Bob Ball, my guide of guides in Forks, Washington, and I floated the Sol Duc River. It was my second cast…bobber down, a mild uptake on my rod, the river splashed, then exploded and the battle was on. A beautiful fresh winter steelhead, brighter than bright. Released because it was a wild/native steelhead. The day continued and the bobber-down happened six more times. Ah, seven’s a good number.
Then the next day, Zorba [Oregon’s best steelhead and salmon guide] joined me for our 5th annual fishing adventure with Bob. We fished two rivers, the Bogeschiel and the Calawah. A number of bobber-downs and fish released. It then happened. The preface to “it happened” is I’ve fished for winter steelhead for over 50 years. Toward the end of our float on the Calawah, my bobber-down happened. The hook was set and the battle on. ALMOST at the very same moment Zorba’s bobber-down happened. Two fish on at the same time…a DOUBLE. We landed both…here’s the picture. I’m the guy with the Indiana Jones hat, a little seasoned, but hey, it joins me whenever casting. Worth the fifty years’ wait.
A third day fishing a different river with Ray Vermillion. I wished his drift boat were an ark. The rain came down, then the wind, rain coming sideways. No bobber downs, but being soaked was our reality. Then, about to finish, a tad…all right a big TAD—early, the bobber dipped, fish on! It was a beautiful “low-teener” steelhead, somewhere in the 14-pound range. Netted and released. What a three days.
Returned home to catch the joy of the BIGGEST FISH EVER.
Told Diane the same…it happened this morning. All about Jason. He’s gotten all the tubes removed, the trach opening has healed as has his stomach tube. Eating actual food, on a weight-gain diet [Ah, I commit the sin of envy…and can forgive myself, a pastoral privilege that comes with ordination!!!]. This morning it was the BIGGEST FISH…the picture below takes the cake, so to speak. Jason getting ready, with some help, of course, to take those steps into his future. THAT’S more important than river therapy, it really is. Thank you, God, for fish and guides and Washington rivers. But, even more thank you for Diane and Jason and YOUR HEALING PRESENCE. YES!!!!
A couple of pictures to illustrate the affirmations: