Usually I keep a good weather eye and as any sailor worth his salt, I stow what is needed to fit the conditions encountered. On my last outing however, I found my sea bag quite short of a much needed item.
Last week, I made a short voyage to Blue to spend a couple of hours. It was foggy and overcast. Throwing anchor at Ted's Pool, I begin casting upstream and drifting back. The first twenty minutes or so was uneventful. Switching to a brown bugger, and later a bubba bugger, the trout finally started coming to hand.
Upstream a good ways was another seaman and he was sending out an "Ahoy", but he was too far away for me to recognize who he was. Then, I saw two darling young'uns running around the campsite and realized the seaman with his hand in the air was Dusty Gilles. Dusty and his family had a wonderful weekend at Blue and the kiddos caught their first trout I believe.
After an hour or so of fishing, six bows had come to hand and it was time for me to shove off. It was a nice day overall, and a good number of folks on the river.
This week I sailed to Blue on a Friday and this is where I missed the weather call. There was a slight mist when I began my voyage, but by the time I arrived at the river the mist had turned into a steady drizzle. I had dressed in only a tee shirt with a light pull-over that acted like a sponge. The drizzle would transform into rain showers and as they came in waves, the wetter I became.
However, the fishing was fair. Early on Friday morning, Van Stacey ran me down and gave me a new pattern he is tying called the Marabear. He gave me two color schemes - chartreuse and root beer.
On the river I started out with a brown bugger and the bugger would only find one bow. Then a size 18 Frenchie pink went on and this lad found four bows. The bite was not hot and heavy and the trout seemed to be feeding in gingerly fashion as revealed by ever so subtle and soft eats. The chartreuse Marabear was called for sea duty and he would find two bows and loose two more.
After an hour and half that more with no end in sight to the rain, I gave in and packed my drenched self to the sailing vessel.