The birthday and fish gods smiled down upon me. I received the gift I wished for. It was a day spent doing one of the things I enjoy most in this world. And it was all covered with (read "filled with") big multicolored shiny bows.
|The color of some fish blows me away, and leaves me grinning.
The day was spent with three other awesome gentlemen who share my love of fishing. Gilbert, Jared, and Shane. Gilbert runs two blogs. One is called Fly Tying 123, and the other is Gil Fly Fishing, both of which are awesome sites. Jared maintains another called The Pursuit, and is an excellent writer. Shane, as most people who read this already know, is a common fishing buddy and runs The Fish Hunter Chronicles. All are great sites and worth checking out. These guys are top quality company, and excellent companions to have on ones birthday.
|Ready. Set. Go!
|Hasta La Vista, Bowie.
|Can't beat the colors of a wild fish.
|Steelhead, in Idaho? Heck yeah we have em'. But is a fish that doesn't go to the ocean a steelhead? Ha ha, that one is for you Jared.
|Baby for the day.
|Even messed up fish need some love.
It was one of those perfect days. We were on the water early. The fish made us work, just a little, in the beginning. Eventually things were on fire. We left just as the sun was nearing the hills. Then the evening was spent on a date with my beautiful wife. It was the best birthday I have had for some time. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it.