Things had been pre-planned; the prairie schooner was already loaded. With the first cup of coffee at the bunkhouse I visualized just how the day would go. It would happen at the south wilderness of Blue, along a stretch of water that offered pocket after pocket. Today, the bugger and hare's ear would marry; being united with a foot-and-a-half long piece of string; then launched on their honeymoon voyage into the savory recipe of the stew of Blue.
With the last sip of coffee, I realized that time was of the essence. Knowing that hard leather across the backside of the schooner ponies would be required, it was time to hit the trail. However, there was a requirement to first stop at the mercantile I work just to make sure everything would be running smoothly today. And... it didn't take long to realize, that, this would not be the case today.
It's cold and flu season and people take ill. As it is with my position in the mercantile, I am expected to run coverage... so today I worked. This would be a no fishing today for me.
I get somewhat depressed when a fly fishing day doesn't come my way. I shrink into a sullen, down-in-the-mouth, kick the crap out of the cat, generally crabby person. When these episodes occur... I don't even like myself.
The workday drug on, but I was able to knock off a couple of hours early. However, there still wasn't enough time to make it to the river Blue before the Canadian express, clipping at forty nauts, would arrive. There was no desire to face the wind-driven bitterness, or the bone chilling numbness that would result from such an interlude. Besides... light would have been lost in just a couple of hours.
There existed a choice. I could either take my sullen carcass to the prairie home, planting my tail in the pouting chair while humming the melody of Poor Poor Pitiful Me, or... I could go to the water. Waders went on; leaf rake quickly grabbed; prairie ponies turned toward Rock Creek.
Of course, whenever I'm on the water the preference is to fly fish, but there would be no fishing today. This would be a good time to do the final clean-up on Rock Creek.
Today's task called for a pair of wading boots, with some bite in the souls, in order to negotiate a steep incline. The leaf rake would make all the difference, allowing me to reach a good distance in retrieving the remaining trash. The task was completed around the time the first tinge of bitter air was noticeable.
With the job completed, the ponies were turned toward the prairie home - a warm safe harbor. Perhaps tomorrow will be a fishing day.
|Rock Creek before.|