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Let’s not get too heavy handed with the Jack Handey banter in this edition, okay? It’s not like my insight on things is any more poignant than the next guy. My brain dump can sometimes lead to a communication conundrum on the information super highway. I usually pride myself in thoroughly planning out my expeditions, but in this case it was merely an afterthought. Honestly, I just opened my map, picked out a handful of juicy looking colored lines, and it was warp speed ahead. I chose a healthy dose of unfamiliar turf, with a few oldies mixed in for good measure. Probably not the smartest strategy in the dead of winter, but sometimes you just need to peek beneath the veil. I wasn’t too concerned with finding the next big thing. It’s probably no surprise to any regular Adrifter™ that I’m way too ADHD to stand in the same spot for any great length of time. From shallow skinny ribbons, to deep beaver dam pools I covered a little bit of everything. In many ways it just felt good to get the blood pumping.

 


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I was picking up a fish here and there, but there wasn’t much to hang your hat on. Lots of bites, but they were definitely in full short strike mode. In other news, I got shot down by the first “big girl” of the season. The only hard charger of the afternoon followed my offering from the head of a giant pool all the way to my feet. She slashed the bait hard at the surface, only to miss the hook altogether. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades (ick), but at least I was in the game. After a lukewarm winter’s day I tend to reassure myself that it just feels good to be out. I was born to walk the earth like Caine in Kung Fu.  For better or worse, this day was simply your garden-variety escape from Alcatraz type endeavor, nothing more, nothing less.

 

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