With no fish on his streamer thus-far, Feef handed over his fly rod for it to be rigged up Euro-style. Feef took the lead as we worked the water upstream.
"I'm just cleaning up your mess here!" I said, after I set the hook on a fish. Feef took one glance at me, then went back to fishing. I quickly let the fish go and followed him upstream. The very next rock (that Feef had just fished), I stuck another fish...
"Seriously?! Seriously?!" Feef yelled, angry at the river.
"Sorry, Brother." I said, as I netted my fish.
I dipped my fish back into the water, and as it swam away, my alarm went off.
"No, no, no..." My brother exclaimed. I too was a bit surprised. It did not feel like we had spent so much time on the water, but after looking at the time we had to get going.
I made my way to the bank and when I looked back, Feef was still in the river.
"We better get going." I said to him, but Feef hardly acknowledged me.
"Just a few more casts." He said, hungry for a fish. His white streamer went flying into a pocket above a large rock, and with one big strip, a fish took!
"OH!" Was all Feef could manage, as his rod bent with the weight of a fish! Laughter filled the river as Feef's fish splashed around.
"Brother, don't lose it!" I yelled, adding to the pressure. The intensity on Feef's face as he brought his fish in was unmistakable: he was NOT going to lose this fish. A quick scoop with his net, and the fight was over. I had my camera ready as Feef pulled his fish out of the net and held up his prize!
Feef slowly put the fish back into the water, and it darted away, happy to be alive. Feef let out a happy Aaaaahhh as he stood back up. He then looked over at me, smiling.
"Okay, I'm ready now." He said, and we started our walk back to the car. Feef relived his fight with the fish, telling me every detail of the strike and fight.
"Well, you were right about one thing." I said to him as we shut our gear in the back of the car.
"What?" He asked.
"You caught all your fish on a streamer today." I said with a smile. Feef looked over at me, his initial smile faded... "That's messed up, Brother."