Sitting here in bed this evening, listening to Yes perform Roundabout on Spotify, I took some time to reflect on just how very lucky I am. I'm guilty, as I think we all are, of getting so wrapped up in work and daily minutia that I don't take time to count my blessings. I have rewarding work, an awesome family, beautiful daughters, and a wife who lets me go out and chase wild trout in even wilder country on a regular basis. I'm also very fortunate to have a wonderful river and canyons holding tiny streams closeby. Little "blue lines" as Tom Reed would say. And lastly, I have spring!
Spring. That time of year around these parts when the first hummingbird shows up at the lonely feeder outside the kitchen window. A time when it's 25 at night and 70 by noon. You have to run the heater in your truck in the morning, and the air conditioner on the way home from work. A time of phenomenal caddis hatches on the Arkansas River. A time when those caddis and the blue-winged olives share the same air above the water. I think, perhaps, that the time between my last day of backcountry skiing and Memorial Day is one of my favorite times of the year to fish. What about you?