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Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:30 pm
by oldranger
Good to go to alaska. Should be good to go for chuck and duck fishing for sockeye. I can reel just fine when there is no tension on the line but wondering what will happen when I actually have a fish on.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:29 pm
by rlown
We'll just call you lefty. :)

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:35 pm
by giantbrookie
Oh dear. I'm very sorry to hear about this. Best wishes for fast healing.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:00 pm
by SSSdave
The "day dreaming on the trail..." how did that cause your injury? Are you saying you were not paying attention and fell? Good luck healing up.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:30 pm
by oldranger
SSSdave wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:00 pm
The "day dreaming on the trail..." how did that cause your injury? Are you saying you were not paying attention and fell? Good luck healing up.
yes. Actually I wasn't paying attention and going too fast for my diminished abilities due to lack of coordination due to 3 damaged locations on my spinal cord. Unfortunately the onset of the damage was so slow and painless that by the time it was treated it was irreversible but hopefully stalled. Clearly my days of negotiating extensive talus fields and rock hoping when fishing are past. But I Will do my best to resume backpacking next year and day hiking in later this summer.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:27 pm
by happycamper0313
Oh man that looks awful! Did you slip on some loose gravel? Loose gravel has been the cause of all slips and trips on trail for me, especially on downhill.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:16 pm
by Harlen
oldranger:
I can reel just fine when there is no tension on the line but wondering what will happen when I actually have a fish on.
rlown:
How are you going to cast with that injury?
And how are you going to shove the bears out of the way to get to your fishing spot?
(We remember your photos from the last trip.)

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Mike.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:36 pm
by bobby49
Around Naknek Lake and Brooks Falls, if you get a fish on, then that is good. However, if a bear approaches when you have that fish on, you are required to cut the line and move out of the way. How do you do that with a weak arm?

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:07 pm
by oldranger
bobby49 wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:36 pm
Around Naknek Lake and Brooks Falls, if you get a fish on, then that is good. However, if a bear approaches when you have that fish on, you are required to cut the line and move out of the way. How do you do that with a weak arm?
Not an issue this year but last year I broke off when a bear shoed up by pointing the rod directly at the fish, tightly palming my fly reel and jerking straight back and snapping the line. Could have done the same this year.

Also intentionally broke off a couple times last year when a large fish went out to the middle of the river and decided to head back to Bristol Bay. ...this year they seemed determined to continue upstream even when hooked.

Re: another shoulder of woe!

Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:07 pm
by bobby49
oldranger wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:07 pm
when a large fish went out to the middle of the river and decided to head back to Bristol Bay.
That's a tough commute.