Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Not Much Of A Fishing Day

So we were all ready to go out fishing. The rods, the spinners, the reels, the line were all ready. Even the dog was ready. Our fishing tackle boxes were loaded and the sandwiches were made.
Then one car broke down.  Never mind.  A quick change into my friends car and we are ready to go.
And that car was also on the blink.
One of my more frustrating fishing trips ever. Specially as I had not only been looking forward to it for a long time, I was desperate for day out by the river and away from it all.
Still it is one of the first things we learn as anglers - patience.
They say silence is golden - it is patience that is golden and is surrounded by a silver lining.
Next week we'll try again.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Back Again And Getting Ready For The Fishing Season

We are now in mid November, and this makes it that time of the year again - the time for some good, and hopefully extraordinary, trout fishing.
First some basic facts:
Location: Latitude - '0' degrees
Altitude: 2800 meters
Country: Ecuador
River: In the Andes mountain range, before reaching the Rain Forest.
Climate: Normally this side of the mountains it would be the rainy season - which means raining everyday. On the rivers side, it may occasionally rain, but it is the dry season.
State of River: Very little water. It hasn't rained, not even in the Amazon basin. Rivers are nearly dry.
Potential Fishing: Should be good this year, unless the locals have been using nets, poison or "Dupont" lures. It sounds terrible and it is, but it is a reflection of both the educatio0n and the lack of control. Hey, sometimes it is the military who use the dynamite.

Having said all that, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. When nature is on your side, and it usually is, the river, the mountains, the birds (some extraordinary river ducks and parrots) are there to guide us.

So it is time to find my fishing tackle boxes, get my tackle, check it, replace some of the stuff and maybe tie a couple of flies.

This year I will be posting about my fishing on a "day by day" basis.