Thursday, January 9, 2020

Bear with me...



Tuesday afternoon I headed up to the river house to do some sturgeon fishing with my BIL & SIL.  It was pouring rain and blowing here.  Dried up about an hour into the two hour drive.  I arrived just as dinner was being served by my SIL.  Melt in your mouth chucker with gravy over rice!  While my BIL did the dishes, us girls repaired to the living room with our wine and their three dogs to catch up on all the family gossip. 
Next morning we were up early and took the boat out on the Columbia. 


BIL Don

We had on enough rain and wind gear to withstand most anything, but it turned out to be a fine day.  Fished all day, but only got a few pecks on a couple of the rods.  It was such a nice day, just being on the water was enough for me. We watched an eagle hunting, spied on the guide boats to see if they were catching anything (they weren't), and enjoyed each others company.  That evening we went back to the river house, and had a salmon (from their Alaska fishing trip) dinner. Visited for a couple hours, then called it a day.  
We were up early the next morning to rain and wind.  Since they had an appointment in a neighboring town,  I loaded up and started home. Stopped on the way at a Coastal Farm & Ranch to get a new set of all weather bibs, for next time. I can't find my old bibs, too many moves, I guess, but more likely loaned to someone who forgot to return them.
Made it back to the hovel just before the start of rush hour traffic.  
I can hardly wait to go again. I've "volunteered" to help paint the newest river house to compensate for my time on the water.
While I was up river, I got a text from my shoot'n friend in Red Bluff.  He has a cabin in the foothills near Paynes Creek and sent a photo.  It has been a fairly open winter down there, so this fella must not have gone into hibernation... 






20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fine time and glad you could go.

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    1. Thanks, It does my soul good to be in the back of beyond.

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  2. Glad you got to go on your trip! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you!

      Enjoyed my time with family, and excited to help with the new river house.

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  3. Sounds like a good trip, and a fairly small bear. Maybe 3-400 lbs based on that paw print.

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    1. A lot of fun to spend time with family.

      You could be right on bear's size. The game cam photo is fairly far away, so I have no idea how big he is.

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  4. Always wanted to do a trip through the Gorge by boat.

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    1. I think it would be interesting to ride on one of the tugs for the trip down river.

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  5. Sounds like a great day. I love the Gorge for beauty. And nice to see a bear-- especially going away.

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    1. All of The Gorge is beautiful! I find that I miss the wide open spaces up river.
      The bear is near a friend's cabin in N Calif.

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  6. What a great trip! Watch out for the bears...

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    1. It was!
      The bear pictures are from a friend in N California.

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  7. Sounds like you showed mercy on those poor fish.

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    1. That was not my intention, but still fun.

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  8. How, exactly does one fish for sturgeon? Don't hoover they stuff off of the bottom?

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    1. Here is a video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWQ6B_nXKLg

      much the same method we use on the upper Columbia.

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  9. I surely admire your prowess on the water. I've never learned to fish or to be comfortable messing about with boats, but I do love to watch both activities.

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    1. I admire your many talents! Thanks for commenting.

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  10. All in all, what makes life interesting after the fun bits.
    Happy New Year!

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