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A Spring day in pictures, it won't be long

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A small one to start the day

It won't be long. The leaves will start greening, the honeysuckle blooming and them yeller flowers called forsythe or something will be sweetening the air. That is when an old man's fancy turns to thoughts of fish.

I concluded my deer season a few days ago, at White Oak Plantation down in Alabammy. Stick a fork in me I'm done and I'll relate all that in a future column.

I don't have a lot of interest in turkey hunting anymore. I guess maybe I have killed all I care to or maybe I am just getting too lazy to chase them. Besides, without Carroll Whitener to go with me, I'm not much in the mood. I'm sure going to miss him. So, I am not looking forward to a spring turkey hunt.

It is hard to beat a few hours fishing in the early spring. I was thinking about that the other day.

By early morning on the right kind of day, the sun warms things enough to be in shorts and short sleeves. You watch as the grass and trees put on their green clothes and the sun dances and sparkles on the water. You smell the honey suckle or whatever it is that smells so sweet.

Best of all is a sunny spring day on a flowing creek or river. I can't think of much that even comes close. If you are lucky enough to add a smallmouth on the end of your line, even better.

I first floated the Smith Fork Creek about 30-years ago with Harold Dotson and Chuck Wilson. It was a lot more work then. My boat was a 14-foot Terry and it weighed a ton. To make it harder, we did not have a great place to put in or take out.

Usually, both involved some carrying of the boat and equipment. Since we always did a shore lunch, we carried a lot of equipment. We also caught a lot of fish. We were young, strong and adventurous. We didn't mind a little heavy lifting.

There were some great days. I recall one with Mickey Pope when it was cold enough to have just a skim of ice in the water left in the bottom of the boat from a previous trip. It soon melted and the first four smallmouth in the boat were all over four pounds. We probably caught 30 good fish that day.

Take a look at what a spring day involved just a few months ago. Dave Durham and I had a Smith day and one from many years past. Soon be time to do that again.

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