Originally Posted by siskiyoublues
Sweet! Did you make it to the lower Mac?
Hey Siski - while my gal has a nice tight loop (nicer looking cast than mine) her water reading and line mending/line control/drift control skills are still developing. The Upper Sac was giving her trouble with the high flows and tricky drifts. The Upper Mac was great for her, with the lower flows, easier drifts and sillier fish. She really doesn't care for too much advice and has stated that she has just as much fun getting skunked so I am willing to bite my lip and let her learn on her own. I couldn't ask for more in a fishing partner anyway.
A friendly fellow customer at Ted Fay Fly Shop named John was giving us some fly choice advice and he asked,"How did you get your wife into fly fishing?" she got a big kick out of that.
So the easier nature of the Upper Mac, the fact that we had a non-fishing, non-outdoorsman friend along (an encounter with a McCloud rattler might have made it necessary to carry a freshly fainted person back to the car) and we were in a borrowed car (an encounter with the dirt road leading to the lower could have been hard on the borrowed sedan) kept us away from the Lo-Mac. Plus I've never visited the upper with its charming crowds and beautiful views! We had a great time.
My gal got some good pics of the golden stones and salmon flies too. I especially like the photo essay or triptych, if you will, that I, in my mind have entitled,"The deconstruction of a stone fly."
"The deconstruction of a stone fly."
part 1 The storming swarm
part 2 Off with his head!
part 3 And away we go (mission accomplished)
and then they reassembled him upon the next boulder