Taxes are done! The start of the new fishing season? Well that’s has been my rule of thumb for a long time! The weather has been exceptionally warm this year and I am hoping for a summer of good fishing. Today it is quite windy so I elected to stay home and finish up a rod that is on it’s way to Japan, second one for the same customer! This is kinda exciting… I am international! Seems that my customer read about me in Ed Engle’s book “Splitting Cane” many years ago and he said that he has wanted one of my rods ever since!
Funny little side story, when my customer contacted me to order his rods (2) he said that he had been in Denver recently on business, said that he had wanted to look me up but ran out of time. Well if you click the link above and start to read the excerpt from Ed’s book you see that he starts out by saying:
“May 1998. Joe Arguello and I are sitting in the Double Tree Restaurant in Platteville, Colorado, enjoying the afterglow of our first couple of bites into the rather large steak sandwiches…”
My customer told me that even though he didn’t have time to look me up he was able to go to the Double Tree and eat the steak sandwiches … twice… “best steak sandwiches I ever ate” he said! Now that is a cool story, although I wish we could have met in person! Man’s gotta have his priorities straight and it is obvious to the most casual observer that the steak sandwich would be mine also!
So back to the beginning of the fishing season as Joe sees it. As I like to fish dries almost exclusively, things for me don’t really start popping until the middle of May or June, (there’s always the Mother’s day Caddis hatch on the Arkansas) but there is always that chance that you might hit it just right and get into a midge hatch or if it clouds up and cools off a bit you might get into one of the best days of BWO fishing ever! Besides that, it gives me the opportunity to figure out how my gear is holding up and what needs refreshing.
And the truth be told…
Joe don’t like cold weather anymore!… Or too much wind! …And that’s just the way it is!
Joe E. Arguello