And, of course, plenty of fishing on the docket.
There is one major problem currently- the rivers are running higher than we have seen in over 20 years. Due to the record setting snow fall and wet spring, the rivers are out of the banks and creating lakes where swift rivers used to flow. To compound the problem, the rivers that run through the fields have swelled so it will be impossible to find the rivers edge. AND, now the farmers are shutting down the irrigation ditches so all that water will now be detoured to the rivers. Sigh. But, as the saying goes, "it is what it is" so we will make the best of it.
Just the other day someone asked me why I like to fish the rivers and streams so much more than a lake. Now, remember I love to fish the lakes with the family. What a great way to spend time with love ones. But I think the river is the ultimate place to fish. The rivers offer a constantly changing scenario each time you fish. You have the excitement of walking the river and the challenging circumstances that are presented while stalking a fish. But perhaps the best reason to fish the river is that you can also see Mother Nature at the top of Her game. All types of birds and waterfowl abound. Larger animals such as elk, deer, and moose can surprise you at anytime. Don't count out a bear sighting. Or a Rocky Mountain Goat. (Our daughter took a picture of one just the other day as she was driving up the canyon and now has the whole area trying to get a glimpse. First one most folks have seen around here!!)
The ever present fox, coyote, beavers (love to fish those beaver dams), marmots, sage hens, and many other critters too numerous to mention, will always be around to entertain you. Two of my favorites: the majestic Bald Eagles soaring overhead and the sight of the little ducklings scurrying behind the mother.
Let's not forget the flora. Wild flowers to entice even the most enthusiastic gardener. I really have not been good at names but that does not stop me from enjoying the sight of the wild Iris or the Columbines. (See, I did know a couple names. The Columbine
is the Colorado State Flower, so I had to know that). But there are so many more that catch the eye.
This is all going on and you still have to fish! It is not easy.
One last thing is that I fish farm and ranch properties. Lots of time you will be finding your way to the river through a herd of 200 head of cattle or more. You have to watch where you step if you know what I mean. But it is fun this time of year because of all the little calves calling for the moms throughout the herd. Good stuff.
Well folks.... I hope that answers some of the questions as to why I like to fish in the lake.
'Till next time
P.S. I also have to add fishing with your "buds" is a kick!