DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

The Sunshine Coast

Hi friends,

Just spent a lovely couple days on the Sunshine Coast. Haven’t had a walk through the woods with a camera in a while and I really enjoyed the chance to get close to the water. I love rivers. Had lunch at the mouth of Robert’s Creek at a lovely little park and then stayed at the Tuwanek Hotel. All in all, a couple of really good days to leave the computer off.

Enjoy some pictures.

D.

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On the Ferry
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signs
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tideline
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Robert’s Creek
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The balancers have been here. Robert’s Creek
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drift
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dusty
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Conversation.

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Dalby
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Kim and Shannon
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Robert’s Creek
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Robert’s Creek
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Robert’s Creek
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Dalby getting in my shot. Robert’s Creek
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The trail in Cliff Gilker park.
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Forest
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Smooth
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fiddle
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Robert’s Creek
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Red in the woods.


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prop
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sl. ug.
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Fishing the Sakgit, again.



When we made plans to go fish this Saturday, the forecast was for rain. I packed TWO rain jackets the night before.

The river had different plans for us. We awoke to a few clouds and as the day went on it got warm, the sun shone, and it was as nice a day as anyone could expect on the river. I went with a Jon, a John, and a Lisa, more people than I’m used to fishing with on a river, but we kept out of each others way for the most part, and had a perfect day fishing. I got another big Dolly, had another spit the fly, had a big rainbow spit the fly but managed to fool a half dozen or so of his brothers. I didn’t think there were any cutthroat left in the Skagit, but there were clearly orange marks on a fish I got later in the day.

One of the coolest things that happened all day was running into snorkelers doing a fish count. I’ve always heard of this happening on various rivers (in fact I’ve always wanted to do it) but this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. These guys cover 7 kms a day in water that is between 4 and 7 degrees! When they go through a pool, they make little “beep” noises through the snorkel every time they see a fish. They mark their slates and every so often dump the data to the other guy on shore. We talked to them for quite awhile and found out that they are contracted by the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission in partnership with the BC Ministry of the
Environment. What we learned was that the rainbows we are catching are the normal sized fish for the upper Skagit and that there are very few larger ones, but they are there. The population of Dollys is growing and the average size is too. There are huge char in that river and lots of them. In one run that is less than 100 yards long they counted 80 fish. Whoa.

As amazing as this river is, I can only imagine what it was like before they dammed it and it had runs of salmon and steelhead. It could have been one of the best Flyfishing rivers in the world. I hate dams. But i like cheap electricity.

At the end of the day, we were packed up and driving home, the sun was setting and it was starting to get cloudy. Just as we left the gravel and hit the pavement the first drops hit the windshield. By the time we hit Highway 1 West, it was pouring rain. We got lucky today.

Ok, enough words, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

D.

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We drove out under an amazing sunrise. 20100911_0058
John, hittin’ the water
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Nice drift.
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Lisa working out the rust.
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Frogmen!
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Thanks for the info guys!
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Signs of Fall are showing up.
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One Jon.
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And a John.
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Jon gets stealthy.
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Lisa casts into the deep pool.
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John puts a nice tight cast where he wants it.
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Lisa brings a nice bow in.
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This was a BIG dolly. Smart too, wrapped her around some roots and broke off.
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Jon gets into one.
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Cutbow?
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Look at the big ugly stonefly nymph!
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Too bad about the crappy scenery
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A SERIOUSLY beautiful river.
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Jon plays one more.
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Location is everything...
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Sound System


I have cool friends. Stylish friends. Amazing and interesting friends that make me look like pretty much of a shlub in comparison.

The other day we went over to my friends Semele and Bruce's home for an afternoon cocktail before heading out for a sushi dinner. They have taken a typical vancouver box house and turned it into a beautful example of good design and impecable taste. When we got there some surfy acoustic bliss was coming out of this stereo record machine. Sounds as good as it looks and made for a perfect soundtrack for Sem's spur-of-the-moment blender drink creations.

Good times, good company, summer...real nice.

D.

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A little fishing trip

After 6 weeks diving I came home to no obligations and a fierce need to go fishing. I unpacked for a week and caught up on some things and then called my old friend Rob from Whistler Cigars.

Me: "hey buddy, I'm thinking about trying to sneak away for a few days of fishing"

Rob: "I'm leaving Sunday at 6 AM with a couple friends..."

Me: "Done and done!"

So a couple days later I'm driving with my oldest friend up to a lake that we haven't been to together in about ten years. I'm writing a little story about the trip so I'll keep it short, but here are some shots from the trip. Enjoy.

I've been off blogging for awhile, but I'm back in the groove folks. You'll be seeing lots more from me again.

D.

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Sunrise at 5:45 in Whistler.

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flybox full of options
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pumping the stomach to find out what they are feeding on.
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Chironomid fishing is a patient business.
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Misty evening sunset fishing.
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Rainy and cold in July.
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And even some damn snow.
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A boy and his dog.
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Hydration is essential...
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...as is proper nutrition.
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Neon green sunset forest. Notice the Beetle-killed pines?
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This is what it's all about.
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Pemberton Festival Madness - super post, lots of photos.

Pemberton Festival photos, band photos, and so on. Read More...
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Stew

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reconnecting with old friends is the best. me and Jon Stewart used to ride for Crazy Banana in the 80's...
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