The fly rods and the drift boat are put away for the winter. The fishing was spectacular all season. Last Sunday, October 16th, was my last day on the river. The two anglers in my boat (one who had never fly fished before) brought over 60 fish to the net. At least ten of them were over 20 inches.
It is now time for mallards and Canada geese and there is lots of work to do to get ready for the waterfowl season.
The river blind in Nebraska washed away with the flood along with the road to the blind. We hope to have the road fixed this weekend and then set the new blind in place next week. River is still a little high but is dropping every day. The woods are too wet to drive vehicles through to our parking area. Will need to get decoys, heaters and other equipment down there when it dries.
I need to cut grass aroung the lake pit and Lingle pit to make room for the goose decoys. The lake is still quite high because of irrigation water. The weather remains quite warm which will accelerate the evaporation process.
The Henry field pit is looking great. We will have corn in front and winter wheat behind us this year. We will begin picking the corn next week, weather permitting. The warm weather and occasional rain has been a boon to the wheat crop. It looks much better than it did last year at this time. It should look like Augusta National fairways by the time visitors from the north arrive.
There remains a lot to get done in the next few weeks, but we will be ready. My contacts in Canada say they have never seen so many mallards. Canada geese are starting to show up in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in large numbers as well. Many biologists believe this may be the largest mallard population ever. Many mallards nested twice this year. My friend in Alberta said there are still some young mallards that are not on the wing yet!
Now if the weather cooperates we should have a stellar season. Looking forward to seeing everyone!