THURSDAY

I’m not counting the days…I’m just close enough that I can say “three” without looking at my fingers.

I just packed and shipped a big box with my gear to Josh’s place in Portland. Inside, a duffel filled with fly boxes, waders, boots, a couple hats, handwarmers, my hunting backpack, chest pack, trout net, fly reels, wet-weather gear, clothes, head-lamps, hunting knife, one corncob and 2 Grabow pipes (plus lighters)…oh yea and my 8 wt Loomis, 5 wt Scott and 3 wt Eagle Claw (yes, you read that right…Eagle Claw). It’s going to be like Christmas morning unpacking that box when it arrives Friday morning.

The plan is to camp 2-3 days each on three rivers: the Upper Deschutes, the Upper Fall and the Crooked below the Prineville Reservoir. I’m excited. Heading toward sleepless. In all my travels, I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest. I’ve read stories about the rivers and the muscled spirits they hold. I’ve got my notebook for stream-side thoughts and fire-side recollections. I’m taking pics and video, downloading it all to my laptop when we pack out to the truck between rivers. It’s time for stories of my own. My imagination is stuck somewhere between the Field & Stream magazines of my childhood and Wonka’s factory. Golden ticket. Damn right I’ve got one.

The coolest part: I get to be on the water forĀ  7 days with an old friend. It’s been 17 years since we we’re stationed in Germany, working god-awful hours at an ammo supply point, and keeping god-awful hours at the local bars. 17 years. We’ve got a lot of fishing to do.

Stay tuned.

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6 responses to “THURSDAY

  1. Rob

    That’s AWESOME! Good luck and stay warm!

  2. Yeah, it will be cold… snowed up there recently. I’ve never done great on the Fall there, but I understand there are some big fish in there. The Upper Deschutes should be fun. The Crooked is making a come back, I understand. It tanked a few years back, but is coming back. An interesting fishery because the water is so trurbid… but the fish are there (and lots of white fish too). There is a great fly shop in Sisters. Have fun.

    • Thanks for the shout. That’s good info to know. I’ll have to do some more reading about what’s happening on the Crooked. Forecast looks like it’s going to be low 60’s w/showers of-and-on. Fingers crossed we get some bonus sun (or at least clear and dry).

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