Barring an apocalyptic episode, in a few hours, John, Jay and I will be headed to Olalla Lake near Newport, Oregon. I hope I remembered everything. Normally I forget something during the first fishing trip of the year... especially when it comes to stillwater. They've planted the lake twice within the last few weeks so in theory, there should be some fish in the lake. Most likely, they will be holding deep. I thought about taking my fish/depth finder but I fish the lake so often, I know where the trout are usually located and this time of year, they are always hugging the bottom. I don't need the fish/depth finder to let me know there are fish in the lake and I'm not catching them. I've tried to lighten the SuperCat so it won't be as difficult to lug the sucker down the long boat ramp and back up again. My asthma is getting worse and I gained weight over the winter so I'm not looking forward to the lugging. I suppose we could try backing down the boat launch and drop off the tubes instead of carrying the suckers up and down the ramp but I have a hell of a time looking out the back of the ol' F150 with the canopy. Besides, lots of folks use the ramp and they have little tolerance for an old fool that has problems backing down a long and curving ramp. This is the primary reason I don't have a boat with a trailer. I can't back down a long ramp worth crap without a trailer so adding a boat on a trailer would be a disaster. So lugging it is. I could probably get away with taking just one box of flies but I have all these experimental flies I want to try and maybe the trout are taking some weirdass pattern so I need to cover my bases. (chances are, I'll end up using the same flies I always use but you never know) If I don't catch fish today... no, it won't be fine "just to get out". One thing is for sure, the water will be cold and I will freeze my ass off... not that there's much left to freeze off... Report to follow... maybe.