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03-31-2007, 07:42 PM
Just to let my old steelhead friends know I'm officially retired. A bit disapointed that it took till I was 56 as I hoped to be done with the BS of earning a pay check by 55.:cool: I think my old friend Moonlight may have beat me by a year or two age wise but he earned that honor. The wife and I now can work full time on the boat and should have her fully ready to go by July 5th. We plan on heading north up the inland passage and around Vancouver Island for the summer. Would be great to meet up with any of you who live up that way, we welcome you all on board for G&T's or a cold beer. Send us your e-mail address and where you live and we will get in contact with you when close by.

Been getting all my fly tying gear bagged and vacuumed sealed for our sail to Mexico, Central America, S. Pacific and beyond. It's the first time I have touched my gear in about two years. Last time was Striper fishing on our honeymoon with Fred A as our guide on Cape Cod. Sure have missed fly fishing but getting ready for the next four years or so has taken every minute of spare time. I sure have missed fishing and hanging out with Moonlight, Sinktip and some of the boys from the WSC. I need to get a hold of Juro so I can send reports back via e-mail to him and he can post them as we will be fishing some far out of the way places. Will be taking one 12 wt, one 10 wt and two 8's and bunch of reels and of course two surf boards, one for me and one for the kid.

God Darn it feels good to not have to work for someone anymore, no more yes sir no sir, keep my mouth shut sir! Hope to see some of you boys from Vancouver Island way this summer.

Steve, Tracy and Nolan.

03-31-2007, 08:01 PM
OC -


I PM'ed you my private email, it would be an honor to chronicle your conquering of the seven seas.

03-31-2007, 10:53 PM
Hey, OC

Congratulations on your retirement and I would especially congratulate you on retiring in the prime of life.

I'm looking forward to your posts as you voyage around various fishy waters.


-- Eric

04-01-2007, 12:58 AM
Congrats OC! I'd love to take you up on the offer for a G&T (and Moonlight's too) should your voyage bring you further north. So it's a bit longer of a trip but, Hey! -it's not like you got to make it back to work. :)

04-01-2007, 07:18 AM
Congratulations OC! Are you going to get out this way before your departure? I'm working hard on convincing Donna that we need to visit you when you are in some place like, say, the Society Islands.

04-02-2007, 10:16 AM
Great news OC I know you three will have a great time on your go around cruise, it all smacks of a truly great adventure maybe epic! I look forward to an occasional post card from the edge.
On a more personal note I see that my river is about to be in shape so I am headed that way in a few minutes to fish and burn firewood for the next few days. It seems that I don't have anything better to d with my time.:smokin:
Pescaphile has really good morage options a few blocks from his house in Klawock and I know the wet road from Van Isle leads right there.

04-02-2007, 02:27 PM

You have no idea how much I'd like to be in your shoes of not having to worry about earning a paycheck. Enjoy the trip and may you have good winds and smooth sailing.

Todd Ripley
04-02-2007, 09:41 PM
Congratulations, Steve...I've missed you, bud...it's been about two years since I've seen you last.

I look forward to seeing you plying some streams around here again sometime soon!

Fish on...


04-03-2007, 10:35 AM
Congrats Steve, I doubt I will be able to retire anytime soon. Matter of fact I see myself working as a greeter at wally world when I am seventy. "Get your ass in the store lady and no I don't know where the freakin' underwear section is."

Are you going to be in the San Juans? My brother lives on Lopez and I owe him a visit. It would be nice to time it so I could visit with you and tour your vessel.

Good luck and calm seas.


04-04-2007, 06:43 PM
Hey this not going to work is kind of fun.:smokin: Still up at 0430 but now a little coffee and breakfast even have time to read the news paper instead of tossing it in the recycle bin unread. At the boat at 0730 make more coffee and listen to folks on the SSB Marine nets for awhile then start a new project on the boat for the day.

