I’ve been getting lots of necessary “indoor” chores done the last two weeks such as organizing my winter speaking tour, some artwork and I packed for some upcoming adventures. I got the tasks done only because I was grounded after going under the knife in late September. Recovery required taking it easy and no fishing. I’ve never taken it easy and I normally fish all the time. If it wasn’t for playoff baseball the last two weeks would’ve killed me!
Today I went back to being my old self. My great day started with a trip to the Jackson Hole Middle School where I entertained eight graders with a custom PowerPoint program I called “Other Amazing Places and Other Amazing Fish”. The theme was conservation of fish starting with the Snake River Cutthroat of Jackson Hole and from there I took them around the world for tigerfish, arapaima and golden mahseer to name a few. It was exhilarating to see youngsters so into fishing and more importantly their interest in protecting the environment.
I was in a terrific mood after classes and went from school to Jenny Lake with friends Gary Eckman and Rick Schreiber. Jenny was gorgeous as always and I could hardly handle the excitement of being back on the water. The conditions were the worst you could ask for lake fishing – calm and sunny. Furthermore, fall has yet to arrive so the lake trout aren’t in shallow in the huge schools that they normally are. Nonetheless we caught about a dozen small lakers in three hours then called it so I could make it home in time for the Cubs game.
The blog will be back to normal starting this weekend. I’m fishing a ton and all over the place over the next two months. First on the books is my 50th birthday bash. I have several of my best friends from college and old fishing pals from my early Jackson Hole days flying in Thursday and Friday. We’ll fish near Victor Friday but then spend two days celebrating and fishing on the Harriman Ranch on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be the official “2015 Marathon” seeing it was impossible to schedule it in June when it normally takes place. As always – if you’re around you’re invited. We’ll meet in the Last Chance lot around 10 AM.
The following weekend I’ll be in Thermopolis then two days in the Keys and most of November will be back in Africa fishing with my friends from Tourette. This time we’ll be fishing smallmouth yellowfish in Lesotho. More on all these adventures in the near future. Stay tuned – I’m back to doing my thing!