Thursday, March 28, 2013

a day in the life.

I've recently had several friends get a hold of me with concerns about where in the heck I've been!
I apologize that I've recently been a bit "out of pocket".  Hopefully the following images will help, at least a little bit, tell y'all about where I've been.

Twins with twins.

My second to the oldest son, Colby and his girl, Trisha blessed our family with yet another set of identical twins on February 6th, 2013.  Its been an amazing experience becoming a grandparent and watching my twins interact with their nieces!  It has been so incredible to watch!  The whole family has been so excited about the new additions to our family that its been tough to find the time to update my blog.

Between spending time on the water with clients,  running a booth and doing seminars at the sportsmen shows and Cabela's and spending as much time as we can with the grand daughters, life in the Finnerty house has been a bit busy to say the least!

Colby setting up a game camera on one of our well use Elk trails last week.

We've also been busy running the last of our winter steelhead trips, chasing coyotes and getting our spring bear season started the past few weeks.

Mia Shepherd on a recent trip on the North Umpqua.

Marty Shepherd wading deep through a favorite run on the North Umpqua.

One for the BBQ!
Two for the BBQ!
Today was the end of my winter steelhead season on the mainstem Umpqua.  I got to spend it with my youngest son, Hunter and one of my best friends, Dean Perske.  We ended the day with six hooked and four landed.  This downsteam native had successfully spawned and was headed back down river when we encountered it.

The other day I was out scouting for bear sign and while its still a bit early, I did come across this fresh bear scat.  On the right side, or if you prefer the end of this scat you can plainly see fresh grass in the bear's stool.  Spring bears start their digestive tract when they eat early spring grasses.  Not a lot of bear stool's were located, but at least one bear has exited its winter den and more will emerge with the warmer weather we're experiencing now.