It seems that every year about this time, knowing full well we have plenty of winter left, I start thinking about spring activities. Recently, I’ve started to consider possible places to look for morels. I’ve been thinking further ahead too, about other mushrooms I might find in our local woods later in the season. Right now, I’m adding to my mycological knowledge by reading Michael Kuo’s 100 Edible Mushrooms.
At the same time the morels will appear in Ontario, trout will become interested in mayflies like the Ephemerella subvaria – the Hendrickson – and others. Soon I’ll clear the accumulated junk from my tying desk and sit down to tie a few dozen trout flies to imitate these little bugs. I wonder how my river will look in the spring. Each year its just a little bit different. Pools and runs change. Spots that have held good trout for years suddenly don’t look so good and other spots, apparently barren previously, now look very trouty indeed. I always look forward to those first two or three times out at my favourite stretches, getting to know the river again, getting to know the new spots, smelling the river and the forest, taking it all in.
Meanwhile, I’ve shovelled snow exactly once this year and I could have just as easily accomplished it with a broom. The last week or two has been cold, but where is the snow?