Guilty of Fishing

I like being able to get in my car and drive to a creek or river or lake to fish. I always feel guilty about having such accessible resources so close by, especially when I know so many people pine for such an afternoon in the outdoors. I feel guilty. But I don’t want anyone to come with me. I want to be alone. My guilt is only abated if I bring my dogs, which, as you can imagine is not ideal for fishing. There are a few places that it’s OK to bring the dog(s) – 3 of them at the least and these days, 4 dogs because our house mate has a new puppy and he is at work and I can’t leave the baby at home alone.

The ideal dog fishing spot is one where they are away from the road, and there is some kind of retaining natural barrier to keep them in my vicinity, such as a really tall rise in the landscape or cliff to keep them nearby. Happy Meadows on the South Platte below Lake George is such a place once I cross the river. If the spot is just open barren ground, like above Hartsel on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, the dogs will get bored and start to play in the water. If there are grass and bushes and trees and rocks, they will entertain themselves with hunting for rabbits, mice, - dog stuff – digging holes, etc.