They Say “He Who Dares…”

They say he who dares wins. For once the ground is wet, results of the heavy drizzle that’s been miserably rolling its way north and up into the valley all of yesterday evening and this morning. The winds are high, and so my hopes of catching very many trout are low, but once into the deep valley, hidden below the scrutiny of the high peaks, the winds diminish, and I’m left with the calming songs of birds, the gentle rustling of waters, and the distant sounds of angry winds high above.

Sitting on my heels, up to my waist in water, I sit watching one such gently rustling riffle. I know this riffle holds fish, it has to. No rises seen, I fish a CDC & Elk down the riffle’s length, and after the third drift, a furiously angry trout is gently unhooked and released to tell her friends of this new danger.

The day continues, and I quickly lose count of fish, despite the light misting of drizzle which is successful in penetrating the canopy of thick green. Every pocket larger than a dinner plate seems to hold fish; every swirl, or clashing current seems to hold a wild spotted jewel beneath.

Four hours later, I begin the long hike back out of the valley and back up into the howling winds and depressing drizzle, but my thirsts are sated, and I’m as happy as a small stream addict can be.

They say he who dares wins. I dared that day, and I certainly won.

The hike in; only a small section of this journey has a path…
The hike in; only a small section of this journey has a path...

On the backs of my heels I sit…watching for a rise…
On the backs of my heels I sit...watching for a rise...

…and after the 3rd drift, a fin perfect specimen is brought to hand.
...and after the 3rd drift, a fin perfect specimen is brought to hand.

The Brook Dun & The Hardy Featherweight 7ft 3wt
The Brook Dun & The Hardy Featherweight 7ft 3wt

Tumbling waters, filled with spotted jewels
Tumbling waters, filled with spotted jewels

If Carlsberg made fish…Quite possibly the prettiest fish I have ever seen…
If Carlsberg made fish...Quite possibly the prettiest fish I have ever seen...

And another…
And another...

…both from the same, fantastically small pool
...both from the same, fantastically small pool

Wilderness spots and an adipose to die for…
Wilderness spots and an adipose to die for...

My favourite outfit, Hardy Featherweight (7′ 3wt), Danielsson Nymph w/ SA XPS DTF 3WT
My favourite outfit, Hardy Featherweight (7ft 3wt), Danielsson Nymph w/ SA XPS DTF 3WT

I could sit next to these pools for days…
I could sit next to these pools for days...

…and wild flowers as far as the eye can see.
...and wild flowers as far as the eye can see.

Spinners abound throughout the day…
Spinners abound throughout the day...

…much to the interest of these guys
...much to the interest of these guys

One last cast, brings yet another fish, and I am torn to have to leave…
One last cast, brings yet another fish, and I am torn to have to leave...

Thanks to these two guys (L-R: X-Caddis and CDC & Elk), I lost count after 30…
Thanks to these two guys (L-R: X-Caddis and CDC & Elk), I lost count after 30...

And the hike home…back onto the beaten path…
And the hike home...back onto the beaten path...

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