This weekend found me on the banks of the Mississippi River where I spotted this rare site; a beautiful May Fly in March. I was having a beer on my in-laws deck in upper Illinois when I spotted this little guy. I instantly began to snap pictures with my cell while my wife made sarcastic comments in the background. Most people wouldn't call these bugs beautiful (my wife included) but to a fly fisherman these are a sight to behold. I tried to explain that spotting these bugs so early in the year was a real event - especially in Northern Illinois - but that did little to impress her. I guess to the not fly fishing public, these little guys will be nothing more than another ugly bug.
On the painting front, My sister-inlaw is getting married in a few months and she gave me a special project. Instead of a guest book, she wanted a piece of art featuring a tree. The idea is that the guests leave their thumb print as leafs on this tree, so the other day I spent a few hours painting this large tree. My wife then found a selection of ink pads for the guests to use to decorate the tree.
When she first mentioned the project to me I was a bit confused but after she explained it to me I began to get the vision in my own mind. I hope it turns out like she imagines because if it does then she won't have thirty years from now some forgotten book with a bunch of names but a piece of art to hang on her wall for years. I know that this has nothing to do with fishing but I thought that I would share it with you anyway.