So what is an angler to do in the winter? There are still some fishing related activities to participate in during the cold months, and even some that go hand-in-hand with what an angler does to keep busy.
We have a two-year-old and another baby on the way, and between responsibilities at home and at work, sometimes I need to stop and smell the roses. My wife is giving me a break on this Saturday evening, so I decided to ponder about some of the things I like to do…
“How to Fish From Top to Bottom” by Sid Gordon
“I Go A-Fishing” by W.C. Prime
“Along New England Roads” by W.C. Prime
“Little Rivers” by Henry Van Dyke
Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers’ Journal
There are always some books on my shelf to read. I am always scouring someone the “deal” locations on the web to acquire some of the current and classic literature in relation to the sport of fishing. I just recently finished Thomas McGuane’s “The Longest Silence”, and as of late, I have picked up the following books:
Also, if you are interested in the Fly Fishing themed literature, a new web site has been born at RiseForms.com. It is an online magazine for Anglers interested in prose and poetry related to fly fishing.
I really need to start tying up some flies for next year. My nymph box is greatly lacking, and I gained a better understanding of fishing streamers in the fall last year. With that said, I know what I need to tie, but just need to make some time to do so.
There is nothing like a good cup of coffee sitting next to you as you tie a fly, and it is always nice to look forward to a tasty meal when you wake up or at the end of the day. I purchased a smoker this year, and have made smoked turkey and pulled pork. Maybe it is time to move to the next level and try to make a brisket. Also, I just purchased a new dutch oven, this time a small 6-inch 1 quart.
Coffee is quickly becoming a new favorite past-time for me. I have stumbled onto some web sites that provide insight on how to make the best cup of coffee possible, and have asked for a Chemex coffee maker for Christmas. I have done research on how and where to get “real” coffee beans, and have discovered that coffee beans originating from Africa seem to have complex flavors that I like. Ethiopian Sidamo and Yigracheffe coffees have been my favorite so far.
Lastly, I almost always have some music going. Whether I’m tying up flies, working on something, or baking a batch of granola. Right now there seems to be a large group of artists that are putting out some amazing music lately. Topping my favorite list is a new duo that goes by the name “The Civil Wars.” They have been giving away some free tracks over the last few months and have a new album due out in early 2011. If you want to check out what I am talking about, take a look at this link to an amazing series of live performances. Click here for the live concert footage.
Well, I do have some Charlie Parker playing in the background, but I really should be tying some flies now… there is always something to do, even after the snow begins to fly.