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Back again November 22, 2013

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A lot of water under the bridge. Sold the Ultimate Flyfishing Machine in August and upgraded to a Clackacraft drift boat. 3/3 on floating the Skykomish with Noah catching pinks on our first two floats, and a healthy sea run to my hand on the third. The B-run fish should be in the river soon…Skykomish PinkClackacraftfloating

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First tracks on the Sky January 17, 2012

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First tracks on the Sky

Noah gunning for winter steel on the Skykomish.

Dog days August 31, 2011

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The Quilcene River and a Life Ruined July 8, 2011

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Noah and I fished the Quilcene on Sunday, the first time either of us had stepped foot in the river.  We tried to get advice on access points from the ranger station in Qulcene, but the two cotton-tops behind the counter were less than helpful.  Apparently they don’t much care for fishermen in the park. 

With the hatchery closed, we made our way up FS27 and scouted the upper section of the river.  There we found more water than I expected.  It was cold and fast and although we whipped the water in a few places, weren’t able to raise a fish. 

I’d read a bit about the Quilcene estuary through Doug Rose and Les Johnson so downstream we went.  A nice guy at the boat launch directed us to the access point and a few minutes later we were wandering down the road paralleling the lower section of the river.   We didn’t get very far before the first long hole appeared.  It was too nice to pass up so we stepped in and I helped Noah find his swing with the 8.5 foot Browning boron rod dad gave us. 

On about his third cast he rolled a fish just off the bank below us using an elk hair caddis I tied this spring.  Several more casts and the fish took another swing.  Noah started picking his way down the bank, casting and seeing if he could raise him again.  I headed back over the bank to tie on an Adams when I heard him holler.  There he was, knee deep in the run, rod tip up and a beauty of a sea run cutthroat showing off his best acrobatics.

Noah played him well, even when the fish ran straight at him, and before too long had him to hand.  I slipped the hook out and Noah let him on his way.  I swear I’ve never seen that kid smile so big in my life.  That was his first fish on a fly rod where he did all the work.  “He’s ruined forever,” dad said the next day when I told him what happened. 

Ruined forever indeed.

Salty Cutt June 18, 2011

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Not his first, but definitely his biggest.  Noah B. wrestling a scrappy sea run cutthroat off Meadowdale beach.

Noah’s first salmon August 30, 2010

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Hen sockeye, caught on Lake Wenatchee, Saturday, August 21.  60′ down on a size 1 flasher and 2/0 red hook, 14 inches behind.  He hooked two more but they’re still swimming.  The best eating fish all year hands down!

Disneyland April 30, 2010

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meeting the miceli’s June 10, 2009

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While Dawn was off baking herself in the Palm Desert sun, the boys and I met Pat, Carrie, Max, Sophia and Rocco at the Seattle Children’s Theater for I Was A Rat.  Show was ok but the kids really had a great time and it was fantastic catching up with Pat and Carrie.  What a beautiful family!

Jack, Rocco, Sophia, Max and Noah

Jack, Rocco, Sophia, Max and Noah

back in the saddle June 10, 2009

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I know.  Been a while.  Whatever.

The boys started swimming for Innis Arden a few weeks ago and love it.  The coaches are great and practice runs from 7-7.40 weeknights — a great way to end the day.  They’re still not sure if they want to swim in the meets, but I think once they see one and all the excitement, they’ll be right there in the blocks with the rest of them.

Can hardly wait for the salmon to come back.  The Game Dept. estimates there will be north of 5 million pinks this year through the Sound.  I caught a dandy sea run cutthroat the other day at Picnic Point.  Around 16 inches or so and beautiful.  No sea lice at all.  Picked him up on a simple white and brown baitfish pattern.

Heading to fish the Deschutes at the end of July.  Yeah, baby.

Lucy started walking a few weeks ago.  Still prefers crawling — well, being carried, actually — but seems to be stretching her legs more every day.  Amazing how little she still is.  16 months old on Saturday and maybe 19lbs?

Leadership Tomorrow is almost a wrap.  We’re presenting our project to our client, Seattle Education Access, next Tuesday and to the class on Thursday at our last challenge day.  Graduation is on the 23rd at Woodland Park Zoo.  Really glad I did this, but man, was it a lot of work.  Love the people.

24 random things about me February 10, 2009

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Copied from my FB page.

  1. I eat peanut butter almost every day and once bet a co-worker $50 I could eat a pint of Adams in one sitting. I would have done it if I hadn’t looked at the fat content and worried if my heart could take it.
  2. My oldest son, Jack is an amazing athlete and will be twice the soccer player I ever was.
  3. My youngest son, Noah, will invent something that will change history.
  4. My daughter, Lucy, will make me bald.
  5. I would fly fish every day if it would pay the mortgage.
  6. Dawn and I skied at White Pass for our second date. In the afternoon we hiked up a hill and threw snowballs at people going by and laughed until our sides hurt. I knew at that point she was the girl for me.
  7. My favorite TV show of all time is 60 minutes.
  8. There is nothing like the sight and sound of a ringneck pheasant exploding out of tall grass.
  9. I believe good people find each other.
  10. If money wasn’t an option, I’d have five bikes in my garage right now: silver ‘02 BMW GSA, ‘01 Ducati 996R, late-90’s Ducati Monster, ‘66 Ducati Mach 1 and an MV Agusta F4.
  11. My wife is the strongest person I will ever meet.
  12. When I was 12 I jumped off a 20+ foot cliff trying to catch a tree to impress my friends. I missed the trunk and caught my leg on the last branch. My head swung past a rock that probably would have killed me. I worry daily about the cliffs my kids will face.
  13. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if I had not spent as much time with my grandmother as I did.
  14. I subscribe the theory that one can never have too many fly rods. Or shotguns.
  15. I have zero time/interest in watching sports on TV, so for years I’ve watched Sports Center highlights to keep up with my peers at the water cooler. Figure I’ve saved years of my life and they are none the wiser. The only exception to this is the World Cup.
  16. I can’t wait to get a dog.
  17. The anthems of my youth can be found in the lyrics of Minor Threat, The Cult and Public Enemy.
  18. I only wear shoes when I absolutely have to. Otherwise its flip flops.
  19. I love to cook, especially things that come with a chance to learn about another place, time or culture.
  20. I have been overserved in six of the top ten U.S. cities.
  21. You can find a picture of Tiger Woods and me in a 2-page Accenture ad in the January-February 2009 issue of the Economist.
  22. I once hauled a brand new surfboard all the way to Fiji and never put it in the water. There were no waves that week anywhere in the islands. Not even Cloudbreak.
  23. I love to win, learn from getting beat, and hate to lose.
  24. I’ve managed to catch crabs three times in the past three years. Dungeness, that is.