The title of this post is misleading, I fully admit that. We all know that Spring is some of the best fly fishing you’ll ever have.
But if you’re anything like me, Spring is sucks for fly fishing. When Spring rolls around, so do the projects and long lists of shit that needs to get done. That leaves little time for me to get out and sling flies to those eager little brookies that are thawing out.
Instead, I tend to spend most of the Spring preparing our garden, or getting the yard shaped up. Checking items off of the project list usually takes precedence over stream time, and that makes actually getting out and fly fishing much more difficult.
This is totally my fault. I have failed at properly planning in order to take advantage of the best dry fly fishing of the year. I’m missing out on beautiful scenery out there, to create beautiful scenery here in my own yard. Instead of experimenting with a new fly pattern, I’m experimenting with some homemade weed killer that I’ve been guaranteed will work. I watch hot pepper production spike, while I watch my fish-to-net production die like the weeds I’m killing.
It’s a trade off that I’ve decided to make, mainly because I know that Spring is just one season, and not the only season that is awesome for fly fishing in these parts.
So I probably won’t get out on my favorite small stream too many times this Spring. I’m not totally content with that, but I’ve accepted that sacrifices now will lead to open opportunities just down the road.
So here is to Fall, and the idea that all of the other shit is over with and I can finally throw on the waders and get after it.