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I’m a week into being plugged back into the “real” world. I have to tell you the transition has been rather difficult. Inundated with alerts, messages, ring tones, and other artificial things is causing my animal spirit to bury deep back into the hiding place it was before the trip. It’s been a struggle but not entirely unexpected.

Five days on the water with the cell phone quitting after river mile 0.13 enabled me to tap into something everyone has but probably never gets the opportunity to let breath. I was on river time with nothing but a beginning and an end to help guide me through the day. Never a wasted moment…everything…including the catnap…full of purpose.

It all started with a 4+ hour drive toward Canada with a strategic left at the end to keep us out of their backyard…eh. Add to that a pleasant midnight cruise across the lake and the trip was well underway.

Routine was simple. Breakdown camp…float to next camp…setup camp. Add a little sprinkling of food, beer, fishing, beer, napping, beer, ladder ball, beer, lounging, beer…you get the idea.

It’s hard to capture the entire 5 days in a post and frankly I don’t think I want to. I’m sure I’d lose most folks at about page 2 and a lot of it you “just had to be there”. So in a nutshell…

Covered 50+ river miles in 4 rafts with 13 dudes and caught enough grayling to last a lifetime. Lived in the moment and missed being home with the family. Ate good and slept good. Laughed a lot and smiled a lot. Lost a few things and found a few more. Shared a few things and learned a few things. Rested a little and fished a lot. Caught the big one and lost the big one. Got dirty and lived like a bear.

Good trip.

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Sick Day

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I’ve been neglecting this place and it shows. I guess it’s about time to jot down a few notes.

Hit the river once back in April with Tuber and The Pastor. Hooked up a few times but was never able to seal the deal. Cool to know that one of the fish parted 10# Maxima like it was nothing. As usual, good friends and good times.

Back in May I broke my casting hand. I broke my hand on a Friday but didn’t believe it was broke. Monday the x-ray told me otherwise. The PA who checked it out told me it was misaligned and would try to straighten it out before casting the hand. Ohhh he did alright. The PA, ex-military and ex-UFC fighter, grabbed a hold of my hand and straightened things up. Hurt like a mudderfuker…hurt more than breaking it. The two techs waiting to cast my hand thought it was painful too. One of them told me not to hold my breath and to keep breathing. I didn’t listen to him until it was over. Too busy trying not to make a sound or shed a tear.

Just finished up physical therapy in July. It’s been a frustrating couple of months. I’ve been cleared to resume some normal activity. I was told let pain be my guide.

I’m anxious to get back out there.

Word is that Simms is putting felt back into the lineup in 2012 and getting some shit for doing so. That’s fair. They tried to play the market and it didn’t quite work the way they hoped. That’s old shit now. On to more pressing matters.

Come January 1, 2012, Alaska will ban felt from its waters and everyone who lives here or will visit here will have to pony up and pick up another pair of wading footwear. Thanks Trout Unlimited for pushing this one as hard as you could. We’ll just take the $$$ out of our For Charity bucket to make this new purchase. Kids are going hungry tonight and the fish will just have to make do with the plastic bag/beer bottle/cigarette butt “habitat restoration project” which comes free of charge along with a free McDonald’s Happy Meal toy.

Invasive species are just going to have to hitch a ride on the laces, gravel guards, waders and our boats now. I wonder if that’s how pike made their way into the Susitna Drainage and Kenai Peninsula. There’s a f-ing invasive species for ya. Trout Unlimited…where you at?

No matter what type of sole is on your wading boot…Inspect -> Clean -> Dry all of your gear.

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Twelve hours when you sit back and think about it seems like a long time. On the water those 12 hours just don’t seem to be enough.

4:20 AM

4:24 AM

4:34 AM

6:14 AM

7:19 AM

8:30 AM

9:06 AM

10:39 AM

12:52 PM

1:02 PM

2:20 PM

2:21 PM

3:07 PM

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I received an email earlier this week from Dennis McAfee, the owner of McAfee’s Fly Shop here in town. After some serious consideration he has decided to close the shop after 25+ years to spend more time with his family and do some more fishing.

I wasn’t a customer all those 25 years but I can say that every major purchase I’ve made over the years has been from his shop. Everything from the waders I wear, the boots I put on my feet, the jacket that keeps me on the water regardless of the weather…along with the rods, reels and everything in between…I picked up from McAfee’s Fly Shop with Dennis behind the counter.

I appreciated getting that email. It wasn’t a mass email. It sort of showed me that he appreciated my business. Says a lot and is why I took my business there and tried to steer more that way.

His shop was cool and I enjoyed talking with Dennis.

Great shop…great service.

Fortunately a new owner is taking over rather than having to liquidate everything. The new owner will likely change the name. That’s okay because it won’t be the same without Dennis. I found out who the new owner is. He is local and is someone most folks will recognize from the fly fishing community. I hope the new owner keeps the spirit of McAfee’s Fly Shop alive. All the fly shops in town sell the same things at the same prices. Service is what raises you up a notch or two.

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Stumbled on this tonight. Looks to be a new show with Steve Apple from Rollcast Productions. You remember Steve…Fishizzle and Hustle & Fish. This episode he fishes with Tom Larimer of Larimer Outfitters on the Deschutes.

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SkagitMaster - New Water Media

About a guy who likes to fish

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