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Trout Bums at Large is a monthly column appearing in the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Seattle Times. The column is written by Randal Sumner and Mark Littleton. We will be keeping an archive of these articles on this page.

Honey, I flooded the basement
by Randal Sumner

This was a great spring for my rhododendrons, cool, and wet. The plants seemed to bloom for two months. Yakima is not the perfect climate for Roddies; in fact this would be the anti- environment for them. I like Roddies because they donít require much care, some shade, a little acid fertilizer and water, lots of water, conditions not always found in the desert.

This year the conditions were perfect both for Roddies and for spring fishing on the Yakima River. The Trout bums enjoyed at least three weeks of the best Pale Morning Dun fishing I can remember. Ephermerellia Inermis better known, as PMDís are a medium size yellow mayfly that seem to snap to the surface during a hatch, you have to listen carefully but there snapping. The trout start snapping too, but they have a little more subtle sound, anyway it can get noisy, slurping and snapping.

The Roddies on the other hand seem pretty quiet at least when Iím around. The other great thing about a PMD hatch is that is very time consistent it starts about ten minutes later each day till conditions change and there gone. Its civilized fishing and frankly very easy, size 14 PMD parachutes cast to gorging happy trout.

On May 15th I was able to persuade a friend, Linn Kraft to take the afternoon off and do some fishing. Linn is always ready to go but sometimes he gets busy building someoneís dream house. Being a contractor has its ups and downs. Before I left to meet him on the river I had a few errands to run and the Roddies needed to be watered. I put the gushing hose under the Roddies and left for the river. Now I realize this was the point I began to flood the basement, so incredibly stupid.

To say that Linn and I had great fishing would be wrong; it was only The Best Four Hours Of Mayfly Fishing In 30 Years Of Chasing Trout Anywhere. We fished about a half-mile of river from the boat; the concentration and adrenalin left us spent by the time PMD hatch stopped. The beauty of this was that I still didnít realize I was in the process flooding the basement. I was happy, happy man.

The question trout bums ask when I tell them this story is: would I have gone home if I knew? Would you trade the greatest day of PMD fishing ever for a dry basement? I guess I donít see why it had to be one or the other, the yin or the yang. When I did get home I was unable to share this remarkable fishing experience with my bride of thirty years. She was not much interested in philosophical questions at that point. So Trout Bums, take heed: practice humility, keep your mouth shut and please turn the water off when you go fishing.

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11/25/2008: Trip to Eden by Randal Sumner
08/07/2008: Mime Time by R. Sumner
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11/29/2007: Troutbum self-help by R. Sumner
09/04/2007: The Perfect Client by Randal Sumner
07/02/2007: High Anxiety by R.Sumner
03/29/2007: Grasshopper by Randal Sumner
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11/30/2006: Old Whitey by R.Sumner
09/28/2006: Chief Holland USN retired by R. Sumner
07/10/2006: BBQ by R.Sumner
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03/30/2006: Sterling Choices by Randal Sumner
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09/01/2005: Anchors Away by Mark Littleton
07/01/2005: Some kinda fun by Randal Sumner
05/01/2005: The Base Lake by Randal Sumner
04/01/2005: Humble Pie by Mark Littleton
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12/01/2004: Das Boat by Mark Littleton
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10/01/2004: Priorities by Mark Littlton
09/01/2004: Falling In by Mark Littleton
08/01/2004: Ice Fishing by Randal Sumner
07/01/2004: Elvis Lives by Randal Sumner
06/01/2004: Coyote by Randal Sumner
05/01/2004: Redfish and Capt. Dan by Mark Littleton
04/01/2004: Vested Interest by Randal Sumner
03/01/2004: Are you a Troutbum? by Mark Littleton
12/01/2003: Christmas presents by Mark Littleton
11/01/2003: Oklahoma by Randal Sumner
10/01/2003: Steel heading JuJu by Randal Sumner
09/01/2003: Motor Home by Randal Sumner
08/01/2003: Life is Funny by Mark Littlton
07/01/2003: Deschutes by Mark Littleton
06/01/2003: Class of 2002 by Randal Sumner
05/01/2003: BOAT FISHING by Mark Littlton
04/01/2003: ALASKA, LAND OF THE MIDNIGHTBLUE TARP by Randal Sumner
03/01/2003: MARCH BROWNS by Mark Littleton
02/01/2003: DEEP IN THE HEART OF IDAHO by Randal Sumner
01/01/2003: TOP TEN by Mark Littleton
12/01/2002: SAN MIGUEL by Randal Sumner
11/01/2002: DISNEYLAND by Randal Sumner
10/01/2002: CAMPING by Mark Littleton
09/01/2002: MMMM MAYFLIES by Mark Littleton
08/01/2002: CARNEGIE HALL by Randal Sumner
07/01/2002: CRAWFISH PIE by Randal Sumner
06/01/2002: Sons and Pals by Mark Littleton
03/01/2002: Visitation by Randal Sumner
02/01/2002: Ouch by Mark Littleton
01/01/2002: Death by Randal Sumner
11/01/2001: Leakers by Randal Sumner
09/01/2001: Poser by Randal Sumner
08/01/2001: Snake River Diary by Mark Littleton
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07/01/2001: Etiqutte by Randal Sumner
06/01/2001: June by Mark Littleton
05/01/2001: Road Trip to Paradise by Randal Sumner
04/01/2001: What Are They Doing Up There? by Mark Littleton
03/01/2001: Gear by Randal Sumner
02/01/2001: Soft Hackles by Mark Littleton
01/25/2001: Motivation by Randal Sumner
12/28/2000: Winter Fishing by Mark Littleton
11/30/2000: Old Blackie by Randal Sumner