|Pine Valley Reservoir|
(bait anglers settling in near inlet I just vacated)
This spring seems preoccupied with adoption preparations for our foster daughter, Emily. She has been with us for over two years and on July 5 she will permanently join our family. And so it is that all things seem to be swirling around her adoption, which is as it should be. But still, fishing calms, focuses, and reenergizes me. So also, does my relationship with God and his Word.
Galatians 5:22 tells us that those led by the Holy Spirit shall bear His fruits which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (to learn of those sinful acts contrary to the fruits of the Spirit read the preceding three verses). I struggle with a few of those fruits as my desire for "fishing getaways" can diminish all of them, especially patience.
|First trout of the day before sun rose over mountain peaks|
(caught on a size 8 green Wooly Bugger with grizzly hackle)
I chose Pine Valley for today's trip because it is close for Las Vegas standards (a five hour round trip) even if the fish are not large. It is usually well stocked with pretty fish, and there's always the chance of hooking the occasional brown trout. Like most western reservoirs, Pine Valley fishes best in early spring because the hold over trout from the fall stocking are usually thirteen to fifteen inches.
|Healthy wild brown trout, one of two for the day|
(love the golden color and the red spots)
If you are still nimble enough to stalk the small Santa Clara Creek below the reservoir and into the volcanic canyon you will find good sport for naturally reproducing brown trout (see these prior Pine Valley posts: January 22, 2012, July 1, 2011, and November 22, 2006), and that will tend to get you away from the larger and noisier crowds. I've always enjoyed stream fishing the most, but gout and circulatory issues make bush whacking and crouching along small creeks problematic as my legs and joints pay a price afterward.
|This rainbow attacked the foam grasshopper imitation|
Nonetheless, in the course of those three and one-half hours I landed eleven trout, but lost or broke off about as many. For whatever reason, I experienced a rather high LDR ratio.
|Typical stocked rainbow trout for the day|
(heavilly spotted averaging 10 to 11 inches)
As much as I enjoy my fly fishing and writing about my endeavors, I'd still rather be known for my fruits of the Spirit. I want to continue to grow healthier fruit and learn more patience and self-control, to exhibit love, kindness, and gentleness to those around me, while growing in my faithfulness that the Lord will provide all that is necessary on his timing.
|A happy angler|