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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
By Dave Graybill
Tuesday was a reminder that fishing isn’t always about catching. My good friend Rollie Schmitten couldn’t remember the last time he had been fishing since the sockeye season on Lake Wenatchee. This is very unusual for him. He enjoys fishing in all its forms and we typically fish for all kinds of species year-round. We started fishing together around 2006, after meeting each other at a WDFW presentation on the Upper Columbia River Management Plan. Our mutual interests in fishing, even at the management level, has sustained a wonderful relationship ever since. Rollie had fished Rufus Woods with me, but never at Brandts Landing. When I told him about the great day we had last Friday, he was eager to get up there. Our day started off promising. He had a 20-inch rainbow on the bank before I even had the second rod cast and set. We had several other bites but our day was mostly spent in conversation about past fishing trips and future plans. We only took home two fish, but it was one of the best days of fishing we’ve had together for a long time.