Today is my last day off for a little while so before I started my yard work I decided to check out another section of the river.
Years ago (Before Fly-Fishing (BFF)) I scouted the area for deer and had forgotten about it until Yesterday (you can break out in song Howard). Since it is getting hot and this area of the river is nearly completely shrouded with trees I figured I would give it a try.
First off I had to park in a cemetery and then find a safe path down a steep embankment. The section I went to at first was a few feet above the river and didn't lend itself a good spot to cast. I walked a couple of hundred yards further and found another section with rapids, boulders and pools (oh my!) but the same conditions as the previous location (i.e. high above the river). Now across from this section there was an area of the river bed that was exposed and it had stones where I could stand; however, to get across was not possible without waders (I will be searching eBay tonight).
I gave myself one hour to fish today so I decided to go a little further (another couple hundred yards) around the bend. There I saw a section of the river I had never seen before. It was if I was looking at Alan's (aka brktrt) Small Stream Reflections blog. I made my way through the brush and knelled down on a bed of river stones to tie on a fly. Since I saw a lot of Dragonflies I decided not to use a nymph but a dry fly (Hendrickson I think but not sure to be honest).
As I started to tie the fly on, I saw a tick on me. Flung his ass into the water and I went back to my business of tying the fly. Then there was another one and then a third. Usually at this point I probably would have left but not today. I decided I will check myself when I get back to the car and the house. I have some fishing to do now.
I didn't catch a fish but this was the longest (in my terms) that I wandered away from my car and put up with steep embankments, brush, barking dogs, bugs and mud (I had to jump to my last fishing spot).
A corner has been turned and I can't go back.