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Re: Norcal TR

Post by brent_e » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:06 am

lime.

thanks, Joe!
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by Average Joe » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:58 pm

I'd planned to have this TR finished a couple of days ago, but apparently Mitch left some spores at Wayne's cabin, for I've come down with the flu.

I'm feeling a bit better now, so time to wrap this up.

The next morning I woke up and made my wife her favorite breakfast: bacon, tater tots fried in bacon grease, eggs over-easy fried in bacon grease and butter, and English muffins.


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She likes to then slather it all with ketchup.

I'm OK with that, as long as I don't have to eat it that way.

Some people might say, "That's not very healthy."

Fuck those people.

After breakfast I floated a little brandy in my coffee and then went out onto the porch and enjoyed my first smoke of the day.


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My friend Wayne had a large roster of first-time fly fishermen he'd agreed to guide in the weeks ahead, and with the river still high he needed to find some spots where a beginner could wade without drowning.

He asked me if I wanted to tag along and do some scouting with him, so I grabbed a rod and jumped in his truck.


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Wayne did his thing...


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... and I did mine.


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I found an old box of flies I forgot I still had. Pretty sure they came from this swap.

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I tied on a big golden stonefly nymph and joined Wayne in the river.

He caught fish.


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I caught nothing.


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Later that evening I went back out with the glass rod and the Royal Wulff-type thing.


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I managed to find a stupid one, and then called it a night.


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Back at the cabin I spread the contents of my pockets onto the table outside and hoped everything would be dry by morning.


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After a short nightcap, I headed inside and went to bed.

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Re: Norcal TR

Post by Kfoxwyo » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:14 pm

That is some might fine stuff. Tater tots are my favorite food group...
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by Average Joe » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:22 pm

The next morning I decided to see if the fish might be interested in something other than a Royal Wulff-type thing, so I went through my flies and pulled out a selection of crap to try that day.


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A bit later I saw Wayne, and he pointed out that my boots were starting to come apart.


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I walked into town and went into the local fly shop and asked the proprietor if he had any Aquaseal. He didn't, so he gave me a pair of rental boots instead.

No charge.

Didn't even ask for my name.

When I got back to the cabin, Wayne said he had another spot he wanted to check out, and asked me if I wanted to join him.

"You bet."


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Wayne caught fish.


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I caught nothing.

Wayne was feeling a bit under the weather, so after awhile he headed back to his place to rest.

I decided to do some more exploring on my own.


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I even caught some fish.


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That evening I took a walk past some of Mitch's favorite swimming holes.


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I ended up here...


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... and noticed that there were quite a few fish rising in the pool below the falls.


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I started casting, and with each cast I saw fish rise above my fly, or below my fly, or to the left of my fly, or to the right of my fly.

Often they rose no more than six inches away from the shitty-looking artificial drifting along at the end of my tippet.

It started getting darker, and then the bats came out, and I said to myself, "I'm just going to keep fishing this thing until I can't see it anymore."

I made two more casts and finally got a take.

It was a good sized fish, and in less than ten seconds it was gone.

I made a couple more casts, but couldn't see my fly, and when I reeled in I saw that the fish I lost had taken the fly with him.

By now it was quite dark, so I dug through my pack and pulled out a gift I'd received from BM.


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By the time I returned to the cabin, my wife was already asleep.

I changed out of my wet clothes, had a quick drink on the porch, and then called it a night myself.

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Re: Norcal TR

Post by austrotard » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:40 pm

I think I left a bag of weed in the airing cupboard.
and $20 for the mess I made in there.
we'll always have buffalo, sweet josh.

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Re: Norcal TR

Post by B.M. Barrelcooker » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:45 pm

This is top shelf as always Joe!!
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by Kfoxwyo » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:48 pm

even better, thank you sir.
Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need-a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by ironman » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:11 pm

How were the wild blackberries coming along?
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by TX. » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:20 pm

We need to fish.
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by BigTimber » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:15 am

You can always tell how good a restaurant is by the quality of their tots. Yours look magnificent!
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by Jon » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:09 am

Hell yes. All hail foldy chairs, old glass rods and porky lipid soaked tots - and even a few trouts for lagniappe.
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Re: Norcal TR

Post by stillsteamin » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:39 am

Great as always. Thanks Joe
I still like to explore new water, but these holes and drifts and slots are like the books and records I have carried around for decades. They are not only places of affection - they are the fabric of my life. - Doug Rose

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