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RAMAPO RIVER (NJ) ROUNDUP

18 Oct

This update is just in from Sensei Bob, Fly Fishing Dojo’s NJ correspondent. The Ramapo River in New Jersey was stocked last Friday (October 14th) with approximately 800 brook and rainbow trout averaging 2 1/2 pounds. Notwithstanding this recent stocking, fishing was slow over the weekend due to high water conditions. Normally at this time of year, the Ramapo averages about 300 c.f.s. On Saturday, the river was running around 1,100 c.f.s. Several fisherman, including Sensei Bob, were on the water; however no-one was catching fish. No-one, that is, except for one lone vigilant fisherman that was lucky enough to catch two trout upstream from the group of fisherman. To the mental consternation of this group, the lone fisherman did not release the trout. Rather, this lone angler, decided to eat the trout on the spot. The lone angler – a local osprey.

The lone successful fisherman - an Osprey

Sensei Bob returned to the river Sunday to find that while flows were reduced, it was still flowing about 650 c.f.s. Fly fishing proved to be relatively fruitless in the faster, muddy water. The few trout that were caught were caught on spinning tackle using a variety of small gold spinners. Unlike the osprey, Sensei Bob released these trout.

         

Hopefully, the Ramapo flows will return to normal and the river will, once again, provide a glimpse into its watery treasures.

Thanks to Sensei Bob for this New Jersey update. Until the next article, I remain,

Sensei John

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A GOOD DAY OF FISHING???

16 Nov

I went fishing early this morning to clear my mind.

I wanted to placidly revisit this article. I hoped to transform a straightforward  tale of a good day spent on a river into a melody of words worthy of all who cast feathery little flies with the hope of seducing nature’s magnificent creatures to our offering. This was the result; “A good day of fishing?”

I arrived at a favorite fishing location along the Lower Salt River here in Arizona. Prior to casting, I stood upon a rock outcropping and performed my form of moving meditation, to wit: several Goshin-Do Karate Kata

The rock outcropping on top of which I performed Kata.

I performed several Kata with exotic names, Sanchin (Three Battles), Seienchin (Walk far to quell and conquer), Nami Kiribi (Cutting wave), Chinto (Crane on a rock) and Hakutsuru (White Crane). I finished. I was physically and mentally sound. This state of being reminded me of a quote by Ernest Hemingway, “All I must do now was to stay sound and good in my head until . . . I can start to work again.” (See Endnote # 1).

Being “sound and good in the head” I set about fly fishing. Then it happened. A simple mental glitch. Clarity of thought was invaded by clouds of a once slumbering sentiment awakened. In the end,  all that remained was a haunted shadow of a poem, a tanka. So, I’ll simply relay Sensei Bob’s dazzling fishing journey and leave you with the tanka. Maybe after enjoying Sensei’s Bob’s good day on a river, you can figure out the rest.

FLY FISHING DOJO’S New Jersey Contributor, Sensei Bob had recently spent a bountiful day on the Ramapo River. He had previously fished a certain location on the river to no avail. After several visits to this unfruitful location, he once again cast into its seemingly barren depths. Drawing upon his martial arts induced tenacity and his instinctive feel for nature, he knew this location would bear fruit. This past Saturday was the day. In less than thirty minutes he had caught and released three shimmering rainbow trout. All exceeded fifteen inches in length.

One of three of Sensei Bob's magnificent rainbow trout.

Sensei’s tenacity and instinct bore fruit; it did not fail him. I know Sensei felt a sense of natural redemption. A feeling that nature inured him with the ability to enter its domain and leave fulfilled with a pure sense of satisfaction. It was a good day of fishing on the Ramapo River.

I had hoped that my own fishing sojourn would intuitively formulate the words that would breath life into Sensei Bob’s day. Words that would coalesce into phrases that would capture the essence of triumphing over frustration; eventually seducing three majestic rainbow colored trout. Those words failed me. All I was left with is this tanka.

  • On a river
  • In a barren desert
  • A trout rises; a fly is cast.
  • A fisherman recalls
  • A moment in time
  • Best left forgotten.

In closing I remain, shrouded in the cocoon of thought, perhaps to be forgotten on another day, on another river. Another “Good day of fishing?”

Sensei John

ENDNOTES:

1. Lyons, Nick, Hemingway On Fishing, (The Lyons Press, New York, NY, 2000) p. 78 excerpting “The River” as appeared in A Moveable Feast.

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