Hey guys, one more post before I head out to Alaska on Thursday morning for eight weeks of fun, adventure and some hard work! Been squeezing in as much of the same as I can right here in Baldwin and on a recent bike trip before hand of course, so life’s been good!
Also wanted to wish all the dads out there a belated Happy Fathers day and I hope you all enjoyed it. I, personally, am stoked to spend my first week in AK just goofing off with my own father. A man I love dearly and have tremendous respect for as well as gratitude. He’s done so much for my four sisters and I as well as our country in my lifetime and he is, in my opinion, the true man of steel! (As I’m sure most of you feel about your own fathers! ;^)
With one of my other heroes after completing some very important work on the INF Treaty.
I had a phenomenal day out on the river with John just before heading south for our bike trip and off the hook wouldn’t begin to describe it, but on the hook might! We ran streamers to start off with and it was pretty much nonstop action either turning or catching fish. Met up with my cousin James about half way down where the streamer bite turned off some, but we made up for it with some solid Drake action in the evening. I seriously only took pictures of about half the fish that made it to hand…
No real bruisers, but some great streamer action! Here’s a few of ‘em...
And a few from the dry fly bonanza on the way out…
Loaded up the new (To me, traded in my truck camper for a used unit) toy hauler on Saturday and took off for SE Ohio on Sunday with my wife Karen and our good friends Steve & Casey from Barski’s.
Fit’s mine and Karen’s bikes perfectly in the garage part!
Along the way…
And then, as my Facebook post stated… “You might be a redneck if… You make and eat breakfast in the Ford parking lot while your Turbo is being fixed!”
Good thing that we had a full kitchen to work with and a few bikes to pull out and tour around on! Basically put, we made the best of it and a few hours later we were back on the road…
Spent the next five nights right here based in Marietta and had some great rides!
Steve saved these babies for our first real night in camp. Delicious!!
Karen and I took a ride down to Coal Grove Ohio to see where my old Army buddy lived before he headed up our way on the following Monday for a 3 days visit. Prior to the third photo here the last time I saw this guy was in Germany back in 1986! Yes, facebook does have its uses! I actually had a guy check into the motel with the same last name as Wes this past winter and it caused me to look him up…
…and a “few” pounds after! At least neither one of us is dead or in jail ‘eh Wes!?!?! I’m OK with fat and happy. ;^)
Had a great day to ride home on the following Sunday and Karen agree to drive the truck and camper so that Steve and I could do so. Made it most of the way, but wound up putting my bike back in the hauler round about Lansing since I didn’t have a rider to rub my neck like Steve did! (Or, I just got lazy… ;^) Solid vacation buddy we’ll do it again for sure…
The ole’ one handed blind shot came out OK!
Got home on Sunday evening and just about the time I got everything unloaded and put away on Monday my old buddy Wes showed up for three great days of fishing, eating, drinking, reminiscing and catching up! I will seriously try to make it down this coming fall to help you out with your big buck problem Wes and if you ever remember Mikes last name let’s look him up for the next reunion! I’ll try to nail Al down…
I’m going to sign off here now and get some things squared away before I head out fishing with John and grant this afternoon. The guys at the shop are geared up and ready to help you this summer, John and John still have some great trout dates available and the Motel is a great place to stay if you come up! Hope everyone has a great summer and I’ll see you in August just in time to chase some fresh Kings down river! (I still have some great dates in August for that as well!)
Also, if you get a chance last minute, I think we still have a few slots left for Alaska this summer yet. Maybe I’ll see you there first…
Tight lines all,
Announcements/Destination Travel Info-
We will be hosting two separate weeks in 2014. The dates are January 11 – 18 (Only 3 spots left) and January 18 – 25, (6 spots open!) 2014…we are taking deposits ($1,000) now to hold your spot! Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime! The package price per person based on double occupancy is US $3,450.00 and includes:
• Six full days guided fishing (with expert, local bilingual (Spanish-English) fly-fishing guide)
• All your lodging, meals and beverages (including beer & wine with meals).
• Transportation to and from the Airport in Bariloche
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Our BBT Alaska Dates for this year are August 3 to 10 and August 10 to 17, 2013. Anyone booking (placing a deposit) now will get this year’s rate ($2,295) until we hear otherwise, so lock your spot in now!! If you are interested in joining us, please contact John, myself or the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!
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