This spring season was preoccupied with adoption preparations for our foster daughter. 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 are swirling around her adoption, which is as it should be. My excuse for feeling like I've been deprived is that fishing calms, focuses, and re-energizes me. But so does my relationship with God and his Word.
Galatians 5:22-23 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 (read the preceding three verses to learn of those sinful acts contrary to the fruits of the Spirit). I struggle with a few of those fruits as my desire for "angling getaways" can diminish all of them, especially patience.
|The first trout of the day before sun rose over the Pine Valley Mountain,|
caught on a size 8 green Woolly Bugger with grizzly hackle.
I chose Pine Valley for this trip because it's relatively close (it's a five hour round trip from Las Vegas). Although its fish are not large, it is usually well stocked with pretty fish. And there's always the chance of hooking an 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.
|A nice little wild brown trout, one of two for the day. I really enjoyed|
examining his golden color and red spots.
Those of you nimble enough (and note I did not say young enough) to stalk the small Santa Clara River (i.e., creek) below the reservoir and into the volcanic canyon 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 venue will get you away from the larger and noisier crowds. Stream angling has always been my favorite, but gout and circulatory issues make rock scrambling and crouching along small creeks problematic as my legs and joints pay a price afterward.
|This rainbow quickly attacked the foam grasshopper imitation. I had|
great sport swinging these hoppers through the inlet and into the
deeper water beyond the fanning sandbar.
Nonetheless, in the course of 200 minutes of fishing I landed eleven trout, but lost or broke off about as many. For whatever reason, I experienced a rather high LDR ratio.
|A typical Pine Valley stocked rainbow trout, heavily spotted and running|
10 to 12 inches in length.
As much as I enjoy fly angling and writing about it and its related 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, and provide it in His timing, not mine.
|Although it was a rushed trip, this angler was happy...|