The three of us joined forces on Friday night around 6 p.m. I had packed the vehicle, Sawyer arrived w/ his provisions, and not long later Robbins rolled in and we were on the road.
As we turned off from Rt. 2/27 in New Sharon and headed north on Rt. 134 toward Madison, spirits ran high. The weather prediction for the weekend was wet; we were rolling tarp heavy, come hell or high water we would be fishing in honor of this final weekend.
Approximately 6 miles onto 134 an adult doe white tail deer crossed in front of us along a foggy stretch of road. No sooner had we commented on the doe in the distance, we struck and killed a small buck. The bumper and front end of the vehicle was pretty messed up, and I wanted to ensure my ability to make an insurance claim, so we called the sheriff and hunkered down. In the mean time, several vehicles stopped to ask if we were alright, and one such character who lived down the road immediately inquired if we were going to take the deer....of course we told him that the deer would be rolling with us. 30 minutes later the sheriff arrived, 30 minutes after that he tagged the deer and we found ourselves stuffing the 80lb specimen into the back of the 4-runner. The vehicle may have been fucked, but goddamnit we were going to eat well.
We rose around 7 a.m on Saturday and prepared for the water. It had poured all night long, and it appeared that our tarp handywork had kept the site dry. A large salamander greeted us at our tent door. May it be noted that this salamander later spontaneously died after I took it's picture........two for two on killing wildlife during this outing, surely a bald eagle would drop randomly from the sky before the weekend was over.
A quick walk upriver to a secret spot that has poduced countless large fish produced nothing....something was up. Back to the river we went, yet I couldn't help but feel like things were out of whack. Upon returning to the river Jesse promptly hooked a small brookie and the rest of us fanned out with no luck. As I wandered back downstream to meet Jesse I asked him "hey man, lets go downstream to a couple other pools, you game for that?" to which Jesse responded "yeah". He continues to tie a nymphing rig and then wandered back out in the river. I said to him "dude, did you just hear me about going downstream?"......"yeah man, just give me one cast". First cast, literally, and BOOM! Fish on, and what a beauty.
The remainder of this day was spent hitting pools that had been sure things only two weeks ago at which we repeatedly were hosed. Not sure if it was the approaching low pressure of tropical storm Kyle or perhaps the moon cycle, but the fishing had seriously shut off on this stretch of water. Despite the poor fishing, the foliage was spectacular!
We stumbled into camp at sunset, ready for some good food, music, and the buzz of Candian Club whiskey. The FM radio selection limited us to death metal rock and it wasn't long until the AAA batteries that we robbed from a headlamp and put in the fm transmitter for the I-pod died. It was 8:45 p.m, a decision needed to be made. We readied ourselves for a trip into The Forks in search of batteries but knowing full well that we would end up at one of the half dozen whitewater rafting bars that the area offers up. The store was not open, batteries and beer would have to be apprehended at the bar.