Part of the fun of fly fishing is exploring the water in preparation for the coming season. These explorations help to shake off the winter’s cabin fever and start to focus on spring.
Wed. 3/31/10, I took a ride along Bear Creek to check out the conditions. The Creek was the color of coffee with a bit of cream in it and running at 54 CFS with an air temp of 54, a wind around 10 mph and high clouds. When I stopped at the Bear Creek Restaurant in Kitteridge for lunch, the sun was trying to peek through the cloud cover. After a leisurely lunch, I stepped outside to find the windchill had dropped the air temperature about 10 degrees cooler than when I arrived.
Next door to the restaurant (first building west) , a young man was working at the back of the empty building. Driving to that parking lot, I asked for permission to park there. This nice fellow was Tom Banaszek, owner of Knot New Wood. www.knotnewwood.com. Tom and his 5 employees use old wood to recycle into new furniture. The speciality is custom wine racks. But about any furniture item may be obtained. Tom is taking over the entire ground floor of this building to have a 2,000 foot work space and show room.
Take a look at the furniture Tom and his crew can make by recycling left over wood, slate and other materials. Really nice pieces. www.knotnewwood.com.
Tom gave me permission to park in the lot any time I want. All in all a successful day. Met a nice young man and received permission to use their lot for fishing on Bear Creek.
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