This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about fox, mayflies, browns and skippers
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
A family of Vulpes vulpes and a multi evening hatch of a brown species of Ephemeroptera were the talk of our section of the lake at the cottage this week. There's been numerous sightings of mamma and her three kits of late and in the mornings you had to brush dozens of mostly deceased mayflies off truck windows and deck furniture. The foxes are doing a good job of controlling the population of chipmunks while the swarms of mayflies coming off the lake set the table for some excellent evening fly fishing.
I've been hanging out in the northwest section of Lake County since the mid 60's and have never seen so many foxes. Black bear sightings are on the uptick as well. Por que? Who knows, but spotting one of the doglike critters scampering across the yard clutching a chippie in its mouth is a lot better and far less disconcerting than encountering a bird feeder ransacking bear.
One evening I hauled a lawn chair out to the dock and while hundreds of mayflies emerged from the water was treated to an hour of non stop action. At first I tied on a fly that "matched the hatch" but quickly discovered that the aggressive bass and bluegills would pretty much attack anything that skittered, popped or wiggled. While not quite the same as angling for trout in a northern Michigan river it was still a boatload of fun.
Speaking of angling in rivers I had pretty good week on the Little Manistee. One day I landed a couple of vividly colored browns and on the next tied into a silver hued rainbow. I had never caught a rainbow that silvery on the Little Man and only when thinking about it later surmised that it was a young steelhead. My son Chris, one of the most skilled and knowledgeable fly fishermen I know, verified my guess. "They're called skippers," he texted. "Juveniles that come back up river after only a year or so in the big lake."
On the same day I caught the skipper I tied into a huge brown while sweeping nymphs on the edge of a logjam. There were a few moments of rod pumping action before the lunker wrapped my 5X tippet around a submerged log and broke me off. So it goes on the Little Manistee.
Featured Wines of the Week
Bonny Doon, Vin Gris De Cigare, Rose, 2020, California, $16.29/750ml- a blend of 71% Grenache, 11% Cinsaut, 5% Clairette Blanche, 5% Grenache Blanc, 4% Mourvedre, and 4% Vermentino. This wine brings out characteristics of wild strawberry, peach, and guava with a wonderful creaminess and long finish. (Source)
Bonny Doon, Le Cigare Volant “ Cuvee Oumuamua”, 2018, California, $16.29/750ml- A blend of 53% Grenache, %35 Cinsaut, and 13% Syrah. This wine boasts flavors and aromas of juicy black berries with slight notes of liquorice and spice. (Source)
St. Ambrose, Shotgun Wedding, Strawberry Rhubarb Cyser “Draft Mead”, Michigan, $4.59/12oz can- Sweet strawberries, tart rhubarb, smooth honey, and crisp apple! Join this delicious union of flavor and experience at a St. Ambrose shotgun wedding party! (Source)
Treasure Hunter, 2018, Centurion, Proprietary Red Blend, California, $28.39/750ml- Centurion refers to a Roman general who commanded 100 troops. It would take at least that many men to carry his beautiful wine to the Emperor upon a successful campaign but just one man or woman to enjoy it. A heavy and bright as the legendary Roman Regimental standard this wine offers remarkable structure and grace surrounded by sublime red fruit and cocoa powder. Cassis, dark chocolate and cherry are entwined throughout and well-integrated into this divine blend. Oak and tannin offer a strapping core of fruit and sweet earth. Sleeker than a javelin and mightier than a double-bladed sword, Centurion is destined for greatness and is one of the more beautiful releaseswe have ever been honored to deliver. Rome may not have been built in a day and neither was this wine. Crafted from three of the finest vineyards inNapa, Centurion is fit for The Gods, but made for you.
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