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Old 11-24-2008, 11:01 AM
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I was supposed to be fishing up on a Georgian Bay tribtoday -- friend of mine wanted to head back up there and try to hook some steelies we mised last week -- weather report sounded OK (only calling for snow flurries in morning and light rain this afternoon but temperatures were warmer so unlikely guides would freeze up so readily) -- arrangements made last minute and left open-ended as to what weather might be -- but my friend is crazier than I am when it comes to fishing -- he's a roadie with a rock band -- but lives to fly fish -- tries to get out as much as he can while on the road with band; relieves the "stress" from the rock and roll lifestyle -- has fished throughout USA and all over Canada -- his recent tour through Ontario included stopover in Toronto -- last Monday he went up to Primrose Trout Farm near Shelburne for a few hours of fly fishing (return trip from the week before when I went along) -- just so he could get a rod in his hands for a bit of trout fishing -- then Tuesday he "dragged" me up to Meaford with him (OK OK he didn't exactly "drag" me "screaming and kicking" out fishing) -- we fished through the day with snow flurries and occasional sun -- hooked onto a couple steelies -- then he drove back to north of Toronto where I live -- and after dropping me off at home, he drove to Bowmanville so he could fish a Lake Ontario trib before having to be in downtown TO for a gig at the Horseshoe (he made the decision to go to Bowmanville after asking my opinion on where "close" to Toronto could he fish?!?!?) -- the next day the band headed off to Ottawa for a gig Friday -- he stayed over in Bowmanville Wednesday night fished all day Thursday and drove to Ottawa Friday -- on Wednesday he'd seen some nice fish in the Lake Ontario trib but couldn't get one on (threw everything but the kitchen sink at them) -- Thursday he was luckier as he hooked and landed a 30+ inch steelie (guess he finally got his "revenge") -- after playing in Ottawa the weekend the band had another gig in GTA -- my friend drove back to Bowmanville Sunday and hooked a nice fish that afternoon -- so late last night he calls me up (knowing I rarely refuse an "excuse" to go fishing) and we made plans to get back up to Meaford today -- any way, I get all my gear sorted out and wait for his call this morning -- in fact all my stuff is at the door ready to go -- no call, but I figure he's on his way -- time passes and just before 11 am. my buddy calls -- I figure he might have slept in (tiring business being on the road with a rock band) -- turns out he had got up really early for "one last-minute" go at hooking into some more fish in the Lake Ontario trib -- and he had got onto some really nice fish -- any way, he apologizes for not picking me up -- must admit he did try to say he'd slept in at first until he realized he was calling me from the river and I might be able to hear the distinct sound of water -- then he admitted he'd gone out to try his luck one more time and had "lost" himself in a moment of great fishing -- he added "I hope you understand I'm sorry -- but I think I'll stay down here though -- the fishing is great!!!!" -- funny thing is I do understand (and probably would have done the same thing) -- just wish I could join him -- part of the beauty of being without a vehicle these days is having to "rely" on others -- still I really don't "blame" him for leaving me "high and dry" -- I mean the fish are on

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:43 AM
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A good read MikeO.

I sat here enjoying it. I did have to rush off and put on a jumper when I read "The snow flurries" bit tho! Brrr.
I think we would all excuse your friends dilemma. he did have a very plausible excuse. These things happen!
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:58 PM
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Great story. Whereabouts in Toronto do you live? I grew up in TO and moved away in 1975 when I was posted to Vancouver Island.

Go Leafs Go.

Jake
I'm north of Toronto -- in York Region -- close to some great trout fishing (Humber, Credit, Nottawasaga, to name a few) BUT not close enough to my liking -- looking at getting closer to my favourite waters soon
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