It is a lot of driving to enjoy a little time on the water. Conditions weren’t ideal for “dries or die,” but catching was not the top priority. And, isn’t that the point of dries or die? Can I dupe a seasoned fish, even when conditions aren’t great?
It also was about other things.
I really enjoy the drive in the dark on quiet roads. I look forward to listening to podcasts. I am all for sudden glimpses of something riveting, such as an amazing horizon when I make a routine pit stop.
When I got to the water, I decided to fish the experimental Parachute Sulphur. After some time, a wizened and good-sized fish slowly rose and took the fly. I set the hook and the tippet snapped.
I pulled in the line. The break happened where I had added 6x tippet to a shortened leader. I’ve tied many knots. They usually hold, but this one did not.
I was just happy to get a take on a new fly.
So, this ended up being a pretty quiet outing, and I was off the water by 10 am. Still, being out is a privilege. Look at the video below. As a friend posted, fishing is good for the soul.