Embracing Failure: A Journey in Cutthroat Exploration

In the pursuit of any elusive fish, failure is often an unwelcome companion. Yet, in the realm of exploration, failure serves as a beacon, guiding us towards unforeseen discoveries and shaping the narrative of our journey. Such has been the case in our relentless quest for cutthroat in the marine waters of Willapa Bay.

Our latest trip into the unknown led us further north, where the North Nemah River converges with the bay. Armed with limited time and boundless determination, we set out at the crack of dawn, eager to uncover the secrets lurking beneath the surface. The tide was at its lowest, revealing a landscape both familiar and mysterious in its depths.

As we cast our lines and scanned the water, anticipation hung heavy in the air. Yet, as the hours passed, our hopes began to wane. Not a single fish graced our presence, nor did the telltale signs of their presence manifest. Even the once-abundant chum fry seemed to have vanished without a trace.

Undeterred by our initial setback, we made the decision to put our rods away and venture upstream, in search of answers. The rain, relentless in its descent, obscured our vision and tested our determination. Despite the deteriorating conditions, glimpses of fry darting beneath the surface offered a glimmer of hope.

However, our encounters with cutthroat proved worthless, mere flashes of silver in the murky pools was the closest we came to determining where the fish are. Our expedition seemed destined for disappointment. Yet, amidst the frustration and uncertainty, there existed a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to immerse ourselves in this quest. 

Our quest for cutthroat may be full of with challenges, but it is also rich in moments of awe and wonder. As we continue to navigate the waters of Willapa Bay, we do so with unwavering determination and a newfound appreciation for the journey itself. For it is in the relentless pursuit of our passions that we discover the true essence of exploration.

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