Tuesday, November 15, 2011

River Report: In Motion

In a previous post I talked about the reasons I hadn't gotten to the river yet. But I was becoming more and more aware of another factor working its influence: inertia. "A body at rest tends to stay at rest; a body in motion tends to stay in motion."

So this evening I sucked it up, made the necessary switches, and hit the river. I worked the Bridge Run thoroughly, using a sink tip and weighted flies. I was definitely getting the flies deep; I lost two of them on snags.

I didn't turn any Steelhead, but I caught two nice trout. This is the best one. The smaller one hit when I had maybe 60 yards of line out and made one lovely jump way downstream. It felt good to have a trout in hand again.

On the wade out against the current I did that little dance you do as your foot slips off a rock and the current plays hell with your feet, doing its best to keep you from finding purchase. I was turned completely around when I finally got my footing, but I was still up. My hands are finally thawed out, but my feet have a ways to go yet. I'll let you know if my chest cold turns into pneumonia.

But I'm in motion again.


  1. Glad to see you made it back down to the river. You guys have some wonderfully colored bows up there , that's one beautiful fish. Looking forward to seeing one of those steelhead that eluded you in the near future.

  2. Thanks, High Plains. I have to say you've opened my eyes about those beautiful Missouri Bows. And I'm looking forward to seeing those Steelhead, too.

  3. I like " A body in motion tends to stay in motion" Pretty fish. Great photos again!

  4. Thanks, Herringbone. Have I said how much I've enjoyed your beautiful Fall out there?