River Rats

What an honor.  I was invited to join the River Rats, a group of men 31 years in the making.  In 1983, Jay Kauffman's dad, Al Kauffman, and his gang of misfit buddies took a river trip on the Stillwater River in Montana and started an annual tradition.  The group has grown to over 60 rats and spans 2 generations now.  

Rats on Suicide Summit

It is so big that this year the group split up, and original Rat member Sam Pfiester's son, Austin Pfiester put the trip together for the mostly younger generation.  Austin chose the Snake River running through Hell's Canyon, which creates the border of Idaho and Oregon.  We took whitewater rafts over 5 days, 4 camps, and some 60+ miles looking for trout, bass and sturgeon.  Winding Waters River Expeditions were our guides, but really much more than that.  We ate well, fished hard, never paddled, swam, snorkeled, kayaked, SUP, and celebrated life, summer and tradition in the mountains.  It was a pleasure being on the river with such a crew.

There's more photos being shared, and I'm working my way through a ton of GoPro footage, and so far, there's some really good stuff, including sturgeon footage.  I will post the video below when it's finished.   A-O River!