It doesn't take much to make a memory when you are blessed with two kids like mine. All you need is time together, and wonderful things happen. Today, we spent time together, and added a river that has been on my list since moving to OR. Memories were made.
The John Day is amazing. I have never seen so many bass in my life, and we only walked a small stretch of river. Bass leapt in the shallows at dragonflies, bass spooked off the shoreline as we walked along, and bass repeatedly, and with utter abandon attacked the jigs my kids threw.
I carried a fly rod, hoping to see a carp or two but I spent most of the day going from kid to kid, helping to unhook a fish, or snapping pictures, or just wanting a close up of a smile. I did see three carp, one solid 15 lb range fish tailing. I made one cast, and the instant my fly hit the water a bass ate it and spooked the carp. I can't really describe the amount of bass in that river. Both of my kids landed at least 30 fish, and were hooking bass on almost every cast. Granted, most of the fish were small, but they weren't small to JJ and Elia.
If you live here in OR and haven't been to the John Day, you are missing out. My kids were all smiles for the couple of hours we spent on the river. We will be back.