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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.

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Hogleg got Batboy his certification.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Worth it.

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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.

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

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A friend wanted to acclimate his spazzy 3 yr old lab to boats.
We took my raft, I got the bow all day.

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The duder helped me burn some scrap,

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and not catch brook trout,

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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.

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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.

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Made some new e-friends from California and took them fishing.
Lando, we're taking this guy poop fishing next spring.

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He takes pitchers of assholes with small fish.

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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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I finally saw a squawfish!

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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.

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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.

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Winston bought us a boat.

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

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Cheeky paid for the stern.

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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.

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One small fish was caught.

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He slept on a paco pad next to the truck here.
I slept in the back of his truck.

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I found a book.

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It took fucking forever, but winter finally arrived.

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

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We have officially switched gears.

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And that brings us up to date.
I took this photo this evening.

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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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