Yawn, stretch, scratch, sniff, er... I mean repeat. What day is this? Did I sleep through a couple of days? Did I Rip Van Winkle the last two weeks?
No, I took a brief vacation from blogging, thus the drafty sound around here. Sometimes I need a break and I haven't done much fishing the last four weeks anyway. The only reason I wrote my Yellowstone post last week was because an idea popped into my head and it was kind of fun. Plus they're giving away so much stuff. If you haven't entered the OBN/TU/Simms/YPF writing contest you should get to it.
Anyhow, I fished all weekend and came home refreshed and ready to write Monday Morning Coffee, and my internet was down. After several days and a call to tech support, it turned out that a wire on the phone box outside had come loose. A little work with my Leatherman- problem solved. Did I mention how good the coffee is this morning?
So here's the latest. I drove down to Traverse City Friday night, picked up two BOA repair kits in town, then drove to a state forest campground, fixed my boots and set up camp. Alex Cerveniak took a break from his walkabout to join me. Saturday we participated in the carp derby put on by The Northern Angler. About 14 brave souls showed up. It was a very hot day, with temps close to 90 degrees, but it was pleasant on the water. Despite unseasonable warmth in March, it has been a bit of a cold spring, with lots of frosty nights up until this last week. The result is that the water is still cold, and the fish were holding offshore instead of coming up onto the flats. We did quite a bit of driving around to find them. We finally found them in West Bay near downtown- we actually fed a meter in order to fish. We caught ten smallmouth bass between us. Alex got the numbers, out fishing me 6-4, but I made it up in size, catching not one, but two 20" bass, gravid females that weighed well over 5 pounds, monsters in the world of smallmouth. These were my biggest smallmouth on the fly, though I've caught several that were much bigger on conventional gear in years past. It was a fun day, and Alex and I were the only ones who caught fish. I want to the thank The Northern Angler for putting on such a fun event, and Ben Hunting of Sage for putting up some great prizes.
Well, I have to run to work. This is just a quick post to explain the silence here at FR. I have several good things to come so stay posted.
Let's get after it.