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Waiting for spring
I have a severe case of cabin fever. Too much work. Too slow winter. Too much wind. Too little fishing. I'm really looking forward to fishing on mild spring days.
This time last year I was closing in on 15-20 fishing trips since New Year. Not that it did me any good. I had to fish 19 times in a row to get my first fish for 2006. This year has been better in that regard. I have only been out a few times, but I've had fish on most trips.
But the conditions have been terrible on most of the trips and particularly the wind has been pretty annoying. The shoreline fishing we do here is very sensible to wind – both direction and strength – and having had strong Western and North-western winds dominating since sometime in the early autumn, the fishing has suffered severely from it.
I have managed to go fishing one day where the weather was perfect, and sure enough: we had fish moving close to the shore, showing head-and-tail and going for a well presented fly.
But it seems we have to wait just a bit more before the real spring sets in. Meanwhile I have dug out a few photos from both last spring and this winter and early spring. I really don't have the time to do stuff for GFF (as can be seen from the publishing frequency), but a small picture essay like this only took me about 15-20 minutes to stitch together, which I found was a good investment – for my own sanity and for your entertainment.