Grays Harbor Day


It started like it always seems to, with dinner at Smarty’s. There we were, innocently chomping away at his recent batch of cold-smoked salmon, when Smarty says, “Heard it’s been pretty good down in the Harbor…three fish limit. We should go.” And I immediately think, Man, long way to go for one day, and, I don’t think the tide’s right, and, the weather looks lousy…

A few more bites of the savory, silky, cold-smoked salmon and a lightbulb goes off in my head. “Can we make another batch of this stuff if we go?”

Next thing I know, we’re two-and-a-half hours from home, launching the boat at a sketchy ramp on a low tide, in weather like you see above…and I’m stoked.


Got to spend the day with a couple of good buddies and the best dog in the world, Honey, pictured here. Yes, it was a long way to go for one day. Yes, the tide wasn’t quite right. And yes, the weather sucked. But we found fish, had a ton of fun, and late in the day, the sun even came out. Better yet, that batch of delicious cold-smoked is already in progress. Thanks, Smarty.


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