Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Morning Coffee- July 11

Aaaaauuupppphhhhggggnuuuuphhhfffneeehuuphhhggggffff.  What haaaasssss happened to Fontinalis Rising?  Well, a lot of work to start with.  Then a death in the family- my last grandparent died.  I want to write about it.  Sometime.  About the passing of an era.  Yes, it does relate to fly fishing and should interest you.  Mourning is hard.  Moving on.

Has it been three weeks? Well I'm back, with tales of adventure.  Adventures had and adventures to come.

For instance.
TFM with some serious spotting

Phil and I did a night-time mouse trip with Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto last week.  After talking up how great mousing is to Cameron I really felt the pressure to put him on some fish, and he managed a beautiful 18 inch brown, but the bite seemed to slow dramatically after the first couple of hours.  Still, he got the one and we rolled a couple of other fish that made some noise, so I think it was a successful night.  We met up at 10 p.m. and got off the river around 4:30 a.m., and so my joke to him was that I could say I fished with him and still don't know what he looks like.  This was the first of a five day odyssey of trout bumming through Michigan, so I hope we didn't tire him out too much to enjoy the rest of the trip.  Cameron has been a great supporter of my work, and a source of sage advice when it comes to blogging, so I here wish to thank him.  Thanks buddy, and next time we'll get a day trip in where we can do some photography.

I did manage some time out Friday afternoon as well and took some hoppers with me.  The brook trout were more than obliging, and I managed a few small fish.  The colors and vermiculations on these fish were outstanding, and it made for a gorgeous and quiet afternoon alone on my river.

I took my cousins out kayaking in the Straits of Mackinac Sunday, and snuck a rod in with me in case I found some smallmouth or carp.  I did get out and cast a bit, on a gravel bar that ran a long ways into lake Michigan, but had no takers.  It was warm and humid and overcast, with the hint that rain could be lurking on the horizon.  I gave some brief casting lessons to my cousin's wife Mandy, but the wind was howling which made it tough.  The Straits are a windy place.  Still, we had a great time paddling before bumming around Mackinaw City looking for ice cream and doing some people watching.
Mandy trying to punch a cast in the wind
Well, there's a lot more to tell, but I need to run off to work.  I'm just happy to be back in the swing of things here at Fontinalis Rising.  Summer is heating up, and I owe you the next installment in the Angler's Year series (July) so I'd better get cracking.  My first magazine article to be published came out in the Cedar Sweeper magazine- my thanks to Chuck, and rumor has it that I have a couple more articles to work on.  Summer maybe nearly half over, but there's still a lot to see and do and enjoy.  I'm getting started, right now.
me trying to punch a cast in the wind


  1. Great to have you back. Our family has you in our prayers. Time to make new memories and hold onto cherished ones. Tight Lines>

  2. " my joke to him was that I could say I fished with him and still don't know what he looks like.

    I've seen Cameron. Count your blessings. :-)

  3. Welcome back!

    TFM was one of the first fly fishing blogs I happened upon - it is still my favorite. The content he writes and passes on is always top notch.

    I'm yet to mouse, but its on the list.

    Hang in there!


  4. It's only been two weeks--you can take any time you need to write what will be a piece we will be proud of you for writing. Welcome back, sharp pics and tight lines!

  5. Sorry to hear about your loss. Nothing cures your woes like being with family.

  6. Sorry to hear about the loss of your grandparent. I know that it is a tough thing to go through.

    Glad to have you back, and good to see you got out and had some fun!

  7. My condolences on the loss. That's always one of the tough ones. On a lighter note, I've known Cameron for several years, fished with him once (sort of, we were in the same place at the same time as part of the FFR clave last year)and you're better off not having seen him during daylight. And welcome were missed...sort of.

  8. I lost my grandmother at 102, and as you mentioned a time back, I was very close to her as well. My condolences. Someone who has known you a very long time is one of life's great gifts.

  9. Sorry to hear about your loss of your grandmother. Glad to see your post pop up in my dashboard. Looks like some great adventures. Some beautiful fish up there. Tight Lines.

  10. Thank you all for your comments and condolences. I'll try to get back to pumping out content.
    @Mike and Cofisher- I did get a look at Mr. Mortenson and quickly killed the light- HA! Cam's a good guy and was a lot of fun to have in the boat. We were all tired out of our gourds, but had a good time.

  11. FR...great photo and thanks for the invitation to come do a night float. I had a great time...even if I was falling in and out of sleep.