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The Sargasso Sea

by: Lloyd Tackitt 9/1/2013

The Sargasso Sea is 700 miles wide and 2,000 miles long. It is an area surrounded by four large ocean currents. As a result the sea is a dead calm water with no current.  And often with no breeze.  It is located approximately 1/4 of the way between the US and Arfica in the middle Atlantic, closer to the US.

In days of old, sailing ships would sometimes enter this area and become "becalmed."  They would sit there in their tall masted sailing ships for days, sometimes weeks, waiting for enough air current to get them moving again.  The Sargasso Sea was often the site of being in one of these becalmed states, also know as the Doldrums,.

These days the common definition for doldrum is: A state of inactivity, mild depression, listlessness or stagnation. 

I prefer the original definition becalmed, waiting for a sailing wind.  That's where I am right now with fishing.  It's too hot to enjoy fishing, well for me it is anyway.  The older I get the less I enjoy high heat.  A friend of mine told me he was the same way.  Just waiting, patiently, for better weather. 

And it will come, as sure as the earth rotates on a tilted axis.  Better weather will come.  The blistering high heat of today will eventually give way to cool delightful days.  And the fishing will be on again. 

Meanshile I'll lay down on the deck in a shady spot, barefooted, and gaze up at the slack unmoving sails, waiting for that breath of fresh breeze. Just passing the time with pleasant thoughts of tomorrow.  Waiting...and driving my wife nuts by being in the house all the time, lying on the sofa barefooted...


Meanwhile let me do a little begging for our wounded soliders.  "On The River" is a book that has a lot of the stories and articles I've printed here, and some new ones to the readers of these pages.  All proceeds, and I do mean 100% of them go to "Project Healing Waters".  This is a non-profit that teaches wounded soldiers to fly fish, tie flys, and even to make fly rods.  All fishermen know the peace that comes with fishing.  These soldiers need that peace.  So please buy the book and support this wonderful endeavor.  It's a perfect bathroom book (much as I hate to say that) with stories that are about the right length for those important but boring breaks.  It's getting quite good reviews  too, so there's a chance you'll get some enjoyment from it.

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Member comments
Flyrodn, CO   9/10/2013 3:26:36 PM
Thank you for supporting our troops in this fashion.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   9/11/2013 10:49:35 AM
I figure it's the best way I can help, but they deserve so much more than I can do.
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