what is a fisherman without home waters? without those places that you know inside and out, those places that fit your moods, fit your approach. those places that you've seen in every condition and offer you all you really need and sometimes just a little more.
if you are not careful where you land those places can be difficult, if not impossible to replace.
during the warm weather there is enough close by to keep a guy busy if you have an open mind or maybe in reality it's just really low standards. recently i've been unable and some days just unwilling to drive three hours one way to get myself on decent water. money and time are factors i've learned not to fight.
that means spending days on local lakes or ponds with in an hours radius, just getting in whatever time i can. i've found a few grass carp but have yet to even make a cast to them, i've caught billions of 7 inch bass and have occasionally spent time casting to pods of tailing catfish. you only need to carry a hand full of flies and then be willing to take whatever comes.
soon i'm going back to immerse myself in the familiar. to see friends, family and water that treated me well for so long. the adult me knows there is no real going back, time does not stand still after you leave a place. but my nights are already sleepless with the possibility that maybe things won't be so different and we'll understand why we still call somewhere so far away, home.