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.
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.