides she has some really cool tattoos.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Dog days of summer

We are kind of between season now as far as fishing goes. The Deschutes summer steelhead are just beginning to show and the trout fishing is tapering off a bit. I find plenty of diversion, however, in pursuing coastal cutthroat trout.
Very few people bother with them as they are catch and release only and most coastal residents have a harvest mentality so that means limited or almost non-existent pressure on these wonderful little trout.
Very peaceful and reflective time for me when I am out on the river casting to these fish. They aren't huge but are plenty aggressive and fight great!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Could not have said it better myself

Below is a series of quotes about fishing. Some good, some great and all relevant....enjoy

"A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it." -Arnold Gingrich

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains." Thoreau"

"Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout." -Irish proverb

"There is certainly something in fishing that tends to produce a gentleness of spirit, a pure serenity of mind." -Washington Irving

"If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere." -Vincent Van Gogh

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." -Doug Larsen

"Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up." -Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"To him, all good things, trout as well as eternal salvation, come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy." -Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It, 1976

"If fishing is like religion, then flyfishing is high church." -Tom Brokaw

"If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business." -Alfred W. Miller

"Calling Fly Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job." -Paul Schullery

"The difference between fly fishers and worm dunkers is the quality of their excuses." -Anonymous

"Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God." -Tony Blake

"The two best times to fish is when it's rainin' and when it ain't." -Patrick F MacManus

"Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics, that it can never be fully learnt." -Izaak Walton 1653

"I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout." -Paul O'Neil

"In my family, there was no clear division between religion and fly fishing." -Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It, 1976

"Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate." -Izaac Walton

Monday, July 03, 2006

Back in the saddle

Went out on Sunday for the first time since my mother in law passed away. Hooked a pretty good sized trout that made the day a real success.

It's tough to imagine that we won't be doing Christmas and Thanksgiving with my mother in law anymore. I think the reality of that fact will not truly sink in until the time comes.

A real end of an era......