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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2019, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Along a mean ditch called Skagit

Not quite a newbie, but a newbie nonetheless, I've come out of hiding. It's been so long that I no longer remember names, though a few user names I can still recall. I hear Dana and Juro are no longer aboard, and wonder about sinktip and OC, two great guys from the past. I wouldn't be surprised if Fred Evans isn't around somewhere. If you are there, Hi guys!

I'm an old timer, a veteran, and I can't dance a lick. I've been off chasing little bitty trout for the past 15 years or so, leaving the old spey rod behind as the steelhead runs crashed in the Skagit. Raising babies with a young wife seems to define those years best. Now I am retired, a valve or two askew, and a 5 year old grandson who calls me "old school" that I care for. It might be all down hill, but it is a hell of a good ride. It's with this contentment that I brought out the long rods this past summer. Well, a short long rod. A 10ft, double handed 7 wt. Orvis rod that never fit in before was given the chance to break loose with an OPST line that I couldn't help but notice with all the chatter. I had a blast, throwing my back out several times as I cast, poorly, while I played with the dollies. So inspired, I broke out the long rod, an old Orvis 14ft. 9wt., bought a new reel and line system and pretended that I could spey cast. There's some video of it, bad as it is, on my friends YouTube channel. You ever have those instances where what you are doing hurts, but you aren't about to quit? Yeah, it hurt and it was good. Ah, the back's shot. Too much whoopie-do as a young man in the back of my girlfriend's VW bug. The impossible, made possible!

So here I am after sitting out Skagit's short steelhead season with a sore back that comes and goes, enjoying my little buddy and thinking about getting out and casting with a dummy fly as soon as the snow melts. Thinking and doing - now that has been a downfall of mine. And why I decided I could use the banter of other men to inspire me. I'm back!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 01:10 PM
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Welcome back Mr Mustard. It has been a long long time.


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Fred Evans is in a senior facility up in Seattle. I can get you his particulars if you want. Last time I talked to him he was doing OK, but in and out of comprehension. I think he was medicated at the time though.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it has been, my friend, a very long time indeed. I came back hoping as much to make contact with you and OC, as I did for the conversations of my peers. I guess I should say younger peers, as I am now part of the elderly grouping, here. Yes, things do change, people in particular. We get old, we take on different responsibilities that change the path we were walking, health issues come to the surface, a myriad of reasons why we drift apart and seldom returning to the comfort and familiarity of what was, and when we do, only to find it too has changed. You my friend, and OC and Kush, have been on my mind on numerous occasions, and it is well that they are doing fine, or at the least - still alive! If you get the chance, would you tell them I have thought of them repeatedly over the years, and with great favor?


Thanks for the welcome, buddy.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not even sure Fred would remember me, but it would be hard put to not remember his presence in any forum on spey casting and steelheading. I'm probably not too far from a senior facility myself, though I am hoping to put that off by being mentally active (the physical activity being a sore spot in my plans) as much as possible. It is my hope that the daily contact with my little 5 year old buddy will keep me active enough to avoid such a move.

Fred was one of the first to welcome me, in the past, when spey was Greek to me. We didn't always agree, but in principle he was a good voice for the average Joe, a point I didn't really get until much later. If you should see or converse with him, tell him Mean Mr Mustard was inquiring and wished him well, with my thanks.
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I've been told that the video of my casting, and its critique by my partner, is still in the works and not currently available for viewing. It will come forth in its own time I'm told. When it does, you will either laugh or cry, realizing how well you actually cast compared to the yanker you're viewing. Be nice to the old guy! ; )

Being a fine caster is not everything, in and of itself. No, just doing it at whatever level with a bit of humor is sufficient. The stage where we exercise our artistry, in whatever form, is typically awe inspiring. Then there are those moments when one of nature's own shows its head, be it an otter, a deer, a bear, a brace of ducks, an endless but secretive parade of the living treasures of our world. It's all good, as my son would say.

As I plan to visit here often, please consider a visit or two to the YouTube site I manage, linespeed inner sanctum, and engage me. Speak loudly, as I may be asleep. Shrug.
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I'm kinda new here myself when compared to some of the other guys and will be looking for your postings.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-10-2019, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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I'm kinda new here myself when compared to some of the other guys and will be looking for your postings.

Yes indeed, with tongue in cheek, 10 years new. As to any future postings that I make, I hope I don't disappoint. I have adjusted my filters so as to avoid confrontation, a former staple, and I've come to embrace the many lessons I learned at the Don Rickles School of Charm and Animal Husbandry.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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As I stated in my introduction, there is video of me on my friends YouTube channel. Well it took some time before it was posted but it is now available in case anyone is curious enough, or bored enough, to want to meet me. Raw stuff of an old man pretending he knows want he is doing and going through the motions in earnest. Funny and pathetic at the same time but doing what I really want to do and enjoying my day playing in my favorite ditch.


I'm the one who is totally oblivious to how bad the casting is, and from whose perspective at the time was that I was in the groove. And my anchors take a wave form that I had not noticed before, yet is plain as day in the video, and case in point that pictures never lie. As bad as the casting is, I didn't find it embarrassing until my friend's critique, when he seemed to try and build up my poor performance, when the true dimension of my lack of technique was all too plainly seen. I've come to roll with it, though, and extend the link in the spirit of introduction of myself and to put rumors to rest that I may be a monster or anything other than what I am, an old timer enjoying the moments he has left. And believe it or not, catching a fish on occasion. The bull trout are quite cooperative at times.

Jet sleds/boats destroy redds in the spawning grounds with their turbulent jet wash, scouring the bottom and further burying some of the eggs while ejecting the rest into the stream flow to be eaten. To protect fish, these boats must be restricted from the spawning grounds.

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I like to think I'm a young 69, but I can't help but appreciate the sentiments expressed in this thread. I just by chance had a reunion with an old fishing friend, almost a brother, after 50 years apart. We were kids back then, and now not so much. As the memories of our times on the river together came rushing back, I struggled to accept it was real. Most of all, I struggled to understand it was 'not the same river' and we were 'not the same men'. Even though I had hoped that would not be the case, it was of course. We spent an entire evening together laughing, catching up and treading water during the inevitable awkwardness that came and went. In the end we both went back to our own rivers. Appreciate your relationships.
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