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By CarelessEthiopian
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It's been a while. I feel like I owe you guys something.

Pour a drink, this is going to be a long one.



Things you will find in this post:



-gratuitous grom shots

-hero shots

-non-swirled faces

-several pics of individual fishes

-photos that are not fishing related

-all songs by the same band

-good times

-good friends



If those things are not agreeable to you, you might want to move along.





We'll start way back a few months ago.



Did a float with 2 of the 3 Scotts.

Times of fun, as always.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/9ZquG1F.jpg[/img]



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



Hogleg got Batboy his certification.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/W65yTgL.jpg[/img]



Slave and I did some pre-fishing for some PHW guiding.



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



[img]http://i.imgur.com/k6Hh2LH.jpg[/img]



We did two days with the vets. It was far more rewarding than I thought it would be.

Already signed up for next year.

The highlight was getting Don into a nice big brown.

Don uses a walker and is on O2.



During lunch we spied some fish working the riffle.

We hatched a plan, laid it out for everyone, and somehow pulled it off perfectly.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/8C8vVc2.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/6OC3KwD.jpg[/img]



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Took my in-laws and their friends for a float.

The dude on the right is from Louisiana and has MS pretty bad.

He inquired about marijuana to ease his discomfort.

I obliged, and was finally able to openly smoke weed in front of my FIL.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/I57ysYL.jpg[/img]



Fished a new spot that I've been eyeing for years, just had to figure out how to get in there.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/37QZ8IF.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/Is7yKpJ.jpg[/img]



It was good enough, so I worked out a way to put a boat on it.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/8T5VGXu.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/g1v19Qm.jpg[/img]



Worth it.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/JwYOA0B.jpg[/img]



Long-lost drakerer V-Wake breezed through with a hot chick.

We went for a float with my chick and grom.

It was really good to see him again.



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



[img]http://i.imgur.com/BfwAtg7.jpg[/img]



I bought a new tarp. In tarp costs, I'm now a third of the way to a proper boat cover.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/u5EFBKv.jpg[/img]



A friend wanted to acclimate his spazzy 3 yr old lab to boats.

We took my raft, I got the bow all day.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/A9vjSrr.jpg[/img]








The duder helped me burn some scrap,



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



and not catch brook trout,



[img]http://i.imgur.com/p5FhSLN.jpg[/img]



and tie some bugs. Aside from 3 redfish flies, all I tied this year was purple worms and peacock wooly buggers.

For me this was the year of the peacock bugger. 90% of my fish.



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



I took a pic of a brutally honest bumper sticker.

This caused some butthurt on the instafames.



After 15 years in this valley, my attitude toward tourists has done a complete 180.

It took me a long time to realize how much I need them.

I wish I could put up a billboard saying "Thanks for your money, please come back soon."



Also, I don't have to fish and ski on weekends.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/Rw3Uvhy.jpg[/img]



Made some new e-friends from California and took them fishing.

Lando, we're taking this guy poop fishing next spring.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/JhSSiS3.jpg[/img]



He takes pitchers of assholes with small fish.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/11VgfF6.jpg[/img]








Chased some migratory fish during their sexy time.

I found a fuckload of fish, more than I ever have at this spot, but it was damn near impossible to find some that were not actively spawning.

I did a lot more watching than fishing that day. It was fascinating. Wished I had a proper camera.








There is a certain husband and wife that posts on the instafish that I know raped the fucking hell out of those fish.

Fuck them.



Still, I was able to squeak out a few of the loafers, on dries even.



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[img]http://i.imgur.com/8SHz9QF.jpg[/img]








I finally saw a squawfish!



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



Took my ski buddies fishing. They are noobs at the fishings.

WB25, the dude on the left is Chris. He rowed a bunch that day.

Everyone caught fish.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/BZG2qwd.jpg[/img]



I've started to bring a new guy into the fold. A couple of you know him.

We fished a couple times last spring, then we got after it pretty good this fall for a few weeks.

He fishes great, and rows better than me.

Motherfucker just needs to learn to show up on time.

Overall, a good bloke.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/t3hOAwi.jpg[/img]



Winston bought us a boat.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/PcHc11G.jpg[/img]



We didn't "slay them", but we caught some fish.



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



Cheeky paid for the stern.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/B6cVOkz.jpg[/img]



[img]http://i.imgur.com/8Ow6Oky.jpg[/img]



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We drove 4 hrs to fish for 1 hr then sleep in the snow.

No complaints from anyone.

That helped make up for being 2 hrs late.



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



One small fish was caught.



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



He slept on a paco pad next to the truck here.

I slept in the back of his truck.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/0KxVX5Y.jpg[/img]








I found a book.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/RvtW4nA.jpg[/img]



It took fucking forever, but winter finally arrived.



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



I'm still thinking about trout, but don't have much interest in fishing for them right now.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/RpwN3ur.jpg[/img]



We have officially switched gears.



[img]http://i.imgur.com/xvjYY23.jpg[/img]



And that brings us up to date.

I took this photo this evening.



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



Thanks for playing. I love you all, yes even you.[/report]
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By rampant
#639994
As your season of fish comes to a close mine is starting, hoping it will be as half as good as that :cool
By fishskibum
#639996
nice boots
reds the fastest
your on my 2017 fishkin bucket list
feel free to come ski west
+150" matters :bomb
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By NeedmoreDEET
#639997
Pretty cool stuff. You seem to be living right.
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By Lando
#639999
but winter finally arrived.
Ain't that the fucking truth.
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By Redchaser
#640030
Damn Ben that's might fine. You're living as well as anyone and I'm jelly.
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By Hogleg
#640044
My favorite was the part where you smoked weed in front of your FIL.
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By stillsteamin
#640116
Boat ramp trout, pinecones, squawminner.

Everything seems to be in order.
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By LA Fly Guy
#640121
Damn Fine stuff there Ben. Damn Fine .
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By yard4sale
#640122
Livin' Large!

Those strap on skis for the bike look killer! Gonna need to get that program in a year or two.
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