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Old 06-28-2004, 11:49 AM
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Some times it is the little things

Since I may never feel a steelhead at the end of my line again I was thinking as I was driving home last night from the river, sometimes I will just have to enjoy the little things.

4 beavers popping up right where your line is swinging.
An Ice cold beer waiting in the car as you take your waders off for the evening.
The joy of making a good cast.
Seeing a full grown man in mikey mouse ears and a beer waving to traffic. Got to smile sometimes.
Gin and Tonics after a day on the river
Steak and red wine for dinner.
Feeling the water and realizing that hey I can probably wade wet next week.
Breaking out the single handed rod and a floating line for the first time in 10 months.

What other little things are out there.

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Old 06-28-2004, 12:10 PM
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Why might you never feel a steelie on the line again? I moved from suburban Seattle 9 yrs ago and never felt that would be the case. Although I do miss steelheading in a bad way sometimes...
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Old 06-28-2004, 12:11 PM
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Fishing a run and getting that perfect swing.

Last week while I was going fishless I found myself standing in the same spot for 30+ minutes just watching the line swing. It was perfect water and when the casting and water you are fishing all come together it is a most satisfying thing to watch, fish or not.

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Old 06-28-2004, 12:41 PM
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JJ,

I have been getting that feeling of never feeling a steehead again also.
I like the gin & tonics and steak plan. It is nice to be out swinging a fly though.

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Old 06-28-2004, 01:06 PM
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Cool Thread...

Some things I like are;

Looking at the local scenery of a feminine nature.

Looking at my Wheatley.

Watching geese, mallards, eagles, and deer.

The tugs of a trout and it's bight colors.

Watching my grandson stumble around while trying to learn how to wear waders. He often falls on his butt and we have a laugh with me falling in quite a bit too. Which he thinks is extremely funny.

The sound of a Jake brake from the trucks coming down the river. To this old trucker that is right up there with the growl of my Hardy.
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:07 PM
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You have to swing a fly to really enjoy the Gin and Tonic and steaks. Can't fully enjoy them without some fishing before hand.

Juro I might not ever feel the pull of a steelhead again because I just can't seem to find them and then get them to take. THey may be nonexistant for me for awhile.

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Old 06-28-2004, 01:18 PM
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JJ,

I know your problem! You are eating the steak after fishing ... the first time we fished together you brought a BBQ and the steaks in the drift boat and we cooked 'em up on the beach - after which I fired up a good Cuban - those are some of the small things that make the day - fish or not.

If they ever open the Thompson again Dana and I have made a pact. We are going to stop at least once everyday to "smell the roses" or should I say the sage brush. We will break out the folding chairs, mix up a martini and smoke a short cigar. We figure that after so many years of commando fishing that it is time we relaxed a bit.

Now this doesn't mean the Ninja of the Thompson is no more - it just means he'll be taking a mid-day break
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:55 PM
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This morning I watched as two deer emerged from the mist and crossed the river above me.

The wild lupines are starting to bloom.

Ran into a friend on the river I hadn't talked to in a while.

It was a fine morning.
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:44 PM
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Sorry, Robert

Had to talk with some fish people this morning and forgot about fishing!
This is starting to get bad when you forget about fishing with friends!
Getting out in the early morning see the trees and animals is a whole lot better then meeting at 9:00am!
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Old 06-28-2004, 04:48 PM
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There's always tomorrow

Then I can add rubbing the fish buddha's belly to the list!
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Old 06-28-2004, 05:32 PM
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Hey Brian,

Some of us can get up and fish and still meet people at 9:00. It is light at 4:30 now. Come on man, get with the program. Fish don't sleep, why should we?

Hey PM me your address, I will mail that up. August is too long to wait. I will forget by then.

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Old 06-28-2004, 06:40 PM
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I could go on and on .... but what immediately sprang into my mind was the trill of Varied Thrush coming through the rainforest. That is a sound I associate with steelhead season.
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Tomorrow I have to drive to Maupin to look at property. Trying to decide if I can take being that close to the Deschutes. I have been looking for just the right place for a year now, and this realtor thinks she just may have it.

My Spey rod is loaded up and I will have to let a fly swing through my favoite run. There probably are not any Steelhead there yet but I will act like there are. If nothing else a Redside may grab it.

Juro,,, I will make a cast or two for you.

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Old 06-28-2004, 10:21 PM
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JJ-
Don't think like that as in "I may never feel a steelie again" because once you've lost the confidence, you've lost the ability to hook fish.

But then again, never stop smelling roses.
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Old 06-29-2004, 01:14 AM
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With thanks to David James Duncan:

Strategic retreat: as in going fishing without desire for fish so that desirelessness becomes the prey that you're catching.

Can be a good thing.
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