Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice


Today marked the Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year and the official beginning of Winter. It also quite possibly marked our last attempt at the home waters.

Today we ventured out on what was to be a yet another true winter steelheading experience. The air was cool and the sky was grey. The river ran transparent and the slush seemed to keep itself somewhat in check. The valley was void of all human life with the exception of us two cock-a-roaches. The shelf ice imposed an unavoidable danger and inevitable fishing challenge.
As you all know true winter steelheading is a crap shoot. One can do their homework and still have to rely on sheer luck for favourable conditions. Today we peered over the edge of our lookout to once again see a fishable river. Today we battled shelf ice more than slush. Today we crossed fast water sections with snowbank collections of slush under the water. Today we again threw caution to the wind and pushed our souls onward and upward in search of success. And just when all hope was about to be lost the little orange speck disappeared into the green unknown. The water exploded and the aches and chills throughout our bodies all but disappeared. Once again an outing on the edge did an about face and all confidence was restored for the remainder of the afternoon. The fish didn't come without work but the successes we did enjoy were that much more favourable.
Today I witnessed tragedy and redemption. I witnessed a good friend lose a fish on the shelf ice that was much needed to set his soul at ease. Shortly after I witnessed him throw extreme caution to the wind and enjoy the success he so much needed. The emotion behind both events made me truly feel alive. I shared his pain because I knew how much that first loss would wear on him but I also shared his jubilation when the second fish was landed against all odds. Today I once again returned to my youth and forgot about life. I feel sad for those who do not have something that offers so much gratification and escape as this sport does for us. As I type this from the comfort of my house the fire is warm and the beer is cold. My body aches and all I can think about is our little river. Will we have another shot before the seasons demise?

Extreme "Norland" from Brian M on Vimeo.

10 comments:

Trotsky said...

That moment will live on in infamy!!!!
LOL...
Great day as usual.

BTW...
If you need any help opening your new Beer my Wife will glad to do it for you...you limp wristed Nancy-boy turd-knocking GiT.
POS

2nd BTW...
That Xtra old cheese I bought from the Mennonites is the second greatest thing that I have ever put in my mouth...right behind the little man in the canoe.

lambton said...

Knowing your tastes I take it that cheese came covered in hair!

Too bad I didn't capture you jumping and sinking through the ice like the titanic before her demise. Way too funny.

Bring on the warm temps...

18 Mile said...

Thank you for making my day guys. Great report.

Trotsky said...

Ice Berg right ahead!!!!

Jason said...

Bryan,your writing enterntained me for a short period of time today. I have a few thoughts for you...

you say grand too much...
thats an indicator.

I taught Norland to fish despite his tiny penis.



the visor doesn't make you look as gay as Gene's penis in your mouth does.

Soon I will make my return to the river.

Merry Christmas.

dave.wallace said...

Heh...nice going guys. It's always great when those gambles pay off with a few fish. Thanks for sharing as it helps those of us that haven't been out for weeks now!

Thankfully I have an option which is relatively close and stays fishable for most of the winter...just need to find the time.

Merry Christmas to you two and the regular visitors to this little corner of cyberspace!

lambton said...

Indicator? LOL!!!! Nice!

Glad to see I flushed you out. Norland tells me Metrosexual Real Estate Agents can't fish. We'll see ;0)
You are welcome to roll with us anytime.

As for Gene's penis...he prefers to shove it in Extra Old Smoked Cheese. Weird!

lambton said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours aswell Dave. Hope your local haunts stay running free and clear for a while yet.

Trotsky said...

J-Mike flushed out!!!
This is truly homo central in cyberworld...
Anybody want to buy a toddler??
:o/

GT said...

Cool recap Brian. Thanks for sharing. Happy and safe holidays to you and your family.