Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Evening ?????

Is FR on Hiatus?

The answer is no, but I'm finding that if I don't start My Monday Morning Coffee piece on Friday, it doesn't get finished.  I woke up yesterday and said "Oh crap" and got typing, almost got it finished, then got up this morning, realized I'd forgotten that I had to take my cousin to work (sorry Mike) and was going to be late for my own job.  Things are a little off-kilter here in FR Land right now, and will be for a few weeks yet.  My grandmother is dying of cancer, she's 90, and it won't be long now.  She has been an anchor for this family for a long time, and one of the steadiest parts of my life.  

I'm also trying to wrap up my current job and working long hours and weeks.  I know, you all have jobs, you don't need to hear it.  But it does absorb a lot of my energy and time.  I want to give special thanks to Robert Vaughan and Brian Kozminski for their fierce loyalty to my Monday Morning Coffee piece.  And Sanders, who contributed a cup.

So, as I've threatened a few times here, it may remain sporadic here at Fontinalis Rising.  All is not lost.  I have some projects and trips in the pipeline that I'm very excited about.  Cameron Mortenson from The Fiberglass Manifesto is on his way to Michigan, and rumor has it we may get some fishing in.  I'll be doing some "research" soon on hopper fishing.  I have two huge trips coming up later in the year that should be epic.  And there is still so much to get to here in Michigan.  Brookies on the Upper Tahq, Sultry Summer Largemouth, Pepto Pike and night fishing for browns.  September will kick off my bid for the King(s)! 

I'll leave you with some photos from the weekend.


Phil fights a smallie on the flats

Sunset at the landing


  1. Sorry to hear about your Grandma, I know how hard it is to go through something like that.

    Those trips sound pretty good :-) I'm just imagining the toothy pike and the night prowling browns...can't wait to hear about the conquests!

    ..oh...and the kings, and the smallies, and the carp, and the fontinalis, etc...

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your grandma as well. Hang in there JT, the cavalry (Cameron) told me this evening that you're high on his list of people to fish with.

  3. Sorry to hear about grandmother.
    Hang in there. We all miss our "Monday morning coffee" from time to time because the hectic pace of life gets in the way.
    It at least sounds like you have some good fishing (read "therapy") on the horizon to look forward to.

  4. I'm very sorry to hear about your Grandmother...will be pulling for strength for you and the rest of your family though these last days.

    Love the Monday Morning Coffee posts, and will be looking forward to their sporadic postings.

  5. Sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Cancer Sucks. Hopefully you can hit the water soon and free the mind. Tight Lines.

  6. Jason - you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time... Grandmothers teach us so many lessons for life...and those will always be in your heart and mind forever! : )

  7. Sad news about your grandma. Mine was the anchor of our family too, and she's missed daily. At 90 I expect she's lived a fantastic life.

    About the hiatus, this blogging thing sure does take time. I know I have to schedule time to write to read, and often times blogging and reading gets pushed to the back burner. Hang in there through this hectic part and we'll still be hear to read your Monday Morning thoughts.


  8. For all of you who have made Jay's blog a part of their daily ritual, I would like to say; we lost a wonderful lady last week. Gramdma Tucker had a part in shaping my life from the time I was, I think 5?
    One of my earliest memories was accidently stepping on the garden hose and soaking her and aunt Glo's hair just after they got it all done up nice and fancy, hehe. Accident.
    She always spoke well of anyone whom she talked about even if there was honestly not much good to say.
    I really wish I could be more like her. Grandpa Tucker died a few years ago and he was a true outdoorsman back in the days when you HAD to be an outdoorsman. They will be sorely missed.
    In the meantime, Jay is a little bit of both of them. Come back soon and I am sure he will have more to share.

  9. @Stephanie- thanks for understanding, I'll be back in the game soon.

    @ Tim- thanks buddy. They were great people from a different era and we'll all miss them. I'll get out there and we'll hit the mountains soon.