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  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Da Moon

    A CHANGE OF PACE
    Something Special
    for the hunger moon

    WALLPAPER: CONTINENTAL STYLE
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    .. Pork and beans - in the original style. Straight from Southern Italy, (and other pig eating cultures in Europe.) The original ''Pork and Beans." Slow braised smoked pork hocks with cannellini beans and light rye bread.
    .. The Hunger Moon is that full moon in February that was also called The Snow Moon by Native Americans along our eastern seaboard and in the Great Lakes region.
    .. Both monikers are highly descriptive and accurate - for both man and trout. The full moon occurs tonight this year.
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     .. This "Full Snow Moon," (Hunger Moon, Only Bone Moon, etc.) is one of the most productive times for night fishing in our neighborhood.
    .. The water, (where not frozen - especially on those secret Gallatin River tributaries,) is very cold.
    TRIBUTARY SWEEPER
    .. The food for fish is sparse. Large, nocturnal, predatory trout are eager to have a sack of groceries flopping around in their water.
    .. Torpor in the fish enhances catching for those fishers that can hit a fish in the nose.
    .. Frenzied fingers are busy at the neighborhood tying benches. Splashy and wiggly patterns are emerging from kitchen tables and heated garages in our village.
    .. The fishing at night during this time of year is similar to fishing a mouse during the Autumn season. Catching has been very good during this week's warm weather. It looks like the warm days will continue for at least another week.
    COMING AT YOU
    .. Patterns range from sensible to whimsical, to splendorous. Most of the patterns resemble the most successful fly from a couple of years ago: the "Moonlight Dancer."
    .. It is reminiscent of many bass poppers. It is made from spun deer hair and sports a winged tail. It has a large flat face and is fished in the brighter areas of moonlight on the water in the shade of trees and bushes.
    .. Strip - pause - strip, strip - pause - strip, strip, strip - long pause: repeat and get ready. There are bigger trout to be had than in your wildest wettest dreams!

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    WALLPAPER:  MOONLIGHT DANCER
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    WALLPAPER:  PLUGGED IN AND READY