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Wishes and dreams come true

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Old fisho, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    This week, subject to a specialist report, we're off to Eucumbene for a week or ten days. You will finally get the respite you've been dreaming of. There's no internet connection there. Noel.
     
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  2. creekboy

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    All the best with the Specialist, Noel. Cheers, creekboy.
     
  3. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Lyall.
     
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    Good luck, I have a reprieve from a specialist report till the 22nd, (hence why taking the opportunity to take my 16 yr old fishing) so know how you feel :) good luck, hope all goes well cause I want to see pics!!!!!!! :)
     
  5. diesel

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    Hope it all goes well, Noel and your wishes & dreams do come true.

    I would imagine that it would be a bit cool around Eucumbene at the moment if what we have just experienced up here is any indication. Most regional centres throughout Qld reported temperatures about 15C below average during last weekend, so it must have been damn cold down south.

    Jeff :cool:
     
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  6. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Our summer has been cooler than usual too Jeff.

    Up there, the nights will be cool, but for the high country, the 'cold' is still a little time away. Cold up there takes on a different meaning in winter, and some days it can drop to -12, and more rarely, -16, and the ground is frozen, with icicles poking above the surface. I stay away then, but have fly fished while standing in a foot of snow, and caught fish. Cold water is a trout's heaven of course. Many of the days are fairly still as we get closer to autumn, and daytimes can be quite warm. But if the wind gets up, the temperature will drop. The big attraction during summer is the mudeye hatchings. For those outside that world; it's the seasonal hatch of dragonflies.

    The larvae swim to the surface, then most times, paddle ashore or to a stick or tree, where they split their casing and emerge as dragonflies. On warmer nights we've seen trees so decked out with them as they sit and shimmer their wings to dry them, in a spotlight; they glisten like silver Christmas trees. It's a great time for bait fishermen who float mudeyes under a bubble float, but we use mudeye type fly patterns into the night. The hatches don't happen during the day for some reason, but there's a lot of other insect life, beetles and moths, hatching at different times; particularly late afternoon and early evening, when both wet and dry flies can produce good fish.

    To us though, it's walking the shore, sight fishing the shallows in bright sunlight. To those of us silly enough to persevere until we learn something of this form, it's a fantastic experience, and must be the toughest of the fly fishing challenges. One decent sized fish caught this way is to us, worth about ten others. Madfisher Pete, who does a lot of it chasing big carp will understand all that.
     
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  7. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    What Lyall said.
     
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  8. Old fisho

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    Good news. Looks like Eucumbene will become two weeks as an old caravanning mate from Wagga rang to say they will join us, so of course we must stay until they arrive. It's an ill wind eh?
     
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  9. kev209

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    Any excuse
     
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  10. Madfisher

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    Good luck Noel, hope u spot a few big brownies. Yes sight fishing is exciting, addictivie and at times highly frustrating.
     
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    All the best for tomorrow Noel.
     
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  12. Old fisho

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    Tanks Kev. The main issues will be the last two serious defibrillator activities; one two day before Christmas, the other a few weeks prior. in these, there is no doubt the old ticker stopped completely, and only the defib electrical shock restarted it. But it did. With a big shock it did. Left me a bit sore for several days, It was like a full 240V boot and the most severe I've had. Boss was not amused of course, and I guess I didn't laugh much for a little while. But after that little while; there's not much else you can do but laugh. So you get on with life; rather pleased that you still have some. Noel.
     
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  13. creekboy

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    Good luck today, Noel. Cheers, Lyall.
     
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    OK. Thanks all. The planned app't has been and gone. The good news; it's OK to continue on to Eucumbene, so we leave Queanbeyan tomorrow morning.

    The other side, as the new medico puts it; and he seems a really nice bloke; is the old ticker's in a bit of trouble.
    Exactly how much is a bit hard for us to comprehend, but after a detailed reading of the printout from the defib computer, the options seem few. Of course it told them the story of the recent two violent electric 'jump starts'. In eight weeks I have a date in Canberra Private hospital for a six hour procedure, followed by another much shorter, two weeks later. Interesting to note that; as we have full private health insurance, it will be done in eight weeks. Without it we were told the earliest date is mid-late October. But of course urgent life threatening issues can suddenly take a higher priority. It's planned to put an electrode into the groin (hope they don't miss) and into the heart, then activate the defibrillator, and sort out ways to control the reactions. Possible too that the defib will be replaced with one that has an extra wire into the heart, which may give the medico a little more control. The last two electric shocks, while they probably kept me alive, have also done more damage to the old pump; something it really doesn't need. As it's heart failure, not a heart attack, there's not too much they can do anyway, other than try hard. In the meantime 'Hi Ho, Hi Ho, a fishing I shall go'.
    Yes, of course we are disappointed, but take solace from a real fact of life; 'people who know they have a bad heart, usually live longer than those who don't know'.

    Thanks to all TBX people for the ongoing support. Old fisho Noel
     
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  15. Madfisher

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    Tight lines, and all the best my mate.
    Cheers Pete
     
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    Enjoy yourself and have a great couple of weeks over at euc Noel.Be looking forward to the report when you get back mate:cool:

    As long as the nurse has warm hands i'm sure it will be all fine.
     
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    Good to see a couple of posts from you Andy.
    It's where the hands are going to be that might be interesting, and they'd better be warm. Canberra's mornings in April are pretty cool.
     
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    An old fisho like you is far too tough to let a bit of re-wiring get the better of you. See if they can install a switch and a couple of led lights in the groin as well - it would be handy for visits to the dunny during the night.

    Forgive me for being so jovial,Noel, but that's just me.

    Enjoy your fishing in that big puddle and we want trout stories when you get back - big trout stories.

    Jeff :D
     
  19. Old fisho

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    If I have nothing else Jeff; I still have a sense of humour.
     
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    Enjoy your holiday Noel, best thing for you
     
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