Excellent Weekend and Some Fishing


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Awesome job skating that one up Ed! I wish I could have been there to see it. Next time... Maybe I'll start skating some mice. Hey, I know just the perfect thing to make the body out of, sans propellers of course, lol!

And AK, my thermometer read 28 degrees earlier that morning and there was frost on the windshield. We all don't live in fish in temperate Seattle.
I saw the head rise, mouth open then close around my fly. I lifted my rod tip only to pull the fly from the mouth of the beast. My friend, rather than flip me shit for being a dumbass screamed NOOOOOOOO, then corrected my action. See the head rise, see the mouth open, see the mouth close, drop your rod tip, even give a bit of line and sloooooowly move your rod tip toward the bank (behind you). Wait for the tension on the line as the fish takes this "slack" you've give it and the fish will take care of the rest. It worked. I stayed calm. I can repeat this when approp

Yeah, somewhere in South East Alaska where there are more than enough fashion freaking critics that give two shits what other people wear. The air temp was 39 when I got out of my sleeping bag in the back of my truck. It was probably about 45 by the time I caught this fish and my mountain expedition jacket went into my pack shortly after landing this little fish of mine. Did I explain myself enough for you powder monkey?
Ed, it's a rush when they do that, eh? As you're f'ng it up, you just know what you're doing is wrong, but reflex takes over and you just can't help it.
Oh, yeah, Ed; regarding the clothing/temperatures. Sounds like Spring or late summer in APM's country. Get yo ass up there someday, you'll love it.

Ed Call

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Robert, Alaska is on my to do list, but the list is so extensive and my time to fish so limited. I need to win the lottery and really retire.

Ed Call

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Matthew, you will. If I can do it, anyone can do it and you fish for steelhead much better than I. We should fish again soon. I have not seen you in a long time.
Matthew, you will. If I can do it, anyone can do it and you fish for steelhead much better than I. We should fish again soon. I have not seen you in a long time.
That sounds like a grand idea! I don't get out as often as I used to, just as often as I can, but not as much as I'd like. That being said, let 's make it happen! It has been way too long since we've shared a river bank and not caught fish. :)

I will be over in the area of this report next week for a lucky conference. I'm hoping to skip out early as often as I can and milk the precious time on the water. I don't know if I'll be as lucky as you, but it'll be good to fish a new river, for me, and just be outside standing in some water! I might just have to bring some skaters.

Ed Call

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Bring some skaters. I was skeptical. I was wrong. I got schooled and then I got instructed. It was great. I don't know the general temperature range where fish will still move to a skated/waked fly, but I'll never go to a river without a few skaters again. Why not offer and see who's interested? I can skate a fly, swing a fly and nymph a fly and show them a full menu. Something ought to work, right?
Congrats Mummbles. Doesn't get much better than that! I picked up a slow ass 6wt just to force myself to start each run with a skater this year.

And for the jacket, I got the same one. Ugly as sin(mine's shiny black) but dang if it isn't the most comfortable jacket I own. Now as for all that tippet....

Ed Call

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All that tippet lets me tie my own and taper them down. My jacket is silver and with my cheeseburger heavy mid seciton makes me look like the Michellin man...and I could care less. Yes, one pic. That was a small hatchery hen. She got one glory shot then got her gills separated by the blade. What more do you want? You got a man crush on me or something? You want a close up on the mouse fly in my headlamp headband? You want to see if I was grinning ear to ear in another photo? I was, so I tried to keep my back to the photographer.