I started fly fishing in 1972. That adds up to many hours. Way over 10,000….I have learned a lot about fish, and that original plan has satisfied me. The thing that keeps me going to water is the ecosystem. My attitude is anyone can catch a fish with practice. But, when you go to the water enough you begin to see things that are just for you. Think of it as insider trading…. I learned years ago that Ravens like to eat Skwallas. They change their feeding style to suit the food (we do too). they patrol the bank for the helpless/tasty nymphs. This helps me to determine if Skwallas are emerging. The main reason Ravens are after them is for food obviously….But, yesterday I watched a male Raven find a nymph, and instead of eating it on the spot, he flew over to his mate and handed it off to her for a snack. After eating it, they did a little beak fencing….think rubbing noses with your sweety. A little while later, he showed up with a “starter pack” of nesting materials and then “presented” it to her. She accepted it stylishly….and flew off to start another breeding season. Spring to you and me. The male went back to hunting for goodies. To me, he looked pleased the way things were going.
Those that have followed for a while know I don’t use the word perfect very often. Well, it is getting very close right now. Flows are 300+ above Martis crk. Big bugs are in play, along with a few small bugs. Water is pretty clear, and the temp has come up a bit. Fish are not over-pressured yet…..get it while it’s good.