Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Thaw

Maybe it's a defense mechanism, or a sign that by this time Winter has most certainly unhinged me, but I consider February to be the first month of Spring. If you look around and notice what's happening each day, and day by day, you might agree with me.

This is the month that the changes begun by the Solstice reach a momentum that can't be stopped, a critical mass that slowly but surely brings Winter to its knees.

So Happy February! In honor of the month I tied up this fly, which I am calling "February Thaw."


Yes, this is the beginning of the end, and every fly we tie brings us closer to the day when we can finally once again cast them into the trout's lair.

10 comments:

  1. Jim, I like this "February Thaw"

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    1. Coming from you, I really appreciate that. Thanks.

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  2. If optimism is a defense mechanism, I want what you got! I always look forward to your posts on art,history, current media, etc. Nice looking fly!

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    1. I have been accused of being an optimist. Balances out my misanthropic side.

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  3. I have noticed that since I started fly fishing I now pay closer attention to the changing seasons like the bugs around my house or the trees I see each day.

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    1. One of the many fringe benefits of this pastime. I saw a midge dancing in a sunbeam around the shed the other day. I always stop and look twice now.

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  4. Perfect. Winter brown. Spring pastel. And still, a bit of ice.

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    1. Yes. There is never a bluer sky than a February sky when snow is still on the ground.

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  5. Great looking tie. I hear you with February. Here in Wisconsin the streams don't reopen until early March, so that's when Spring starts for me :) I actually always like it when we get a light snow in March while out fishing, something magical for sure. I look forward to following along and enjoying your future posts. Tight Lines.

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    1. Glad to have you along. I had the pleasure of some brief time on Wisconsin waters in the driftless region while I was living in Chicago. One of those Illinois Interlopers. Thanks for the comment.

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