In this instance however, we were going to a very famous river where I know he'd had some pretty good success in the past. I said, "What the hell, why not?" As the trip grew closer, I have to admit my excitement didn't grow. You see, I'm spoiled here in rural PA. I can go to a secluded section of stream, catch multiple 20 inch or better fish, and not see a single person all day.
When it came down to it I was excited to hang out with an awesome group of guys. If that was all I got out of it, so be it. My goal was set on hopefully catching at least one fish and just having a good time doing something new. Well... my expectations were a little off.
The first several years I fly fished, it was rare that I shared the stream with anyone. I was more than happy being out on the water alone. When I lived in Philadelphia, time alone, with not a soul around was hard to come by. Over the years, it's become rare that I tackle the water by myself. Through my adventures, I've met some really great dudes. I really have to say, fishing with buddies makes you push yourself harder. You do things that, being alone, you'd think "That's crazy," but with a little nudge, you go for it. I can't think of a single instance in fly fishing when doing something a little crazy hasn't paid off. Even though we were staying just a few miles from the river, it was paramount that we get there early and claim some of the best stretches on the river. We hiked in with headlamps and got our spots. We sat in the dark BSing, tying on our rigs for the day, and just listening to the river. I enjoyed wasting time until we could justify putting lines in the water almost as much as the fishing... almost.
|This little guy, believe it or not was probably the fish that brought the most smiles.|
What trip between a bunch of buddies doesn't have its fair share of shenanigans?
|Kris mulls which live bait would pair best with his new "Buckeye Scent."|
|I left Aaron a nice little present on his GoPro after I got done getting a few shots of his fish. He was kind enough to send it back to me.|