Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nervous Energy

"Sleeping Elephant"

“If you get to Sleeping Elephant you’ve gone too far, but if you don’t get to the Kinnikinic Store you’re not quite there”. Advice I received from the easily excited shop employee, as he restocked a dwindling supply of streamer hooks. This type of advice is given in such a manner that both heightens your sense of curiosity, but also makes you intriguingly suspicious. So like any fly fisherman worth his or her salt, the plan was made, and the run up the canyon was set.

I hadn’t been fishing particularly well as of late, but with some friends coming into town this weekend, I felt the need to go scout some water before their arrival. And seeking redemption from my last “guiding” experience, the pressure of putting others on fish has slowly been building over the past week or so. So as surely as these exploits will be written about, I do not want to be the one who has their invite “lost in the mail” for future outings.

The changing season could be felt as the soft autumn wind brushed the tops of the knee high grass.  And taking notice of the leaves that had started to change from green to gold, I walked in harmony with both wind and magic. The meadow opened up before me, embracing me, guiding me to a river I thought I knew. So, like a college freshman returning home for Thanksgiving, I walked through its doors. Expecting things to be the same, but wary of the time away.

The size 10 Dave’s Hopper hung up in the grass on the far bank for a split second before it fell with a subtle splash inches from the water’s edge.  The momentary pause of the faux bug was the last look I got before an angry swirl engulfed the fly.

Laughing…I set the hook.

30 comments:

  1. Nice read...one of my favorite things in fly fishing has to be watching a trout come up and slurp a big hopper pattern , it doesn't get much better.

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  2. Sounds just about right. Keep after 'em, man.

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  3. "guiding me to a river I thought I knew" -- always changing -- and what keeps us coming back. Great read, Sanders...

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  4. Sounds like a fun weekend planned. I just hope you don't awaken the sleeping elephant–no amount of bear spray is going to help if that happens. Oh, and please make sure Howard catches a fish so he has something to write about for a change ;)

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  5. The joy of the scout...someone's gotta do it!

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  6. Reminiscent of pre-game butterflies. If you don't have them you're not ready. A good friend to go to the lengths of preparation. Remember the Malbec!

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  7. I want to climb that elephant.

    Nice tale

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  8. Kinnikinic...kinda rolls off the tongue and is really fun to say. My word for the day...Kinnikinic. Oh yeah...great story...can't wait to see how it all pans out.

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  9. Nice post! Nothing better than catching trout on hoppers.

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  10. great post sanders, sounds like a fun trip... and good luck putting your buddies on fish!

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  11. Jeff- you're right...nothing better than watching a trout roll on a hopper. a ton of fun for sure.

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  12. Russ- Thanks. Should be a good weekend.

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  13. e.m.b- Thanks. Change is a good thing, always keeping us on our toes :-)

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  14. Kirk- I think you're right...there isn't enough bear spray in the west to handle that beast. My goal is to get a picture of Howard with a fish in his hand...but you know what they say about leading a horse to water....

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  15. Dean- The scouting was definitely fun...always is :-)

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  16. Herringbone- It was a dirty job but someone had to do it...the malbec is ready to go.

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  17. Brk Trt- Thanks.

    Come on out...the elephant will be waiting for you...ha!

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  18. John- Kinnikinic does have a nice way of coming off the tongue doesn't it...just hard to say 5 times fast.

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  19. George- Hopper season is a great time of year...love fishing them.

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  20. Travis- Thanks! I'm sure a good time will be had by all...I'm looking forward to it.

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  21. Sanders, man, you are the master. I love the minimalist approach. I realized yesterday that 6 or 8 of the bloggers I interact with the most are all going to be fishing together this weekend. Wish I was there, big-time. Have fun, and I'm looking forward to a full report. From everyone.

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  22. Nice post Sanders, I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to lead this old horse to water, but I guarantee we'll make it. Shut up Kirk.

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  23. "If you get to the sleeping elephant you've gone too far.." Sounds like a great opening line to a novel. Nothing better than large flies slurped by aggressive fish. Hope the weekend went well.

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  24. Hope you were able to put them onto some fish and I am sure the good times will be plenty. Couples sips of whiskey out to calm those nerves ;) Good luck out there bro. Tight lines

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  25. Jason- Thanks! I wish you could have been here, but I'm hoping we'll meet soon. I'm looking forward to the reports myself.

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  26. Howard- I'm not exactly sure who would have been leading who, but I'm sure there would have been water :-)

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  27. Steve- Weekend was fantastic! And you're right...nothing better than watching big flies disappear.

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  28. Trout- Whiskey...friends...fish...all pretty good ingredients :-)

    We found some fish and had a ton of laughs. It was a great time for sure.

    I thought about you on Friday, wishing you were here to extend your season. Tight lines my friend.

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  29. Wow, that does look like a sleeping elephant now that you say it.

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  30. JGR- I get a kick out of it every time I see it...ha!

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