Photos Courtesy Of Dan Pennell
A friend of our in Surprise wanted to know how our yearly Black River trip went last week.
All Went Well Except The Fishing
'Smokey Mountains of Arizona'
Rained hard Thurs, as forecasted & a little each day. Beautiful.
Lots and lots and lots of deer. Bear droppings, tracks everywhere.
But the river----from a ft to 2 ft higher that we've ever seen it before. And roaring along. I tried at 3 different areas to cross it & couldn't. Too high, too strong, totally filled with dirt, all chocolate brown color, my pants were immediately filled w/dirt as soon as getting in the water. Firewood & even some big trunks were floating down river, & fast. If I had tried to go all the way across I probably would have been knocked down, even though I take long broom handles just for that, & then floundered around getting back to shore---probably would have lost the fishing pole & got the pistol, camera & everything else soaked. And if I had made it across, then I probably would have been knocked down coming back.
Last trip (2 yrs ago--we couldn't get in last yr because of the fire) I crossed the river going up river 18 times & then 18 times coming back out (Bill stayed back by the bridge---he's getting too old to do much river crossing now) & no problem. But instead of being just below the knees or at middle of the thigh, the river was over my waist & just too strong. Lot of water.
I suppose the fish were there, but I wonder how they do with that kind of crappy water going thru their gills. You couldn't see & I imagine the fish couldn't see anything you threw in. At the one big hole I could get to, the water was up so high, it was all the way back to the bushes, so I had to stand in bushes taller than I was to cast----just wasn't working.
We got back home late Fri. If we could have fished I would have gone down to the canyon one more time Sat morning, but after 3 days of sitting or walking around camp, ehh...it was time to come home.
It's A Tough Life
Photos Courtesy Of Dan Pennell
One of my brothers & I went fishing 4 days. Beautiful--couple of good rain/hail storms. It's a different world up there.
We camped about 20' from a stream, & there was this big rock, out in the middle of nowhere, that looked like a big recliner.
We followed the stream down the mountain--beautiful, remote, jungle forest type scenery. & as it dropped down the mountain there were pools w/trout in them. Hard to get to--but that always has the benefit of no one else being there. (except the bears--one black bear cub came out of the stream & ran up the mountain--pulled the pistol, thinking Mama Bear would come charging along, but she never showed up).
Nice to spend some time in a wild place, but now it's time to go back to work.
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