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PostPosted: March 30th, 2020, 9:01 pm 
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Well, as advertised, on Saturday I headed way downeast to fish my 3 favorite coastal streams - as luck would have it, by the time I completed my second cast at my first stop, I had already had a good day - I landed a jumping, fat, butterscotch brown - he had no doubt been down in the estuary gorging himself on some real food - unfortunately that's also when the catching ended - after missing what seemed to be another brown & a couple of brookies, I headed over to one of my more reliable salter streams - no signs of any fish there, but I did find a comfy lounge-like depression in the lava ledge rock, where I settled in to enjoy my Cohiba & a couple of yummy IPAs - as I sat there with the stream rushing around me & no sign of humanity in sight, for a few moments, everything seemed right - it was supremely satisfying - I need to take more breaks like that...
From there I headed to another usually reliable early season stream - no bumps, hits or even a snag, which brings me to the lesson - even though Saturday felt like Mother's Day to me, the brookies knew it was still March and they weren't about to change their habits because of a few warm days - I'm always amazed how the brookies, pretty much regardless of the conditions, stick to their yearly schedule and actively feeding in streams in March isn't part of it, at least not where I fish...at any rate, it beat the hell out of sheltering in place - tight lines & be well!


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Beautiful shots Brian - thanks - you NEVER disappoint! Fished yesterday under chilly, bluebird skies - couldn't stick a fish to save my life. Any way, that morning I had numerous, less than optimistic emails - I sell product to brick and mortar furniture stores. Some will survive in a new world (whatever that looks like), others are writing their epitaph already. I work with/for 3 different companies; all scrambling to "right size" and survive this mess; with or without me - who knows. The past couple weeks have been a real "reset button"; things, people that I've lost track of or taken for granted are suddenly all that matters. Work? Regardless of how it all shakes out - my family will all be fine. Only thing that matters is that we all come out the the side of this healthy.

As I turned up Grafton Notch and the Bald Pates stared me in the face, this song came on - it was exactly what I was doing. If you like Todd Snider, Neal Casal, Widespread Panic, jam type music, you might dig it. https://youtu.be/oo1SOJnbjfQ

2/3's through the afternoon, I had just tide on a new rig and an alder grabbed my backcast; practically knitting me a new sweater - what a mess. Grumbling under my breath, I sat down to retie and had one of Brian's "Cohiba moments". Blue skies, no other sounds but the water, wind, and birds, sitting in the sunshine - relax dude - paradise..... I could have left my gear home - the day was a raving success. Hit that reset button - in the words of our buddy Don - it's pretty cool. Be well all!

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