Much is known about them, much more is suspected. They are spotted, dark and mottled, wonderfully coloured with almost a metallic brilliance or buttery brown – a palette of reds, pinks, oranges, blues and yellows, they are incongruously beautiful. They are otherworldly, delicate, hydrodynamic and able to survive in conditions that at times seem impossibly harsh – perfectly adapted to the working parts of the stream.
They are enigmatic, they like the water clean and cold, feed on aquatic and terrestrial bugs, ever alert to dangers, they will spook at your first cast disappearing in a blink of an eye. They have a flawless competence, live on the very edge of things – currents fast and slow, deep and shallow water, air and stream, light and darkness – the flyfisher that understands these things is on the path to knowing what he is doing. They have, with their willingness at times by accepting my meager offerings, brought me great joy, enhancing my time on our rivers and streams this past season.
A season that started poorly, but ended in a way that I haven’t experienced in a number of years. The rains, some well above average in places and recent snowfalls saw a 180 degree change – our waters are running in the best condition in years, cold, clear and quick, the trout are well conditioned, plump and spirited. – a new beginning that, if the weather gods smile down on us, bodes well for seasons ahead.
The pursuit of wild mountain trout leads to some of the most beautiful, uncluttered, crystalline places this country has to offer, unspoiled natural environments, places where the air and water is clean, where eagles soar high in wide skies, where the only sounds and smells are natures own. Here a rudimentary sense of connection to the big wild earth will creep into awareness, where the seeds of a relationship with the natural world will flourish – these inspiring places are also uncompromising, where man is the intruder, where the earth works its magic …. if you let it in, it will run deep in your soul.
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