News Flash: it snowed a lot in the West this year. The USGS Streamflow map is all Black and Blue. I've been working and my real estate to cash ratio has stayed high enough to keep me close to home, hacking out as much weird local fishing as possible. Still skiing a lot behind other folks. We love to pose for photos also.
Saturday I had to haul a trailer north so tacked on a day of fishing Sunday. I've got to take my chances when I can, even though it looked like a marginal chance with cold pre runoff water. Texts were exchanged with a dormant Drakian (remember the guy that lived in Costa Rica? He is a very cool dude) and we decided to meet at a remote access in another state to see if we could find another spot for Pike in the river. I know that these fish are all over the place in Canada and stuff, but down here in the desert they are exotic. I've mentioned it before here but it took me ten years to start to get a hint with these fish in this river. Yesterday we figured we'd drive a long way to blind cast into cold brown water without much of a chance of seeing any fish. The drive was long, I turned right at the weed store and drove forever down a dirt road.
My plan was to wet wade (April through October for the desert rivers) but thankfully scrounged up some waders and some ski socks. It was cold. The You Know What was going upstream like the proverbial bargain hooker. The banks were acres of deep mud. J got there about thirty minutes after his buddy and I had met and started fishing - and finding pike. It's always worth the exploration, but it's nice to catch a few. J and I were maybe starting to worry a little that his buddy wouldn't stick one and he'd driven 3X as far that morning. And just like that...
I left a little early to drive to our home state and over the third bridge of the day to check one more spot. First time I've ever caught Pike in two states in one day.
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Texted my wife between spots - asked her about an ETA that was maybe 3 hours late - she sent me the OK
I drove home in my waders with a smile. It was a good day. This made it even better: :cool