I cannot tell a lie. I had to sneak away this morning and do a little fishing on the Guadalupe. Between flu bugs and birthday parties and bronchitis and thunderstorms, it’s been hard to find time on the water. So I decided to play hooky this morning – in the name of Presidents’ Day of course!
I think our forefathers would totally be okay with it. Based on the following quotations, they sound like fairly level-headed guys. Hell, they sound like fisherman.
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln
This pretty much sums up my preparation for today’s fishing adventure. I spent all afternoon yesterday readying myself for a fast-break at the break of dawn this morning. I filled the car with gas. I went to Target and purchased a memory stick for my new digital camera. I charged the digital camera. Attached new leader to my fly line. Buckled down and put all my tippet in a new Ziploc. Lined up my waders and boots in the kitchen. Tidied up my gear bag which, although filled with trash, still had remnants of a price tag on it. Moved things around on the lanyard. Moved them back into place.
Then I’d say I fished for about an hour and a half.
“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” — Abraham Lincoln
And wear good wading boots.
“He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern.” — Thomas Jefferson describing George Washington
This also describes the one fish I hooked up with this morning. With complete calm and unconcern, the trout simply unhooked himself as if I’d greased the fly in butter, laughed at me over his shoulder, and swam away.
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” — George Washington
Yep, George was a fisherman, allright.
“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
All I can say is I’m on cloud nine after my morning on the water.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
Hmmm, I suppose I violated this one. But couldn’t we argue that the act of fishing is not an act of evasion, but is actually quite essential? Certainly that’s not a revolutionary idea with this crowd.
Either way, when you start your Monday standing in the middle of a beautiful river and the sun is gleaming, the outlook is pretty bright.
Hail to the chiefs.