Capt. Gary Henderson, Florida

April 11th, 2005

Alright, Already!

By Captain Gary (Flats Dude) Henderson
I hate complaining, especially when I really don't know in what direction to aim my malcontent. Maybe one of you folks has an idea? Here's the problem, or should I say...problems.

I love to fish as much as anyone, fly-fish, that is. But seems like here lately, there have been extenuating circumstances that are puttin' the whoa on my piscatorial pursuit with my trusty nine-weight, or seven-weight, or five-weight for that matter (even the lake behind the house is ticked off about something)!

It's freakin' April, for Pete's sake! Cold fronts in Florida!? Unheard of! And, if the cold fronts aren't bad enough, they come on the weekends. Their timing is just dandy. Then it clears up, the sun comes shinin' happily through just in time for Monday morning...fine, just fine!

Consider this. If the cold front comes in on Friday, then everything should be nice and fishable the next day, right? Not! Then the nice, little isobars the blabbering weatherman indicates on the map behind him are as tight as coils of fly-line lying on a boat deck! The dad-burned wind will blow your clothes off on Saturday morning if you get close to the water. The lake rears up, whitecaps beat the fool out of the western shoreline, the ducks park their butts up in the yard, and then it gets really windy! Fly-rod...HA! Let me remind you folks from the northern states that April cold fronts in Florida...never mind, I said that already.

Okay, next problem. This one is self-induced, but still a situation that is hampering my fishing.

Linda and I are having a swimming pool put in. Okay, raise your hands. How many of you have had one built? Is it me; am I the only one? Where do they get these subcontractors, Neptune, Pluto, or somewhere around Uranus? Most of 'em would do well starring on Mr. Springer's show. They show up on Friday, then do an hour's work. They leave and we don't see them for two more weeks. In the meantime, we're bustin' our humps planting palm trees, and other essentials, getting ready for the big day they fill this confounded cement pond. I figure at the rate they're goin', it might be a nice Christmas present for 2005! Oh yeah, they don't work on the weekends when the wind is howlin'. They're probably somewhere fishin'. All the while, as this thing is being constructed, our backyard looks like a 500 kg J-Dam bomb went off in the lawn, well, what used to be a lawn.

Speaking of lawns, the sprinkler system's piping has been cut off during construction, so the front and side yards aren't getting watered, so here I am on those "special" watering days dragging hundreds of feet of hose around trying to keep the grass happy and my neighbors from callin' the cops on me for having a crappy looking yard...or waterin' on the wrong day!

So, here I am. The best days of April's fishing are passing me by. Another cold front just went through last night; there are several thirty-gallon pots of palms smiling at me, waiting for Saturday morning installment. The wind is picking up. I have a wooden planter to build Sunday, oh yeah, and hoses to drag around (it's a legal watering day). The dogs need baths. Ain't nobody gonna work on the cement pond. And I ain't fishin'!

ALRIGHT, ALREADY!!!

See y'all next week. ~ Capt. Gary

About Gary:

Gary grew up in central Florida and spent much of his youth fishing the lakes that dot the area. After moving a little closer to the coast, his interests changed from fresh to salt. Gary still visits his "roots" in the "lake behind the house."

He obtained his captain's license in the early '90's and fished the blue waters of the Atlantic for a little over twelve years. His interests in the beautiful shallow water flats in and around the famous Mosquito Lagoon came around twenty-five years ago. Even though Captain Gary doesn't professionally guide anymore, his respect of the waters will ever be present.

Gary began fly fishing and tying mostly saltwater patterns in the early '90's and has participated as a demo fly tier for the Federation of Fly Fishers on numerous occasions. He is a private fly casting and tying instructor and stained glass artist, creating mostly saltwater game fish in glass.


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