Fall is the favorite season for many trout anglers, and for good reason. The temperatures are cooler, the days grow shorter, and the time to comfortably cast a dry fly is quickly disappearing.
There is also great beauty in the quiet hours of fall. The leaves cascade and color the rivers and lakes. The wind begins to bite and whistle through barren limbs, and the coming of winter seems to make the fish more feisty, especially the brown and brook trout who are in the midst of their yearly mating rituals.
My casting highlight was helping out as a fishing buddy at Idaho 2 Fly’s annual fall retreat at Three Rivers Ranch in Ashton, Idaho. There is something exceptionally powerful about helping men battling cancer cast a day away on the famous waters of the Henry’s Fork or Robinson Creek.
As usual, however, I spent much more time interviewing angling experts and sitting on my can in the office writing about fishing—and other less interesting subjects—than I did on water. But there is joy in that, too.
Here’s my page on Visit Mammoth Lakes with some of my fall writing, drafts of which will go in “Casting Around the Eastern Sierra.”
Thanks for reading and fish on!