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October 2, 2011 / flogginwater

Goodbye, Summer. Hello, Fall.

According to the weatherman (whom I am still sure makes his “forecast” by throwing a dart at a big board covered with small pieces of paper with temperatures and weather types written on them) – fall is here to stay. We’re in for a solid week of rain – and cooler temps. It’s not really a surprise, I’ve noticed the early signs of fall setting in for a few weeks now.

It is with mixed emotions that I welcome fall – it can signal some of the best fishing for both trout and bass, and it heralds the push of large salmon and steelhead into their natal rivers and streams – which for those of us who love fishing for them, is a good thing.

Sadly though, fall also signals the quickening end for most panfish angling – the bluegills will disappear from their shallow haunts. The crappie will start moving toward wherever it is they move for colder weather. The only panfish that can still be reliably caught are yellow perch, and well, in the lakes and ponds I fish for them – they typically run too small to really want to target. And besides, the trouts and salmonids are biting.

Truth be told, if fall would stick around for the next six months, I wouldn’t complain. I’d be happy as a clam if we went from summer, to a long fall, to spring, back to summer. I hate winter. I hate the snow, the biting cold, the constant days of dark, drizzly weather. The holiday hustle and bustle that comes between mid November and New Years.

I hate how you can plan a fishing trip – only to have Mother Nature decide to kick you in the balls with no notice, and blow the rivers out by dumping 3 inches of rain on the coast in a day, turning the rivers to chocolate, and sending leaves, sticks, stumps, and sometimes houses (and cows!) downstream. Who wants to cast their line out, only to snag a cow, or a house?

And maybe it has something to do with the face that we get a little snow – and it makes my paying job so much harder. Snow has this way of turning otherwise seemingly reasonable people into complete morons. They won’t use the little squishy thing between their ears and just stay home. No, they still have to go shopping, or to the movies, or go see their friends. And that’d be fine – IF they knew how to drive, how to put on snow chains, and know how to recognize when to just stay home. They don’t.

And so we wind up with thousands of cars on that road – never designed for poor-weather driving, running about with their crappy studded tires (which are as useful as tits on a boar, honestly), because their car comes with alloy rims and low profile tires, which means they can’t use snow chains. And that’s if they even bothered to buy “snow tires” to begin with. Lots of folks won’t even bother with those, they happily cruise along on their normal highway tires, and wonder why their car handles like a fat man wearing socks on an ice rink.

They land in ditches, take out power poles, or just crash into one another and plug up the works. And this is with just an inch or two of snow! God forbid we get hit with a real snow storm, like we did in 2008. You’d have thought the world was coming to an end.

Or maybe it’s because the deaths in my family have come in the winter time. We lost my mother 3 days after Christmas in 2008, and one of my brothers almost a month to the day after that.

I honestly haven’t liked winter since I was in high school. As a little kid, it’s great. The snow days, the holidays. As I’ve gotten older though – I like winter less and less. It’s the season of inconvenience, of bad weather, and of death.

I guess we can’t have good weather, without weathering the bad though, can we?

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