“I am an idiot,” the subject line of madcapmag’s post today reads.
“I ignored my own advice and the promise that I made to myself that I’d never do anything stupid to catch some fish. Unfortunately, my lust for steel almost meant the end,” the angler writes.
The post, over on Gamefishin, details how madcapmag decided to cross a side channel of the Snoqualmie River near Tokul Creek, a stretch wadeable in the past, but not this morning.
And despite repeated mental warnings, slower going than usual, swifter water and even a near-dunking, Madcapmag continued across — and went down, losing two rods while being pushed downstream 15 yards or more.
“I would say I’m fairly safe. I do push some boundaries, but please, take my advice. No fish is EVER worth dying for. As soon as the first warning goes off, heed it. Don’t wait for another warning,” the angler writes.
The missing rods are described as a pair of 9-foot-6 St. Croix rods matched with Daiwa spinning and baitcasting reels.
It echoes something we ran in our November issue, an article by Jim McMillen about floating the Wynoochee River blind. He ran his drifter over two cottonwoods across the main river — and then hit the third dead on.