Cofisher made me do it. 'Good luck with that schedule', was the gist of his comment. A long hot day at work, then rain, just enough to keep me from accomplishing all that I needed to, and still I got home late, dirty and tired. Did I make dinner and go to bed? No- Cofisher's comment burned in my mind- "You can't do it" was what he, in effect, said. Howard- you're right- I can't do it. I didn't fish Saturday, I didn't fish today. But yesterday I had to do it, push myself, however foolishly to get out there.
Now let me tell you the pitfalls of video. You see, in times past I would have already had my gear in the truck and would have just gone. But I was covered in dust and stain and a three day scruff, none of which look good on video, and so I went home and showered and shaved, gathered my gear and cameras, and headed out. If you look close you'll see how tired I am. The lack of coherence. The disorganized gear. (Today's tip- I wore the raincoat, not for rain, but so that I wouldn't have to put on much insect repellent.) But I gave a pledge to the fine people at TakeMeFishing.org and to you my readers, and Cofisher double-dog dared me. Or something like that.
So I went. I had one hour. I bushwhacked through a miserable little tag alder jungle gym. I screwed around with the video camera, and I must say- my Joby tripod saved the day in spades, as brook trout streams in tag alder swamps are almost completely devoid of flat hard surfaces. To be honest, doing the video was what made it fun. Oh yeah, and this fish.
|a fontinalis for Fontinalis|
This next photo is a shout-out for both Take Me Fishing and National Fishing and Boating Week and Joby- thanks guys- for the cam, and to Joby for making such a great tripod.
|I pythoned this thing to the bush-cool|
By the way, I didn't catch a fish on camera, but I did lose one- here's the video. You may have to turn the volume up to hear all of my ridiculous gems, or turn it off depending on your valuation of verbal gemology. It was a pretty cool strike- typical of the frantic fight that brook trout give, and why they can be a worthy challenge. Check it out.
So again my thanks to the people at TakeMeFishing.org for letting me participate as a blogger in National Fishing and Boating Week. Get out there folks and enjoy it- the outdoors is waiting for you. Remember- here in Michigan, the free fishing days will be this coming weekend, June 11, 12, so take your family fishing and have a great time. More posts to come.