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A flooded meadow

May 1st.

 
Found a promising river a couple weeks back which I decide to visit again. About 90min north of Vilnius, with a 15km drive threw a spine crushing gravel road. I am at the location great mood, calm winds, although it is still 8am, it is already blistering hot. This time not a soul in sight as the spot was taken the last time I was here. I am interested in the part of the river blocked by a massive beaver dam creating a flooded meadow.

I prep my gear with the intention of checking every inch. In hand my Megabass Shoreluck XX SLX-83UL, Shimano Rarenium 2500 combo and all I have for lures are two Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts size 44. Plentiful fallen flooded trees, stumps, branches, casting has to be precise. I get my first strike 20min in, but no hook up. Seemed like a trout around ~30cm. 2 hours later I finish the first pass through the meadow with no more hits. Disappointing. I decide to continue down river. The scenery drastically changes the river narrows to 1,5m., depth varies from 20cm. to 1m. The sun is scorching moving forward is getting tiresome, neck high nettle and grass is not helping, wading is not an option since the a river is so small. I push on, continue casting and have my first trout. A 20cm youngster nothing to write home about…5min later an identical trout. 2 hours later the surroundings change again this time a woodland area starts to emerge. I reel in another wee trout.

Not impressed by the size of the fish, I head back to the flooded meadow. They are definitely bigger trout there and I know the minnows I am offering are getting strikes. So I have to find the right way to present them. I slow my retrieve rate and start twitching to add another level of motion to the lure. Sure enough 20min later a ~35-40cm beauty sits in the landing net.

I take a couple of pics and let it go. Further on I lose one minnow to a stump, minutes later another trout hits the lure and a reel it in. A ~30cm this time. I decide to call it a day, feeling pooped the heat drained my energy, but altogether a great day of fishing with just a pair of minnows.

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Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
I’m planning to start my own website soon but
I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with
a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused ..
Any suggestions? Thank you!

Hey Ben,
Thank you for your kind words. Cannot really consider myself a writer and have not achieved enough to be giving out advice.
But I can suggest a couple of things.

1. Keep it simple. Start a blog on Facebook. When you feel comfortable with your writing move to WordPress. Do not suggest paid platforms. By the way WordPress is not free either if you consider costs of hosting, a domain and themes.
2. Do not stop writing. Even if you think your stories are not good practice will make writing easier. With time the quality will also get better.
3. This article helped me: https://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/06/the_day_you_bec.html

Hope this helped.

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