The arrival of March is always an exciting time for me, no matter what the weather’s like. It can be cold and snowy, wet and windy, or warm enough by day to get the sap flowing skyward through the maple trees. When March arrives at these northern rivertops, it’s time to think spring, to get outdoors and open up the senses, ready for the first American robin, red-winged blackbird and fox sparrow, ready to assess the trout waters for another season of one-on-one involvement with Ma Nature.
March 1st was a beautiful day to fly fish the upper Allegheny. The sun was out; the air temperature approached the 50-degree mark; a first band of migratory blackbirds appeared. A smattering of stoneflies hatched from river pools; a trout or two rose to the emerging insects, and I had a chance to inspect some nice trout close at hand.
The fishing, enjoyable as it was, seemed almost incidental to the call of March, “… an excuse to be outdoors…” I’m quoting Walt McLaughlin, book publisher, writer and blogger who recently announced publication of my new work by Wood Thrush Books (see his blog post at www.woodswanderer.com). McLaughlin included the following words I’d like to share (okay, so I’m sneaking in one last bit of promo!):
…Wings Over Water is similar to Franklin’s previous collections of personal essays, delving deeply into the sport of fly fishing and the riverine ecosystem. But the focus of this book differs significantly from his other work. This time around, Franklin draws attention to the flora and fauna around him. His passion for fly fishing is matched by a lifelong interest in birds, and nature in general. There are times when his observations of the natural world make his angling endeavors seem like just an excuse to be outdoors. Then he regales us with a bit of fishing lore, or his own streamside adventure, and the familiar Franklin is back. It’s a nice balance. This is unquestionably some of his best writing…
Please check it out. I think you’ll enjoy, and I thank you all for reading, whether you buy a copy or not…Available at Amazon Books (paperback and Kindle) or directly from the publisher at WoodThrushBooks.com.