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Best Laid Plans

January 5, 2008

Plan A:
Put in at Rio Beaver and float to its confluence with Thorne River–farther upstream than anybody has fished this season. Take your time fishing your own private drifts. Catch fish. Float home to Thorne Bay.

Plan B:
Observe fallen trees crossing Rio Beaver every 40 yards or less. Drag your raft downstream along the bank through, over, and under old growth windfalls, devil’s club, mud, and snow. Measure the biggest hemlock you’ve ever seen: 25 feet in circumference. Take a dip trying to cross the stream. Thank God for your life vest. Let a few devil’s club stalks whack the backs of your hands. This will produce a sensation that looks like it feels:

Each red dot is represented by a barbed and poisoned thorn embedded in your hand:

Make it to the Thorne way too late to fish.

Hurry to the bay just in time for this:

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12 comments

  1. […] The Mad Fishicist wrote an interesting post today on Plan AHere’s a quick excerptPlan A: Put in at Rio Beaver and float to its confluence with Thorne River farther upstream than anybody has fished this season. Take your time fishing your own private drifts. Catch fish. Float home to Thorne Bay. Plan B: Observe fallen trees crossing Rio Beaver every 40 yards or less. Drag your raft downstream along the bank through, over, and under old growth windfalls, devil s club, mud, and snow. Measure the biggest hemlock you ve ever seen: 25 feet in circumference. Take a dip Want to read more? Click here. […]


  2. OWIE!!!!! Should’ve stuck with plan A


  3. Hey Ike,
    When are we leaving?! Sounds like the perfect trip – pain, misery, frustration, hardness, and joy! I can’t wait!

    Uncle Bob


  4. You’re on, Uncle Bob. Try to pick a date when there’s some sort of ice storm or something. The weather was just a little too nice yesterday.


  5. In a type of very memorizable fishing trips there is no need (chance) to make a single cast. There’s nothing better than an improvised plan b. Great post. Sorry for laughing.


  6. oh ike, those hands look terrible, i hope the beautiful view at the end for somewhat of a nice end to a crazy day.


  7. Wow–that certainly looks painful! Love the story! Is there anything you can put on it to relieve the pain? Eeeeek! what a glorious picture of a beautiful spot on this earth though=-


  8. Well this tops walking upstream at Delta Clearwater Creek only to walk 3 miles to your car in cheap wading shoes. The devilsclub looks like fun.


  9. TMF!!! How are those hands doing?


  10. If we didn’t have they occasional bad day how would we recognize the good ones?
    LOL


  11. Hey MAD,
    Good to hear from you once again. Thanks for the kind words on my small attempt at a little poetry.

    I must admit I check your blog regularly to see what’s new in your world. Not to mention, my wife loves your wife’s blog as well. It’s kind of stalking-ish hopefully without the weirdness. See her blog here: http://annahosking.blogspot.com/

    I would love to have an angling conversation. I am not sure exactly where you will be for the week in March? What’s your plan?

    Feel free to shoot me an email.

    Stay warm my friend.
    rj


  12. Holy snap bud. Careful w/ that Devil’s Club. Sounds like a real adventure.



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