Can anything be too good to be true? How about this?
Daytime temps in the sixties
Nighttime temps upper thirties to forties
Sexy steelhead flies
A big pull
A morning cup of camp coffee
Bright starry nights
Dining by moonlight
The last campout of the year
A zillion things that I've forgot
My wife Jo and I floated and fished the Grande Ronde River with the crew from Speywater Guide Service last year. Jo had such a good time that we decided to go back. Hell, we had to, she bought herself a spey rod. She really had to twist my arm to go back. Only kidding, I bought a new rod too! So, we re-booked the trip last December. Flywater Travel arranges most of the trips.
The post from last years trip is here……so, I won't rehash the daily routine.
The why of the trip. Of course, fishing is the primary reason for going. But, for us, first and foremost, it was a vacation. It's an opportunity to meet some great folks, meaning guides and clients, too. Some go on guided trips expecting to catch a boatload of fish. Failing that, they haven't got their money's worth. Pity. Even if one doesn't fish (and I hardly did after the second day due to back issues), the trip is a worthwhile experience. Anyone with a good eyeball can't help but revel in the surroundings of the Ronde. It's a great place for a camera and binoculars, a real naturalists paradise.
A trip such as this is also about learning. When it comes to all things steelhead, Scott, Dax, and the rest of the Speywater crew know their stuff. I picked up a few tips and better understand spey tackle and rigging. Maybe something about reading water too. But my casting? It's still a work in progress. Scott summed it up on the second day while critiquing my (dismal) casting. "You get it out there, but you're not getting better". Ditto from Dax. Darn. I have this nasty habit called "hooking". My cast that is, not fish. Oh well, I'm trying. Someday, I'll get it. To cast well, consistently, takes... practice, practice, practice. Jo on the other hand did better. She's not jacking out hundred foot casts, but she's making fishing casts. Coaxed and coached by great guides, she's gained a little confidence with wading too.
So, without further ado…..trip photos! Mousing over the photo will show a caption. Click on an image for a larger version.
What I learned most is…..never take anything or anyone for granted. Even the simplest task. Like being able to bend and tie a shoe or wade a river. Sharing experiences is good too...