Sitting in my kayak eating lunch, thinking through the first hours of the day, I find myself questioning my decision to throw streamers all morning. When I started, I was excited and convinced myself I was in search of one real bite. But now I’m feeling foolish. There have been zero flashes, misses or signs of interest in my offerings. Ironically, I had the same interest in my lunch…
Peanut butter crackers and apple sauce, that’s what I grabbed as I ran out the door the night before. Somewhere in the middle of the week my wife mentioned something about visiting family over the weekend. That’s code for, you’re invited but it’s going to be a girl’s weekend. I must have been preoccupied because I hadn’t prepared and wasn’t ready when she said they were leaving when she got home from work on Friday.
Man, those extra special nymphs I tied earlier in the week would have been nice right now. They’re kind of useless sitting beside my vise at home. Thinking back, I was probably tying flies when she was talking about her weekend plans. Timing is everything.
It’s been raining off and on all day but it’s a steady mist now. I can’t decide if I want to wear the rain hood on my jacket or leave it down. Every time I put it on I get a shot of cold rain water down my back. The last one was just enough to make me not want to do it again.
With my hunger pains defeated, it was time to find some brown trout. They must have sensed it was lunch time as well. A few drifts through one good run resulted in several browns in the net. I worked a few other areas that also held willing trout.
Sensing the day was ending and having a two-mile paddle to the launch, I started to walk back to my kayak. There was only enough time to work one last area. On back to back presentations I pulled two nice browns from that last run. Timing is everything!