Started up the Tahoe, turned up the heater, blasted the tunes, and hit the road a little after noon on Friday. Traffic wasn't bad at all after I got across the river and out of the Portlandia metro area.
Took my time, still some pretty good snow on the south side of the gorge. The roads were dry and the sun was out. The scenery was spectacular, as ever. I never quite get over how big the Columbia River Gorge is.
Made it to BIL Don & SIL Marianne's river house and was greeted by the dogs, Gracie, a wire haired Griffon, and Joe, a German short hair pointer. The door was unlocked, the house was warm, and the smell wafting from the chukar in the crockpot was heavenly. Texted Marianne that I was in camp, and soon got a reply to put on layers, and meet them at the dock. Hurriedly stowed my gear, put on layers (it can get damn cold out on the water there), and hustled down to the dock.
|Looking N from the house, the Colombia is on the other side of the elevator|
After hugs for Don, Marianne, and Pearl (the poodle) we headed up river, baited hooks, threw out our lines and started some serious fishing.
|Don at the helm trolling up river|
Don and Marianne are nearly always hunting or fishing. They don't do stupid, or unprepared. They are really good with grandkids, guns, dogs, boats, and drop in relatives by marriage...
Under Don's watchful tutelage I got lucky and managed to reel in my first walleye. There is no limit on walleye, but I was the only one to boat one that day.
After we got off the water & back to the house, had let the big dogs in, and eaten a delicious meal of chukar, Marianne and I proceeded to finish the wine I brought. There was a lot of catching up to do, so it was quite late when we finally went to bed.
I wake up early no matter what, habit after all these years. Don's an early riser too, so he and I discussed a multitude of topics, everything from politics to lures while we finished off the first pot of coffee. After Marianne got up, we layered up, kenneled the big dogs and headed back to the river.
It was colder than cold early on, but there was hardly any wind, so it was bearable. Lots of boats out working the early morning bite.
|You can hardly tell I have 4 layers on under my jacket & jeans, right, lol...|
We fished til mid afternoon. I caught another walleye, and Don & Marianne both caught two. They were all good size fish.
We went in earlier than normal as Don & Marianne had to drive home to Prineville before leaving to charter boat fish at the coast early Sunday morning.
Loaded up my gear, petted the dogs one more time, thanked my BIL & SIL, and came home. It was a short but much needed break.