Okay, so maybe a bunch of you are taking the day off today, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you still wouldn’t rather be standing waist deep in some far-off canyon with coho and steelhead cruising by…right?? :)
Digging around in the ol’ photo vault this morning, I ran across this photo…can’t even remember where I was fishing I took it…but it reminded me of a quote I saw about 20 years ago that has always stuck with me:
“If there’s magic in this world, it lies in moving water…amen.”
Amen, indeed! Think I need to go steelhead fishing now. Guess garage cleanup day gets postponed…again!
I have this little mantra that goes like this: If I can A) Drive a truck onto a lake or B) Have to chop a hole in a river to get my line wet…well, it’s too cold to fish. Of course, the boys in the Great Lakes would think that was just downright silly. They don’t let a frozen river stop ’em from catching chrome. Guess maybe I’m not quite as tough as I thought…
Here’s a look maybe the poachers are familiar with…but the rest of us don’t often see: A steelhead stream in the dead of night. I shot this long exposure photo while on a camp and float trip. It was clear and bitter cold at 3 AM but the Call of Nature was ringing loudly enough that I had to leave the friendly confines of the sleeping bag and tent.
I’m glad I did! It was an incredible scene…the full moon glowing over the softly gurgling river. So, I hoofed it back to the tent and grabbed the camera and made a make-shift tripod on some rocks and snapped this shot. I hung out and enjoyed the view until my fingers and toes went numb and then dove back for warmth of camp…