To Fish on Winter Holiday

A Dozen Reasons to Fish the Genny on Day 1:

1– No hangover from the night before.

2– No reasons are necessary, but some “whys” may need to be articulated.

3–This ain’t the Florida Keys; it’s the Genesee River in New York. “Support your local fishery.”

4– I’m not a great fan of football; I do not watch television. Oddly, I am still American.

5– There is no closed season here; the river’s still free of ice, off-color, therefore fishable.

6–You never know what a drifting streamer on a sinking fly line will tempt.

7– Chances for catching a trout beat those for winning the Lottery, plus the misery of waiting is almost bearable.

8– On a day like this, there is no other madman in sight.

9– Although the rain will drive me off in 20 minutes and I’ll catch no trout, I can Welcome Winter before it really starts.

10– It’s a good omen to fish the first day of the year (if not here, then somewhere else).

11– I may be cold and numb, but I’m upright and alive, still healthy, and the Last Cast will feel so good!

12– Fishing can only get better. “Tight lines and happy trails!”

About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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7 Responses to To Fish on Winter Holiday

  1. stflyfisher says:

    Nice post Walt! Out east my way, if you said you were going to fish the Genny, most people would think you were talking about Genegantslet Creek, a decent trout fishery in its own right. I’ll have to try and make it out the first day of 2013 – or perhaps I’ll meet you out on the “other” Genny…


  2. Bob, I’ve always liked the name Genegantslet. We’ll have to fish it together someday, holiday or otherwise.

  3. Nice way to sum that one up! I think you and I are a LOT alike. Nice blog, btw…I plan on visiting regularly. I am also in NY a couple times a year for work…maybe we can get out and fish on one of those trips

  4. I really like your reasoning, Walt. You know it’s my home water, and I really missed it last year. I am hoping God will allow me to fish it, this year. SINUSES! I know what you mean, and as long as the weather keeps fluctuating from cold to warm, we;ll keep suffering.

  5. Mark, From one sinus-suffering friend to another, I’d like to say I hope we get out to the Genny this year and try some soft-hackles on the trout!

  6. I’m really enjoying your blog, Walt. It takes me places I’d like to be but can’t get to right now. It also gives me some incentive to work for. By the way, i use hot packs to ease my sinuses. Some use cold, but warm, to me, works better. I’ll be keeping track of your adventures, here. Keep up the good work.

    • Mark, Sure glad you’re enjoying… it’s a tough time for us to enjoy, but we’ll get thru. Will have to try that hot compress, which makes sense. Am afraid I relied too much on medicine, but after 2 weeks unrelieved misery, antibiotics slowly turned me round. Hang in there, bud.


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