Meet the Schaefermeyers
|Curtis and I camp in style. It wasn't always this way.|
Here is a little gem that I posted on an old blog that I used to keep. This trip is still talked about at family dinners and get-togethers all the time. Sorry for the grainy pics on this one... I was running solo with a Nikon Coolpix 3.2 MP camera.
|The crew with dinner|
The Brother’s Hike is an event in which the crazy Schaefermeyer family delves deep into the woods for a few days to remember the good ol' days of gallivanting
|Uncle Mike and his Zebco 33|
Now that I have FULLY explained that, The 2004 trip was all planned out, and I was along for the ride. My father in law had a 2WD Ford Ranger that had the ground clearance of a Yugo. I know this because the trail coming into the meadow where we set up camp was full of oil pan rattling boulders and sink holes of mud that were not Yugo friendly. We got a late start that day, I ended up walking in front of the pickup at 11:30 at night feeling around for oil pan eaters. Long story short, we ended up sleeping in the back of the truck halfway down the trail that night until reinforcements arrived the next morning. The camp took place close to where I grew up on a chain of lakes that we will call lake X, Y, and Z. I usually don’t have any problem listing names, but these are true gems that held HUGE fish. Not just huge fish, but huge
|4WD is a MUST|
The grueling hike up to the water from the base camp tested my ever fit and trim 6’5” 250 pound frame because it was straight up the side of a mountain with no trail, but an abundance of Volkswagen sized slide rock and downed timber. What a great day to hike up it in shorts and Tevas. I came around the final corner wanting to sit on a rock, eat some jerky, and pound a Mt. Dew and I heard Uncle Greg yelling to see if I had a net. I thought, “why in the world would you need a net for 6” fish?” I looked and saw a MONSTER! Big brooks! I strung my rod as fast as I could and proceeded to get skunked for the next hour as I flogged the water, casting for distance, changing flies... etc. Then logic hit and told me to start fishing them like smallies. I really like chasing smallmouth bass, and I think that brookies and smallies have kind of a similar "hide in the rocks and ambush" mindset. The whole lake was lined with boulders, so a few parallel-to-the-shore casts later, I saw my first red flash. It was BIG. 19.5” is what my
|I ate this sucker|
I’m usually a C&R fisherman, but this was the Brother’s Hike for Pete’s sake. We’re eatin’ fish (which explains the fingers in the gills and the pic of trout on a stringer). These trips create memories that will never be forgotten, and over the years we have reminisced many times about the surprise of big fish, the stories around the campfire, Bill Jr. disturbing the ecosystem and our eyes by trying to bathe in the crik, and me escorting a Yugo pickup through enemy territory. These are the trips will forever be in my memory, and are a vital part of the fishing journey for me.