Rim Country: Part 2

Saturday evening, I had a fantastic evening with friends at their beautiful cabin below the Rim. With my belly full of elk spaghetti and homegrown salad, the rain on my tent lulled me to sleep and I woke early and refreshed to fish a fairly popular Rim stream. I had halfheartedly fished a portion of this stream earlier this summer and had made a mental note to spend some quality time throwing my line to the brown trout that fill its water. After some hot coffee and EasyMac for a stream-side breakfast, I softly walked to the edge of the stream and dapped my mini-hopper on the water and was pleasantly surprised to find a healthy young brown trout on the end of my line.

The rest of the morning proceeded in like fashion and aside from spooking several of the resident monster browns, I had an extremely nice day with many fish to the net. Even though I saw a weak BWO hatch on the water, I stuck with a yellow mini-hopper as it continued to produce in pool after pool. Around 9 or 10, I spotted some fluttering caddis on the foliage around the stream and figured that these insects could have been the reason for my success. The stream bank was also loaded with wild mint plants that gave of a fresh and pleasant aroma throughout the entire day.

At the end of the day, after I have struggled to take of my soaking wet neoprene booties to reveal stark white feet, after I break down the rod, after I roll down the windows and turn up the country music, I smile and know that on Wednesday, when the week seems to have no end, I can reach back in my minds eye and put myself knee deep in the stream. Those snapshots while I’m fishing keep life in perspective and I welcome all of the unexpected pleasures that seem to happen while I’m in the field. I just hope and pray that these waters will still be here to keep me sane in the years to come.

7 Responses to “Rim Country: Part 2”

  1. troutrageous1

    That last shot is stunning.

    I liked how you recalled small experiences like the mint; enjoyable post. Seems like those mini-hoppers were just the ticket.

  2. bsmith835

    Thank you for the kind words. It is kind of funny how those little things stay with you. I really like the mini-hoppers with how easy they are to tie, because it seems as if I lose 7 or 8 flies every day I’m out. I appreciate you stopping by and I found your site very nice to cruise around too.


  3. Bailey

    Looks like a blast, I lived in on the west slope in Colorado growing up. I sure do miss it out west. Scenes like that just don’t happen in Georgia.

    Keep throwing tight loops and good luck!

  4. Bruce

    I feel like getting on some water that isn’t near the city would help me regain my sanity. This post might have just inspired me!!! Thank for the great post.

  5. bsmith835

    Bailey – It really was a fantastic weekend. I thought the weather was going to get me but it held out alright. I’m from New York and being out here with the wide open sky really keeps a smile on my face.

    Bruce – Glad I could help. Nothing like wet wading in ice cold water to put life in perspective. Let me know how it goes. Good luck.

  6. Bill

    There’s that Jet Boil again! Sounds like some time well spent. Sometimes the little things that seem to go unnoticed to most are what make the outing memorable. Great shots as always!

  7. bsmith835

    I’m telling you Bill, when I go camping I can do without quite a bit. One of my necessities is a decent cup of coffee. Thanks for the kind words.



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