I suppose I take it for granted, getting to experience our river in every season. The fishing can be spectacular, but the scenic valley where it all happens is often even more stunning. While moving to likely holding water and the next seam or riffle, keeping an eye out for willing Browns and Rainbows to stalk, and watching strike indicators for subtle eats, I often forget to look up.
As we get into fall and my favourite time to fish the Bow, here are some moments that stand out:
-The 70+ year old senior lady that landed a giant Brown, even though her line somehow wrapped around the anchor rope. Her comment after landing the fish? “The water is such a beautiful green.” Her husband cheering us on was priceless!
-Rowing within 5 Feet of a Huge Golden Eagle and the client sending me the slow motion Video. I was re-tying a leader and didn’t even see it until it moved. (Posted on the website)
-The little Mink who caught a nice rainbow and hid it in the rocks before I could get a good picture.
-The veteran Fly Fisher, 1st time on the Bow River, telling me the 16” rainbow he had on was the hardest fighting trout he had ever experienced. Later on he hooked a 20” fish and the surprise on his face made the whole trip!
-All the first timers that saw their confidence in their casting stroke build throughout the day and the smiles on their faces when they fooled a trout!
I learn something every time I head down the river. So far this season, a big thank you to all those moments that made me look up.
Tight Lines to all.