New first day approach....
Every year we are up at 5:00 AM. Every year we are standing on the banks of a creek around 6-6:30 AM, it is peaceful and quiet. Every year around 7:00 AM a couple more guys show up, it is a little less peaceful. Every year around 7:30 AM a few more guys show up, it is not very peaceful anymore. Every year around 7:50 AM a few more guys show up and the "who is that guy?", "I've been fishing this hole for 35 years", "Don't cast over me", etc., etc. begins, it is wearing on my nerves. I'm not one to say anything or start anything (unless the other person is blatantly being a jerk) so every year I roll with it, catch a few fish and move on. It wears thin though, it is tiring and maddening listening to bickering and dealing with a crowd (even a good crowd is still a crowd). For the last few years we have been talking about switching it up on the first day, going at it from a different approach but continuing to keep our "going on the first day" tradition intact.
2018 was the year for a change. I rolled out of bed around 6:30 AM. My buddy picked me up about 7:00 AM. We had a 40 minute drive to the area we planned to fish so we headed that direction. Got in the area around 8:15 AM. Stopped a local diner and had a magnificent breakfast (for about $15 for both too, great deal). Got to the creek around 9:30ish. Still a good bit of people there but many had come off the water to eat their breakfast. People were sitting at their make shift camps, fire going, breakfast cooking, at some the beers were flowing. It was perfect for us, we could hit the water with very few others near by. Sure we missed that early morning rush of 15 fish being caught at once from the same hole. Sure we missed some of the positive banter that goes with the crowds. We even missed standing in the cold (although not this year) at 6:00 AM just BSing with one another. We sure had a good time though. We didn't catch a ton of fish that day, we did have a have a great time though. So from now on we have a new approach to the first day.
...but those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. -Isaiah 40:31