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Old 08-21-2013, 02:08 PM
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Muzzy: Sure sounds like a great adventure, congrats for having the courage to take that trip! Awesome looking fish!
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Hello from Whidbey Island Washington. The last couple weeks Iíve been living in luxury, a roof, shower, toilet, HD football, and literally a mansion on Coeur DíAlene Lake. After the bull trout extravaganza I met up with a fellow fishing vagabond at the Big Horn River in Montana. Having had close encounters with bears, mountain lions, and a herd of moose, what almost kills me? I was doing 70mph on the highway on the way to the Big Horn and a mouse ran across my bare foot*. Try not to jerk the wheel when that happens. The water was very cold and the air was very hot at the Big Horn. The fishing was good but the weed beds were heavy. After a memorable week at the Big Horn I hit the Missouri River near Helena. This was lunker alley but once again had difficulty landing them with the heavy weed beds. Headed over to Coeur DíAlene ID and stayed with some family friends on the lake. Relaxed, watched football, and took the boat out for a spin to see the unlimited hydroplane boats race. Left Idaho and now staying with a friend at his place overlooking the Puget Sound on Whidbey Island. Weíve taken a very small boat out a few times for the salmon runs. Hooked up a couple times but not much luck landing them on the fly, we have taken some dinner home using conventional gear. Iím going to leave and head south tomorrow. Iím still trying to figure out my route, trying to get to Utah in a week to meet a friend for some Brook trout fishing. What to hit along the way, Deschutes, Owyhee, Mann Lake, or Silver Creek in Idaho?

*Yes I had a mouse in my car, actually 2. Getting rid of them was a project. At one point the idea was tabled of using a snake shot /shot gun type ammo fired from a pistol, thankfully that one was vetoed.
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Muzzy: Sorry I missed your post, but it sure sounds like you have had quite the adventure, can't wait to here about your latest round of fishing.

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Wow, yeah sorry I missed this too! Thanks for finding it Larry. Would love to see more pictures!
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Wow, yeah sorry I missed this too! Thanks for finding it Larry. Would love to see more pictures!
William: I sent Muzzy an email yesterday, hopefully he will update his thread with more photos from his fly fishing sabbatical, I'd love to hear how the rest of his adventure went.

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Muzz, you are officially my new hero! Congrats. I'm sure everyone here is envious. Good luck with your adventure. Tight lines, Jeff.
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7 Months 15,000 miles

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Hard to believe itís been a year. After 7 months of traveling Iíve been in no big hurry to jump back into the rat race. Trying to re-acclimate back into society whilst firing my brain back up has been touch and go. I feel like a bug on a windshield.

The trip wasnít really what I imagined. Then again I imagined that after a few months of stream hopping Iíd get hired to be the personal masseuse / fish manager at some super hot Hollywood starletís Colorado estate. She also happened to have a place in Belize. Fair to say, expectations were pretty high.

Donít get me wrong, in no way am I complaining. I had great time. I traversed some of the most amazing and scenic country in the world**. I got a lifetimes worth of trout fishing in. And it would be an understatement to say I met some interesting people along the way.

There where no great epiphanies or callings found along the way, but the feeling of unplugging from the fray is life changing. Clichť as it might sound, words cannot express the feeling of that first sunset over the Colorado. Not a concern, nor worry, or anything hanging on me. For the first time in my life there was no path, no place to be, or anything that had to be done in the foreseeable future. I mean nothing. I could go anywhere or do anything, liberating to say the least.

Another first for me was that there was no structure, no parameters, or anyone to answer to within the near future. After so many decades of school days, work days, vacation days, this was an interesting change up. The weekend warrior, 24 hour fishing marathon despite the weather days were over. With an abundance of time and options, I became a fair weather fisherman. A noteworthy side effect of getting off the grid was that without the daily stimulus of work calls, emails, meetings, problem solving, etc., the brain can turn to mush. Add in some significant runs/bouts of social isolation and frequent solo happy hours to magnify the effects. As always in life thereís a catch.

Iíve been in no particular hurry to jump back into the fray. I spent the holidays with the family, and picked up some work for a few months in Laguna CA.

Unfortunately I donít have much fish porn other than what Iíve already posted. I mostly fished solo and I learned early on that my fish selfies usually turned out terrible***.

Iíd like to thank my Colorado fly fishing Sensai, Master Fukuchi. It was a lot more like first ďKarate KidĒ movie than Iíll go into detail. I still donítí understand how polishing Airstream trailers with an electric buffer transitioned into my casting stroke. I question his claims of it helps the Tenkara discipline.

At this time Iíd like to announce (still working on a name) 2014. Last year was a practice a run! Iím going to reboot, slim down the gear, and hit some of my favorites from 2013 knowing what I know now as well as some of the ones I regret skipping. Iím planning on squeezing in my domestic travels into 2-3 months, and then head to a more exotic local for the remainder of 2014. Naming rights for the 2014 trip are available.

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**Starting the trip in southern Utah was a mistake, scenery wise all downhill from there.
***I suffer from an acute case of banana hands.
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