[report]Hardly Strictly Musky 2016 Day 1
After a year's absence made it back to McMinnville for the closest thing to a Bake non-Drakians will ever experience. I unceremoniously dropped Vaku and Team Cuba Libre to fish with two of my sons. Vaku, being a consummate professional kept his disdain veiled ( probably didn't hurt that he got to fish with last year's winners, Socks and Somestreamerchick). As usual I was having too much fun to remember to take pictures, so I'll have to fill in the story with a few photos from others. Once again Captain Musky has out done himself and congrats to the winning team of Willen, Chocklett and Schultz and big fish winner Katie Blizzard.
First order of business was new team name and shirts. We decided on FU Musky (Franzens United) and my oldest designed our logo
Patrick was coming from Wilmington so we didn't leave Lenoir, Wednesday until 7pm. I tried to make good time. Photo by Patrick Franzen
About three hours out we hit a skunk (this is not foreshadowing given this is a musky report).The rest of the trip was uneventful. When I looked out of the cabin Thursday morning I saw more rod vaults than Earth shoes at my last Allman Brothers concert.
We prefished Thursday checking out some headwaters that we thought might not see any pressure during the tournament. The geology in middle Tn is so cool. This was the beginning of the river
There were two drainages available for fishing in the tournament, one blown out, one skinny. We did some walking
This was Patrick's first musky outing. We kept telling him he was going to freeze on his first follow. He denied he would, just as Chris did five years earlier. Before the day was out I froze on a follow, a monster Brown that could have easily inhaled my musky fly. I can still see him.The day ended with the registration dinner and a quiet evening of conversation (conspiracy theories, tune into Floodtide's next podcast)and drinking (games).
As competitive as we get at HSM. Photo by Mike Sepelak
I had to learn banjo. TX
Don't let your sheepfucking ruin the best imaginary relationships you're ever gonna have.-Befuddled
Red has enough good karma in storage that he could start an online business selling it to the world's assholes. Rancho Pancho
if the trip kills you, you won't live to regret it. JT