After my day of panfishing earlier this week (see the previous blog post) I decided today was the day to get out to the Millers River to find a few rainbows. As usual, I packed the car and then ran through my mental checklist, starting with my feet and working up my body. Here's how the routine checklist goes: boots, socks, waders, wader belt with wading stiff attached, fishing shirt, vest, raincoat, sunglasses, hat with flip-down focals. I also have a bag with an extra set of clothes.
I can't believe I mentally checked off "waders" and merrily drove off for the one hour trip to the river.
The only problem was that my waders were hanging in the garage where I'd left them to dry after the last trip. And there was no way I was going to wet-wade with nylon cargo pants and Teva sandals. My trip ended as soon as I arrived.
So, am I the only idiot out there? I hope others have done this. Or, something similar.
I actually forgave myself fairly quickly because this sort of thing (for me) is bound to happen. It seems I do something like this every five years or so.
The last time it was my fishing reel. But my friend Paul always has extras of everything in his car (he drove) and he came to the rescue with a reel and spool of the exact line weight to match my rod.
The time before that I left my boots at home. That was maybe 10 years ago. But that trip was saved by a pair of sneakers in the back of my van.
Tomorrow is Fathers Day. Perhaps it will be easy for me to get to the river. The van is packed (I didn't take anything out of it) and my waders are in a pile by the front door with my keys on top of them... but I think I will put them in the van as soon as I hit the "publish" button on this post, just to be safe.