I've been away for what seems like a while. October 4th I left for Salmon camp then came back and hopped on a plane for work. It's good to be home again.
Fall has long been one of my favorite times to be out on a river or creek. There's just something about the smell of the leaves in the air and the beautiful colors that just sign to me. That's not to take away from any other time of year, I mean after all, how bad can it be standing on a stream with a fly rod, right?
This year I did something different. I made the trek to Michigan to fish for Kings, a first for me. We did pretty well though the week. We were on the hunt for the freshest of kings, staying away from the zombies and gravel beds. We found em! We managed to land some browns some skippers, and once we saw Steel, Kings and Browns were a mere afterthought. From then on out, we were mining for silver. We had a great day where we hooked into 5 or 6 of them and between two of us, none were landed. It just didn't matter. Those fish were so hot and the battles alone were profound enough that we opted to hunt them specifically for the rest of our trip. I did manage to land one steel on the trip with some fine network from Chi.
During the week I observed many incredible things. The natural beauty of the surroundings, the river itself and the sheer power and spectacle of a salmon run plus the cycle of life itself have all made an impact on me. I will be doing this again! I had fish taking me down river who knows how long, trudging through water at my ankles and at two steps up to my chest. What a blast! On the last day, I saw a green king moving into a pool and turn hard and fast to hit my fly. Just amazing. I have to give credit where due, Chi did a great job prepping me for the trip and guiding us throughout the week. The float trips also payed dividends and man did we eat good!
Anyway, back to those fall colors. Here are some shots I took throughout the week. This is going to be pic heavy from here on out.
Thanks for reading. Oh, and if any of you guys or ladies have been out on a river, hiking or whatnot and would like to share some fall colors, please feel free to post away. One of many cool things about this forum is that we have membership across the country and around the world. Sharing photos gives us all a way to see what it's like somewhere else in the world. Thanks to those who've shared thus far.
A track that I noticed on the stream bank. I have no clue what it was, but it was big. No, it's not a pile of dung!