To put it succinctly, "It ain't fishing weather." Or to put it like I've been putting a lot of things lately, "I'm too old for this shit."
A few years ago on a spring steelhead trip to Stanley, I remember the dashboard thermometer on my truck reading a crisp 11 degrees. Later that morning, I hooked one of only two steelhead I managed to hook on the entire three-day trip.
'I'm damn near at the phase in my life where all fishing should be "sock-free" and anything frozen better have rum and an umbrella in it.'
Honestly, had I not driven four hours to Stanley, I probably wouldn't have bothered with fishing that particular day--I would have curled up in the cabin and watched reruns of "The Unit."
So, as it snows sideways here on the upper reaches of the Snake River Plain, I thought I'd offer up some weekend possibilities that don't involved shaking ice loose from the guides of your 5-weight, or plucking frozen snot from under your nose.
10) Get caught up on "Boardwalk Empire." I actually just started Season One, and I'm loving it. That said, don't spoil it for me.
9) Read about your miserable buddies who are yucking it up in Tierra del Fuego, catching sea-run brown trout as long as their inseams and sucking down great Argentinian malbec. Jackwagons.
|My usual predicament when I play my son in MW.|
7) Try to beat your 10-year-old son at Modern Warfare. Cameron is an assassin. I'm usually the guy who's body gets blown to smithereens by some surgically-tossed hand grenade. It's worth it, though. When he laughs, my whole world laughs with him.
6) Stick to that resolution to drop a few pounds. You didn't just spend $50 on that Xbox exercise program only to watch it gather dust, did you? Yeah, me, too.
Denver Bronco fan (coincidentally, did you notice that September brook trout sport Broncos colors?). Here's hoping for a win against the Ravens. The good news is, if they win this weekend, I'll actually be in Denver for the AFC title game (oh, and the International Sportsmen's Expo at the Colorado Convention Center--something you can do next weekend).
4) Beef stew. Need I say more?
3) Friends. We have a few. We'll be enjoying their company this weekend if all goes as planned.
2) Shovel the walks. Or, rather, send your 10-year-old outside to shovel the walks while you practice a little virtual warfare. It's OK to be a little devious. He has it coming... trust me.
1) Read a good book. I've got a couple on my list that I'm ready to crack, but this one is calling to me. Have a great weekend. Stay warm... and stay classy.