End of June

June 26, 2016

It's painstakingly slow—like watching paint dry, or grass grow, or waiting for a Sunday sermon to end when you're seven years old and the wooden pew is hard, and all your friends are already back home playing, because their parents don't go to church; or if they do, their preacher isn't as long-winded. But it's like that, it really is, watching the snow slowly melt off the mountains of Colorado in the distance, looking for a new rock today that wasn't visible yesterday, a sign, any sign, that run-off is coming to it's end, because you want to, no— have to, fish. It should have been a productive time, but it wasn't. I should have painted the house, worked on the car, written a book, but I didn't do any of those things. I didn't do any of those things because I was in a funk—a no fishing-stare at the mountains-watch the snow melt-are we there yet?, funk. But it's coming to an end soon, they tell me. It'll all be over, and I'll be able to wade the river, fish to my heart's content, eat my lunches again on goose-poop covered islands and swat at mosquitoes and life will be good once again, and all my friends and co-workers will be happy too, because I can fish and I am no longer the grumpy old guy they have to avoid and endure. With my life restored, who knows, perhaps I will find my muse again, the water, the fish. Perhaps, I'll be inspired to write again; perhaps I will dance, I know I will dance at least a little jig of happiness, because now I can fish. According to the last word I received from the Bureau of Reclamation, they plan to start reducing the flow here on the 29th of June and over the following 12 days; that means by July 4th the flow should be somewhere around 2,200 to 2,000 cfs and I can begin accessing some water on foot again. Let's hope they keep their word. Angels are smiling in heaven.

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As a small aside and attempt at shameless self-promotion, there was an article featured  on Flyfisherman Magazine's website written by yours truly about the 60th anniversary of Abe's Fly Shop that can be accessed through the following link: Abe's Anniversary. Hope you can make it out this week. If you would like more information or would like to book a guided trip, give us a call at 505-632-2194. 

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Jay's Past Reports:  

November 10, 2019

     Okay, I'll admit it, I've been slacking the last couple of months. And, of course, there's always a ton of excuses—my latest being that because I failed to draw a big game hunt this year, there was really no reason to push myself, physically, with all those tough workouts and hiking to ke...

November 3, 2019

Don't kid yourself. Sure, all of of would like to think of ourselves as that magnanimous, good soul, in victory, when the real truth is— deep down, our human nature generally steers us toward that other inner voice of our lesser angels, where a good old fashioned gloat just seems too tempting...

October 27, 2019

I'm sorry, but if you're looking for the worst weather of the year so far, those days have already been reserved for my days off. Wow, snow on Monday with a high of 40 and 22 mph winds? A high of 35 on Wednesday with a low of 7 degrees? I keep checking the weather report to see if perhaps some...

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