Well it's been obvious that there's bigger fish around and they are on bigger bait. My charter today postponed till a later date so that left me ready to fish. There was a steady rain and a decent wind but that made for lots of white water and good conditions.
I went with my 13'6" spey rod and busted out my selection of bigger bunker flies. I tied on a Jim Matson 8" fly that I hoped would get a few bass' attention. I loaded up my Orvis Gale Force backpack with my fly wallet, tippet, keys, phone, and of course camera. I made sure all the zippers were tight and slung it over my back and hit the rocks. I felt good to be out but was surprised that no one from the small army that arrives every afternoon wasn't out fishing. I had it all to myself.
It had been drizzling and soon it turned to a good steady rain, steady in up and down and then sideways. I had the outgoing tide and a few hours in I wanted to get a pic of the great looking conditions I had. I swung my pack around, undid the zipper, and reached in for my camera, which was in about an inch of water. I pulled it out and it came out dripping. In a panic I unzipped the smaller front pocket where my iPhone- in a LifeProof case- was with my keys. I reached in for it and the pocket was a quarter full of water. I looked at my iPhone and I could see water on the screen as water emptied from inside the LifeProof case. My day was done.
I hurried back to my truck and took out the camera battery and dried the camera off as best I could. It was done. My iPhone was a bit better, at least it turned on, but it didn't respond to my touch, even with dried off fingers. I went home and tried the rice in a sealed bag trick and prayed for a miracle. The camera is $500 and the iPhone is I don't even know but if you go to buy one they're almost $600. It was a very expensive day to say the least.
Lesson of the day- is- whatever lesson you could take from this. I guess water proof and water resistant is not 100% always the case, no pun intended.
After I wrote this post the UPS truck showed up in front of the house. The driver dropped off a box from Orvis, it was a new pair of River Guard Silver Label Bootfoot waders. I had a seam rip out and sent them in Monday and got the quick turn around I needed. Special Thanks to Orvis' wader guy Tim Daughton for seeing my predicament and helping me out. You can see Tim below talking about the new Orvis Silver Sonic waders.