Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee- April 30



Aaaauuuppphhhggghhh.  Yawn stretch scratch repeat. And repeat.  It's Monday, so it must be time for coffee.  Let me pour you some.  There.  Take a moment and enjoy.  Close your eyes for that first whiff and sip. You gotta love french press.

Well, Saturday was Michigan's opening day of trout season.  In case you're wondering, I didn't go.  I never get excited about the trout opener anymore.  It's always too cold, too many people on the rivers, and hardly any fish.  If I wait two weeks everyone disappears, we get some actual bug hatches and the fish come out to play.  No, I continued my domestic streak and continued working at home, and I'm happy to report that I have clean floors. With forecast highs around 70 degrees all this week you can be sure we'll get some bug hatches and the fishing will improve markedly.

stockers rising at the lake


I did go fish a small lake in the middle of nowhere Sunday night.  Midges were coming off, and the stockers were feeding like crazy, but I had left most of my stuff at home and didn't have anything to match the hatch.  After awhile I just sat there and watched them feed, as an osprey winged overhead.  Then while carrying gear back to my car I spotted a Pine Marten.  It was thirty feet away, at eye level on the side of a white pine.  We stared at each other for nearly five minutes before he took off.  Supposedly those things don't live here, but I saw one.  It was beautiful.  I also saw a fox kit and an osprey too, so I felt the outing was a success.  It's interesting how even as this area seems to get more settled all the time it also keeps getting wilder.



Not much else to report here.  I did find my first morel mushroom yesterday, and with rain and no frost in the immediate forecast it should really get underway this week.  Get out and find some if you can. The trilliums are starting to bloom and in general it is starting to look like spring around here, so I'll try to sneak in an evening of brook trout fishing if I can. I had broken a BOA cable on my wading boots which is cramping my fishing a bit. I ordered a repair kit and should have it by the end of the week.


my osprey

Well, I'm done with coffee, but if you need some more, take a little for the road and have a great week.  Let's get after it.


12 comments:

  1. "but I had left most of my stuff at home and didn't have anything to match the hatch." the exact reason I have a pickup truck. Good thing it has a back seat for all the gear I carry.

    Mark

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    1. It's what happens when you "clean up things."

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  2. nice post, always like reading your stuff, gives me a "yeah, i've been there" vibe.

    Jeff

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  3. You coffee drinkers and your addiction, always making everyone else late because you can't get out of the house without that second cup, which is precariously balanced on top of something it shouldn't be balanced on, and ooops, there you go, it's spilled, and now we're going to be even later because we have to clean it up. Meanwhile the trout are rising like crazy somewhere, but we don't know about it because trout typically live in a coffee-free zone, where you bastards and your shaking hands simply can't go before that whole interminable morningtime French press nightmare.

    If I had my way, I'd ship the whole lot of you back to Columbia where you belong, and the rest of us could get back to actually living our lives.

    Uhh, you going to drink all that yourself?

    -- Tea-totaler in CA

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    1. Uh. Thanks T t t t t t... T t t t t t... dang, too much coffee. When I get my boots fixed, I'll be hitting the rivers caffeine or not. Let me know how that abstinence is working out for ya.

      JT

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  4. Well...Here is it Wednesday...and getting some MMC. Better late...nah, it's never better to be late. Now, I am revived for the rest of the week. Thanks, FR. And a very cool, frozen morel. = ) Oh...keep that beautiful osprey away from my fishing hole!

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  5. Thanks RD- your comments are always appreciated. We have a lot of predators here, a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and unhealthy justice system. That's a joke.

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  6. I'm a day early this week...I know what you mean about the more settled a place gets, the more wild it seems to be. Maybe its the contrast we notice.

    gotta love those morels..make sure to eat a few for me. I miss looking for those things back home.

    Have a good rest of the week...hopefully you can get out ans scare some fish this weekend.

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Sanders- I guess I mean that even as more people move here and horse farms pop up all over the place, the animals seem to keep coming back.

      I have a couple of good fishing outings coming up. Have a great week.

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  7. 2 winters ago, we had a Pine Marten living in a rock pile on our property just south of Boyne Highlands. My brother saw it early one morning and had no idea what it was.

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    1. I had no idea they were south of the bridge. Just one more thing that makes our area so cool.

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