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: Sheba's great adventure: Or "how she learned to fly."

09-09-2002, 11:12 AM
Our Dog can "fly!" Well ... with a lot of help.

Sheba, all 80+ pounds of her and I were fishing at Denmon Bar late Saturday afternoon. Gusty winds, but on and off on that; not enough to screw up casting a Spey line, but enough to make you pay attention.

Anyway, the bar is all rounded gravel, most 3-4 inches across so when someone drives out onto it you hear the 'crunching' of the rocks. Sheba had 'treed' a squirrel about 50 yards up from me and in about 30 yards from the river. Hear 'crunching' of rocks, but sound is coming from the wrong direction (not from the access road) so turned around to see who that could be (let alone how they got down to the river from 'that' direction).

No car but a huge wind vortex (?) had formed at the top end of the bar and just short of plucked the tree/squirrel out of the ground. Sheba (and I'm not kidding!!!) was 4 or 5 feet in the air spinning around level with the ground!!!. The clattering of the rocks sound was them dropping out of the vortex as it moved down the bar. The air in this thing was opaque so you could actually see it coming..... right at me.

Grabbed my hat and sat down in the river (about knee deep where I was standing) and hunkered down as this thing went over the top of me and out into the river. No harm to either of us but Sheba didn't go beyond 10 yards from me the rest of the evening.

Nooksack Mac
09-09-2002, 06:58 PM
Fred, do you realize that you passed up a never-to-be-repeated chance to set a new record for the sitting spey steeple cast?:tsk_tsk:

09-09-2002, 07:35 PM
winning cast. But I think common sense (fear? naaa) suggested "hunkering down" was Option One. If you didn't understand 'option one,' go back and do a quick (read that you've got about 10 seconds) review.