Thursday, January 15, 2009

Back to Fishing

I decided to take a moment away from fishing and various fishing venues to focus on a temporary contract. This contract was fairly lucrative and in the interest of national security. These two things are hard to pass up…even when it comes to fishing. It hasn’t been all work and no play so here is a quick recap of what ol Mattsabasser has been up to these few months (roughly September 2008 thru January 2009)

The job was pretty taxing. Flying back and forth from Denver to California sounds like more fun than it really was. Tight deadlines made this a very stressful gig especially at the start when I knew very little about the project itself. All I have to show for those trips are this photo of a surf board hanging up in the terminal at John Wayne Airport.

I also took time to get reacquainted with one of my other outdoor loves…hiking (and just plain hanging out in the wild and open Colorado wilderness). Mount Evans, RMNP and even nearby Roxborough Park were excellent retreats done in areas without any fishing whatsoever. It was very hard to do but the time had come to let fishing take a backseat. The nervous twitch in my casting elbow had turned into involuntary swings at my former boss and the night terrors of lost fish were making sleep impossible. It was time to step away from the fishing. It was possibly the toughest thing for me to do but it was much needed. Here are some picture highlights.

It's amazing some of the places that you can find in your backyard. This non-fishing place has been on my dusty scout list of hiking places close by.

Mount Evans is a spectacular place with breathtaking views. At the very peak a person can literally feel like they are on “top of the world”.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a real slice of paradise. So much of this area is unexplored by me since I left Loveland Colorado and moved closer to Denver a few years back. On a whim, I took a quick drive through RMNP. It's an excellent trip and not near the travel time time that I had thought. I hope to fish more of this area in 2009.

But the main point of this post is that now things have settled down with the job, fishing may now return with some ernest. Conditions right now don't favor my bass game so tailwater sections and hard water will have to do.

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