Fly fishing is amazing. Fly fishing with friends is even better.
I’ve said that before, and I really mean it. Today, Alex, Ashu and I got together. What was supposed to be a half-day ended up being much longer. There were many laughs, many fish, and a few tears when fish popped off.
Ashu and I have been fly fishing in earnest since 2014, and Alex started up in 2015. So, no one is at a point at which he considers himself an expert, but we all want to learn more and do better.
I hit the river parking area before dawn and was the fourth car in. Thanksgiving week is a popular time to fish. I got to the river at first light, and the other guys rolled in soon thereafter.
We were fortunate to get into fish all day and at various spots. I had a multi-species outing and landed a few dozen, I think. Much of that is because the three of us collaborated, shared flies and advice, and rotated spots. Team work makes the dream work!
It was an unexpectedly high-volume outing for us. For me, the highlights included seeing some landlocked salmon (we did a good job, I think, of not targeting actively-spawning fish and not trampling on redds).
I also landed an amazing ‘bow, which I think is the prettiest fish I’ve caught all year. Corpulent, healthy and with a very unique pink hue. Here are some unfiltered photos.
Moreover, at one point, we landed quite a few fish and had that particular stretch to ourselves for hours.
I had to bail mid-afternoon. Alex and Ashu, being incredibly persistent fish hawks, kept going.
When I got home, Alex sent a picture that is emblematic of complete and total piscatorial victory: a large landlocked salmon. Neither Ashu or I landed a salmon, and we all took care to minimize foul-hooking. We wanted a “real eat.” Alex’s fish was fair-hooked, and I’m so happy for him.
Ashu and Alex, thank you for your genuine friendship and generosity. You’re great guys, and it’s a privilege to be your friend.
Last, a very Happy Thanksgiving from our blog team to all of you! We really appreciate your support and encouragement.
Peace and blessings to you and your families.