Tag: planning

When you have everything dialed, throw them for another loop

There is the non-existent planning you publicly tout, and that which is in place but seems like random chance. The former is predictable, and messy once you attract a semblance of due diligence. The latter, if done correctly, should keep everyone on their toes.

I adore the ballet, graceful and yet blunt in its presentation…

I’m pretty damn excited to be a part of this project. It’s a perfect example of how small, independent publishers with vision and moxie are identifying and exploiting important niches that big, ponderous, arrogant, floundering, clueless corporate media companies are simply too slow, too myopic, too stupid, too timid, too conventional and above all too least-common-denominator to even understand or recognize, much less try to explore themselves.

Understood, according to Mouthful of Feathers: Upland in the West contributor Chad Love. Exactly what is needed to set oneself apart; corporate-ized group-think mentality may provide the illusion of success in the short run, but in the marathon you will collapse under the weight of your title, your department, your over-organization.

MG signing off (because faking it until you make it is all too obvious in our over-connected world)

Something Thoreau wrote on March 31, 1842

“The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. There will be a wide margin for relaxation to his day. He is only earnest to secure the kernels of time, and does not exaggerate the value of the husk. Why should the hen set all day? She can lay but one egg, and besides she will not have picked up materials for a new one. Those who work much do not work hard.”

MG signing off (because the width of the “halo” is directly proportional to the amount of forethought regarding the task)

No-Plans Weekend

CALLER 1: “Got big plans for the weekend?”

YOURS TRULY: “Nope.”

CALLER 1: “Excellent! It’s actually kinda healthy to not have plans sometimes.”

I was left scratching my head. Then the phone rang again.

CALLER 2: “What are you doing?”

YOURS TRULY: “Absolutely nothing.”

CALLER 2: “Interesting. That’s not like you.”

YOURS TRULY: “Maybe I’ll do some reading.”

CALLER 2: “Two dollar rum and cokes at the Stadium.”

Debate rages across thy synapses.

YOURS TRULY: “I’m in. But maybe we should look for some carp or play nine first.”

CALLER 2: “Sounds like a no-plans weekend for you, so bring your clubs and your rods, and we’ll figure it out as we go.”

YOURS TRULY: “Be there in thirty.”

And that is how it went. Except for the carps, which would not eat. And remounting some tubeless MTB tires, which is almost as much of a pain in the ass as fly-fishing for carps.

 

MG signing off (who, based on recent experience, recommends not having a plan every once in a while)

Fly Fishing Tip #219: Don’t let your dog plan your outing

After lingering around Orvis for an hour yesterday, I took the prevailing advice and decided to head for the Blue River – a little morning green drake action seemed the ticket. I thought scooting up there immediately, catching a late hatch and maybe a little streamer action, then catching some zzz’s under the single-wall, would have me set up for a solid Sunday adventure. Scheduling around the Gracie household usually involves the collie dog, but since he’s recently been sleeping his days away in air conditioned comfort while I toil away on mosquito-laden gold medal waters, I thought he should join and do all the planning as well. Or at least, in retrospect, that’s what happened.

Arrival and investigation

After packing for the overnight stay, which included securing dog food, dog biscuits, dog leashes, and a dog bed, we set off. We showed up at the desired location and took a quick walk to survey the scene. The dog spent his time sniffing, and I struck up a conversation with the first fisherman I saw (who just so happened to be hooking up as I approached). Red San Juans were the hot item according to this guy, so I side-barred with the pup. A tilt of the head during the ensuing communication was the nod I needed – red Juany followed by a greenish Copper John would start things off.

Underdressed for the party

Not five minutes had passed and I already had a dink in the net (and please note: “dink” means anything under a foot in Colorado speak). But, several fish had already rolled on the indicator, midges were dotting the water, and PMDs were fluttering around too. It was cloudy and cool out, so the dog had decided to stay in the truck – I was therefore safe from criticism regarding the relative chances of scoring surface feeders. So I switched to up-top – now throwing a size 16-ish PMD followed by a tiny Griffiths Gnat.

At first this combination seemed a good choice – less than ten minutes of laying it behind two rocks just upstream produced one pursuit and one hookup – I now had a decent rainbow in net. But it was time to walk up a bit, and it was precisely at that point which I remembered the dog telling me I didn’t need studded soles. See…the Blue has always been a wading nemesis for me, so I’d bought “some steel” for this very moment. But I’m also wary of “signs”, and a waggle of the tail always meant ordinary felt was fine – again, I’m superstitious. Damn dog! If I hadn’t listened to him, I’d would’ve been dancing up to those fine pockets ahead – instead I was now bumbling towards them.

Needless to say I didn’t make quick progress, but spent the next hour and a half pretending the part (and managed to land one more). The light was now in front of me, so I couldn’t see bottom. I felt like I was wading in beach sandals. And now, it seems, my legs were feeling soggy. What? Yep, my waders were leaking. And they were leaking a little last week too, but when I took them home, dried them out, and started studying the issue, the dog brought a squeaking stuffed toy into the office and begged to be played with. I ended up putting off the wader repair to satisfy this canine’s need for on-demand attention. What do I get in return? Soggy legs!

We can wet wade in the morning, so let’s sleep on it

Once back at the truck, I realize the only one who had food was the dog. Ironically, said furry passenger barely eats a thing when we’re out and the driver usually snarfs down at least two cheese dogs and a half-dozen donuts before we’ve left the city limits. This was a problem, so we cranked up and headed for the closest convenience store. Convenience is a relative term when it comes to Colorado open space, meaning the closest outlet for acquiring even stale snack food was a cool fifteen miles away. And we had to double back, so in reality we would now cover an additional thirty miles as a result of four-legged selfishness.

Gullet satisfied and stores for the morning secured, we went searching for a camping location. I drove through two maintained venues, only to find tents tripled up at each site. We then scooted back by the last fishing spot, but people were hootin’ and other dogs were howlin’. And no sooner did I leave that parking area then the already dark skies opened up – it started dumping. Now I’ve got nothing against rain, and have pitched plenty of tents in downpours. But dragging a sopping wet collie dog into the tent, and then trying to sleep soundly next to the mop, pushes the limits of even trout-driven fanaticism.

We drove home instead

So…for forty bucks in gas I touched three fish. I’d be happy with that count if they were all 20+ inch piglets, but nary a trout hit 16 inches so I’m calling Saturday a bust. I’ve got nobody to blame but the dog myself. Had he I filled the cooler, left a little earlier, secured a campsite before dusk, and tied on a PMD first, I might have had a decent story to tell. Flash visions of slurping fish gave way to unpreparedness…

And this (hopefully) memorable blog post.

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My owner is a sucker. And couches rule!

Before you cast, have an inkling where you might land

You’ve heard the saying “plan all the way ’till the end.” It’s a lot easier said than done.

Cheesman pool
Cheesman Canyon, CO – plenty of places to cast, but where are you going to land them?