Almost Gone Fishin'
The coming week I will be off fishing a bit. This year's first trip for me. My fishing sure isn`t what it used to be.
There was a time where I'd be out fishing 70, 80 and 90 days a year - not counting my traveling to places like BC, Mexico, Norway, Sweden and whatnot.
It's not like that any more!
Due to unfortunate health circumstances, the first 100 days or so of 2013 have passed, and I haven't been out once! Not a single day or even hour, and my waders are dry, my boots are as stiff as logs and my flies are buried deep in a box somewhere... I think... I hope...
I the old days I might have skipped January and some of February - especially a year like this where it's been really cold. But March and the beginning of April? No chance! Any day with good wind and a bit of sunshine would have stirred me and there would have been a very short distance from thought to action.
Things are different when short walks require a cane, longer ones a wheelchair, wading is impossible and even standing upright for more than 10-20 minutes is hard work - and impossible if the ground is uneven.
I invested in a pontoon boat some years ago, but even though it seemed promising being able to get out where the big ones are, I must admit that my fishing has never been worse, and that I downright detest the boat and long for the days where I could walk and wade as I pleased.
The pontoon boat might be a nice alternative to wading if you can use it when you want to, but a true curse when there's no alternative. It's cumbersome to bring and to assemble and inflate, it's a pest to fish from, drifting in the mercy of wind and current and it has an amazing ability to grab the fly line when I cast or in the unlikely situation of hooking a fish.
I rarely complain over my situation. I'm a lot better off than many other MS-patients not to mention people with serious diseases like cancer, but sometimes I admit that I can turn slightly bitter over my situation.
Well, enough complaining!
It seems that spring is coming to Denmark next week, and luck has it that I will be off fishing exactly in the coming week!
Come Monday I'll be outta here. Whaddayasay?
Our annual spring trip for sea run browns will be to the southern part of Denmark by Haderslev Fjord, a place that I never fished before. I have no big expectations, but certainly look forward to the trip.
Not even the worst fishing or the most rusty pontoon boat in Denmark can take the joy out of being away, together with good friends, close to the water, fishing every day if you want to, indulging in good food, wine, beer and whiskey, tying flies and taking pictures and just goofing around.
I have no idea whether I will have an Internet-connection. Most houses have one nowadays, but if not, well then GFF will have to sail its own sea while I'm gone. I will bring a computer and might be able to connect, but if not the machines will have to take care of business while I'm gone.
I will make sure to shoot some pictures and do a little writeup when I get back home.