Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Butterballs

With not feeling my best, now it's time to rest.  Nice rhyme.  I have a hard time giving up my fall fishing days.  So, now we go to doctor #3 this week and see if we can get some answers.  I've had bicep pain in both arms for eight weeks.  It's just not getting any better.  Something tells me it is not related to fishing.
 
The gym eight week ago, possibly?  Haven't been back.


I met up with Holly and Jared this past week.  We had a great fishing day on the Snake River in Idaho.  The fish were feisty and several runs delivered for me.  I wasn't feeling a lot of energy within me that day, so I found some nice big rocks to sit on in between catches.   Rainbows and more rainbows graced our nets.  




As Holly and Jared bounced around from spot to spot, I finally settled into a comfortable run that delivered for several hours.  I  don't usually stay put that long, but it was hard to say goodbye to fish that were sipping emergers in front of me!
  Do you blame me?

I threw on a size 20 midge emerger.  I had been streamer fishing until then.  But, when the midge hatch is going and you see dark bodies of fish a foot under the water, you switch.  And they gave me enough bends in my rod to make me happy.


You thought that this was going to be a Thanksgiving recap on our Butterball turkey, didn't you?  Hahahaha.  Nope, Snake River Butterballs.  =)


Holly gave me her favorite bread recipe years ago.  She also makes amazing jam.  Got to keep her around.  Wink wink.  She is a trooper to put up with my shenanigans.  As I was almost laying on the water getting a video of a fish release, she started reeling up her line to run down the river and help me as she thought that I had fallen.  Lol. 
 No, Holly, not this time!  =)

As my last fish gave me a wave goodbye, I counted my blessings this day.  I am truly blessed with a great family, amazing friends, a wonderful job, and so many tremendous days on the water this year.

"The Wave"







9 comments:

  1. Emily it's so frustrating when you are experiencing pain and an explanation can't be given. I can relate to this.
    I love the photos, that pic of the silver bow is just awesome.

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    1. Thanks, Alan! I should find out what's going on by Friday. There's got to be an answer, because someone needs a decent night sleep! The fish help a little, but it's about over.

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  2. I had my Covid booster the other day , the Doc said which arm?. I said my left the rights for casting a fly rod. Brief chat and he is now my guest on the river when the floodwater runs of...

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    1. Becks, I am wondering if those first two covid shots have anything to do with it. I had them in my left arm. But, that is my stripping arm for streamers. Haha. So, the pull and pain is real. There will be a time out soon. Like next week!

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  3. I sometimes wonder, "Does RD ever catch little fish?" It's hard enough to have pain that you CAN explain, then having pain you can't explain. Do hope you get better. Don't want friends to be in pain.

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    1. Thanks, buddy! I hope to get some answers soon. I really don't catch anything under 16 in. Haha. Maybe that's why my arms hurt! I might do a little more small stream stuff next summer. I do own a dusty 3 wt rod that needs some love. =)

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  4. Emily
    First off, the gym can be a killer for muscles not used regularly. I found that out right after getting back in the gym after the Covid shutdown. Big-time pain in my shoulders and lower arms. So, I've learned to do only limited weight lifting which has helped.
    Now for the fishing part of this post----I know when I read one of your post I'm in for seeing some quality trout landed and this post didn't disappoint. What weight fly rod were you using? It looks like one of your friends was using a streamer. The size 20 emerger is a go-to pattern when the trout are sub-surface feeding; glad you were able to match the hatch.
    Cathey and I are planning a trip to Idaho next summer or early Spring. Our son Jason may join us. This will be a fishing/sightseeing trip.
    Hope you and your family have a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year----take care of yourself, because there is only one you!!!---thanks for sharing

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    1. So sorry, Bill. I stepped away from social media for the last month. Yes, there is something to the weights that my arms are not ready for! It has been three months now with frozen shoulders. I use a 6 wt Sage Z-Axis on most of my adventures. If I know that I will be doing dry flies, I will stick my 4wt in. I definitely want to meet up when you are in Idaho. We have to! My only chance to meet you... And I have some nice water that I can take you to.

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  5. Emily
    I hope we can make it happen---it depends on Jason's work schedule, yes it would be awesome to meet you---take care

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