Tag Archives: spring

Hobie Pro Angler Launched

I have been itching to get on the water since March. I love winter here in Michigan, but come March 1, it is time for spring. Alas, this year was not the case.

2015 Hobie Pro Angler 12 Launch
2015 Hobie Pro Angler 12 Launch

Even after picking up my Pro Angler, I could do little but work on it in the garage – unless I could use it as an ice cutter.

Today, it was in the 60’s, I was home, and I cut out of work at 5pm. I hit one of my go-to lakes – Lake Sixteen in Orion Township. Quick launch, and I was on the water.

First Bass in the Hobie PA
First Bass in the Hobie PA

I headed out to the east side of the island, cast out a dark clouser along the drop off, and caught a 9″ large mouth. It would turn out to be the only catch of the evening,

but it was nice to be on the water.

Other discoveries:

  • neoprene socks with the wading boots are perfect for launching in cold water. Even water that gets inside the sock is quickly warmed up.
  • the addition of the skeg on the 2015 PA really does change the tracking.
  • rudder controls on both sides makes fly line control much easier.
  • added a Magnetic Gear Grabbar Mini ¬†on the box holder on the mid-hatch – perfect for flies to dry and keep from losing them!

Trout season opens next weekend! Make sure you have your new fishing license and check out the new regulations (bass season is now catch and release all year in most places!)

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Backyard Beauty

I just got to eat lunch on my back patio.

For those of you in Michigan, this isn’t a surprise. I kicked the last bit

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Backyard in the spring

of snow off yesterday, so it is clear (there is still snow in parts of the yard). But it’s blue skies and sunny.

The yellow finches mating plumage is coming out – and they are bright. Robins are bouncing around the ground. There was a blue jay on the corn I put out for the squirrels. Several other birds on the feeders singing about the warmth that has finally arrived.

Time to clean up the winter mess – leaves and branches. I need to put away the tables and chairs from the winter hibernation.

But for now, spring has sprung. Now if only the ice would leave the lakes…