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9-13-03 - We need to eat, we need firewood for a campfire to cook, so we go get wood!
SUPERFAT!
Chief with a stunning catch...I love this picture.
FAT doing a bit of guiding...teaching Chief the fine art of flycasting.
There it is folks...I paid up bigtime to the FAT TRIBE! Not only the $5, but Chief and FAT also get braggin' rights!

9-13-03 - Canada, Part IV - Rainy Day Blues

Waters Fished: Garden River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 9-13-03
Weather: Overcast with some rain
Air Temp: 60's dropping to about 40's - 50's at night
Water Temp: Didn't Take it
Water Level: LOW
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: Pink Salmon, Chinook Salmon
Pattern Fished: All Sorts
Pattern Color: you name it
Fishing Quality: Still only semi-poor

We woke up to a rather cool, misty morning. Low on firewood, kinda tired still, FAT and I headed out to gather wood.

I don't know why, but for whatever reason most of us were just not in the mood to fish at this point, so we mostly just sat around camp. At times a strong breeze picked up and swept through camp, blowing all our stuff all over the place.

Well, we had breakfast, and then lunch, before finally giving it another go. By now the Chinooks were starting to show up in semi-fair numbers, but there was a downside. All sorts of folks were keeping fish...there were like 50 carcasses floating downstream of camp. To make matters worse, as we fished that evening I watched LOCALS who were blatantly snagging and KEEPING fish.

So Saturday basically sucked in my book. I can't recall anyone hooking up with anything; the only fish I got to chase were a couple of hunkered down Pinks...no interest in a fly. It rained on and off throughout the day however. Most of our fishin' buddies actually left midday...the sight of snagging, rain, and thin fish wasn't worth sticking around for.

MS2 decided he was a tad homesick, and since he was my ride we packed it up and headed out just before dark. It was indeed a great camping trip despite the fact the fish were thin...I still think we were just too early this year. I DEFINITELY WILL BE BACK to try again!

  MP 

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