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Goin' Fishin'

Posted 11-22-2009 at 07:47 AM by gjcordray

Up before the sun again. That's not saying as much this time of year. It is November 21, a full month before the Solstice and the darkest day of the year. Still, rising early is half the fun of a fishing trip. The quiet and solitude give you time to reflect and to think ahead to the day before you. To watch the daylight creep over the hill with fresh hope in its rays. It makes everything fresh.

Today we are heading to the Blue River in the heart of the Rockies. I have a love/hate relationship with this stretch of water. It is a world class fish factory, routinely producing fish in the 20 inch range. But it is cold and technical. The first five miles of the tailwater section we fish runs right through a town, below an Interstate, and has been severely aquascaped. It is not exactly an isolated mountain stream.

Today, however, I am going with and old friend and a guide on his day off. I have never fished with the latter. I hope I learn something new about the Blue and about fishing in general. Hell, about life in general. I want to come away with more than just pictures.

The coffee is nearly gone. My breakfast settled firmly in my stomach. Gear is stowed. My wife, who often fishes with me, is reading the paper quietly as the keyboard clicks away. Her presence is welcomed. She understands the excitement coursing through me right now.

I am rested and ready. I know I will be tested today, but don't know how or when. I do know I have prepared for this test by doing my homework, and studying hard. I will try to remember why I am really fishing, and not get caught up in the results being the only measure of success. But I want to ace this one.

Ah yes. The morning before a fishing trip. It is our locker room before a big game, before a prize fight, before we take the stage. We live the day in advance in our heads with nervous anticipation. We focus. Try to remember it is just a sport, a hobby really, an excuse for grownups to feed their inner child.

Coffee is gone. Time to head out.

There is nothing like a morning before. It makes all the mornings between this one and the next trip easier to bear.
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