A lot of folks think Tuesdays were made for sitting behind a desk.
Nope. Tuesdays were made for wet wading high mountain creeks.
I loaded up Uprising's mobile HQ transport and headed up to one of my favorite mountain creeks. This time of year, the creek hosts thousands of spawning kokanee salmon - as well as a late season flavilinea mayfly hatch. And hoppers...lots of hoppers. While the salmon are a pleasant diversion, the real allure of this creek is hungry cutthroats that rise consistently to a well-placed dry fly.
I enjoyed/endured a steep and arduous hike which involved a fair amount of bushwhacking. It was well worth the effort.
I carried two rods - one with a dry fly set-up for trout and another with a nymphing rig for kokanee. The cutthroats responded well to a flav cripple imitation and the kokanee responded to a crimson red egg pattern.
After hiking about 6 miles with a few hundred feet of elevation gain, I was pretty stoked to come back to a trailer with a fridge, bed and stove. I had the entire campground to myself as I sat under a full moon and ate the bowl of peanut rice noodles my wife handed me on the way out the door. I slept like the dead and had a great breakfast with a pot of black sludge coffee in the morning.
This is what life is all about.