We've had a lean fishing year....which translates to no fishing at all so far. Finally, Mr. Squash and I were able to go out on the Yakima River with a guide. We just returned home yesterday and had a wonderful time!
At first the weather report said we would be rained on all day! We prepared for the worst, but thankfully, it didn't affect just the area where we fished! Most of the day was like this - partly cloudy and pretty crisp.
When it came time for lunch, our guide Mike anchored the boat on a nice stretch of the river and set up a table and chairs for lunch! Now this is what we call living! We had fried chicken, apples, a cucumber/squash salad that isn't in this photo, chips, cookies and cold water. Everything was delicious!
Then it came time to get back in the boat and do some more fishing! If you look closely, you'll see a nice cutthroat trout in the net! Mr. Squash landed it beautifully and the guide netted it so he could release it back into the river. The Yakima is a world class river, all catch and release. We asked Mike how far away from home people came to fish the river. He said he's had guests as far away as Japan and Austria!
One nice thing about going out with a guide - they net the fish, unhook it and put it back in the river! Here's another nice fish Mr. Squash caught!
In addition to fish, we saw quite a bit of wildlife. If you click on the photo above there is a small herd of bighorn sheep - all female here.
This large heron flew back and forth around us and he finally landed for a nice photo shoot. In case you can't see him - he's on the right side of the photo.
This interesting wildlife is us taken on the Umptanum bridge. I am layered up under my fishing waders which is why I look like a little doughboy! We told the guide we really wanted a good photo to use on our Christmas card this year. Hmmmm....maybe not this one (wink).