Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Friday, November 6, 2009

No Fishing

I didn't get out flyfishing as much this year as I have in the past. There were lots of reasons for this but possibly the main ones were my dog and my birding. Baron is now 2 1/2. He needs lots of exercise. I also took up birding two years ago. It all fit together. We hike a lot. I bring my camera and binocs. And following a path along trout streams winding thru the woods is a great place to hike. Perfect! It's quiet... really quiet except for the birds having there spring fling. Warblers everywhere. And others almost beyond counting. What a setting. Take a look.



I don't think having a large dog romping around thru the woods in front of you is standard birding technique. Still, years of upland game hunting for pheasants and ruffed grouse make it seem quite normal to me. Baron flushes the tiny birds and they often fly in my direction as not. Now I know where to look for them with my binocs as they land in nearby trees.


I watch carefully when he starts sniffing the ground too carefully. Chasing deer is not acceptable. Then, as he and I learned later in the fall, investigating skunks isn't so great an idea either.
These crystal clear, cold streams, orginate from springs. This limestone (karst) region is full of disappearing rivers, caves, sinkholes and bubbling springs. Here is one in a nearby state park. Water cress is often an indicator of such a spring.
I come to a spot where two streams join. The water is too deep for my waders. Baron swims across and looks back expecting me to follow. Fortunately their is an old abandoned bridge, which carried some long forgotten road. Now it allows me to easily reach the other side.
I did see some nice brown trout along the way. I marked the spots in my mind, planning on coming back for them another day. In the meantime, Baron and I headed back to the camper. Mrs. T. mentioned something about steak for dinner. Come on pup. Time to go.

14 comments:

  1. What a pretty spot to go birding!

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  2. He's a perfect birding companion. :c)

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  3. Baron is such a handsome dog. He must be a great companion. Looks like a nice spot for camping and hiking. Bet it might be a little chilly now though.

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  4. Kia ora TB,
    Great walk! Good to have a companion pushing you along. Love seeing the clear water. I am taking a friend out for a few days fly fishing over Thanksgiving. Get after a few of those Ruahine trout.
    Cheers,
    Robb

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. My husband is an avid fly fisherman even going down in the middle of winter when snow is on the ground. We live in northern BC near a place called Rainbow Alley you may have heard of it, it is a trout fisherman's paradise.
    We like to look at birds too but it seems since the weather is warming a lot have gone a little further north than they used to and we miss them.

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  6. I didn't realize Baron (the llama, or is he a German shepherd?) is such a young dog - so nice to think you have years and years of wonderful companionship ahead of you!

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  7. Gorgeous photographs! With surroundings like that and a partner like Baron, who cares if you don't see a lot of birds?

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  8. I didn't fish as much as I'd have liked this year, either. Part of the trouble around here is that you have to go quite a way to get to clean water.

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  9. Looks like you're a cave fancier too. Your part of the country really is beautiful. We've kind of lost our appetite for fishing too. It just doesn't seem as much fun as it used to, although I'm sure when our grandson is a little older, the appetite might have to be summoned! He's been practicing casting with his toy fishing rod and reel in our swimming pool, and he's only 2 1/2 years old.

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  10. your dog is beautiful. Birding verses fishing, both wonderful. Lovely pics too. Thank you for your visit to my blog.

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  11. My goodness but that is a beautiful place TB. I would never be able to fish there as my attention would wander all over the show absorbing the beauty around me.

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  12. You are lucky you can let him offleash. None of the parks in my area allow offleash dogs.
    Marnie

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  13. Like that old bridge you found, our companion dogs lead us from the tame culture to the wild nature. You need to make a fishing dog out of him, though--some good looking water, there.

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  14. Mr. T.B,
    Moving by quick, stopped in to say a final hello before the big move, will be back by mid November and figured I'd just whiz in and out of here and there you go- telling your Baron stories. He keeps you pretty young, huh? But to give up the fishing so much for your buddy?? Extreme case of puppy love I do believe! Keep on keeping on and weaving your meandering stories, love 'em every one, you wonderful forever teacher. Take care-

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