What Was I Thinking?

Should have stayed home and drank!

Should have stayed home and drank!

I’d been trying to get out on the water, specifically the East Walker before the tough summer flows hit, but with my anniversary, my son’s birthday and all the end of the school year stuff, I was having trouble finding a day.  So I targeted Friday.  Yes, the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend.  What was I thinking?

Look, I don’t have a real job.  Holidays are meaningless to me for the most part.  It just didn’t occur to me half the people on the planet would be leaving early for the long weekend.  I pulled up to the Elbow and saw half a dozen RVs spread around, two guys on dirt bikes ripping up one of the trails, but my honey hole was open.  However, as I approached, six middle aged RVer’s walked around the bend in swimming suits carrying blow up inner tubes and rafts.

I can take a hint!  I just gave up on fishing and did a little exploring.  No pictures, nothing spectacular.  I don’t like crowds.  I know the East Walker isn’t mine or exclusive to fishermen, but it seems harder and harder to get away from the crowds.  Places I visited five years ago and had to myself, now are teaming with people.  I guess the economy means camping out is preferred to expensive tourist destinations and fancy hotels, not to mention the whole outdoors experience is being promoted heavily.

Unfortunately, a lot of the folks that go, just don’t understand part of the attraction is the peace and quiet, the solitude.  They bring the city and it’s noise and crowding with them.  They don’t respect personal space and have no idea how loud and obnoxious they can be.  I wish it were just rich lawyers in the Simms waders with their $800 Sage rods like the locals in Montana complain about.  I could deal with that.  Weekdays and waters that don’t show up in magazines.  That’s my mantra.

P.S. Props to our men and women serving in the armed forces and to those that have sacrificed all in the name of liberty.

P.S.S. Yes, I am a curmudgeon.  Thanks for asking.

Summer 2011…Sort Of

Well, it’s Memorial Day 2011.  Not only a day to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed for this nation’s freedom, this weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer for most of the nation, but for Nevada and the Sierra’s summer isn’t quite here yet.  It may be a few more weeks, yet.

Ah, springtime in Nevada.

It snowed around these parts just the other night, the mountains covered with a fresh dusting of the white stuff.  Where I live it has yet to hit 80 degrees this year.  We had nicer weather in February Continue reading

Some New Links and the Shingles

As I sit here over the Memorial Day weekend, not fishing but suffering from shingles, I have found a few new sites of interest to Nevada and Eastern Sierra fly fishermen.  They are High Noon Trout, Wanders with Trout and The High Sierra Fly Fisherman.  I also added The Trout Underground last week.  Not all of these are professional quality, but who cares.  Lots of fishing stories and pictures, what more could you want?

Oh, what are shingles you ask?  Well, Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.  What fun!  I went to the doctor early on and they gave me Valtrex, an anti-viral drug that helps keep it in check.  I have a few areas of the rash on my head, tongue and lips.  It is quite painful, especially my teeth.  It is getting better.  Hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, cause I’m not.

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