Today we went Steelhead fishing, from about 7am to about 2:30pm. We had a great guide named Jim and we were ready to fish. As I am typing this I still feel like I am on the boat and I'm still rocking and a little dizzy.....and I haven't had anything to drink. The picture below is of a juvenile Eagle and it was breath taking. Then we saw its Mom or Dad, the next picture and that was even more spectacular!
We went around the bend and saw the other parent, very neat, I have never seen a wild Eagle in Oregon and I have lived here since I was 2 years old. The picture below was taken at the location where we saw the Eagles. (side note, you can't see it but I had my hair in cute braids, you can hardly see me, I had 5 layers on and I'm wearing my Dad's Chief's Waterproof Air Force Jacket that worked awesome...thanks Dad!!)
We didn't catch anything....well that's not entirely true. Tim caught more low lying tree branches than he would like to admit and it kinda became a joke but that was only during the first part of the trip. He was more aggressive with his casts than I was, I just got snagged on rocks under the water and little roots and branches, oh and I also was good at getting tangled with Tim and Jim......we did a lot of laughing.
Tim has fond memories fishing with his Dad for Steelhead when he was 8 years old where many fish were caught in record time. Jim told us it doesn't happen like that anymore. I did this for Tim, he loves to Steelhead fish, but I'm not sure I will ever do it again!
I have never been more cold in my entire life and I use to down hill ski race in high school, and I lived in Montana for 9 months....I know cold. But being cold and wet was mind altering. My waterproof pants were not waterproof in my hind section and therefor I had a breach in my dryness that no amount of hot chocolate was going to fix. Jim had a little propane heater that he got started and that helped tremendously. It sprinkled, rained, poured, hailed and misted, and even some sun, we experienced it all expect for snow. I'm still cold, my right arm hurts, every part of me hurts, our clothes are going through the wash again because we can't get the fish egg smell out, did I say I'm still cold and my computer screen is rocking along with the rest of the room.
Tim says that I will forget about how cold it...you know kinda like childbirth he says and I say....No I think I'm gonna remember being the coldest I have ever been and not even getting a fish. I told him I would love to go fishing again in August for Salmon, but not steelhead at the end of winter. He thinks he will change my mind and maybe he is right, but not for a while that is for sure.
I'm looking forward to a nice weekend away in a nice hotel at the beach, spending time with Tim and some of our closest friends. Thank you to Tim's Mom....aka Nana Sue for taking the kiddo's.