Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tight lines...

Headed up the gorge on Wednesday to spend some time at the River House walleye fishing.



 Didn't get there til late in the evening. As I had to wait til the deliverer of my house warming gift for the new river house actually delivered it, so I could take it with me. 


 Stowed it in Nate and headed out, leaving the gloom and rain behind me. 
Next morning we were up early. It's a must to wear lots of layers as it's cold on the water in the early mornings.  With a base layer top, flannel shirt, sweat shirt, leggings, and jeans layered under my lined bib overalls I must have looked like a dark version of the Michelin Man.  Didn't care what it looked like, I was warm, an love'n my bib overalls!

We put in at the mouth of the Deschutes, and headed out to the Columbia.



My BIL knows the river and he is good at getting the rigging, bait, speed, etc... right. Plus, he has the patience of a saint, at least with his sister-in-law, she of the many questions.  I could show you a pic of the harness we were using, but then you know...

It was a Beautiful day on the water. There were a few barges going down river, and a fly over by the Air National Guard.  



 We got off to a slow start, and lost a couple. Walleye are notorious for throwing a hook. Then we found the sweet spot, and my pink pole ruled! 




My BIL caught two, SIL caught one and I lost two, but I ended up boating seven. 



 We got back to the river house, cleaned all the fish, and had a delicious walleye dinner.  
The next day my BIL caught one, and I caught two. My SIL lost a couple, and had started saying, "that damn BB is catching all the fish"(lol). So we decided to retire back to the river house, wine, and the woodstove. 
Saturday I got up early, loaded up my gear and fish, and hugged my BIL & SIL goodbye.  They had another group of family coming in, and I had had two good days in the sunshine, on the water, & visiting with them.
Got home and shared some of my catch with a neighbor that had kept an eye on my place while I was gone.  (I have to fess-up that I bribed him with cowboy cookies before I left, encase I didn't catch any fish.)


My Portlandia cousin is coming over to get some of the catch. She's never had Walleye, so it will be a treat for her. 
I had such a good time, and am happy to share the bounty...

20 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! Walleye is great. Ate plenty in Minnesota.

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    1. It was fun and walleye are good eating.

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  2. You are amazing:) Glad you had a good time and bet the fish is delicious.

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    1. That is kind of you to say. I did have a good time, and walleye are delicious!

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  3. Coveralls are great. I often wear bib overalls.

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    1. It has been a while since I had bibs, but these were on deep discount at a feed store. So glad I got them.

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  4. Way to go, Brig!

    Walleye is excellent eating fish. My Dad's VFW post had a monthly fish fry, and he'd bring home big plates of fried walleye and french fries, and homemade coleslaw.

    Wonderful memories, thanks for triggering them at the word "walleye"!

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    1. That's the same menu as we had the first night. Good eat'n for sure.
      Glad I could trigger good memories!

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  5. Nicely done! And layers are good on the water!

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    1. Thanks. I get cold much easier now, so layers are a must. And thank goodness for those little packs of hand warms!

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  6. Wow, what a successful weekend! I've never had walleye that I know of. I always thought that river's name was spelled Columbia--nice to know the correct spelling.

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    1. OMG, you were right, I miss spelled it and they miss spelled it on the sign. How did I not catch that! Thank You!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your trip. I used to love going up the Gorge when we lived in Portland area. The sunshine was always so welcome.

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    1. Your welcome. We've had one day of sunshine here, and the shorts, berkies, and puffer coats are out... lol

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    1. Thanks Odie, that means a lot coming from you!

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  9. Walleye and Hash Browns or crinkle cuts sounds tasty!

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  10. Why are you trying to jump start that fish?

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    1. LOL, it does look like a jumper cable clamp!
      Have you seen the teeth on those fish...

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