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We charge for shore as lake turns to white caps. The rain and lightning moves in fast. Did I mention that we got boat for free and have no clue what to do in rain? We pull boat up close to shore near our camp, outside of no-wake zone. We leave all of our gear and head for soggy camp.
Well, apparently it’s best to leave your boat in protected cove in no wake zone. From what we could tell, our boat was hammered with 300 to 400 gallons of water from waves and boat wakes from boaters rushing back to dock. Yes, it sank in 18 inches of water. I didn’t realize a boat could sink in 18” of water! All of our gear is floating around shore. The gas tank and gear which included an Orvis waste pack with hmmmm, some 500 plus flies. Every box any fly had to be opened and dried on dashboards of our trucks.
We bail boat, load truck and haul our soggy gear and crippled egos back home.
Next memorial day, it’s back to river!!!
Rick Chapo is with Nomad Journals - Preserve the experience with writing journals for traveling, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, bird watching and more. This story series is being created from journals entries in a Nomad Fly-Fishing Journal.