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Reclaiming the home waters

Everyone has a go-to spot – a place they call their home waters.

For Tom Chandler it’s the Upper Sacramento. For Rob Dee the place is Tampa Bay. Jason Puris…Montauk.

There are a lot of fine fisheries in Colorado – it’s a good part of the reason I live here. Yet I too have home waters, at least as far as springtime goes.

I’d been away for a while. Oddly, in a place I used to call home.

It feels good to be back.

MG signing off (to stretch thy legs, and pack for the next jaunt)

Frankenstein’s Cutbow

I pulled this cutbow out of a sewage drain top shelf waterway not long ago:

It smacked a streamer like a freight train, and was quite the tugger. Chunky as well, which shocked me when I looked at its right side – a clearly deformed mouth and gill plate. Didn’t seem to matter to this fish (it took off like a bat out of hell on release too), but I’m curious…has anyone ever seen a face like that?

Is this a genetic abnormality, or an environmental issue?  Or maybe the fish just tangled with a nasty predator, got away, and now has the scars to show for it?