Sunday, October 28, 2018
Lacking Data, We Must Assume Success
It is supposed to be full of measurements and figures and the extrapolation of a population model answering questions of fish-per-mile and the overall success of our Mill Creek restoration program.
First, the water was too high for our fall fish shocking. We've had rain.
A couple weeks later the intrepid Mill Creek Investigative Team convenes and are defeated by a recalcitrant generator mounted on the shocking barge. How many engineering degrees were clustered around the generator that would do everything but generate?
You really don't want to know but trust me, NASA was jealous.
So, my fall highlight was to be the survival of fish in Mill Creek and hopefully confirmation of natural reproduction. No news is hardly good news.
Maybe we'll have news later.
I've got a roomful of gear and am plotting outings for next year. This year, I may still get up north for some post-spawn streamer work on the Au Sable. I don't like to trouble the fish until after the spawn.
My local shop is plotting an outing to the Driftless in Wisconsin for spring. That has merit.
I have a memorial to attend for the wife of a great outdoorsman and friend. She'd had quite a health battle this past year or so. I'd only briefly met her once -- our friendship revolves around trout and didn't involve the more domesticated elements of life.
I'm going to make a real effort at getting my friend in the ink. He's an excellent writer and has had a solid career in non-fiction and technical writing. He has all the hallmarks of fiction but for accomplishment. Might be an outlet.
At least, I'm going to try to get him to a library for a couple evenings and let him think about something other than those things that trouble us through the windshield as we roar down the road. Being alone with our thoughts can require a little direction towards industry from time to time.
Are you working on your thoughts about trout?
I am. I'm thinking the water is bloody cold.
The beer is closer to room temperature. (I keep my cave cooler than yours, I'm sure. I'm the most part bear.).
Don't let it build up in the pantry. Have some.