September 7th, 2007

Fishing with Kevin and Ethan

I’ve found a place near home where I really like to fish. The fish take streamers fairly readily and there are some really big Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout. I’ve found that if I take the boys with me Susan is much more willing to let me go. So, after dinner I took Kevin and Ethan out and tried to catch some fish.

On the first cast a fish took the fly hard, jumped a couple of times (it was a big fish) and got off. On the second cast another fish took the fly. I set the hook and it took off fast. I gave Kevin the rod to let him land it, but it soon became evident that it was a bigger fish than I thought. I no sooner gave Kevin the rod than the fish stripped all of the fly line and was soon into the backing. Kevin says “boy this fish is a real fighter”. I was afraid of losing the big fish, not to mention my fly line and backing, so I took over. After five minutes or so I managed to get it under control. I gave the rod back to Kevin and had him reel it in the rest of the way while I went to the car to get the camera. I took a couple of photographs of the fish, of the boys holding the fish, and then I gave Kevin the camera to have him take a couple of photographs. We then got the fish back in the water, spent a minute or two reviving him and set him free.

I’ve caught a few bigger fish, but this one was among the biggest and probably the best fighting fish I’ve landed. We fished for another hour or so and managed to catch one smaller fish at dark that I let Ethan land. It was a fun and the boys were good company.

Here are some photographs:

Kevin Landing the Fish

Rainbow/Cutthroat Hybrid 2007

Kevin and Ethan Holding the Fish

Me Holding a Grasshopper (Ethan took the photograph, I think he was more excited about the grasshoppers than he was the fish)

Ethan With the Fish he Landed

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