As a steelhead angler, what prompts my fishing friends and I to brave the wintery weather conditions and wade in frigid water to catch these elusive fish in the Erie tributaries? Is it figuring out what pattern, color, or size they want to feed on? Is it being sure to put that exact drift right on their noses? Is it battling them after they realize they're on the line? Is it sharing awesome fishing experiences and nature's surprises with other friends? Is it enjoying the walk back to the car in the tributary shallows when the ice begins to form?
I'm sure these all add to the entire angling experience, but as shown in the video above (Thanks to Charles Cantella for taking it), there's nothing like holding a massive silver-fresh steelhead and releasing it to be caught again.
AN AMAZING ARTIST
An artist asked if she could paint a portrait of me on the water. I agreed, sent her a picture of me on Twenty Mile Creek in Erie, and this is the beginning stages of the painting on her easel. She's not only a great artist, but she's also my mom, Dianne Bauman :) I'll prompt her to paint some more scenes from the water...
Check out her portraits, landscapes, and paintings at her website (www.diannebauman.com).
I'll be excited to share more information about Salmon Survivor at the start of January 2022.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!