Every time I look at the calendar this time of year, my heart sinks. (I know, it should be lifting with holiday cheer.)
It's not that I'm a Grinch, it's just I know what's on the horizon.
There's obviously Christmas, which is great, but being the procrastinator I am, with two weeks to go I usually have few of my Christmas gifts taken care of (which is the case this year, again).
I'm also uneasy this time of year because the first day of winter is right around the corner. This year, the Winter Solstice is Friday, Dec. 21.
And while the first day of winter is just another day on the calendar, and there isn't that much of a difference between Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 in terms of weather, atmospheric and conditions, it just seems like the first of winter means it's the end of fishing season in many regions.
It just gets tougher and tougher to fish with each and every winter. Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I'm getting lazy. Maybe I'm just looking for excuses.
But there's no denying the cold puts a damper on fly fishing.
That's why I was excited to see this piece in the Idaho Press today about winter offering solitude on the Metolius River -- one of my favorite fisheries in that part of the country, along with the Deschutes and Crooked rivers.
While it's frigid out there, it is true that the winter season often offers up decent (and more importantly, crowd-free) streamer and nymph fishing for those willing to brave the cold.
So on this day, I say bring it on winter! It's time to "soothe the winter weariness, even on the dreariest of days."
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