This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm
March 24th, 2008

On The Road Again

Something about planning ahead which goes against most of us. I'm sure there are exceptions where someone is so organized they know where they will be a year from now - and probably enjoy a very successful life. That isn't me. It does sound more like Castwell.

He is the one who 'suggested' I check in with Rusty Gates at the Gates Au Sable Lodge a few days ago to make sure we had reservations for the Michigan Fish-In. Gerald Wulff (RW) from New York mentioned on the Bulletin Board he had just reserved the last room, and that was enough to get me to make a call. We do have reservations, because Rusty had made them for us. Nice to know we have friends! But really folks, today is Easter - and we are talking about an event the week of the 4th of July. JULY! Good grief. There are some rooms still available, but maybe not for the whole week. Some of our folks stayed at the Woodland in Grayling and were very pleased with their accommodations as well. If you can't get in at Gates, call the Woodland, 1 800 966 3818. General information on the Michigan Fish-In is HERE

I do want to mention a bunch of folks will be camping at Kneff Lake, which is just a few miles down the road from Gates. Folks who are camping are most welcome to take part in the 4th of July Dinner and any other events at Gates. We have the whole place reserved, so in a manner of speaking, it's our party and everyone is welcome.

I suppose I best call over to Ephrata, Washington and make reservations for the Central Washington Fish-In at the Best Western Rama Inn. That one comes up May 8-9-10-11. The motel is just a mile from the Oasis Campground were most of the folks stay, and really is a dandy place to stay for those of us who no longer find camping great fun. That is old age creeping up on us, a hot shower and warm bed do make for pleasant trips.

Rocky Rianbow

We've made the trip over to Ephrata several times since the first Fish-In there back in 2003. The premier fishery there is Rocky Ford Creek. This is a state-owned and managed spring creek, open to the public and amazingly, free. With a country full of pay to play spring creeks, here is one free for the going. Can't beat that. The fish are rainbows, mostly 14 inches and up, 'up' being in the high twenty inch catagory. Scuds are the number one wet fly with a variety of reasonably small mayflies sizes 14 to 20. If you are interested in going, check out the Fish-In page HERE.

On all Fish-Ins, everyone is welcome. If you are a reader here on Fly Anglers OnLine you qualify as a 'member.' No, there really isn't any membership, if you say you are one, you are. There are no registration fees or anything else. Some Fish-Ins have more organized activities, like casting lessons or distance casting contests, fly tying instruction or cookouts. It just depends on what the local group decides they want to do.

I don't want to leave out any other Fish-Ins either. I've not done a good job this spring on getting publicity for two other Fish-Ins...The Florida and Pennsylvania Fish-Ins either have or are about to happen without much encouragement from here. My apologies, the shoulder surgeries really screwed me up, both physically and mentally. But I think I'm back! (At least my surgeon is giving me a thumbs up.) I hope the folks will forgive me, I did the best I could with what I had to work with.

So another season of fishing, friends and making great memories is underway. Don't miss out. Get yourself out and about and if at all possible, join in with some other like-minded fly fishers for a very special time. Attend a Fish-In, you'll be glad you did. ~ The LadyFisher

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