Monday, April 1, 2019

Hot Pink...




Got a text from  SIL Marianne, "we are at the River house through Sunday.  Come up and go fishing with us." 



I headed up Friday afternoon with steaks, wine, and my hot pink pole in hopes of making The Wall.



Didn't make the wall this time, but I'm getting closer. 

There was a fair amount of river traffic with grain barges and tugs. Boy do those guys like to blow their own horn.




he was pushing a huge double barge








Rant on:
one small portion of the river, each one of those Indian platforms has at least one hoop net
I watched Indians putting in hoop nets from numerous platforms.   If you watch the videos by the tribes it looks like they only catch one or two salmon. They don't show that they catch everything, and most of the fish are long dead by the time they retrieve their nets. They just keep the money fish, and throw the rest of the dead back in the river.  This is not to feed themselves or their families. Another area where the "we owe the Indians" and the government has screwed up. 
rant off.

BIL Don had a new pink pole built for Marianne. It was on it's maiden trip, and I had my pink pole. Pink poles rule!




Sunday morning at the dock
 Their son Jake, brought his boat down and his GF, & a buddy,  on Sunday. 

Jake and a walleye

The weather was gorgeous. We teased and pranked each other unmercifully, we laughed, and we caught fish. 

  

25 comments:

  1. Interesting how in a few miles that gorge goes from desert to rain forest.

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    1. WSF, It is indeed, and each area is beautiful in it's own way.

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  2. It looks like a great day to go fishing. We drove through rain and fog to Pittsburgh and back and then it snowed a couple of inches on us. TANJ!
    I watched sort of what you saw on the river back when I was in Kodiak. The 'natives' have 'no limits' and don't stop fishing the salmon until they fill up the beds of their pickups and then it's off to the cannery.

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    1. HMS, I had two great days on the water with beautiful weather and good company, loved every minute!
      We eat what we catch and share with those who are unable to fish. Sadly, the same is not true of the 'natives' on the Columbia. They have no respect for the fishery.

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  3. So glad you are enjoying yourself! Oh that is so sad about the fish. )-: I won't even mention the casinos. Ugh!

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    1. CiNdEe, Thanks, I feel very blessed to have good people in my life.
      It is sad about the fish, so wasteful.

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  4. Looks like a great time. I love the Columbia.

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    1. Rain, Great time for sure. There is something interesting around every bend in that beautiful river.

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  5. If I get a wicked pink pole, can I catch Walleye here? My boat is still under a bit of snow, and the path to it has 15 feet of snow where the county piled it ... NOT FAIR!

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    1. Woodsterman, You won't know until you try! We saw a maroon pole (only hot pink poles work) on one of the guide boats the second day. They had been watching us out fish them every day. LOL

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  6. Yep, the 'natives' abuse the system all to hell and gone, and God forbid you actually SAY anything... Saw that in Alaska too. Glad you got some time on the water with family though! :-)

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    1. Old NFO, It was disheartening to see the lack of respect for the fishery. And I'm not good at the don't say anything to them... I think it is time to speak up!
      Sunday morning was sublime... the weather was perfect, the water was like glass, and I was in the best of company...

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  7. I'm heading your way. Now if only I can find you and all the glory of that area.

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    1. Granny Annie, Seriously! I would love that, there is so much beauty to behold in the PNW. The door is open, clean sheets on the beds, and the coffee is hot!

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  8. Is that the bridge at Biggs Junction in the first picture? Been over it many times.
    My birthplace is just north of there.

    I think the PacNW is the best place to live, because one is only a few hours away from whatever scenery one wants -- coast, mountain, or desert.


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    1. scamorama, Good eye, it sure is. We were fishing out of Rufus.

      BIL Don told me the interesting history behind Maryhill. Love the heck out of those mini history lessons while on the water waiting for a bite.

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    2. If you haven't visited Maryhill, I urge you to do so.
      I think the Rodin collection alone is worth the trip.

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    3. Thanks for the tip. It's on the agenda for me next time I'm up there.

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    4. scamorama, went to dinner at another SIL & BIL today, and my niece mentioned that I must see the Rodin collection at Maryhill.

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  9. You dined most royally on walleye and fries?

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    1. SCOTT, I brought back a big bag of walleye fillets and handed them off to my SIL Shelley (the awesome cook). She had family, friends, and I over for a scrumptious fish tacos dinner last night. The walleye was a huge hit with everyone.

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  10. Wow that looks like fun.
    Reminds me of going up the Monongahela in Pennsylvania.

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    1. Ed, It was fun. my ol reel busted, so I swapped out mine for an extra my BIL had on hand. Now to replace mine.

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  11. When I was a teenager, I lived in Northern California, in Placer County. Behind our house was a big "flume." It was a concrete irrigation ditch about 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep, built in 1936 to take water from the Sierra's down to the Sacramento valley. Just up flow from our land was a Maidu Indian Reservation. The Maidu took great delight in throwing old car bodies, cow guts, dead goats, etc into the flume. PG&E had a hell of a time keeping it clear, but nobody could do anything about it because it was a "reservation." Your comment about the Indians killing off the fish reminded me of that. Not all of them were "Iron Eyes Cody" I guess.

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    1. Harry, I've experienced the same in N Cali and Oregon.
      The things done in the name of reparation are seldom good for either party.

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