Hangover Cure

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Jeff Sawyer, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. I learned a couple of things this weekend on the Klickitat and I thought I would share. I swung a lot both Saturday and Sunday.

    Friday night I drank very little and got a good night’s rest and woke up feeling refreshed and raring to go. I had a great day (any day on a beautiful river with a Spey Rod is a great day in my opinion), but my casting was sporadic at best. I had some good cast but then they would get sideways and I would really try to concentrate on what I was doing wrong and that made things worse, and then I would get frustrated and try to muscle it to compensate for my lack of skill then they really went to shit.

    Saturday night, I drank a bunch of bourbon, woke up feeling like hell, my head was pounding and I thought I was going to puke (literally). It was a guided trip or I probably would have stayed in bed.

    It was one of those hangovers that you swear you’ll never drink again. I waded into the river, was climbing over a rock and put my hand on the rock to stabilize myself and what do you know, there was a big pile of some kind of slimy bird shit, and I stuck my left hand right in the center of it…I did gag then.

    But once I got past the bird shit and boulders and drug my sorry ass into the river, my casting was good and stayed good all day, I had a few crappy cast but it didn’t start the downward spiral it had the day before. My theory is; I was too foggy to over think it, and too tired to try to muscle it.

    Eventually the nausea subsided, but I still felt rough, my stomach was churning and the headache persisted, but so did this newfound consistency in my casting. Even though I felt like hell, I was having my best day of casting ever.

    And then sometime around 3:30 pm, when I was feeling like I didn’t have one more cast left in me, I discovered the cure for a hangover. The cure was a 10 pound wild hen that nailed my fly on the swing.

    This was my 4th Steelhead and by personal best so far, she fought well and I don’t know if it was the rush of adrenaline or what, but she completely cured my hangover.

  2. Now that is an awesome story. Thank you for sharing. Nice fish too. I am jealous.
  3. I think the important thing to be learned here is not that catching a fish cured your hangover, but rather that you caught a fish precisely because you were hungover.

    I always try to get good and drunk the night before a fishing trip. Always ups your odds--as long as you can make it to the water.
  4. So funny, so rad. Been there for sure. Great post and an awesome fish.
  5. nice story! will be attempting this Wednesday morning on the Wenatchee after a night out at The Loft in the barbaric village
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  6. Congrat.'s! Nothing kills a hangover like a steelhead. I had a similar experience a couple of years ago where I got straight up whiskey drunk, complete with a bloody forehead. I landed a fish in the 1st run and hooked 5 for the day including one on a skater. It was the best day of steelheading that I had ever had to that point.
    I remember rowing down from that 1st run thinking. "how is it my head does not hurt?"

    Go Sox,
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  7. Awesome! Congrats man.

    We tried the hangover trick a couple days this past week there and couldn't seem to find any river the salmon weren't dominating. Still fun to watch a 25lb fish in 1' of water though!
  8. Bourbon you say? Getting started! Hope to follow your lead.
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  9. Follow the next morning with one scotch and one beer! but really congrats, nice day!!!

  10. Damn man, you sound like my kind of people :)
  11. Looks like those nymphers are about to fish thru your water....

    Way to get rid of the hangover!
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  12. forget the fishing...just make yourself a good old fashioned Bloody Mary and call it good...
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  13. Bourbon. Yum. So American. What's your favorite?
  14. Congrats Jeff...wish I could do that!..the fish part.
  15. nice job! the second photo rocks, its not crisp, but instead smooth, like your bevy of choice.

    1792 lately, but Woodford is on the radar
  16. I'm betting your casting got better because the hangover caused you to SLOW DOWN your movements which in turn is a good thing.

    Glad you got into some action, that's always a nice way to end the trip!
  17. Thanks for all the positive comments and likes.

    Those of you that said the Hangover slowed me down and was at least part of the reason I caught the fish, I think you're spot on; I was definitely moving in slow motion. Telling yourself to slow down and having no choice but to move more slowly are very different. Hopefully, now that I've been forced to slow down and seen the results, I can repeat that speed without having to make myself quite so sick (it really was a bad hangover).

    And I will definitely never put my hand on a rock again without looking first.
  18. Looks like all the food groups are here: breakfast is served.....

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