HAIKU MONDAY: On Perfect NFL Bets. Steelhead? Not So Much

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack did better in the BOOK IT! picks than on upper Rogue steelhead during what used to be called the Nov. 1 Massacre.

Now, it’s little more than a skirmish.

First day back with bait./Used to hammer Rogue steelhead./Lighter catch these days.

For you Haiku Monday virgins this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind, with some bad forms of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the shtick.

Went 3-0 on the NFL picks Sunday, and that puts Fish Hack in the black. Gotta love nailing a three-team parlay to keep from having to take the empties back to stay in beer money.

Lo so many years ago, No. 1 was a cherished day on the upper Rogue, when steelheaders started bait-fishing again after two months of flies-only. 20-fish days. were not unheard of. But the rules changed close to 20 years ago and modified, so now only the upper Rogue upstream of Shady Cove is open to bait until Jan. 1.

Hack and newly retired AP writer Jeff Barnard don’t care for crowds and prefer to side-drift yarns balls over guts anyway. Was alone in our float downstream of Shady Cove, going a somewhat pedestrian 6 for 13.

Five of those lost fish were after getting visuals. Four of them disappeared after aerial cartwheels, including one that had to be more than 10 pounds.

Normally, don’t like losing that many fish. But an epic day anyway. Especially getting a stretch of the Rogue to yourself on a Sunday.

No Sunday fishing?Felt like breaking commandments./Fish the Rogue alone.

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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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