Not having much to do following a long day of work and knowing that my girls would be out for the evening I decided to treat myself to trip down to the beach to catch some snappers. Besides a multitude of snappers caught with my tenkara rod and some flies I was treated to the quickest thunderstorm ever followed by an equally quick rainbow. Other than not being with my girls I couldn't ask for a more perfect evening.
Friday, June 6, 2014
|Stage 1- Excitement|
|Stage 2 - the wait|
|Stage 3 - Are we done yet?|
|Wishful thinking on this trip|
Monday, May 19, 2014
You know spring has arrived when the orioles are whistling from the tree tops and the dogwoods are in bloom. The sights, smells and sounds The signs of spring are there for all to see...catbirds are "mewing" from the under story and the red wing blackbirds are chattering incessantly from the reeds to the north of the pond . Rhododendron and other plants are in bloom. All signs help to erase the memories of a long and drawn out winter and point to more favorable times ahead. With warming temperatures, I look around and see that it must be time to stop by the pond and try my hand at some bluegills. This morning was the perfect time to do such a thing. With just my Yamame and some size 10 Killer Bugs in hand I did just that. The weather and morning could not have been better. The fishing was a little slow...but that didn't really matter. this morning was more about "living in the moment". I was not targeting bass (the season for largemouths doesn't start on LI till the first Sat. in June) but that is exactly what I brought to hand.
Beside this guy, I did manage to land a few bluegill too. Fishing was a little slower than I expected but it was fun all the same. Every trip to the pond brings something new as the seasons progress. I am always amazed at how much life can be found in and around this particular pond. I look forward to the days ahead and the memories that await to be made.
Friday, May 9, 2014
It's nice when your kids take an interest in the things that you do. So a couple of weeks ago my youngest, Alina, asked if she could help me tie some flies. It reminded me of the time a few years back when Isabella asked me the same question. I gave Alina the same answer....that she was still just a bit too young to handle sharp hooks and scissors. However, I didn't want to dampen her enthusiasm so I asked her to help me design a fly. I laid out a selection of materials and told her to pick the ones she wanted on the fly. The fly pictured above was the result. I have to admit I really like the look of it and think it could do very well on the water. Of course it would not be Alina's without some pink in it. I'm happy to see Alina's interest in Daddy's hobbies growing. I think any connections you make with your children no matter how small can lead to a lifetime of wonderful memories. Alina has already asked about tying the next fly and I look forward making new memories.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
|Beat #7 Nisseqogue River|
Well after a very long winter and a serious bout of the flu I recently (and finally) had a chance to start trout season off in a positive way. I chose to fish my favorite beat (# 7 at the dam) on the Nisseqogue River in Caleb Smith State Park. If this trip was any indication of how the season will go, I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings. After only a couple of hours using the same exact fly, a size 12 Killer Kebari, I landed at least a dozen very respectable rainbow trout and one plump brookie. I had even more hook ups and long distance releases. Later on just to make it interesting I switched to a Royal Sakasa Kebari and came up with similar results. Just getting out on the water is sometimes all I need but add the ability to catch trout as easy as bluegill and you really can't ask for more.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
With baseball season nearly upon us I thought this posts title would be fitting. Trout season officially begins April 1st across New York State but here on Long Island it never really closes. Many places are open year round, however, spring stocking usually occurs just prior to the season opener. Today was my first fishing trip since last October and I spent a couple of hours at Randall Pond looking for some stocked rainbows and browns....what I would consider preseason. I started the day fishing night crawlers, wax worms and spinners....nothing crazy. I brought a tenkara rod and flies as an afterthought. Things were going well and I landed a few fish here and there so just for the heck of it I decided to use my tenkara rod for the last half hour. The only flies I had were size 6 Killer Bugs (which I had originally planned to use for bass later this year). I thought that these giant killer bugs (I usually use size 12) might be s bit much but in the end I landed just as many rainbows as I had with my spin rod. Overall it was a nice day to just get out and "warm up" for the upcoming season. It also seems that I have a new fly to add to my fly box for the year.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.
I stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall know my face.
Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me;
No wind can drive my bark astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny.
What matter if I stand alone?
I wait with joy the coming years;
My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
And garner up its fruit of tears.
The waters know their own and draw
The brook that springs in yonder height;
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delight.
The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
Can keep my own away from me.