“TGIF” came as we prepared the kids for another day of Sage Rat hunting with a little trout fishing in the afternoon. The weather had been moderate with rain showers over the past week so we were doing a little sunshine dance hoping for light wind with some warmer temperatures. The kids could hardly wait in anticipation for what turned out to be an incredible day pursuing the outdoors! Morning came as we loaded up for a stop at the local “java” stand for some hot cocoa.
On our way out through the Crooked River Valley, we saw multiple herds of deer and antelope feeding low in the fields. The river flow in the Crooked River was close to flood stage from the melting snow. Once we arrived at Maury Mtn. Ranch, the kids hopped in the back of the truck for a little outdoor ride to the shooting fields.
Before we could start shooting Prarie Dogs, we took a few minutes to site in making sure the .17 HMR’s were on target at 100 yards.
Since the lake had not been fished since the fall and I knew the ranch owner had been feeding these fish some sort of Miracle Grow, we approached quietly in search of “WALTER”. Faith made the first few casts with her fly rod careful not to hook Adam. Low and behold “fish on” as we’re off to the races watching Faith battle the first monster from the deep!
Thank goodness we had Faith along to show us how it’s done. We knew with her by our side the two boys were sure to hook another. Now it was the Powerbait’s turn to see what would happen as Eli cast his treat. Wouldn’t you know it? “Fish on” and off to the races we go again as we scramble to get our cameras for the life long photo opps.
Now that Eli got to show us up, it was Levi’s turn to go for the “whopper”! After fishing these lakes for years, I knew their were monsters lurking deep below. What would entice the beast as we cast another gooey bob of Rainbow Glitter Powerbait? “Shazaam” as Levi’s line went for a run spooling the 8 lb. test on the reel. We had a feeling this would be the one that would challenge Levi’s ability to get the job done.
What a day as we sighed… All we could do was thank the Lord for the opportunity to get out and spend “quality” time with our kids enjoying the outdoors! The rest of the afternoon, we pursued “Varmint Kong” seeking to distroy all rats who dared to show themselves. We must have shot over two hundred rounds there were so many… Still not sure we even put a dent in the population as Prarie Dogs just kept coming out as the afternoon heat came on. Once out of ammo with the sun starting to drop we decided to go after more trout before heading home with that special stop at Artic Circle for a treat!
If folks have any interest, please visit www.maurytroutfishing.com to learn more about booking an opportunity to fish multiple lakes for world class Rainbows. Thanks to the Kastor’s for allowing us another special opportunity to enjoy our kids in a piece of their paradise!