Okay, yes I'm a bit miffed. My fishing windows of opportunity have been early mornings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With grad school homework always looming I have to get to the water, flog it fiercely and get home early so the misses can disconnect from tending the girls and plug into her homework. Only four weeks to go until she is done, but by that time the damage to my fragile psyche will be done too. Again this morning out with great looking water, fog, overcast, light drizzle. This is going to be a great day to bring in some fish. That is what Big_E and I thought, or at least I was moderately able to convince him that would be our fate. Very fishy looking area, beautiful and really not crowded, maybe one or two others on the whole stretch of beach. A rare fish jump here or there, but really not much sign of life. I got into one bullhead, yippie kai yeah! As my time to stop fishing alarm was sounding and I was telling Big_E that I need to head back to the house we saw a fish, then another, another, more swirls, a gentle rip formed and there was some activity brewing there. I'm biting off my damn fly to keep myself on schedule and we are both out of our waders ready to call it a day. I told Big_E that he owed it to himself to hit that area hard for one more hour. The tides were falling and this looked very promising. I reminded him that for three days last weekend I left the beaches early only to hear or read about guys I was chatting with or fishing with catching fish. (Remember dryflylarry's post to get my goat?) I fully expect Big_E to chime in sometime later this morning to say that he broke his PNW salmon cherry on his super light Orvis Helios switch (I cast that sucker today...sweet sickness for sure) and bonked his first salmon for dinner. I'm jealous he could stay, but I'm hopeful that my departure will bring much luck to him and tight lines. For me, if he hooks up, it will be the same shit, different day. I've never put in as many days, granted they are not tide focused or long, and been so unsuccessful. I've not had a decent salmon meal all damn season, and my diet needs some good omega fatty acids.