May 6, 2009 04:03:32
Posted By shefisher
We are in the midst of the famous Arkansas River so-called "Mother's Day Caddis Hatch." Truth is, it's usually over with, or nearly so, by the second Sunday in May. Spring in Colorado is an exciting ride. You never know from day to day whether it will rain, snow, sleet, hail, shine. Sometimes all will occur within a single day. The only constant is the wind. You know it will start, it's only a matter of when and how strong.
This past Monday was one of those "little bit of everything" days. A new friend came out for a morning guided trip with me. The morning's two big decisions were jacket or not, dry flies or nymphs. Answer to both questions was "Yes" Lots of switching back and forth as the conditions changed. Hmm, kind of like adapting to life.
Fishing started fast, then slowed, then was close to spectacular. In fact, we were having so much fun that after the official end of the trip, we went fishing together elsewhere on the river. By the end of the day, we had not only had crazy-good fishing but had become quite good friends. What better day could there be?
Then came the next day. Bureau of Reclamation had been releasing some water from a side reservoir system upriver. That late-day release increased and, combined with some low elevation rain and snowmelt runoff, had turned the river into a higher, roily, dirty challenge. Fishing was tough. Caddis were few and fish were hunkered down. A few fish were caught from the occasional aerated side pockets, but diligence, patience and low expectations were the rule of the day. Quite a contrast to the day before.
Same river, same bugs, same fish – different experience altogether. Adapt. Roll with the punches. Changing the conditions is out of your control; accept it for what it is. Appreciate each day for what it is and make the best of it. Today is the only “today” you are going to have.
Just like real life.