Revive - A Quarterly Fly Fishing Journal - Page 90

Long after the sun fell below the Gulf’s horizon, our headlights searched the narrow strip of blacktop that divides some of the only solid land in the area from the crab-rich marsh. You’ll find a whole lot more darkness than light after passing through the looming, high earthen wall and heavy flood gates that serve to protect the city of New Orleans from another climatic disaster. The Tacoma’s high beams eventually flash across the sign for The Delacroix Lodge and we find our cabin. It sits atop a trailer frame, the front door closely guarded by a thick swarm of mosquitos welcoming us to the marsh, directly across the road from a boat slip about half-full with anglers’ boats. Hurriedly unloading only the essentials from the truck (a cooler of beer, a few bags of camera equipment, and our toothbrushes) we hunker down for the night in the midst of horizontally blown, heavy raindrops. Speculative and generally uninformed meteorological projections for the next three days fill our cabin over the sound of the opening of road-shaken cans of beer and a the rain imitating a percussion section on the tin roof. The cabin-talk turns to fly fishing, shot lists, evaluations of recent redfish catches on Instagram, and, inevitably, back to the less-than-stellar weather. Before the cooler completely empties, we turn in for the night, hoping for the best in the morning.

The pre-coffee grogginess quickly gives way to elation when the shades are opened and we see the clouds in the sky are no longer dark and heavy with rain. Our emotions are quickly tempered, however, upon the realization that the rain has given way to gale force winds from the East. The cloud of mosquitos swarming the windows has not subsided either. No bueno. Fortunately, we are not on Dini’s guide schedule today - this morning has been left to some other unfortunate angler. Instead, we spend the day scouting shooting locations in the area as well as the marina we’ll depart from the next morning, shooting B roll to add to the redfish footage we intend to capture, revising shot lists, and prepping a truckload of camera gear.