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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Spring’s Abundant Gifts (A Bunch of Bears!)

While you’re enjoying this great spring weather and the mighty fine fishing, don’t forget to pause and take in all that is around you.  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of spring. The fish will be there when you resume your casting.

If I hadn’t hadn’t had my head up, I might have missed one my best spring memories ever. It’s worth a “rerun” today for y’all.  While hiking down the lower Smith Creek DH trail on 4/9/21, I spotted a patch of black between the trail and creek.  So I froze and studied the patch that seemed out of place among the greens and browns.

And watched a true NatGeo moment as a set of triplets heeded Momma Bear’s instructions. Each of them waited their turn on Smoky’s Uber Service for a dry creek crossing.  I don’t reminder how many trout I caught that day, but I will always remember the bruin quartet. 

Take time yourselves to pause and look around.  Enjoy the abundant spring riches that our north Georgia forests and streams provide.  Good luck and have fun!

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