Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee- Waiting for the Sun Edition

I've got a couple of days here to fish before I start work, but here it is, nearly 10:30, and I'm still sitting here drinking coffee.  It's supposed to be 40 degrees today, perfect for winter steelheading, but when I woke up it was single digits, and right now it's still in the teens.  I tied up some candy for the fish last night as I was running low on a couple of their favorite flavors.

I've managed to catch a few fish in the last week or so, mostly small fish in the 20 inch range, but I did manage that big 35" buck ten days ago- my fish of the winter.  I blame my recent success on the warm weather.  Stream conditions are terrible, all the local rivers being ultra-low and clear.  I've been fishing for just a couple hours at a time, as my options dwindle in streams running two feet below normal.  Today I'm headed out in search of more fishable water, as I'm supposed to fish all day with a friend tomorrow, and it's tough finding enough water to hold fish.  Here's hoping.

I have a couple of posts in the works that I've been too lazy to finish, and I have a good one coming up soon, maybe this week, looking back at and forward to summer.

Well, It's getting time to think about heading out the door.  It's beautiful and sunny, a perfect day for a road trip.  Not sure where I'll end up, only that it's time to go.






6 comments:

  1. Is your vise on a slab of granite? Gorgeous...must know more.

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    1. Yes, Amanda, a very beautiful piece of blue granite with metallic highlights. If you look at the links on the right, they are made by my friend Andy at The Granite Fly. They are beautiful and much more stable that normal bases, be sure and check them out. It looks like we're both fishing today, we'll have to compare notes.

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    2. Lovely trout! I didn't see the vice at first and had to go back a bit to look at it. You certainly have a gorgeous and unique piece of equipment for fly tying in that vice. Hope you find some good water to fish with your friend and that you both have a good time at the water.

      Have fun fly fishing for steelhead,
      M.O.

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    3. The vise is a Peak, the base is granite made by a friend of mine. Click the link to the right (The Granite Fly) and browse through his stock, he usually has 70-100 on hand. Several top-notch tiers including Mike Schmidt and several others use them.

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  2. That steelie looks awefully cold! My favorite line... "Not sure where I'll end up, only that it's time to go." Geez...that sounds like me! Have a good outing...

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    1. It was a great outing RD- hooked up on 9 steelhead, not a bad day.

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