Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee- March 5 2012


Hack, sniffle, snort, wheeze, repeat.  I came down with whatever has been going around last week and still have it.  Coffee cures everything, so let's have a cup.

before you fish you have to at least get out of the driveway
Well, after an incredibly benign winter here in northern Michigan, March has reared its leonine head, with two back to back storms the first and second, dumping more snow in two days than we had all winter so far.  I got 9 inches of slop on the first, then Friday we got 15 inches more.  I had made plans with fellow writer, blogger and photographer Alex Cerveniak (alexkain.com) to go fish the Pere Marquette river Saturday for steelhead, and ended up crashing at his place Friday night so I didn't get stuck at home.  When we woke up the power was out, we barely made it out of his driveway Saturday, the snow-blasted conditions made the three hour drive a white-knuckler to be sure, the water was cold, we didn't catch fish, and trees crashed down around us everywhere we went- in a word, perfect.  I'll try to write a post about it soon.

this one is headed in...



As mentioned in my post Friday, I'll be attending the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo this weekend coming, conducting interviews, taking pictures and rubbing shoulders with some of fly fishing's glitterati.  Maybe some glitter will rub off on me.  I'll be staying with Cameron Mortenson- if anyone has any good prank suggestions please pass them along.  You can find more information on the expo at http://www.midwestflyfishingexpo.com/

Have you ever thought to yourself "This Fontinalis guy seems cool enough, but  what is he REALLY like?"  I'm the latest victim of the "20 Questions" interviews over at Eat More Brook Trout by Chris Hunt.  You can read the interview here (gulp)-

http://www.eatmorebrooktrout.com/2012/03/20-questions-jason-tucker.html


The fishing will be heating up fast here, and with Daylight Savings Time returning next weekend, longer evenings will mean more opportunities to fish.  I have a lot of work now but I'm going to try to get at least a day off when the fish are in thick.  This is always the most exciting time of year here.  I've done really well on fish this winter, usually landing at least a couple per outing, unless, that is, I go fishing with someone else.  This is why I bring a camera, otherwise I'm just your typical lying fisherman.

only slightly clearer than those sasquatch photos
Comments- It has come to my attention that not everyone could comment on my blog, that there were certain hurdles which discouraged some from engaging in fruitful discourse.  I have fixed this.  Please, leave a comment.  It should be easy for anyone now.  Go, type some gibberish, just let me know that it's working.


I want to send out a little Blog Love (Troutrageous! patent pending) to Brianonthefly.  He has lots of fantastic pictures of huge brown trout and steelhead he's been catching in upstate New York.  Not only that, but he has pictures of his kids holding huge browns and steelhead he helped them catch.  They really do have an amazing fishery there, a different flavor of what we have here in Michigan.  Word of advice to Brian- you've ruined your kids with those big fish.  You need to start them out small and work their way up, don't start them off with two foot long brown trout.  Make it a gradual progression.  But seriously, I'm sure his kids are hooked for life, and Brian will never lack fishing buddies of the best kind- family.  Check out his site at http://brianonthefly.blogspot.com/.

Well, it's going to be a busy week- I have a full work week, posts to write, interviews to prepare for and the Expo to attend.  Suffice it to say, no fishing will get done.  Have a great week, hopefully I'll see some of you at the show.  Let's get after it.






20 comments:

  1. Great post! I have just had my coffee too and I also have come down with something that makes me do some of that your described in the beginning of your post. I hope that I'll get well fast since I also have a lot to do.

    Have fun at the Expo and let us know how it went,
    M.O. Sweden

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    1. I'll be posting a lot on the show so stay tuned. Hope you get feeling better. JT

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  2. Awesome to see the picture of Ethan and his fish on your blog. He was pretty excited catching that one. Brians fish was fatter and huge. Mine...was non-existent. Maybe next time.

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    1. The smile on Ethan's face says it all. I've taken to adopting other peoples fish, by the way, and you should too. Call it a group effort.

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  3. Jason - Thanks so much for the 'blog love' And know that I too am having a cup of coffee right a long with you! But I must say that my kids did not just start catching huge fish by chance. No, they have worked at it just like the rest of us. Fishing small ponds for blue gills on the fly rod, small stream trout on the fly, and smallmouth & rock bass at a local warm water fisheries take up space on their resumes. It has been lots of hard work bringing them with me, but the rewards have been so sweet! Ruined...you bet!!! And I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks

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    1. Well, you've started your kids off right then- keep up the ruining. You have a great site there, and I really loved poking through your posts. You have a great fishery there.

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  4. "This is why I bring a camera, otherwise I'm just your typical lying fisherman." -- so true. ;) Good week to you!

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    1. Good week to you too Erin. I'm like you- at times it's nice to leave the camera at home, but now that I'm this blogger guy I have to bring it more often than not. Publish that book!

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  5. Cheers Dude
    Was having a Shitty day at work and your post brought a smile to my face as MMC always does.

    Dan

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    1. Dan- glad I was able to make a difference, that puts a smile on my face. I stepped it up a little this week, and aim to improve.

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  6. Looking forward to the post from the stormy adventure...looks like you guys got it good! Have a great week, have fun at the show

    Cheers

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    1. Yeah, I won't finish it until after the show- to many interviews to prepare for. Have a great week.

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  7. Ok Jason, here you go. Ask Cameron if he whipped up some pimento cheese to snack on. (one of his favorites) He will of course say no. Haul out the most godawful mixture of cheese, pimentos and anything else you have dying in the frig. Spread some on a cracker and offer it to him. I guarantee you'll get a response.

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    1. Intriguing, intriguing. I've been trying to think of something good.

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    1. Good. Top of the morning to ya...

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    2. I was up late. You were up early. We need to stop meeting like this.

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    3. This reminds me of something Zaphod Beeblebrox once said about time travel.

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  9. I'm so glad that your "Guest Post" let you meet up with Bfly. His kids are so amazing. And so are the fish! It looks like fine steelhead weather to me...Enjoy your week and I look forward to your report from the Expo.

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    1. Thanks for the intro RD. He has some amazing pictures of big fish on his site, but the fact that his kids are in on it makes it priceless. What a cool guy.

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