Up at 6 AM and down for a hearty Idaho breakfast with Vern and Kathy. I slept like a log but Dave who had the cot said he did not sleep so well. I offered to trade with him tonight…he gets the queen size bed…and I would get the cot. He said no and wants to try the couch.
Kathy made homemade pumpkin pancakes and pork sausage. Nearly everything they eat is homemade and grown on their land. Kathy guaranteed that the pancakes would be hold us till mid afternoon. They did!
The weather was overcast but dry as we loaded the jet boat on to the trailer and headed down the road to unload it near the best fishing hole on the Clearwater River. Unloaded we did and in spite of Vern’s warning that catching one steelhead a day was great fishing, the fish went wild. Vern caught the first fish, an 8 pounder; Dave caught 3 in a row all around 5-7 pounds, and then bang!!!! I battled in a 15 pounder. What a thrill! Dave caught 2 more 5-7 pounders, and Vern a trout, and it was two in the afternoon and we were hungry. All of the beautiful steelheads were released as per law. What a thrill.
We headed up the river in the jet boat and shot through two small sets of rapids and moored the boat below their house. We headed up the steep trail and Kathy had a big lunch waiting for us. She had been working in their raised garden. We put on their TV and starting watching the baseball playoffs and you can imagine after 6 hours of pulling in the hardest fighting fish in the world, the clearest air in the world, on a full stomach, we fell asleep in the three big recliners. What a life.
We headed out again and fished two hours on the river just below their house from 5-7 PM and the fish were still in their recliners. We had a great dinner meal of 3 inch thick grilled pork chops, home made beans, a baked potato and a salad. We could not eat the homemade apple crisp so Kathy said, “This will go good for breakfast.”
It was a great day and we can’t say enough about Vern and Kathy’s hospitality. The only negative is that time is going too fast.