Big Darby Creek did not look like this on Friday

No, I was not sprayed with unpleasant skunk extract -- I went an entire weekend without fish! Even worse!

My three main fishing spots -- Big Darby Creek and the Olentangy and Scioto rivers -- were completely flooded this weekend, due to torrential rains earlier in the week. It's no fun to wake at 6 a.m., drive 30 miles, put on waders and find that all wading access points are under water. Weak. I need internet at home so I can check these things out beforehand.

Alrightsies, in good news about nature: Birding at Glacier Ridge on Saturday morning was great. I saw some new species: the Eastern meadowlark and the blue-winged teal. Ran into Lynne Gaines, a local photographer whose work can be seen here. Clintonville Outfitters is coming up on its one-year anniversary. If you've never been up there, make a trip at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, when a group demos kayaks out back on the Olentangy River. They've also got this planned. I'm thinking about taking a two-day canoe and fishing trip around Burr Oak State Park. I figured I could rent a canoe, paddle around for two days, fish the banks and camp at various spots around the lake. The setup shown on the map looks promising. I'm canoeing the Mohican River on June 21, and I super excited for that. I also rented a large group campsite at Mohican State Park for a bunch of friends. I'll give a full report on that in the Venture column in early July.