Sunday, March 29, 2009

Signs of Spring

The temperature is increasing, and the leaves are starting to appear on the trees. I have already mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Spring is here. With spring comes the birds. It is the time of year I have both the fishing gear and the camera gear close at hand.

Here are a few of the recent visitors to the yard.

The Cardinals are always my favorites. Here is the female:

And here is the male:

This is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker that has been visiting the deck:

And this little guy is a Tufted Titmouse:

Here he is breaking open the seed with his beak:

There will be plenty more visitors to the yard over the next few months. The variety is one of the great things about living in Kentucky.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

And the Title is...

The last few weeks, as I am sitting in church, multiple speakers have started their talks with:

The title of my talk is...

Since when do our talks have titles? Is this a new teaching that I have somehow missed?

Not wanting to be left behind, the next time I give a talk it will be titled:

The Large Horse Meets the Grumpy Elf

No, it will not have anything to do with the subject I am given. But it is a good title.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today's Topic for Discussion...

If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March Fishing - War Fork and Red River Gorge

After waking up early, I headed out into a cold, rainy day. After meeting up, we went to a new area - War Fork. As we got closer to the destination snow was still on the ground. We finally arrived and suited up in the rain. We walked through the nearby campground, and looked over the river. It is definitely a place I would like to go camping in another month or two.

We setup the fly rods and quickly started fishing. It was not long before the hits began. Small, stocked rainbows were hitting the flies. Most were in the 6 to 8 inch size.

The fish were holding in deep pools, where there was very little current. A nymph floated into these pools seemed to produce results. The rain did not seem to bother the fish in the least.

As I worked further down the stream I hit a narrow section with a deep channel. I floated a nymph through the channel and had a take. This 11 inch Rainbow put up quite a fight, jumping several times. This fish did not want to come to the net. I coaxed her in, took some photos, and then released her back into the stream.

A while later I had another 11 inch Rainbow take the fly. This one did not put up quite the fight the previous one did, but was fun nonetheless. And the coloring was beautiful.

After a few hours we worked our way back to the truck and drove about an hour to the Red River Gorge. There were a couple streams there we wanted to try. The first was at the bottom of the Gorge. We hiked down Rough Trail to the bottom. It was a fitting trail name, as the debris from the recent ice storm had not been cleared, requiring a lot of log jumping to get to the bottom. And the rain was still coming down.

Upon reaching the bottom, we found there was not enough water in the stream for fishing. So back up we went.

We found another location to fish, but the water was running high and fast with the rain. No more fish were to be found.

A new place to fish, and some hiking in a beautiful area. It was a good day.

Fish a Month Challenge

I am sure everyone has been waiting with baited breath (get it - baited?) for a current fishing report. I have been out several times, but have been too lazy to post any updates on the blog.

I am participating in a fish a month challenge. The way it works is every month you catch at least one fish on a fly. A photo of that fish must be posted to the web site for it to count. Totals are kept, and the winner gets the satisfaction of catching fish every month. The losers get the satisfaction of fishing every month. Either way works.

In January I went to the Cumberland River. A Brown Trout was posted for my monthly fish.

February was tough. I went out in the middle of the month and was skunked. Finally, with one day left in the month, I caught a small Shad. It was not pretty, but it was a fish on the fly in February. and the rules do not require a pretty (or large) fish.

On to March. I went out to some trout water I had never been to before. After a slow start, the fish started hitting. I caught half a dozen, and was able to post a photo of a Rainbow Trout.

The tough months are done - I'll post updates as the year progresses.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

When Mommy's Away

What do you do with your four year old daughter when mommy is out for the evening?

Two words:

Bubble Wrap