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Now that I’ve officially ended the fishing season, it’s time to switch gears. Good thing too cause I need something to keep my mind off that last trip. I’m not sure exactly why it’s gnawing at me so much. It’s been nearly a month.

Maybe it’s because I know the winter season is underway in the PNW and if I was just given another shot I could make magic happen. Maybe it’s because everywhere I turn there’s mention of steelhead this and steelhead that. Maybe it’s because I would rather be making casts and taking steps than anything else right now.

Just picked up the latest copy of Salmon Trout Steelheader and finished reading Mishler’s latest nuggets of wisdom. I caught his first installment of “The Bucket” a month ago. Both good pieces and what I get out of them is that everything has a purpose and the only way your going to get better is to put in the time to do so.

Interesting enough, Mishler has another piece in Fly Rod & Reel discussing his take on fly design [Fly Philosophy].

“That the steelhead decided to eat a waking brick, well….

Which just proves any pattern will catch a steelhead in the right conditions, that being the rare time when for no apparent reason a fish is so aggressive that it would attack a dog turd on a rope.”

A dog turd huh?

I can’t tell you how badly I want another cast. I feel a bit envious of all those fishers in the PNW that get to wake up tomorrow with a real shot at hooking into a winter steelhead. Alaska is a fine place to live and fish but it comes with some distinct disadvantages this time of year.

At any rate…it is full blown winter here and shaping up to be a good sliding season. So far this season the local sledding hill has received 270″ of snowfall!!!! Average snow depth at the bottom is 52″!!!!

Brother is due in town soon. I gotta remember to take it easy. Don’t want to make it any tougher for myself. Bright side is that March really isn’t that far away.

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I’ve been fairly preoccupied these past few weeks. Work is always a bitch regardless. No matter how good your day is going…SNAP…like that…your day can go to shit. Didn’t help that I got sick either. I’m not sure what it is, probably bad diet and no exercise, but when I get sick…any little bit…I get f’ing sick. Sinus, snot, coughing, body aches, and fever. Toughed it out this time and sucked down NyQuil, Red Bulls, Airborne and Sudafed to keep me trucking through the work week.

I’m over it…sort of.

In two weeks I’ll be swinging. Not much more to say about that. I’m knee deep in preparation. I’ve got the house covered in marabou, ostrich, dubbing, flash, waddingtons, stingers, tubes, bunny, guinea, dazl eyes, schlappen, T-14, T-11, and everything else associated with making sure I’m the only reason why I ain’t hooking a damn thing.

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I’ve never been on a guided trip and this will be the second time I’ve ever lugged a fly rod out of the state. The last time didn’t go so well. The worst storm ever hit the day we drove from Billings, Montana to Story, Wyoming on I-90. Put every piece of water I planned to flog in very bad shape. I’ve got high hopes this time.

To keep me sane throughout the winter and to give me something else to work on, I was lucky enough to get an early Ramahanukwanzmas present. I’ve dropped golf so I need something else to fill the void.

I now ski.

Specs on the new boards look like this, 142 on top, 115 in the waist, and 139 on the bottom. What can I say? Fat is good!!! The word is these boards are great in the deep stuff and rip on the groomers. A snowboard feel. I like that!!!

So you can see I got a lot on my hands. I’m waiting for the big dump to happen and doing everything I can to increase my chances of a hookup.

Turns out I don’t have much control over either one. Soooo…I’ve been praying a lot.

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