What the what? Monday Morning Coffee? Is it back?
Well, it never really went away- I didn't officially retire it or anything, I just decided I wasn't going to do it every week if I had nothing of note to share. I'm not sure this one makes the cut either, but here goes.
Well, I've accepted a job as a guide for Boyne Outfitters starting this spring. I've worked fall and winter in the shop and as a fly tying "instructor". I add the quotes to acknowledge that I am only instructing rank beginners- my tying is still rudimentary. While we offer float trips and even private water, I will try to focus on walk and wade trips. We will also be guiding at Hidden River Golf and Casting Club which has some premier Northern Michigan fishing, and the waters I learned to fly fish on. My grandparents place still sits on the edge of the golf course, there for 25 years before the golf course came into being. Needless to say, this water holds a lot of memories for me, and I'm looking forward to guiding it. This now means that if you want to fish with that Fontinalis guy, you can book me through our shop and I have NO CHOICE but to fish with you. If you're seeking to settle a score then don't tip me.
I've also been invited to join the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association or MOWA, an invitation I'm very happy to accept. Their next get together is in May in the Algoma District of Canada, very close to me and home to one of the highest concentrations of brook trout anywhere, so I'm hoping to attend and pursue my favorite fish.
You may have noticed that it has been relatively quiet here at FR lately, but don't worry, I'm not going anywhere soon. If you look to the right at the Jealousy Counter you'll see I haven't been fishing much this winter either, and thus don't have many fish pics and stories to share. This has been a cold snowy winter unlike last year, and so the fishing has been slow and difficult. I've established here that I'm not hardcore. I did manage to hook up on a 5 pound steelhead last week when it warmed up for a day, but it came unpinned after a rookie mistake on my part. My friend Tom Menas picked up a nice hen last night, so there's definitely fish around if you're willing to put up with the cold. The near forecast is for continued snow and cold, but we will definitely warm up by the end of the month, and the steelhead fishing will be off the charts for a few weeks after that until the first of May. Even later if I want to hit the UP or Ontario.
Another reason for the quiet is that I've started work on a book, most of which will be material from Fontinalis Rising, but with some original stories and content as well as some of the posts edited or re-written. At the current rate I'm going at it will be several months before it's finished, but I will of course let you know when it's out.
I have managed to get a couple of posts up over the weekend, so be sure and check them out.
Well, I promised myself I was going to keep this short. Coffee is almost done and it's time to get to work.
Let's get after it.