I just sat down at the computer and realized that I hadn’t written anything since January. We had a nice little warm spell and actually got to go fishing so I was inspired to tell you folks that we might have an early spring season. Everything was looking great and then the Debbie Downer of the seasons arrived. February is never really welcome here but she shows up uninvited every year. This year she was particularly cruel and she stayed longer than her welcome, left a huge mess on my lawn, and killed my early spring fishing hopes.
March finally arrived with yet another blizzard which was preceded by a flood and then promptly followed by a flood, then the sun came out and we had another flood. It was sunny today but according to all weather forecasters there will be another flood later this week. It’s very floody in Kentucky right now.
We’re used to this. Feel free to peruse my blogs from previous springs. I complain about the rain and then at some point I stop complaining and start posting pictures of beautiful scenery, huge trout, and bikini clad models in my boat. Wait that’s old retired men and not bikini clad models. I get so confused when I write.
In other news we’ve taken on the task of restoring my old boat since fishing has been out of the question. Michael and our friend Sam Conder have spent the past few weekends filling our lungs with many chemicals and lots of epoxy as we sanded my old boat down to bare wood. I’m loving it. The old boat is looking like her old self and I’m starting to get used to this 11th finger I’ve grown in the process. The warnings on the epoxy can said I can sand it off if I don’t like it. Perhaps next year I should invest in a better dust mask.
As far as the river is concerned it looks like I should have time to build a boat from scratch before we can fish the Cumberland. I’m pretty sure you could go over the Cumberland Falls in a canoe right now. Please don’t. For the love of God please don’t…but it’s not not as much a waterfall as it is a rapid right now. The lake is above summer pool a few months before schedule so that means we’re not fishing for a good while. If we’re lucky we’ll see decent water in April but it’s early spring and it tends to rain a fair amount in Kentucky in the spring. Hang in there. Summer is coming.
On a really sad note we have news that The Lexington Angler is closing. These guys are our friends and we are heartbroken to hear the this. When a customer entered the doors they met true gentlemen who had a knowledge and love of the sport of fly fishing. That’s something you won’t find at a big box store. Lexington will miss that. Running a fly shop is a gamble just about anywhere and Gene did a fantastic job in Lexington. Gene we thank you for the support, the business, and most importantly for supporting the thing we all love. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. The shop will be open for a few more weeks. Please stop in and thank our friends for all that they have done in the past few years.
My friends that’s it for tonight. Tie some flies and get ready because when the flood waters recede it’s going to be an epic year. Troy is here all year so that means many more opportunities for weekday trips than in previous years. We’re here to take you fishing 7 days a week. Give us a call, send us an email, we’re ready to get you on the water.
Thanks for the support my friends,