As I introduced a couple of posts ago, I decided to say goodbye to my good old F-150 after 11 years of service. Then I acquired a new partner. It's actually the same model and the same year but in "wine" and half the mileage.
Yes, this is in "mile", not "kilometer" (drove another couple hundred more miles to the dealer where I traded in). Under my ownership for the past 11 years, it ran over 190,000 miles for me.
So I decided to look for a new rig within my budget. It was some pain and headache. I needed a tough rig that would work for fishing, guiding (accommodate clients and their gears), and seasonal cattle breeding. It had to be a 4WD & 4-door solid pickup truck. Coincidentally, I found the same model that I have known by heart & feel!! Exterior is nice and certainly much prettier than my old one. Then with half the mileage on the odd meter, it runs so light & young!!
Yesterday, a brandnew matched campershell was installed.
Most likely I will update more so rods are snugly fit and secured. I'm coming up with ideas and gadgets and will experiment with my own rods before hordes of clients will visit me next summer.
The new rig is as conspicuous as the old one and I certainly felt obliged to design an original salmon fly to express something in me. Burgundy (claret) body and silver plates on both sides would be the most eye-catching and distinctive features. So claret and similar colors occupied the fly. Jungle cock feathers imitate blinkers!
And then I have just hanged on the rearview mirror.............cheap & big & burgundy..............It just fits!!
So, with friendly tones, I godfathered my new (old) truck & the accompanying fly Signor Rossi.
Hope to report some fishing in the next post! Have a good weekend, everyone!