It was hot. The windows were rolled down. My bare feet were up on the dash and the sun was sinking lower in the horizon. My sunglasses sat on my nose, the radio was blaring and we were singing at the top of our lungs, our fingers threaded in the middle. The sky was painted a brilliant orange and there was just enough daylight left to get to the river, fish for a bit, and head back home.
We headed to the river, our poles in the back of the truck and our bobbers bobbling in the wind.
We hiked down to our favorite spot. The water stays a consistent 52 degrees all year long and the cool was welcomed. We were about knee deep, back to back in a comfortable silence when I felt a fish nibbling at my leg. I kicked to get it off and went about trying to get my line un-stuck from the nearby tree. (My lure always spent more time tangled than in the water.)
However, the fish just wouldn’t stop.
I turn and rusty catches my eye, his fishing vest and hat on and he’s yanking at his line, which is obviously caught on something.
And I could have sworn that fish suddenly grew razor sharp teeth. Because suddenly, it’s biting was no longer a nibble. I looked down and saw the shiny lure sparkling at my shin. My eyes widened, and I told him, “Rusty– STOP!”
“My lure’s stuck,” he says.
“I know! It’s stuck on me!”
Three hours later –
Sitting in the waiting room of the Emergency Room, we were thankful when I was finally called back. The lure, still dangling from my leg was set in pretty good and it jingled when I walked. “Hey, you’re not a trout,” one of the male nurses said. And then they all started filing in to look at my leg as if I were a spectacle at a fair like the six legged calf or the two headed snake.
Last night, I was looking around our bookshelf and found a denture cup sitting, collecting dust. I opened it up and found that lure sitting inside and the memory replayed in my head. Six years later, it still makes me smile.
I also still maintain that I was the best fish he ever caught. :)
These were taken that same summer at the same river.