Photos By: Matt Bornhorst/Justin Dobson
The radar was covered in green and spotted red. Months of planning, anticipation and excitement of our planned fishing trip to the warmer waters of the south faded quickly as the days between us and that long weekend grew slimmer and the chance of rain only rose. Avoiding the storm looked impossible. We explored every option to escape the weather and enjoy the long weekend we set aside. Every fishing destination within 8 hours had the same forecast. So after all the planning, we decided to do what typically ends up being pretty successful; the last minute plan.
Long weekend fishing getaways are hard to come by, so there is no way we were going to just sit around and let the weather win. So the plan was simple: Avoid the worst of the storms, find some lodging that is an improvement over sleeping in a wet tent, fish and be happy. Although cold, wet and less than ideal stream coniditons, I'd say we exceeded our own expectations. Make the best out of the days you find hardest to leave the warm, dry house.
Even Van Gogh gets it:
“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”