Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Morning Coffee- Nothing Special Edition

Eeeerrrgggghhhhhpppphhhhtttt! Yawn, stretch, scratch, repeat- It's Monday morning, so let's have some coffee.

It's been so long since I've done one of these I've almost forgotten how, but it's a rainy day and I'm off work so why not.

one of many great fish in Michigan this summer

I have not been fishing since July, which helps explain my dearth of content. I had a wonderful week of fantastic dry fly fishing in Northern Michigan then, which has sustained me up until now. I also got out around the same general time period on the Chattahoochee River with Louis Cahill of Gink and Gasoline, and Dan Frasier, the famous carp master. I caught my first, if diminutive, striped bass on a fly that day, and we saw a couple monsters swimming around. We also watched a coyote catch a duck on shore.

I'm still writing a series on small stream fishing for Gink and Gasoline. You can find the links here, here , here, here, and here. I also have a short fiction piece in the latest Southern Culture on the Fly you can find here. It's about fly fishing gangsters, so I hope you enjoy it. But enough pimping my wares.

Since then my girlfriend and I got three horses- foals- in September, so that has been interesting and exciting. They are draft-cross horses, which means at six months old they're already the size of small quarter horses. I'm no horse person, so the learning curve is steep.

our three monsters a few weeks after arrival

Bow hunting has always been my first love. I shot my first deer with a bow at age 14. I got into fly fishing as an antidote to my obsession with bow hunting to be honest. After a break of eight years I finally made the effort this fall to get back into it- got my bow tuned up, got my shot tuned up, and got a new seat for my tree stand. I had the inestimable privilege to hunt with Alex Cerveniak of the Deer Trout blog in November, and I took two deer home with me. We saw nice bucks every day. It was one of the best hunting trips I've ever been on. The hospitality was fantastic too. Today I'm cooking up some osso bucco from venison shoulder I have. Technically it's supposed to be shanks, but it works for the various shoulder bits too. I can assure you it is delicious. I'm really thankful to have the meat and enjoying some great meals. I also got a sous-vide cooker for Christmas, which has been a game-changer for cooking game. Cooks it perfectly without drying it out.

like falling off a bicycle

To bring all this back to the present time and place- it's winter, and my work is a little slow, so this is my time to get back out and fish here in the South. Hopefully I'll get out this week and be able to report back here. It would be nice to restart this blog. Josh Mills of the Chucking Line and Chasing Tail blog is doing a #dozenfordownunder charity event to support relief efforts in Australia due to the wildfires, so please support that if you can. I'll be tying up a dozen myself, so you can look for that (and bid) on my Instagram account @fontrisn.

I don't know much else besides that. Right now I'm just watching the winter rain pour down and cleaning house. I'll get to tying some flies later in the day. I hope you all are doing well. Or should I say "y'all"?

My coffee is done and there's work to do- let's get after it.

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