One of the clubs in the Denver area that gathers “like souls” together is Colorado Women’s Flyfishers (CWF). At their meeting tonight, Pat Dorsey from the Blue Quill Angler Guide shop in Evergreen was the speaker. Pat is well known throughout the country as one of the fly fishing experts on the South Platte River. I will fish with Pat in February at Cheesman Canyon – one of the most beautiful spots on the South Platte. Tomorrow, I am heading to Deckers, another South Platte fishing spot about an hour from Denver where there is easy access and good fishing. This river is what I call my “home waters” as it is the river closest to my home and the one I fish the most often.
Pat spoke about the joys of winter fishing – the solitude, the special beauty of the landscape, the challenges of staying warm and catching fish, the insects that hatch during the winter months, the best spots to catch fish. Fish normally feed like us – about 3 times a day, but in the winter they cut down to once a day or even every other day. Now that would be a good way to lose that holiday weight.
People ask me why I would want to be out in the cold in the winter. I ask them why they ski or sled or ice skate. Once you are involved in the activity, you don’t notice the cold if dressed properly. Besides, it’s going to be close to 50 degrees tomorrow – can you imagine a nicer place to be with that temperature?
Tomorrow – the first day of the rest of my life. I keep pinching myself.