Winter wait

February 14, 2014

The wait is over, rivers are rising and falling to rise again. The days of checking and re-checking the forecast in hopes that the last day of the 10-day would show rain, a dozen or so times in a 24 hour period are over, for now anyway. Now it’s checking and re-checking to see when it’s going to stop a dozen times a day. Playing the guessing game of when it’ll be fishable again, is the forecast right? Will that half inch of rain two days from now stop it from dropping into shape three days from now? Constant over analysis of differing scenarios and what river to be on and when. With a few days of blowout in the books and a few more ahead all I can do is wait. If you’ve been waiting for the rain to go fishing, that’s too bad…

#sunrise

Sunrise

#inbetweenthebed&thewall

The enabler

#riogrande

Waking on a pretty daze.

Long winter nights lend themselves to fire and meals from the oven.

Long winter nights lend themselves to fire and meals from the oven.

Camplifier

Camplifier

Roast chicken? Treat yo'self

Roast chicken? Treat yo’self

Descent

Descent

Steels in the pools

Steels in the pools

#low&clear

Blushing buck

Sweet music.

Sweet music.

Whitey

Whitey

Get Whitey

Get Whitey

Got to be one in there.

Got to be one in there.

A mean one, he fought as hardened as he looks. Respect.

A mean one, he fought as hardened as he looks.

Not a mark on her

Hardly a mark on her

Freshness index

Freshness index

Rain coming.

Rain coming.

While it hasn’t been the best start to the winter steelhead season thus far, it still started and you don’t catch them from home.

Looking forward to the next few months and what curves are going to be thrown and the adjustments that’ll have to be made.

Rich

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One Response to “Winter wait”

  1. Kellen said

    The river was got some chocolate love on Valentine’s Day. Made me happy to see it up that high (and the dude riding the jet ski above Dr. Fine Bridge was something else). Been an odd season on the Smith, a mild understatement if there ever was one.

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