Don G. and Rich N. joined me aboard Shoo-Fly on a bluebird day [maybe the only one] last week. Sky was full of cormorants which are definitely not blue birds.
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|Pretty good crop of egrets to be seen in the Nells Island marsh.|
|Also a game of mute swans. Don't know why a batch of swans is called a "game." A "murder of crows" sort of makes sense, but "game" of swans? Apparently a group of swans in flight is called a "wedge"...which seems to compute all right.|
|Watching this fellow get off the water was a hoot...ran along the surface for maybe 50 feet before finally getting up enough steam to launch.|
|It was very windy...20 kts. or so...making fly-casting a bit risky; but, not all the folk on the water dislike the wind.|
|On the way to Sikorsky, one might guess.|
|A view of the Stratford Light never disappoints.|
|And there's always some lunkhead who believes the no-wake zones don't apply to him.|
|We caught fish about everywhere we went...probably about 50 of them...|
|...not counting the darned sea robins which harassed us endlessly. Not that they're not fun to catch. They put up a fight...and then grunt at you while you're taking them off the hook. It's just that they're not real game fish.|
|None of the bluefish were much bigger than this one.|
|So the 50 or so fish we counted were all stripers and bluefish...plus two undersized fluke.|
|But it was still great to be out on the water stretching the fishing lines.|