Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring


Milliken outflow

Two pounds of spring salmonid

For Easter dinner

4 comments:

KGT said...

SWEET! More details please.

Vicar(ious) said...

Nothing fancy—swimming a streamer (white matuka zonker) around in the warmwater outflow at Milliken on Wed pm. The same spot where Kleinman and I were charged by a rabid raccoon 15 years ago. But I digress...

It is real cheater flyfishing: if you are in a good spot near the flow, you don’t even have to cast—just pay out line, strip in, drift down, repeat. The guys using minnows outfished me, of course—there is a lot of line out and the heft of the flyline cuts down on your ability to feel strikes. But still, a fish in an hour while watching buffies, goldeneyes, mergs, etc., I’ll take that any day…

We did eat it for Easter dinner—stuffed ala LL Bean cookbook. Shallots, garlic, lemon, butter, pepper. Bake for ~ 40 mins. Seriously simple and seriously good.

You should bring your flyrod on and we can go after you teach. tomorrow (?).

Yeoman said...

I've just started a little early fishing myself. My seven year old daughter caught a heck of a rainbow a couple of weeks ago.

Spring here is also, in our case, our first experience with a Hunters Safety Course. I don't have to take one, as I was born prior to 1966. Our legislature, when it passed this law in 1979, avoided applying it to anyone then hunting, lest they become the hunted. As it was, the original idea was to only apply the requirement to out of state hunters, but they apparently had too many late nights at The Hitching Post and forgot what they were doing.

Grumble, grumble.

I know that everyone here has undoubtedly taken such a course, may be the instructor for one, and likes them. Save for me. Coming from an overwhelmingly rural state, where kids start violating this law by hunting at age five, the law mostly is a distraction, made all th worse by the incorporation of material published out of the state, and obviously with some other state in mind.

Does any state have these courses entirely on line (no at the shop field day required) yet?

Yeoman said...

I should note that I'm taking the course too, as I can't stomach the concept that I should require my ten year old son to take it if I won't. I'm not liking the idea, however. After a lifetime of hunting and being around firearms, I have a hard time stomaching the idea of taking a class on the topic. It reminds me too much of the Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services classes on field phones in the Army.

Maybe I'll think better of it by Sunday night, when I'm done with it.