Monday, January 14, 2013

Flush

If you look closely, you will see that for much of the year I am a subtle shade of green. It is an affliction that I refer to as Montloradaho Envy and it's onset is caused by all my western "friends" who fill my browser with stories and pictures of their Rocky Mountain trout streams and high plains fisheries. Cuts, bows, browns, ad nauseam. BAH! It's tough to deal with, here in the eastern flatlands, and most of the time I have to pick my wardrobe carefully so as not to make my odd complexion quite so obvious.

But in January my rosy hue returns when those "friends" begin to whine about what to do for the next couple of months as they huddle shivering in their homes or, when they do get out, whimper about dealing with -14 degree days and wind chills that are, frankly, obscene. And when they bitch and moan while I put together a few North Carolina days like this, I am positively flush.





January 4th
Brookies in the Appalachians
46 degrees with a 4wt





January 10th
Largemouths in the Piedmont
64 degrees, 6wt





January 13th
Down East Reds
74 degrees, you guessed it, 7wt







So, take that, you Montloradahoians. For the time being I'm good, and a positively delicious shade of pink, right here in the Old North State. Mountains to coast, it's damn hard to beat.

And I'm itchin' to get out the 8wt.

13 comments:

Ken G said...

My wife and I have drawn lines on maps with our fingers, from her dad's place near Branson, MO, all the way to the NC/Virginia border.

Yes, hot during the summer, but it's 27 degrees here today. Not going to get much better than that for the next couple of weeks, at least. Some day....

I'm sick of it, sick of it, ya hear? And you're not helping matters...

Mike Sepelak said...

Sorry 'bout that Ken. Well, not really.

Kevin Frank said...

Nice week indeed.

Mike Sepelak said...

A nice start for the year, Kevin. Absolutely.

Jay said...

Good work, sir.
Maybe that'll encourage the "Montloradahoians" to show a little more respect for the South...
and stop teasing us with all those damn trout pictures.

Ricky Anderson said...

Its always fishing weather here in Arizona...now if I could just find some water to go fishing in.

Mike Sepelak said...

Amen, Jay. Trout, trout, trout. It gets monotonous.

Now that's a challenge, Ricky. For sure.

Rainbow Chaser said...

Kudos to you, Mike. Definitely a great start to the New Year. Now I don't always have to fish for Trout, however, even the warmwater fish are stuck under a lid of ice here in Geezerville.

Mike Sepelak said...

My point exactly, Mel. Glad to hear you are multi-faceted in your endeavors. :-)

Steve Z said...

They are bastards and they deserve this post. Well done, Mike.

Mike Sepelak said...

Now, now, Steve. Bastards may be a bit harsh (though I am struggling to come up with a better term).

Chris Hunt said...

I'll feel better in July, when you're making gravy in your shorts, and I'm pullin' hawgs out of the Henry's Fork.

Til then, enjoy the fishin'... :-P

Mike Sepelak said...

That's hard to argue with, Chris. Like I said, a subtle shade of green.