This is a retrospective of three days in pacific City, my own corner in paradise.
Day One: I arrive at cabin about 8. By 9 I have the boat hooked up and head up to the Town Lake.
By 9:10 I’m rowing out on the lake and ready to fish.
At 11:30 it was time to load the boat and head upriver to meet my friends and swing for winter steelhead.
My friend Nate rowed his raft while JK and I yammered, we fished in bright sun, and eventually I hooked a nice big shiny kelt. Nate netted the fish, and before I could set up for a photo, i promptly fell into water up to my neck. JK fished me out, my waders full, we took the photo smiling and laughing, I poured water out of my waders, and we headed for the boat ramp.
Got sand on my rear end and socks when I poured water out of the waders.
Day two: worked at cabin when i got up at 3:30. Met Jack Harrell for breakfast at 8 at Grateful Bread. Then we hit the lake at 2 PM for trout and summer steelhead action. We caught many hatchery trout and two summer steelhead. As we rowed to the take out, we met a young man visiting from California with his girlfriend, and Jack invited him to join us on the lake for a quick lesson on how to do it right.
In a few minutes Kyle is catching trout steadily and getting coaching from two self appointed experts. I think he had a great time. He says he will be back with his parents in the summer and wants to book a dory charter to fish the ocean then.
Day Three: serious solo steelhead fishing. I start about 9 AM and fish until about 5 with no sign of fish. Then a steelhead rolls, I cast, and it’s game on. My day is perfect.
I remember reading about Roderick Haig Brown living and fishing his home water on the Campbell River, BC. These days I feel like I’ve got it pretty darn good. Paradise, near as I can tell.
May you all have your own days in paradise.
Jay Nicholas March 24 2015