Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sunshine, Friends, and Canyon Water
Last weekend was an epic adventure with some good friends of mine who had never set foot in the crystal cool waters of the North Fork Yuba. They were blown away at the grand cathedral of the polished granite rock formations, and the make up of the river with plunge pools and luscious pocket water. We all had perma grin as we covered vast amounts of rugged terrian working upstream, leap frogging each other, and giggling like children. That's what's so incredible about fishing this river, at least to me, is that you feel like a little kid in a candy store with no limits on fun. We laughed and cheered at each hook up while glowing in the summer sun. It was so fulfilling teaching new tricks, picking patterns, and exploring new angles on a tried and true art. It was beyond awesome for this is where magic lives!
All of the trout stalkers I was hosting were in great shape which enabled us to link beat #11 to beat #12, water I have not seen before, yet is already calling me back. We must have rock hopped about 8 hours that day in two separate sessions. It's the unknown surprise that keeps you going upstream, wanting to see new water, challenging the shifting seams, and maybe that jewel of a pool that lies ahead. Take a few minutes, scroll down, and really take in these pictures of true fly fishing. Where lightweight rods and dry flies provide the ultimate experience.
I'm so lucky and fortunate to be able to share "where the wild things are" with people who can truly appreciate it. For thousands of years this watershed has evolved into the most fantastic place to experience wild trout with a fly rod, and the rest, is only a dream...