Field Notes from Jess ~ Rewilding in 2021 | Week 27/52 | SummerJun 27, 2021
Field notes from Jess ~ Rewilding in 2021 | Week 27 of 52 | The Magic Hour ~ Fishing from Dusk to Twilight
What is the magic hour? For me it’s that window of time when the sun goes down and the colors shift into soft hues of elegance. The day is behind me but the night is filled with potential. There is a charged energy that is both calming and igniting as the contrast of Earthly closure and oncoming darkness meets the first signs of starlight and the supernatural presence of the vast Universe.
We launched the boat at 8 pm and the colors permeating the sky did not disappoint. There was no wind and the water was calm. I could hear the gentle lapping of water against the metal frame of our vessel as we trolled across the reservoir. Speed boats and recreational enthusiasts had made their way in to camp for the night, so our timing was impeccable. Jigs on, night crawlers prepped and casts released...
The evening bite was good. There was very little to say other than “fish on”.
As dusk turned to darkness and the moon rose above the surrounding mesas, our headlamps came out. I caught a beautiful 15.5” Walleye on my new pole that night (Early birthday present from Scott ). We brought home enough fillets for multiple nights of pan fried perfection.
Somewhere close to midnight we returned to shore and retired under the stars in the bed of a pickup truck. Fresh air has a way of initiating deep sleep, which I was thankful for as first light came quickly. Before the sun peaked above the horizon it was time to gear-up quickly as anticipation of the morning bite was a motivation to move.
Rewilding is the new self-care…