Sometimes one has to take a step back from it all. Fortunately, there is the reliable, steady rise of the trout. There is the continual honing of my tenkara skills; the realization that one is mainly a wet fly fisherman. The latter makes one do a double-take at that 2 weight glass rod collecting dust. That glass rod gets paired with a small tin of favorite caddies dries, and taken to my small stream, running flush with the recent spring rains.
Did I mention the wet wading? It's wonderful to see the water levels up, especially after a dismal summer last year.
There's also the tiny rivulets that form headwaters; rhodo-choked hellholes where Georgia brookies, literally at the end of the line, cling tenaciously to life.
Not to mention that the local ponds are warming up, and the bass are finally getting aggressive. I can watch a bass take a popper all day long.
And finally, I got a new toy, but more on that later...
So it's been a good break, but it's time to step back into the maw of the beast. I have a few things in the works, and for better or worse, the internet plays a big role in facilitation. The interconnection is part of daily life now, and like it or not, it is hard to escape its increasing necessity. But it does feel great to step away every now and then. Maybe next time, it won't take so long.