Generally, any time we set off into unfamiliar terrain in pursuit of a new fishing adventure, we recognize that there is some level of risk. Being completely unfamiliar with an area or a target species means that there is a lot that can go wrong, which could cause you to come up empty handed. A lot of times, the more risk involved, the more satisfying the reward when things pan out. There is something you can do to minimize risk, and maximize your chance of success. Something simple. It's called research. There are so many resources in our modern world that can be utilized to study up on whatever your pursuit is. In fact, there's no excuse to show up completely unprepared. However, sometimes, even after you've read and studied what seems to be all that exists on the subject, things still turn out different on the ground than you had anticipated. That is when the difference between success and failure comes down to good old fashioned LEG WORK. And a lot of times, the more you put in, the more you get out!
The digital thermometer in the work truck reaches 95 degrees. Within a few days its increased to 101. Escaping to the high country, where the water is still cool and the fish still eager is enticing, yet work grounds us to the hot lowlands. The rivers run low and clear, suffering from mid summer agricultural withdrawals, and algae and moss overtake them. Tis the season for nighttime mousing!
Life has been busy to say the least. We are breathing a sigh of relief to have another semester finished, and are looking forward to summer. Along with the potentially awesome fishing trips we have planned, we also have the opportunity this summer to work as fisheries technicians, continuing our education about fish and their habitats. Due to the intensity of the final months of school, we haven't posted for a while, or really even got out much. It's times like those when you have to make the most out of quick opportunities and local waters. Here's one example:
Winter can be a very enjoyable time to fish. Sunny days make the cold completely tolerable and can lead to midge hatches that get enough fish rising to forget that it's the middle of January. This winter, however, has not been that winter. The cold spell that started off the winter throughout the country has been perpetuated in Utah by dreaded inversions, rendering the local rivers nearly inactive. The water temp hovers right around 32 degrees, slowing the fishes metabolisms to a crawl. Promising runs and holes have only given up small trout that can justify the energy expenditure for a small nymph passing by. The ones we fish for, on the other hand, have been hard pressed to waste energy to intercept an insignificant fly in its drift. We yearn for spring, can't wait for summer are so sick of winter etc., which is understandable. But we also have to remember that winter brings the snow that feeds our rivers throughout the year, providing life-giving, cold, clean water for the fish we love.
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