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She Almost Left Me

Blog by: Matt Snider , Colorado 5/17/2019
Today my dog was pretty psyched.  She loves going out fishing, being on the boat on a river, and she just mostly hangs out peacefully with a content posture and lazy eyes.  She knows when we hook up with fish, suddenly coming to life, many times getting a little too close even though she knows better.  Just can't help herself.  She's typically good with the fish when we're handling them, perhaps getting a little lick in, but mostly sniffing and occasionally sneaking an occasional love nip.  She's particularly interested as they swim away, disappearing into the liquid, perhaps wondering where they're heading or how they appeared in the first place - like an apparition.  

Bailey is what we call her, and she's happy regardless of whether I catch fish or not, but most happy when I do. Today she nearly left me.  I met up with Kev-o in Loveland and got the boat out for the second time since overhauling the motor.  Save that for another story.  When I got to the ramp a bit before our scheduled time, I got out and immediately realized I left something behind that would be fairly significant. Boat keys.

Boat keys are not typically on my mental checklist that I keep and check when I'm departing home with boat in tow.  They're always in my boat bag, no need to consume more of an ever-shrinking brain capacity by placing them on the list.  But I did a lot of motor work on the side yard, and as my feet hit the gravel at the boat ramp I could envision them clear-as-day hanging by the door at the house.  An hour later I was back at the same spot, ready to go... and so was Kevin He'd already landed 2 species from shore... a small bass and a small walleye.  

Bailey was not too happy with me at that point, being in the car an hour and half to get to a lake 30 minutes away.  But she went along with it and hopped in the boat, and off we went.  Motor worked fine, we reached our spots, and this is when Bailey started spending more time away from me than ever.  Kevin began catching more fish.  White bass, largemouth, a carp, and some walleye (one reaching just about 23 inches.) I caught one small walleye.  Bailey was not impressed with me - and spent the remainder of the trip at the other end of the boat.

The season is still early for me - I'm switching my gear from ice fishing to open water and getting the boat ready.  I've been on a few rivers fly fishing this spring but not out on the boat - it was up on blocks all winter and early spring.  Forgetting my keys was a sign of not being in the "groove".  And not catching fish - well I'll just chalk that up to the same thing, I just need to get back in the "groove".  

Meanwhile, I still have Bailey, she still has faith in me, and she didn't leave with Kevin.  I'll get my game back together and hit my way out of this slump, and she'll be proud of me once again.  But for now, I know one thing is for sure, she will be excited to see someone else joining me on fishing trips. 
Kev-o with a fishKev-o with a fishKev-o with another fish.  Big eye.
And this is where Bailey spent most of her time - near Kevin, eagerly waiting to see what he`d reel in next. 
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Blog Comments
Kev-o, CO   5/17/2019 5:50:49 PM
Not everyday you find out that your best friend is a traitor lol. Was fun to have her out there today actually sheís pretty mellow I like that. Perhaps youíll win her back next time, or not. Iíve never seen anyone catch a walleye with a fly rod before so that was cool experience for me. In the future consider getting a microchip embedded into your hand and you wonít have to worry about forgetting those pesky keys again.🤗 Had a great time with you today Matt letís do it again sometime. Thanks again.
jshanko, CO   5/17/2019 6:01:05 PM
Been a long time since I've had a dog, great companions and best friend for sure. Beside that key thing was good to be on the water again I bet.
anglerwannabe, CO   5/17/2019 7:25:30 PM
nice story Matt... but umm... I not sure what is worse here.. your dog being a traitor? Kev catching more fish than you? Kev catching larger fish than you? lol
Matt Snider (Matt), CO   5/18/2019 12:48:24 PM
It was a good day despite all that. Glad Kev-o got some good fish. It was really just a delivery run for me anyway, to get him his new FxR shirt to forego the whopping $5 shipping cost. Being on the water again and having confidence in the motor again is worth it all.
SGM, CO   5/19/2019 10:37:56 AM
Sounds like a good day one the keys where retrieved. I take my pup out as much as possible. Sometimes I think people fish with me just to be with her.
Coyute, CO   5/21/2019 12:37:27 PM
Good dog!