Thursday, July 21, 2016
Recon ... not from Orvis!
I've got some recon to do this weekend. It's warm and my usual haunts have water near 70 degrees and so, recon instead of a trout dash. Relief is coming next week.
I'm taking my new waterproof camera, a box lunch, and a couple maps and heading out to scout homewaters for steelhead.
Water is low and I have a good chance of documenting some holes and breaks that may hold fish come fall. I plan on putting together a map and scouting report for my Amber Angler buddies. We're only 1 hour and 15 minutes away from some neglected water. That's pretty good for Michigan.
No, I don't know what I'm doing. I've never made a map or put together a habitat scouting report. I do have all the tools, however. Should be fun. I've been reading (actually, I've got a pretty good steelhead library going here ...).
I'll be stretching the fishing experience by extending our time on productive water. Hopefully.
Habitat doesn't mean fish. It can;but, there's no rule.
I'll get to check-out some small towns I've not visited before on this recon mission. It's as important to know where to find a decent bowl of chili or a coffee-flavored cup of coffee as it is to find the entrance to a two-track to the river.
I have a compass, a camera, a map, and a small supply of clues. What could go wrong?