Wake up at 4:30 AM, drive in the fog from McCall to Riggins, put the drift boat in the water just before sunrise and quietly meander downriver watching the pink sky light up and the day is off to a good start.  Lance Cole our guide handed Randy, my father-in-law, and I some coffee to bring focus to our early morning brains.  We were going to need some brain power learn how to cast the 12 foot spay rods we were using to catch the wily steelhead.

At first the casting felt like the first time you try to pat your head and rub your belly all at once.  I was glad we had the first spot all to ourselves as I clumsily whip around my rod is some sort of “River Runs Through It” dance only to have my fly and line drop 5 feet in front of me.

All be told in eight hours of fishing Randy caught one Bull Trout but we still had a great day on the river.  Lance did a great job teaching me how to cast.  Once I got the hang of it, the rest of my bluebird day was spent wading, casting, and listening to the river.

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