Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Trout fishing on turkey time

Paula PiattWhen did fishing become this turkey hunting-like experience? What happened to picturing yourself on a lazy summer afternoon, casting a line and just waiting for the next big fish to walk its way onto shore.

When Steve said “Let’s go fishing…” last Saturday, I have to admit, my mind was drawn to the feet-on-the-dock, drink-in-your-hand vision. But no, I was up well before the crack of dawn, knocking around the dark kitchen trying to find something to scarf down for breakfast, tripping over two dogs who wondered why we were all up this early.

Truth be told, when Steve finished the rest of his sentence “…but we have to get up really early” it didn’t register.

It’s not that we wanted to beat the crowd, although on the right stream that may be a consideration. But with daytime temps regularly climbing into the 80s, you just can’t fish these streams any later than oh, say, dawnish. The water temps quickly rise to the level where trout are easily stressed. And while we have trout out our back door, this particular stream was a bit of a drive.

So there we were. I did my best to fill a cooler with some snacks we would no doubt dive into when we came off the stream, threw gear and steaming mugs of coffee into the truck and we were off.

Didn’t catch much, and didn’t have that turkey-hunting tree to lean against and snooze a bit later in the morning. But the snacks tasted good.

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We get a lot of letters here at New York Outdoor News. You can pretty much guarantee that someone is commenting on DMPs or crossbows or scratching their heads over the latest move by the state Legislature. And while it’s not a guarantee, I have sadly seen more and more people resort to name-calling in their letters – nothing really hard-core, but seemingly little things, like calling people stupid or moronic.

Really? Is that the best you can do? With all the words available to you in the English language, that’s all you can come up with?

I’m not against a little disagreement; of course, there are many of the letters that I don’t agree with. But stooping to name-calling should just be unacceptable. If you have a point to make, then make it, using your own thoughts and ideas. “Well, the other guy is stupid,” is not going to convince me that you are right.

And it’s hurtful.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been writing for decades and each time I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, I realize I have a choice to make and the choice I make will affect a lot of other people.

So Mom, after all, was right. If you don’t have anything nice to say, or you can’t say it nicely, don’t say anything at all. I’m sure we’ll still get a lot of letters for the paper.

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