Easter Combo

“TGIF” came as we prepared the kids for another day of Sage Rat hunting with a little trout fishing in the afternoon. The weather had been moderate with rain showers over the past week so we were doing a little sunshine dance hoping for light wind with some warmer temperatures. The kids could hardly wait in anticipation for what turned out to be an incredible day pursuing the outdoors! Morning came as we loaded up for a stop at the local “java” stand for some hot cocoa.

Gummy worms Too!

Gummy worms Too!

Ready to Go...

Ready to Go...

On our way out through the Crooked River Valley, we saw multiple herds of deer and antelope feeding low in the fields. The river flow in the Crooked River was close to flood stage from the melting snow. Once we arrived at Maury Mtn. Ranch, the kids hopped in the back of the truck for a little outdoor ride to the shooting fields.

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Before we could start shooting Prarie Dogs, we took a few minutes to site in making sure the .17 HMR’s were on target at 100 yards.

Adam Sighting In

Adam Sighting In

Eli checking shot Placement

Eli checking shot Placement

Good to Go!

Good to Go!

Now that we had our confidence up and the scopes were on, “watch out” as we approached the field where rats were chasing each other from hole to hole. Adam & I set up with our chairs just over a rise where we could get some closer shots under 150 yards. Just as we sat down, Adam saw a great opportunity to show his kids the art of “Sage Rat” sharp shooting! “BANG” as the smokin hot load traveled about 2400 feet per second before complete distruction of the target.
"Time for Action"

"Time for Action"

“Take no prisoners” Adam muffled under his breath….
"Smoked him" says Levi

"Smoked em"

Over the next couple  hours, rats continued to pop their heads up only to find Mr. .17 on his way… The kids had a ball shooting and watching the little rodents become field pizza. As the sun rose overhead, the wind began to blow delivering a severe chill that caused us to head for the truck and rig for some mid-day trout fishing.  Now realize, this was Adam’s big day to make an impression on his daughter Faith. This trip would either totally gross her out or make her a real outdoor hunting and fishing woman.
Great shot Levi!

Great shot Levi!

Another one bites the Dust

Check this out Sister....

Adam and I rigged up the fly rods with some sinking fly line tipped with Hairs Ear Nymphs along with spinning rods set up for Powerbait. On the way to the first lake, the kids stopped for a brief pose…
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Since the lake had not been fished since the fall and I knew the ranch owner had been feeding these fish some sort of Miracle Grow, we approached quietly in search of “WALTER”. Faith made the first few casts with her fly rod careful not to hook Adam. Low and behold “fish on” as we’re off to the races watching Faith battle the first monster from the deep!

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Way to GETTER DONE!

Way to GETTER DONE!

Thank goodness we had Faith along to show us how it’s done. We knew with her by our side the two boys were sure to hook another. Now it was the Powerbait’s turn to see what would happen as Eli cast his treat. Wouldn’t you know it? “Fish on” and off to the races we go again as we scramble to get our cameras for the life long photo opps.

Need a little help Here...

Need a little help Here...

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That's how we do It!

That's how we do It!

Now that Eli got to show us up, it was Levi’s turn to go for the “whopper”! After fishing these lakes for years, I knew their were monsters lurking deep below. What would entice the beast as we cast another gooey bob of Rainbow Glitter Powerbait? “Shazaam” as Levi’s line went for a run spooling the 8 lb. test on the reel. We had a feeling this would be the one that would challenge Levi’s ability to get the job done.

Come & Get It...

Come & Get It...

"SHWING"

"SHWING"

Now that's a FISH!

Now that's a FISH!

What a day as we sighed… All we could do was thank the Lord for the opportunity to get out and spend “quality” time with our kids enjoying the outdoors! The rest of the afternoon, we pursued “Varmint Kong” seeking to distroy all rats who dared to show themselves. We must have shot over two hundred rounds there were so many… Still not sure we even put a dent in the population as Prarie Dogs just kept coming out as the afternoon heat came on. Once out of ammo with the sun starting to drop we decided to go after more trout before heading home with that special stop at Artic Circle for a treat!

Way to go Faith...

Way to go Faith...

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Faith with Another...

Faith with Another...

Eli & Walter

Eli & Walter

Anybody Hungry????

Anybody Hungry????

If folks have any interest, please visit www.maurytroutfishing.com to learn more about booking an opportunity to fish multiple lakes for world class Rainbows. Thanks to the Kastor’s for allowing us another special opportunity to enjoy our kids in a piece of their paradise!

About the Author

Troy Neimann

Troy Neimann lives in Central Oregon with his wife of 19 years and their three children. You can find Troy with his family, friends and partners out most weekends enjoying the Lord's creation "Pursuing The Outdoors".