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By FormerlyChaseChrome
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...It is said, you can never return...it would be some version of [i][b]panta rhei,[/b][/i]

But it doesn't quite account for what it is that keeps remembrance vital...the grass sometimes is greener.

Elsewhere...

The three stages of life:

1. Birth.

2. What the fuck is this.

3. Death.

I left the island in '74, a year during which threatening storm clouds gathered on the horizon...but then, they had been accumulating for 100 years or so.

For years now those "founders" have not been well remembered.

Desperate attempts to return always seemed to fail and served only to feed a psychic life of melancholia.



Our Hitchmas plans failed, as much due to my lack of "corporate-style" organizational skills...so fucking sue me.

And yet, we somehow ended up booking on that very island I spent my youth...

I finally allowed myself the luxury to recall the distant, and delightful scents—that are only characteristic of the tropics—and interrupt the everydayness of it all.



Hastily tied some stuff, not having fished the salt in years I deferred to the sage advice here...tip of the hat to Mad_Mike for his SBS's

[img]http://i.imgur.com/MlVG0KH.jpg?1[/img]



There is a name for this,

they call it the "Welcome Mat."

[img]http://i.imgur.com/miWWbBB.jpg[/img]



We settled in, made some quick calls to old friends, forged plans to escape a few days and leave the rest of the party to commiserate in exile...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/pH84eER.jpg[/img]

Suffer the children...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/FVIcN54.jpg[/img]



Had some weather the first day but that quickly moved through...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/25u6Fb6.jpg[/img]



Checked this place out...nope

[img]http://i.imgur.com/1XvSO9U.jpg[/img]



Some clues here...no payout

[img]http://i.imgur.com/hzCofgr.jpg?3[/img]



So went for a walk the following morning.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/Dy4Uirg.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/K70Pf7s.jpg[/img]



Sasquatch sighted.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/2Wy80ao.jpg[/img]



Ended up missing a few but got the rust off the D-haul...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/mig8xm7.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/izcem2R.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/ACof7ne.jpg[/img]



Skiff life...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/ppFev71.jpg[/img]



Walked back and met with a friend from long ago who now works at the resort...lovely lady

[img]http://i.imgur.com/BYaMMZC.jpg[/img]





*****************************************************************************************************



Reveille and time to make this shit count...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/CmO0jYQ.jpg[/img]



My friend Lizzy helped me contact an old acquaintance, NoLaw...made a plan...

All in

[img]http://i.imgur.com/5K5E9xJ.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/lEqgdd5.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/JkH7ye2.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/Z8gVBuE.jpg[/img]

The scene of the BIG twin-permit-that-ate-and-said-fuck-you Fridaycc...

Undressed the 8wt.

You can make out the dark shadow that was the ray with his followers.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/Pico6uV.jpg[/img]



So we waited on the tides and picked up a few small ones...

Lost many in areas carpeted with fish...a few to the disastrous "trout-set."

Or...casting errors due in part to my pending cataract surgery...a dry fly for me is a 2/0 with a smoke flair.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/vOUbRNS.jpg[/img]

Buffs are ghey...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/gPRAATG.jpg[/img]



I was somewhat reassured that I didn't suck a badly as Michael Keaton who, he said, spooked every bonefish within a 10-mile radius and nailed him in the back of the head more than once...Batman sucks morer



We toasted our failures and laughed.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/OBsbq7w.jpg[/img]



And proceeded to collect our lunch...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/YiI61WM.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/pCzeEoc.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/0aTiOWO.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/kj8JzTA.jpg[/img]



Prep...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/NjlxutB.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/lLGLewU.jpg[/img]



Aunt Eva took care of us and cooked up our catch...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/4BGGhTy.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/9Vs9pk6.jpg[/img]



The remains of the day offered up no more chances at permit, so we toughed it out...

Picking up the odd fish here and there.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/HbqGS4n.jpg[/img]



We slid over a deeper section at the bottom of which was a good sized blue hole, we drifted over schooling bones that made for the deeper section and spent a good amount of time picking out decent sized fish mid-depth...

Some good eights and one double-digit that fell victim to one of the numerous sharks gathered there...hot times

[img]http://i.imgur.com/8s24sqk.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/33zIXlS.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/eC1n7tD.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/a7zfouO.jpg[/img]



[b]Well fuck the North hey...[/b]



Made plans for a further incursion...

And some beach combing.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/05IOX7z.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/EvyIjTZ.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/gmrTbsa.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/Hm5nYBa.jpg[/img]

These guys made out for the open before low tide...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/va8Epcd.jpg[/img]

Home...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/7fydfaq.jpg[/img]



Some asides...

Romain...the lettuce man

[img]http://i.imgur.com/P3BpFn0.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/JsFc8OF.jpg[/img]

The drive in...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/V2mn8ib.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/2w3a8XJ.jpg[/img]



We were stoned for the bones...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/nHLrkft.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/XTLHFdr.jpg[/img]



Lizzy sent me home with some of her mother's alchemical brew...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/wSnQxG9.jpg?1[/img]





Thanks for coming along...

[img]http://i.imgur.com/4DWaRVh.jpg[/img]

Jah Rule...[/report]
Last edited by FormerlyChaseChrome on Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:47 pm, edited 4 times in total.
By steelhound
#648147
That was just fine.
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By Average Joe
#648149
That was fantastic.

No photos of Mitch? He always implies that the two of you grew up together, so I'm surprised he didn't join you.

Regardless, I always enjoy your photos and prose, and this TR was exceptional.

:cool
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By SLSS
#648152
Home is where the heart is, no?

Great stuff. Thanks, C. :cool
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By kish
#648153
Wow! Good shit man.
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By Hogleg
#648157
It was proper snowy and windy and cold and shitty here today, so, you know.

Fuck you very much for that.

Solid reportage.
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