Down The River
I'm not one to kiss and tell, but in this case I will, maybe just a little. My wife and I just completed a float down the Grande Ronde River, a beautiful piece of water that flows through some splendid country. It's not a wilderness trip, but there are moments when it seems so.
|Grande Ronde Idyll|
"Do I have to learn how to spey cast if I want to fish" she asked.
"Well, uh, uh, of course not" was all I could manage.
Better yet, "do you think that I'll catch anything?"
Being a man of truth and decision, I said "sure." My fingers were crossed.
By the end of the trip she was casting and covering the water better than me.
|The Speywater boys getting the rafts ready. Dave Goodhart, Scott (the boss) O'Donnell and Dax Messett (l-r)|
Enter Scott O'Donnell and his Speywater Guide Service. Scott is well known in the spey casting and steelhead fishing world. He and a few of his notable contemporaries were at the forefront of the spey casting phenomenon that overtook the Pacific Northwest in the 1980's.
|Steve Morikawa launches one|
|Dax providing instruction on how to be a swinger|
|Why yes, I've been a good girl. May I have a steelhead today? Please?|
|A happy photo session|
|A happy client makes for...|
|A happy Scott O'Donnell|
But for a brief rain shower one evening, each day was a carbon copy. Rise, float, fish, revel in the scenery, such is the relaxing daily rhythm of a float trip. The mid-day lunch meeting of guides and clients allowed for storytelling and a comparison of the morning fishing activities. As is usually the case, a sense of camaraderie developed.
|Lunchtime on the river shared by a great group of guides and clients|
|Mmm, mmm good - Patrick Marlborough and one of his flies|
|Steve Morikawa, million dollar smile (you too Dax)|
|Dax on the oars, DanBodell and Patrick Marlborough (aka the Tuaca Brothers) head downriver|
|Dan Bodell, Dax Messett and Dave Goodhart (l-r) - after the catch|
|The blind hog (me) gets one - a most special fish - Thanks Scott!|