Pescaphile, was hoping to meet up with you but I guess you are too far north. We were going to go up as far as the Queen Charletes but due to the July cast off date It will be cutting it too tight to make the September 1st holding for a weather window at Neah Bay for the trip down to San Fran.

Moonlight, If you are not up in upper BC in late August we will clear customs in PA and most likely hang out there till the 1st of Sept. So we will be looking you up for sure.
Fred, Yup we will be out to Cape Cod but it may be sooner than later as Tracy's mom is not doing so well. Tracy just got back from there yesterday. But if the fish are in when we are there we hope you will take us out and lend us some gear. It will be great to see you, Donna and Captin Carl if he is not off winning some world cup of sailing somewhere. But we will see you...

To the rest of ya thanks for the e-mail addresses it will be fun to meet you if everything goes right. We will supply the crab and drinks you supply good company and talk.
Hey Todd, I'll be back in about 4 years don't continue to catch so many fish!

02-18-2009, 05:17 PM
Hey, OC, are you still out there? Anybody got a 20 on this old sailor?

OC, if you are listening I hope your travels have been good.


02-20-2009, 10:43 AM
OC and his bride are in New Zealand trying to sell the boat. They were in the states for a month over the holidays. I believe family considerations drove the decision to cease the adventure. Read about it here:


02-20-2009, 10:52 AM
I like to think I can put the colors in mind into the words I write, but when I read Tracy's words I realize I am scribbling with a ball point pen while some can blend textures and hues with the masters.

I understand completely about family urgencies, but hate to see this end as I've enjoyed the adventure vicariously through this journal and it has been enriching to say the least, even exhilarating at times.

OC, Tracy and Nolan - next time you're on the cape let's get together I know a place where we can pick enough fresh oysters to skip dinner and the G&T's are on me.

02-20-2009, 09:17 PM
OC and his bride are in New Zealand trying to sell the boat. They were in the states for a month over the holidays. I believe family considerations drove the decision to cease the adventure. Read about it here:


Thanks Fred. I forgot about the blog.

03-13-2009, 06:48 PM
Thanks guys for the nice words. Yup we are done and very sad about the prospects of returning to the USA. Sometimes ya got to do what you got to do and dreams go by the wayside. On a brighter note looks like we will be renting a small farm down on the Hood River, Oregon in a small town called Dee. So at least I will be able to fish steelhead if there are any left to fish for in September and October. Other good news is we may be able to trade SV Hannah for a 5 bedroom house on 3 acres right near one of my favorite surf beaches on the North Island of NZ. We are too old to live in New Zealand as citizens but we can spend 6 months there in summer and 6 months in the NW sailing our other boat up in Canada and Puget Sound.

Just spent 3 weeks hiking and fly fishing North and South Island and had a ball. Just fished big rivers by walking in and used steelhead techneques and did very well with sinktips and floating lines. 7 pounds was the smallest did not see a fish smaller anywhere and not much way bigger, all fish about same. All browns where I fished. I think a lot of folks spend too much money on guides and sight fishing and just don't fish the big rivers. They are full of fish and fun to fish.
Steve and Tracy

03-14-2009, 11:12 PM
"very sad about the prospects of returning to the USA"

I choking right now.

03-17-2009, 01:41 AM
No pity from here, you had a great voyage and still have a great plan. Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

03-17-2009, 10:23 AM
Moonlight, It will be great to see you and some of the boys out on the OP and the Snake. Hey we want no pity it's been great just not sure coming back to the USA is the right thing to do right now. I will give you a ring when we get squared a way. And if we don't trade Hannah for the house here in NZ you want to help sail her back home next year about this time? You would be back in the NW by July. Let's see you me and Fred A from over on the striper section. The island women would hide in terror with the three of us sailing into south sea ports. :lildevl:

03-17-2009, 11:39 AM
I'd have to get some sailing lessons this summer and retire a year early. At this point I'd be a real weenie. Only good for ballast.

The idea makes for a good daydream though.