Manzanita

We’re surrounded by these interesting Manzanita trees.  They appear barkless, with a gorgeous red covering offset by deep green leaves.

But for me, it is not the colors, but their shapes and lines.

If you are a long time reader/follower, you would not be surprised by that.

Manzanita

Goddess, Skinny and I spent the long Memorial Day weekend camping in the forest to our east.  It was the first time that Skinny has ever camped with us, complete with a tent; our backyard camps don’t count.  It was only the second time that Goddess has camped, ever; her first time was when we spent the weekend at Rock am Ring festival in Germany, so that doesn’t really count.

I did not spend any time taking pictures, instead reacquainting my arm with the process of casting a fly to (hopefully) taking trout.  Other than an odd day here or there, it’s been 20 years since I’ve been in a place where I could consistently fish for trout.

As far as I’m concerned, any day fishing for trout is better than any other day fishing, period.  Although any day fishing is better than a day of not fishing.

There is a hierarchy to keep in mind, you know.

While not all of the cobwebs are swept free, casting a fly is a lot like riding a bicycle.  The muscle memory was there, as were the fine motor movements of tying knots on #12 hook (think smaller than your thumbnail long, with the eye covering a very small portion of that).  So there was success.

A few small (4-6″) brook trout, a nice 9″ brown trout and a nice 10″ rainbow trout.  The last two were kind enough to join us for dinner over a campfire and under the stars.  That meal was another first for Goddess.

And Skinny approved, giving both the brown and rainbow the sniff of approval.

All-in-all, an enjoyable weekend.  We’re looking forward to more.

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