Smallmouth Bass

Mostly I fish because I just like being outdoors. Some of the more interesting critters I’ve seen have been while floating around in my 14′ Hornbeck. It might be a Mink slinking along the shore, a deer coming down to the waters edge for a drink, a Beaver letting me know he doesn’t appreciate my presence, or a shy Wood Duck making good it’s escape. The early morning light filtering…

Early Autumn Landscapes

Recent paddles and walks along Griggs Reservoir have revealed some beautiful scenes. Clear blue skies and just a hint of fall color. The sun now lower in the southern sky and the stillness in the air give a sense of time fast passing.

Expections

I need to start by being honest. While fall is my second most favorite time of the year, behind spring, it is also a time of reduced expectations. Bird and insect activity seem to be in decline, the colors of spring and summer wildflowers give way to Goldenrod, Asters, autumn leaves, and then slowly   .   .   .  , better start thinking about next year adventures while catching up on…

Fishing for The Big Catch

It was a beautiful Friday morning for fishing below the dam at Griggs. Early showers gave way to a clear blue sky even before the sun rose above the trees on the eastern bank. A Kingfisher flew along the tree line looking for a better perch from which to stage his next ambush of an unsuspecting fish. Not far away a Great Blue Heron watched as I…

Bald Eagles Over The Scioto

Pretty exciting stuff, on our way home from a recent hike at Prairie Oaks we saw a Bald Eagle flying over the Scioto River near the Scioto Country Club. That happened after we were already excited about seeing a Golden-crowned Kinglet and Pileated Woodpecker during our hike. We were also treated to sightings of White-throated and White-crowned sparrows while at Prairie Oaks. The next…

Winter Wonder

The morning was quiet with a layer of freshly fallen snow resting on the trees. It seemed like a good time for a walk before wind and sun had a chance to do their work.  Who knows, maybe we would see a Golden-crowned Kinglet below the Griggs Reservoir dam. Winter in central Ohio can be pretty dull and drab. While snow is certainly no stranger often…

Autumn Along The Reservoir

Early autumn is my favorite time. Colors are just beginning to break the green flow of the Griggs Reservoir shoreline. A branch with just a few red leaves will cause you to wonder. Animals are still about, butterflies, dragonflies, herons, and warblers. As fall progresses, particularly along Griggs, greens, yellows and reds give way to more browns and the colors seem  just a bit more muted. Today we walked…