Thursday, May 24, 2012

Good Day, Blue Sunshine

Among fishermen, thank yous most often come in the form of new water – the sort that is given code words and whispered about in back rooms. Maybe a cup of flies from time to time, too. A reciprocal nod of the head. A treat when we’re about to bonk, and the sugar rush keeps us going. Keeps us giving, with a little more faith in humanity. At least, those members who fly fish (the rest really might be a lost cause, as you’ve always suspected).

Sometimes we are the thankers; sometimes we are the thanked. And sometimes, we vicariously receive both – through a dirt path leading through yucca plains to cattle pastures, watered green by a stream running through.


With a raccoon in the cattails, and bull snake swimming towards the bank, and redwinged and yellow-headed blackbirds channeling Kodály in the reeds. With an osprey’s meal, ready and waiting for him around 3:30 p.m. As if he’d made reservations. With the smell of black angus grazing northward and the light moving on west. 

And with bass – naïve and eager -- in the warm beginnings of their summer.  




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    1. Kiwi - They were a delightful surprise!

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  2. You guys captured a couple old gents.
    Must have been a tussle with a fly rod.
    Nicely done.

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    1. Brk Trt - Put up a good fight...quite the hoot!

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  3. Nice work Erin. Those are some large, beautiful bass.

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    1. Brent - Thanks! It was the largest bass I've caught thus far. Very fun.

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  4. LMBs on a bluebird day. Summer's in the air. Sweet.

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    1. Mike - I think summer is finally here...although, it did snow in the canyon this morning. So maybe just still spring. ;)

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    1. T.J. - Thanks! And thanks for stopping by...

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  6. 5:30 AM!!!! Oh Sweetie. Glad to see you back. Lovely pics by the way. Eve said this was a great day and she was thankful she got to share it with you.

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    1. Hart - 10:30 now, and I need much more caffeine. :) The well is re-filling...even if a little slowly.

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  7. That's a sweet little honey hole. My local bass pond only has dinks.

    #basspondenvy

    Good stuff, Erin :)

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    1. Master of Kung Fu - Heck yes it is! :) Good stuff indeed...and thanks for stopping by!

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  8. A lot to be say thanks for. A fine day to experience it all, even those bull snakes.

    ...now time for some more coffee

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    1. Sanders - The snake came right towards me...I can tell you that at the time, I was NOT thankful. ;) More coffee being poured presently...cheers!

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  9. Nice fish, You are right about thank you's. It's also a symbol of trust in another person. If you are told or tell about special water it's kind of a honor that should be respected and not shouted from the rooftops.

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    1. Kevin - That's spot on...the utmost in trust, really. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Emily - Thanks! Although these were both put back, unharmed. :)

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  11. Blue sky, shirt sleeves rolled up, the take from hungry fish...the awakening begins. And it feels so good!

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    1. Mr. P. - It does...feels awfully good. :)

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  12. Fine LMBs. I keep picking them up by their lower jaws and thinking "why do I treat little trout so gingerly, then lift bass like this?" Since everybody's doing it, I don't really feel bad. Okay, I never really felt bad.

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    1. Rhythm Rider - Group consensus is.... :) I guess we'd both jump off a bridge!

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  13. "channeling Kodaly in the reeds" You made me work a little but so worth it. Teaching and learning on all levels, but always remember the children. Nice fish. And such a sweet story.

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    1. Scott - Ah! I'm glad you took your time with that name. His works are definitely worth a listen. Thanks as always for reading!

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  14. Naive and eager. Wonderful things.

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  15. I love LMB's. It's kind of like cheating. A big fish that just wants to eat. Glad you had a good outing. I'll have to post similar about my smallmouth.

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    1. FR - That smallmouth was quite the biggie, as it were. :) Funny thing about it is there aren't many large LMBs around the Front Range...at least in public water. The big ones all get kept. So this was a treat indeed, and far and away the largest I've ever gotten close to catching.

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  16. You continue to amaze me. You are a lady of many words and ideas. By the way if this is where I think it is, nobody told me about snakes...I hate snakes.

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    1. Howard - I am not a fan of snakes myself. And I do not think this is where you think.... (Sounds like a phrase akin to something out of The Princess Bride, eh?). Thanks as always, my friend.

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  17. Heretcal as it may be, I've always thought LMB, pound for pound, put up the best fights. Beautiful fish for a beautiful day.

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    1. Anthony - I think I'd agree with you on that...even the small ones are feisty and fun! For sure.

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  18. The smile says it all...................

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    1. Tom - I'm glad it came through. =)

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  19. Lovely account as ever Erin. Agree with all comments. Just one small thing...."A treat when we’re about to bonk" erm...that means something different over there I'm guessing. :D

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    1. Richard - haha! Yes, I suppose so. In this context, it is "to tire out." =)

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    1. howsmallatrout5 - Thanks for stopping by for a read!

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  21. I am renewed with new water in a distant and beautiful new place I will call home. Now that im getting settled, I'm just anxious to get back to writing and catching up on my reading.

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    1. Gary - Yeah! I hope you're settling in well...and you certainly have some beautiful waters to call home. Settle in well. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  22. Nice fish Erin!

    I understand you caught other species as well. Love new water, especially when it is pretty and productive, though "pretty" is subjective, ask my wife about some carp spots (OK, Mud Holes by her.)Hope this actually pretty spot is never invaded by the bucket brigade. As to your broad tails, we just don't have anything but black chins, a suburban home may have much to do with this. Hope to see a calliope someday.

    Gregg

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    1. Gregg - That I did. The carp were on the small side, but seriously spunky! And always fun. I hope it's never over-run too...and will do my closed mouth part to keep it that way. =) The calliopes are out of my range too...but oh so beautiful! Hope to see one too.

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  23. Wow, I'd say you found the honeyhole. Don't tell Gierach; he likes them bass. Or maybe you should. He'd thank you for it. Great photos.

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    1. Jim - I wouldn't even tell Gierach. ;-) And that's saying something!

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  24. I've got to get a piece of bass this summer...one of my fishing goals!

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    1. RD - Yeah you do....they're a blast!

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  25. Just beautiful fish. Keep that place a secret! JGR

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    1. JGP - Oh, you'd better believe my lips are sealed!!!

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