Recently, a friend of mine returned from meetings in DC in support of public lands. You can read the write-up on Orvis News. When I asked him what he thought about the time he spent with representatives and how we felt afterward, he was encouraged by the receptiveness of the officials and their willingness to listen. More importantly, though, was the feeling that normal folks like us can have an impact.
If you are passionate about something, and this is something you should be passionate about, take the time to contact your representatives and let them know what you think.
Bill To Create Reservoir South Of Lake Okeechobee Clears A Major Hurdle
This is a step in the right direction in what seems like an outgoing tide that never decides to turn around. The job isn’t done yet, however, so please continue your efforts toward getting some good work done.
Check out this new film from Brothers on the Fly. Those Germans are a strange people, indeed.
This video was released about a week ago, and I’m sure plenty of you have already seen it. But we decided we’d play the clean up role on this one. So if you’ve seen it, then sign up to support it. If you haven’t seen it, watch the video and then sign up to support flows going back to the Everglades. The time is nigh and I don’t know about you, but I for one think it’s time that big sugar takes a backseat to the people of Florida, and the rest of the country, that want our natural resources back.
I caught one fish today.
The creek is close, but not too close. The kind of place that doesn’t stand out on a topo map, but it looks fishy as hell when you see it. A few years ago, I put in a dozen days with clients. We had success in the dry days of summer when options were sparse, but it fishes best when the rain rolls in and pushes the water against the overgrown banks. It fishes best on days like today.
There used to be an old blue truck topper well above the waterline in one thick, rhododendroned corner. We found a chunk of it in the water today; how it got there is a mystery to me. Too far and too heavy to carry out, we dragged it back into the trees. It doesn’t belong in the woods, but it belongs less in the water. A bright splash of blasphemous blue, an unwelcome intrusion.
Lately, it has been more about the company than the fish. Today, though, was a perfect combination of friends, fish, and landscape. The rain reclined, making room for the fog, and the woods were loud with the sounds of spring. I blew the crow call here and there, optimistically hoping to expose a gobbler, but the forest answered with the almost violent roar that only comes to you when you set the silence aside. There is no quiet here.
I feel possessive of these woods. I grew up here, I learned to fish here, I hunt grouse here, and, in a few short weeks, I’ll be back in search of turkey. This brooding, brutal landscape is where I find my peace. You can keep your high-rises and high-risers; I’ll take my woods, my friends, and my contentment.
I caught one fish today.
“A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.”
I’ve been working my way through a too-large stack of unread books, and I’ve been reflecting on those works that seem to mean more to me. Just like music, there is always an unintended connection of time and place from which meaning is derived. I read Moby-Dick too early, I think, to perceive it as anything more than an a tale of adventure. I ran headfirst into Heart of Darkness at perhaps exactly the right moment, and I find myself returning to it with surprising regularity.
Then, of course, there are the books I almost can’t believe I’ve missed. Most recently, this was A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. I’ve come to realize, though, that most good things are only good as a result of when they are discovered, and Leopold is no different. Go buy yourself a copy, and read it with an open mind and an eye toward current events. The book is timeless, but it is also timely, and I think you’ll find a new favorite.
The harm done by aquaculture is immense, and this short film by the Pace Brothers highlights the impact of salmon farming on one of Scotland’s great rivers. You can learn more about the topic at Salmon & Trout Conservation UK.
The boys from The Great White North have released their spring offerings, and they’ve done it well.
Check ’em out
Now Or Neverglades
There’s no need for a lengthy preamble or clever yet relevant anecdote on this one. One of the guiding principles of this blog is that if we expect others to care about our fisheries and environments, we need to care about theirs. In that spirit, head over to Now or Neverglades and show your support.
Once again, we find ourselves facing that point in the waning days of winter when spring’s inevitable gravity is pulling us closer to the March equinox. These last days of winter mean that grouse season has ended, and while a recent job change took priority over days behind my bird dog, we did manage to keep the streak alive. Never a bad year with that dog, and hardly a bad day; I wonder what I did to deserve that.
Of course, this is also the time of year when new products are beginning to hit the market from all the major players. Some of them have been rumored for years, and others simply sprung forth from research dungeons hidden in old missile silos. At least, that’s how I picture it – kind of like that movie The Colony, but with machining equipment instead of, well, other stuff. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen that one; you ain’t missing much.
In an effort to take this rambling monologue in yet another direction, I want to pose a question to you, the esteemed SCOF audience. We’ll get there in a minute, though. I’m an avid consumer of podcasts, and one of my favorites is The Tim Ferriss Show, and one of my favorite questions that he asks is what recent purchase under some small limit, say $75, has made the biggest difference in the guest’s life. I’ll remove the dollar limit on my version, however.
What fishing-related purchase in the last year or so has had the biggest impact on you?