Talk about Antiques!
A fishing rod with a handle shaped like a baseball bat? A Giant Haskell Minnow? Better look in the basement. Through Angling Trade News we came across this interesting article from The New York Times by Ezra Marcus.
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Kids Fish Album
We've mentioned in blogs earlier this summer about the number of kids who have come with parents, grandparents, uncles, and neighbors to learn how to fly fish. It's been a positive light in the darkness of Covid-19. We love looking through the photos of these kids and thought it would be fun to do a Facebook album, which will be viewable for everyone whether you're a FB user or not.
We're Flying Again
On Thursday when you receive this, we will be in Montana or on our way. This is the first trip for us since we were sent home upon arrival in Buenos Aires in March. At first we didn't know how to act being home with so much time on our hands. Thinking it would last a few weeks, we hurried to tackle projects that never get done; we cleaned the basement and the closets. As the weather warmed I tackled flower beds and the barn. We got a dumpster and filled it.
As the weeks turned into months schools closed, businesses closed and people were sent home to work. Our grandsons practically moved in with us since our internet is better than at their house. We worked out a system for who cooks, who cleans, who does this and who does that. We gave more time to volunteer on community projects and I got Susie (who is usually at work in our office) to help me pressure wash and paint at the church and community hall. I planted a garden. We worried about our income and found consolation in the fact that we are all in this together. We didn't have to look far to find someone who had bigger problems that ours.
We watched as our trips got canceled one after the other – Argentina, Belize, Ireland, Scotland, Alaska, and began to worry about when we would fly again. Finally the calendar got around to our Montana trip which wavered a bit but never fell off the schedule. Now, it's here. Some of you have flown since the pandemic hit, we have friends who have fished in the west and we've been assured that everything is fine. For me, I can't help thinking that it's like being a dog on a 10' chain for months and then when the chain is taken away, he still only goes to end of the 10 feet. He's been programed. Being at home for so long has made me a little nervous about going again. I'm comfortable in my little bubble at home and now I am stepping out of it. It's weird.
One thing that is helping though are the fishing reports coming out of the Bighorn. This is an incredible year on the river with lots of big fish taken on hoppers, PMD, and caddis. Mike Craig tells us that it's the river he remembers from 40+ years ago. He says that we will see our backing on this trip. Guaranteed. The river is hot and we're excited to be there with groups for two weeks. I've still got some packing to do, so I'll check back in next week and let you know how it's going.