Peaks and valleys

It's that time of year again, yet another summer has come and gone. Dog days waning, with a transition on the way. Maple leaves are beginning to wilt and turn, with the grasses ever dryer. Poison Oak, the very first to begin the change, vibrant red, burnt orange, yellow and some still green enough to fool you. Turnouts once covered and hidden from the unknowing now beg for a look see. Feeder creeks playing with reality, now you see 'em now you don't. Dodging wooly bears inching their way across the highway. Mosquitos finally fleeting, kinda. Giving an old growth a pat of respect on the way past, many droughts they've survived. Wishing you could've been here at this very moment when it was just a sapling... Morning shadows hanging on for a late fish. Darkness slowly creeping towards a favorable nights sleep. That's the way it goes, the way it should be.

Every year we go up and down, this summer was no different. Though, more than we've seen in the recent past. Fire, smoke, drought, warm, low water, good fishing, tough fishing…these fish have survived it all, countless times. Things change, it's inevitable, can you?

Morning buck
Morning buck
Late in the eve
Late in the eve
Rick Davis admiring a beauty before return.
Rick Davis admiring a beauty before return.
Bob Dowling with bright one we had to pull all the tricks out on to get her to go.
Bob Dowling with bright one we had to pull all the tricks out on to get her to go.
Does anybody get more jacked than Fred Pendergast?, no.
Does anybody get more jacked than Fred Pendergast?, no.
Water temps were the big issue this year, and on most anglers minds. And for good reason.
Water temps were the big issue this year, and on most anglers minds. And for good reason.
When water temps get hot, reach for something cold.
When water temps get hot, reach for something cold.
Have an early dinner.
Have an early dinner.
Lots of summer sun
Lots of summer sun
With a few of these mixed in
With a few of these mixed in
Jason Hartwick with a dandy, no you're not on the Dean
Jason Hartwick with a dandy, no you're not on the Dean
Greg Someson waited until the very last minute for this one. Worth the wait.
Greg Someson waited until the very last minute for this one. Worth the wait.
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Pretty bird.
Pretty bird.
Lee Spencer keepin'em wet and real all at once.
Lee Spencer keepin'em wet and real all at once.
Fire was another big issue and continues to be.
Fire was another big issue and continues to be.
Men at work.
Men at work.
Moon dance.
Moon dance.
Run defense.
Run defense.
John Luis, understands it, gets it, does it.
John Luis, understands it, gets it, does it.
Andy Marx.
Andy Marx.
Father and son first steelhead experience, coming all the way from Georgia. Took both Russ and Chip Harden to land this beast, about as big as they make'em in the summer.
Father and son first steelhead experience, coming all the way from Georgia. Took both Russ and Chip Harden to land this beast, about as big as they make'em in the summer.
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Speaking of change... I'm a very, very lucky man.

Speaking of change... I'm a very, very lucky man.

A summer of change, a summer to remember. Thank you to all that fished with me and continue to do so. Looking forward to the coming fall and the changes it will most definitely bring...

Keep keepin'em wet,

Rich

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