Preparation sounds easy doesn’t it? For Bent Rod Media (BRM) it’s always a challenge to prepare for a trip. There are 4 of us with BRM, all leading vastly different lives. Dave “Nymph-O” is a full-time guide and grad student on top of being a brand new daddy to Jed. So his spare time is now devoted to his family. I used to envy fishing guides, but after meeting Dave I’ve come to realize they don’t get to fish very often. Which must suck since most of them, like Dave are on the stream with clients 5 days a week.
I’ll try not to pick on Mitch too much since he is always on our shit list, not having any time for himself. He is a 9-5’er, what he does is a mystery now after leaving the bank. Now with some type of government accounting something. One of those budgeting jobs where a government toilet seat costs 9K. Him being a new father and husband also limits his BRM time, and who wants to work (filming, photography, editing) when you haven’t been out having fun on the stream in 6 weeks.
I have been pretty lucky so far with a work schedule of only 3 days a week. Thankfully I’ve accumulated almost 300 vacation hours and a wife that has been pretty lenient of my fishing habit. I to have my husband duties and homeowner chores to complete and it’s not always easy leaving.
Ryan’s fishing days outnumber us all since he is pretty much within 2 hours of every type of fishing possible and he is his own boss. His days have dropped off recently with an unfortunate family illness but he still seems to get his greasy mexican ass on the stream a lot more than the rest of us. He even tricks his wife into thinking she can fish so that he can get more time on the stream by bringing her. Sneaky bastard!!
So with BRM it is always a never ending challenge to plan a trip. Someone always seemingly gets left behind pouting like someone stole their bicycle. This upcoming trip was no different. Mitch took the lead throwing out the dates he could make the trip. Ryan followed suit. Dave was on baby watch so he was a no-go and my schedule is usually flexible so I was in like flint. Also our good friend and BRM consultant “Frodo”, who has joined us on many trips like Missouri, Nicaragua, and Patagonia, decided to join us.
Unlike the majority of our trips the planning on this one was fairly easy. Especially since Mitch forgot about when his wedding anniversary was, but somehow weasel his way back into the trip. Mitch and I did our usual bickering about who is driving, paying, departure and return times. Our fearless leader Ryan basically sat by and said he didn’t care who was coming he would be there without us. The forecast is calling for rain and possibly snow for the weekend. So with our vast onslaught of rain, fishing, and camera gear we will be on the stream before dark on saturday fishing well into the night. Hopefully the fish gods will smile upon us and grace us with Leroy Browns presence.
To Be Continued…………