Well the kids are in school and life has returned to normal for most of us working family type folks. The day to day chores have returned to a more structured layout. You’re having dinner at 7:00 sharp instead of microwaving leftovers at 10:00. You’re setting your alarm a little earlier and dreading the weekdays a little more. It’s life with a family. Unfortunately for all of us weekday workers the flows are perfect for fishing during the week. The corps did the unthinkable and actually listened to a fisherman and allowed the workers on the hatchery creek to do their jobs. I know it’s weird and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole thing but it seems like the government is actually working with the public interest. I’m sure there’s a loophole somewhere that I’m missing. Surely they’re planning on removing Wolf Creek Dam once the hatchery creek project is finished.
Speaking of the Hatchery Creek project, I had the pleasure to sit down for a nice long chat with the designer of the the thing recently. It made me happy to see that he’s a die hard fly fisherman and he considers this his dream job. He and every man and woman on this project are making something that’s never been made before and it’s going to be amazing when it’s completed. We have a first ever (of it’s kind) man made trout stream right here in Kentucky. That’s pretty cool. Hopefully the weather will allow them to complete their work so that come May of next year we can enjoy the fruits of their labor. And by fruits I mean ludicrous numbers of trout. Big trout…that spawn there. And yes that’s the whole point of the thing. It’s like a big old baby making playground for trout.
Speaking of babies, I took mine fishing this weekend. They’re 8 and 11 now but they were babies at some point. I just don’t have to maintain them like I used to. Thank God.
Aside from the memories we created each day finding neat looking rocks and taking pictures, we caught fish. As kids do, they lost interest in catching fish by lunchtime each day but they both enjoyed just floating down a river and enjoying something that their classmates back in Lexington never get to enjoy. To all of the dads out there you know how much I enjoyed this time with my kids this weekend. They’re little girls who think I’m cool. I won’t be cool in a few years. My days are numbered.
When we were actually fishing we had success with the same things we’ve had success with all year. Big prince nymphs and black midge patterns. Mike has had good success with WD40’s recently. Hagan has been spanking fish on the old red copper john. Different flies seem to work better on different days. We’ve actually had some decent caddis hatches in certain places on the river. It just depends on where you are. Streamers are still really good when the generation hits you. Remember white is always right.
Personally I (Brandon) have just a few fall dates left. Mike is getting pretty booked up as well. Brace yourselves….winter is coming. Get those fall fishing days in before the season of suck is upon us.
Thanks again for checking in on us. Thanks for the kind words on the water. And most importantly thanks for your business. If it weren’t for you we couldn’t afford to pay our web hosting fees. And we certainly couldn’t afford our live in maids or our personal masseuses. I made that last part up.
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See you on the water,