Sunday we took the day off from work and we headed out to Eastern Washington and floated down the Yakima river. The weather was sunny and warm all day. The leaves were turning to their fall colors. The fish … not so cooperative, handful here and there. At the end of the day we were even joined by this fellow (see pictures) …
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Fishing at Starlight has always been a fun activity, but in the past we haven’t eaten too much of it. Usually we eat a single fish just a couple of times a summer. My friend Matt was up at his house down the lake last weekend and we decided to do a whole meal of lake fish. This involved catching lots of fish (photo #1), cleaning all the fish (photo #2, with the help of Lucy), cooking the fish (photo #3, Mark and Matt did all the cooking) and the eating (photo #4, as you can see each fish was cooked differently. There were six different kinds including pan-fried, mustard-soy sauce, lemon, steamed, etc). It was a yummy dinner!
Looking at this fish, where would you guess it’s from? Note the blue gill plate, the pink underbody body, the black “ears” behind the eye … if you click on the picture and look closely you’ll see iridescent flecks of gold and silver. If you guessed Tanzania, Kenya, or South America I wouldn’t blame you. This fish is from the lake (Starlight lake), right here out our front door. It’s called a Bluegill, also called Panfish or Sunfish. The fish is very common, and in some lakes (mainly trophy trout lakes) considered a pest. But they fight well on light tackle and supposedly taste great (we’ll let you know how that goes). We’ve seen some amazing animals in Africa, but it’s great to remember that we have our own animals to appreciate right here at home. (Note: this picture is unaltered, it just happen to come out this vividly. We used our little waterproof Olympus Stylus 850SW)
Last weekend I was still in Seattle while Bebeth was already in New York. I decided I’d make a last minute trip over to Eastern Washington to fish since I’d be out on the East Coast most of the summer. My target was Lake Lenice, a 94 acre lake just south of Vantage. It was planted with Rainbow, Brown, and Tiger trout. I got up Saturday morning at around 5:30am and got to the lake around 7:30am. 20 minutes later I was kicking my way out into the lake. There were so many different birds around, red wing black birds, yellow headed black birds, coots, magpies, and swallows … and of course trout! It was a great day of fishing and catching. I “brought to hand” around 10 -15 trout and missed maybe twice that many.
That day I found out that I had a major leak in my waders, so the next morning instead of donning wet clothes, I drove over to Rocky Ford, which is a spring creek near Ephrata and spent a couple of hours chasing large spring creek trout from shore. Picked another 4 fish from there.
Anyway was a great weekend of fishing!
Being self-employed is one of those double edge swords. Sure I get to stay in my pajamas till 4 in the afternoon but … well I’m still in my pajamas at 4 in the afternoon! I haven’t woken up to an alarm clock in over 2 years (except for the early airport run or fishing trip), but I don’t get paid “sick” leave either.
Well one of the perks that I like best is being able to go do things during off times. So last Thursday I headed out with my fishing buddy and banjo player extrordinaire Greg Lawless and Jack Mitchell, one of the best fly fishing guides in this region (meaning planet earth). We saw two boats the whole day and we caught over 20 – 30 fish with almost 90% caught on dry flies.
Winter and spring here in the Northwest can be a bit dreary with all the rain/hail/snow we’ve been having lately, so when the sun comes acalling you better go out and be in it … oh wait you have a job. You only get to look at it through conference room windows … well our conference room today was 11 miles around mercer island … I’ll trade you your Aeron chair for a bicycle any day …
Last weekend was themed, Aquatic Animal Weekend. Now many of you know that back home I slept, ate, and breathed fly fishing … or at least as much as one could and still pay the bills, do chores around the house, see family, keep a job, not need counseling etc. While in Kenya lack of transportation and equipment kept us from really being able to do any fly fishing, so when we got to Cape Town I started to do some research on fishing. This last weekend I tracked down a dam (The cape is full of man made lakes they call dams) that rented rods and the four of us headed out to do some fly fishing.
This is a picture of Bebeth bringing in one of two fish she caught that day.
The next day we headed out to an area called Hermanus. Currently whales are migrating from somewhere to Hermanus. The weather wasn’t very good (aka rain) and the whole town of Hermanus was out of power for some reason.
Last but not least we have posted some more photos from our travels in South Africa you can check them out by visiting this link: