I was putting together a lesson and stumbled onto this post. This is one of the most piercing posts I’ve read in a long time.
I got a couple of fly fishing related presents for Christmas I thought I would briefly post about.
First, I received a Measure Net. I had one of those cheap wood trout nets from Bass Pro and the netting is actually dyed black and I found out once it is wet, the dye runs everywhere. So, I quit using my net last year. Honestly, seeing as I don’t catch a whole lot of fish, I didn’t need to being the net along too often anyways. I thought it would be nice to get a decent net that wouldn’t harm the trout, so I asked for one the small aluminum measure nets, and it is pretty nifty. You can check out their web site here: http://www.themeasurenet.com/products.htm
The other gift was a book by Jerry Dennis called “The River Home” which is a collection of essays and stories about fly-fishing, and many set within upper-Michigan. So far I have read through several essays and have liked the stories and the author’s writing style. My favorite essay is actually available to read here: http://www.leelanau.com/nmj/fall/dennis.html
Also, if you are surfing the Internet, I recommend going over to check out the Holidy Card Collection from Bob White. Bob White has Fly Fishing oriented Christmas Cards available on his art studio web site here: http://www.whitefishstudio.com/catalog_page.cfm?queries_index=index10&ProductCode=37&ProductSubCodeID=54&NewProduct=0
A new year starts in a few days, but trout season re-opens in a 4 months…
Christmas time is here
but she does not understand
all of these presents!
much snow falls outside
while trout recover again
under the river
breath is visible
after stepping through the door
revealing the chill