Jen and I arrived in Brule around 8:30pm, dropped off some stuff at the cabin, and went in to Twin Gables for supper since we saw Bob's truck there. We found them (Anderson, Mother Feiker, Ben, Ryan, and Andy) in the back bar, watching the Twins-Yankees game. Ben had pictures of the steelhead he caught earlier in the day and it was a very nice one at that. Jen and I bellied up to the bar and ordered supper and watched the game. We also chatted with Dee, the owner, and met her boyfriend during the commercial breaks.
After watching the Twins lose, we headed to the Kro-bar to see what was happening.
I ran into a few more friends that I knew and did some catching up with them (Joe, Ash, Grizzly, Buzzy, and Shane). It was great to see them and rib each other a little and share what little intel we had gathered on the current steelhead situation.
We (Mother Feiker, Ben, Andy, and myself) head back to the cabin after closing the bar down and went to bed around 3am.
We were up and getting ready to go to Twin Gables about 7:30am or so, and there it was...about a 1/4" of show on the ground. Jen and I were excited by the fresh snow and were actually looking forward to spending the day in it. It really made the bright colored leaves pop even more.
For some reason, I couldn't stay on my feet this weekend. I fell three different times, so I was nursing a sore knee and elbow, but the back feels more aligned then when I started the day. Go figure! And today is the best my back has felt in a week. Guess I should fall on my ass more often when my back is feeling crappy.
Andy tagged into a colorful steelhead with bright red on it, and it broke off quickly. He also got a strike in the same area before that. When it happened, Jen was resting on the bank and got to watch the 15- seconds of excitement right in front of her and got to see the steelhead in the water racing around.
Near the end of the day, Jen did get a strike, but that was it for her.
We warmed up back at the cabin and Tony was there making a feast for the cold hungry crew. Ham, wild rice, cranberry sauce, salmon dip, mashed potatoes. It was a full holiday meal!
Joining us for dinner were Jay (who also caught a couple steelhead that day), also two of Tony's friends from the area, Troy and Rick. Then, Mike from the Fly Angler and his buddy joined up for some food and friendly conversation.
Around 10pm Mother Feiker, Ben, and myself headed for the Kro to see what local characters were out and about. Anderson joined us later after Rick left the cabin. I chatted with Dee's boyfriend about our day and his recent bow hunting experiences while he checked ID's at the door. The Bugs were in full swing rocking the house. Over the years, that band has definitely improved.
Jen did say that even though the weather was less then ideal, and didn't catch anything, that she had fun and might even do it again. I had a great time with her as well as seeing all my old and new friends.