Winter's coming | Find your adventure
I recently spent six days in the snow, sage and then mud of Northern Colorado. The people were friendly, the food was good, and I think I have finally found a way I like to drink Whiskey.
Each afternoon I would find, in the sunlight wispy threads of spider web floating across the sky.
I was told that the baby spiders spin a thread, then fly that thread to a new destination. Not wearing my glasses, I did not see any tiny spiders attached to the whisps but I love the thought of setting out a kite and flying to where ever the wind is taking you, knowing when you get there it may be tough but you have the tools to survive.
Walking down a game trail at dusk I could see what looked like an abandon nest in a short leafless tree. As I got closer I could see it was not a nest but a ball of fur - I had to walk around the tree before I caught the single black glossy eye staring at me - it would have been rude to use a flashlight and in the dusky evening I made out the porcupine. Eight feet up, in the notch resting. As I scanned the hill side, I soon found several porcupines resting safely in their trees.
The northern slopes held snow when everything else had turned to mud. The chipmunk ran out in front of me and I expected him to run across the snowy trail and under the sage but instead he darted back and forth in search of some treasure. Two white stripes running the length of his back, brown fur, and a thin tail about as long as he was. It was good to have a companion on a quiet afternoon.
Let's not allow the winter to keep us from adventure and new experiences this year. There is a certain quiet beauty available in our colder months - few crowds, few bugs and plenty of majesty.
Find a quiet place and get yourself grounded.
Charley Beals, Conejo Valley Fly Fishers President
Fishing CROWLEY FROM THE SHORE
" The grabs can been extremely subtle and you have to pay careful attention or you will miss the 'take.'"
It's been a tradition of mine now for quite some time to target fish in Crowley Lake from the shore at the end of the season. The reasons for this are twofold, first, because the water I prefer to fish (creeks, streams etc.) are at very low ebb at this time of year and generally unfishable, and second, the bigger trout start moving in to the shallows to chase bigger meals like perch fry and leeches in preparation for spawning and winter.
It is also nice not to have to fish at 20 plus feet with size 16 and 18 midges for a change. Instead you can tie on size 8 or 10 leeches and hang them in six to eight feet of water while standing on the bank. The grabs can been extremely subtle and you have to pay careful attention or you will miss the "take".
The second largest fish I've ever caught on Crowley was during this time of year. It was a beautiful rainbow that was over six pounds and gave me one devil of a tussle. That fish took a wine colored leech tied to 3x tippet and hung under an indicator fished around 30 feet from shore. It was magic.
So put on the long underwear, wool cap and gloves and give mid-autumn fishing a try. You just might find that it's an idea you can warm up to.
Tight lines and fighting fish to all!
Scott Olson | former president, member at large
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