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Hiya,

Jasper's Sober Fishing thread gave me an idea....

The weather for Sunday, 11/1/09 in Zip Code 52101 looks pretty hard to pass up! At about 11am my (3) kids and I are going on a fishing outing for the day. Any one on this board who wants to stop by is welcome!! We're hoping to get there by 11am and leave at dusk (unless that's when the bit starts and well...an addict does what an addict does and I have no desire to join Angler's Anonymous wink)

The access to the Iowa side of the dam and some calmer backwaters is upriver from Harpers. Find Harpers Ferry on a mapping site and you'll see the dam, and the access turn-off is upriver from Harpers.  My van is silver, with big oval KDEC FM100.5 window-stickers on it. Hard to miss. Bait shop is on the downriver end of town, up HWY
B25. There's a few things to know, though, if you've never been there before and you're looking at a satellite map website of Harpers Ferry. Iowa and/or Lock # Dam #9.

What looks like a mile or so long road is actually a walk/bike path on top of an earth & concrete causeway. It's a gorgeous walk, but it's a long, straightish line. I shlepp my gear in a bike-trailer/stroller so I can also pack-out a "tired of walking" 5 year old if need be. aww

The shoreline along the causeway is fishable, of course, but mostly featureless. The shore at the dam is rip-rap; piles of boulders & head-sized limestone rocks used as erosion-control. Weak ankles? Balance issues? Best be prepared. Falling on rip-rap sucks. I've done it a few times while impaired and it hurts. A lot.

Your satellite map site will also show a fishing pier. That's private. Fuh-gedda-bowt-it. Na-cho-spot.

Should you wish to brave the long hike in, risk the precarious footing and lack of soft seating; the fishing can be pretty great. No guarantees, of course, but I wouldn't take three kids under 12 years old there if I wasn't pretty sure there would be fish. smile

If you have no gear, and a license (Wisconson or Iowa will work) but still want to stop by, call me  - 563-419-4970 and I'll bring some extra gear.

I also posted this invite on a regional fishing forum with the invite stressing SOBER people only.

So, that's the name of that tune! If my Friends in the UK fly out RIGHT NOW you might beat us there. wink

Peace,
Rob

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Its sounds like heaven Rob, unfortunately I can't make it across the atlantic but catch one for me,

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Very creative and interesting !

Thanks for the offer . Im really not that far away over here in Michigan.

Here's hoping you have a great time with your kids and return home safely .

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Awww, too bad we're so far away (Ontario, Canada). My sober hubby took up fishing as a new hobby in sobriety. All that money he used to spend on booze went towards a little fishing boat this summer. He woulda loved to have joined you.

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Hey Rob, I'm there in spirit! Don't think that my plane will get me there in time! ;) Fishing on the Mississippi. You have no idea how cool that sounds to me.

I'd love to take up fly fishing as a sober hobby. I tried it a few times pre-AA but I'm just too much of a klutz trying to tie the knots and all -- basically I can't do it! lol

But I can get vicarious enjoyment from you guys and your angling!

Look forward to hearing how it goes!

Good sobriety to you and all.

Steve

-- Edited by SteveP on Sunday 1st of November 2009 03:22:40 AM

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Would be good - but it's a fair old way away.

Steve P - fly fishing is the least technical in terms of complex knots and stuff - if you can tie a loop you can fix a fly to a line.

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Thanks Bill - I'll bear that in mind. Look forward to chatting about that some time. I love the everything about fly fishing -- except the knots (I have a fundamental inability to tie a leader to a piece of line -- and I never did get that tippet thing). :)



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Superglue is your friend - ready made leaders slide onto the end of the line, super glue holds them in place. the leader is loop ended, the tippet you tie a loop in one end and loop to loop join on the leader, then you tie the fly on with a loop. s'easy.

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WHY IZZIT that LOTS of males get sober and become brilliant fishermen?? I know lots of guys around here who do a lot of fishing, and I often get a nice catch for my tea if they have a good day. I did try fishing when married to my first hubby, I never caught a thing except a lousy cold virus, but we did go home with some decent fishies.

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Not this male...In the fellowship I am in, we get sober and then become really good at doing drag.

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pinkchip wrote:

Not this male...In the fellowship I am in, we get sober and then become really good at doing drag.




Made my day! lol

Thanks man! :)



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-- Edited by StPeteDean on Saturday 7th of November 2009 12:46:58 PM

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Are they really that bad? I am a seafood lover but seeing the reviews is like scaring me.


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Food is one of those topics that never go out of vogue. As a result, this is the road I chose for myself. However, because there are so many of these services available now, being the best in this industry is essential. Then I discovered this website. Here, I can have any sort of seafood I desire. I don't have to go because these are delivered to my home. It's something I truly like.



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Are we talking about food? My least favorite food is.

 

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